* 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.