Rildo da Costa Menezes
|Full name||Rildo da Costa Menezes|
|Date of birth||January 23, 1942|
|Place of birth||Recife, Brazil|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|1977||New York Cosmos||12||(0)|
|1978||Southern California Lazers|
|1978–1979||Cleveland Force (indoor)||16||(2)|
|1993||Los Angeles Salsa|
|1995||San Fernando Valley Golden Eagles|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Rildo was the last of Santos Golden Era players, which included Pelé, Pepe, Coutinho, Clodoaldo and many others. His career began in 1959 when he signed a youth contract with Íbis. In 1960, he began his senior career with Sport Club do Recife before moving to Botafogo in 1961. In 1967, he transferred to Santos FC. Three time winner of Săo Paulo State Championship Captained the Team that won (1967, 1968, 1969) and two time winner Rio de Janeiro State Championship (1961, 1962). In 1977, he joined Pelé with the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League. The Cosmos won the 1977 Soccer Bowl Championship. In 1978, he played for the Southern California Lazers of the American Soccer League. He was selected as All League that season. In 1979, he played for the California Sunshine. On April 16, 1980, he signed with the Cleveland Cobras of the American Soccer League.
Rildo earned 38 caps, scoring one goal, with the Brazilian national team from 1963 to 1969. He was a member of the Brazilian team at the 1966 FIFA World Cup where he scored his lone national team goal in a 3–1 loss to Portugal.
In 1990, Rildo coached the California Emperors. In 1993, he coached the Los Angeles Salsa of the American Professional Soccer League. In October 1993, he resigned after the team lost the championship game. In 1995, he coached the San Fernando Valley Golden Eagles of the USISL.
Rildo is currently an assistant coach with the Marlborough High School soccer team where he oversees the junior varsity. Last season he assisted professional British Head Coach Gareth Pashley to their most successful season in the High School's history.