Baltazar Maria de Morais Júnior
|Full name||Baltazar Maria de Morais Júnior|
|Date of birth||17 July 1959|
|Place of birth||Goiânia, Brazil|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|1995–1996||Kyoto Purple Sanga||30||(28)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
During an 18-year professional career he played, other than in his country, in Spain, Portugal, France and Japan, winning several individual scoring honours. He appeared with the Brazilian national team at the 1989 Copa América.
Born in Goiânia, Goiás, Baltazar started playing with hometown club Atlético Clube Goianiense. In 1979 he signed for Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense, going on to score in double digits during his entire four-season spell (a best of 14 in 1980) while being an instrumental offensive unit in the club's back-to-back Rio Grande do Sul State League conquests; in the 1981's Brazilian League final against São Paulo FC, after missing a penalty kick in the first leg (2–1 home win), he scored the only goal in the second game, for the club's first-ever national championship.
In the following four years Baltazar played for Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras (two spells), Clube de Regatas do Flamengo and Botafogo, netting 13 goals for the second club in another Brazilian championship conquest. Aged 26 he had his first abroad experience, being relegated from the Spanish La Liga with Celta de Vigo.
In 1986–87 Baltazar propelled the Galician club back into the top level, scoring a career-best 34 goals, also a best-ever in the second division. He only found the net six times in the following season, but the club retained its division status.
Subsequently Baltazar stayed in the country and joined Atlético Madrid, exploding for 35 goals in 36 contests in his first season – his second Pichichi in three years – and adding 18 in the following. However, after the emergence of younger Manolo, the 31-year-old was deemed surplus to requirements by manager Tomislav Ivić and, in November 1990, signed for F.C. Porto in Portugal, being used almost exclusively as a substitute during his only season.
However, during nearly one full decade, he only gained a total of six caps, scoring two goals.
- Brazilian League: 1981, 1983
- Rio Grande do Sul State League: 1979, 1980
- Portuguese Cup: 1990–91
- Goiás State League: 1994
- Goiás State League: Top scorer 1978, 1994
- Rio Grande do Sul State League: Top scorer 1980, 1981
- Rio de Janeiro State League: Top scorer 1984
- Brazilian Second Division: Top scorer 1994
- Pichichi Trophy: 1986–87 (Spanish Second Division), 1988–89
|1988/89||Atlético Madrid||La Liga||36||35|
|1991/92||Stade Rennais||Ligue 1||34||6|
|1995||Kyoto Purple Sanga||Football League||27||28|
|1996||J. League 1||3||0|
- Baltazar; Yo Jugué en el Celta, 3 April 2008 (Spanish)
- "3–3: Baltazar impidió el triunfo del Valencia" [3–3: Baltazar prevented Valencia win] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 7 September 1987. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
- Copa América 1989; at RSSSF
- Baltazar, o artilheiro de Deus (Baltazar, God's striker); Terceiro Tempo (Portuguese)
- SambaFoot profile
- BDFutbol profile
- Baltazar profile at ForaDeJogo
- Baltazar at National-Football-Teams.com