* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 September 2010.
† Appearances (Goals).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 September 2010
Toninho Cerezo, real name Antônio Carlos Cerezo, (born 21 April 1955 in Belo Horizonte) is a former football player from Brazil. Well known for his tireless style of play and tactical awareness, Cerezo is commonly regarded as one of the finest Brazilian defensive midfielders.
In 1998, he retired as a player, and, after doing some studies and probations in Italy, he returned to Brazil, and start a career as a manager at Vitória, reaching the semifinals of the Brazilian Série A. He also led Japanese powerhouse Kashima Antlers in J. League for six years. He won five major titles in Japan, two league championships, one Emperor's Cup and two league cups.
At FIFA World Cup 1982 his back pass was intercepted by Paolo Rossi who went on to score in a 2–3 loss to Italy which saw a hat trick for Rossi and Brazil knocked out of the tournament in a dramatic upset. For many years after the event, he was widely criticized for this awful pass by many Brazilians.
^Tom, Phillips (31 July 2010). "Lea T and the loneliness of the fashion world's first transsexual supermodel". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 November 2014. It was with undisguised glee that, once Leandro had appeared in photoshoots as Lea T, a Rio newspaper's gossip column revealed she was none other than the daughter of soccer hero Toninho Cerezo, the World Cup veteran and contemporary of legendary Brazil players like Falcão, Sócrates and Zico. He had not, the paper said, reacted well to its questions concerning his child's new existence. "We got in touch with the former star but, irritated, he limited himself to saying that he had four children, one of them called Leandro," the newspaper reported.
Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro, Volume 1 – Lance, Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A, 2001.
1Placar started to give this prize to the best grade holder at Bola de Prata since 1973. In its 2013 ceremonies, a Bola de Ouro was given to Dirceu Lopes, holder of the best 1971 grade. Francisco Reyes and Elías Figueroa, holders of 1970 and 1972 ones respectively, have not been announced as these years' winners yet.