|Full name||Anderson da Silva|
|Date of birth||19 September 1970|
|Place of birth||Goiatuba, Brazil|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|1987||XV de Jaú|
|1988–1991||Vasco da Gama||42||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Born in Goiatuba, Goiás, Anderson started playing professionally with CR Vasco da Gama, but failed to make an early impression; after failing to score in 18 matches in his last year, he moved to Guarani Futebol Clube. His first abroad experience came with Servette FC, and his impact was instant, scoring 20 goals in his first season, then helping the club to the national league in the following, kicking 11 in just the first half of the season, as he left in January 1994 to Olympique de Marseille.
After six months, with L'OM relegated due to a bribery scandal, Anderson moved to fellow Ligue 1 team AS Monaco FC, scoring at an equally impressive pace, and winning team (1997 league) and individual accolades alike.
In 1997, Sonny joined FC Barcelona. Having to battle for first-choice status with the likes of Luis Enrique and Patrick Kluivert, he fared well, netting 10 times in La Liga alone in his first season, as the Catalans won the double. In his second year, he played less, which prompted a return to France, with rising Olympique Lyonnais, for approximately €18 millions. He would be a very important offensive figure as the team won the first two of seven consecutive national championships.
Aged 33, Anderson returned to Spain, with Villarreal CF. In his only full campaign, he scored 12 times, including against Real Madrid (1–0, after only two minutes on the pitch), former side Barcelona (2–1, in the 89th minute) and Valencia CF (1–0), while also helping the Yellow Submarine to the UEFA Cup semifinals.
After being instrumental in Villarreal's 2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup win, Sonny finished his career in Qatar. He then returned to Lyon, going on work with the team's strikers. In June 2007, he played a farewell match at the Stade de Gerland, in a match facing Sonny's friends and the 2002 French champions.
Anderson could not translate his club success to the international front. He only gained seven caps, the first coming in August 1997, against South Korea.
- Swiss Super League: Top scorer/Best foreign player 1992–93
- Ligue 1: Top scorer 1995–96, 1999–2000, 2000–01; Étoile d'Or 1996, Best player 1996–97
- Qatari League: Top scorer 2005
- L'Équipe stats (French)
- BDFutbol profile
- Sonny Anderson at National-Football-Teams.com
- FootballDatabase profile and stats
- Official Website (Archived) (French)