José Reinaldo de Lima

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Personal information
Full name José Reinaldo de Lima
Date of birth (1957-01-11) 11 January 1957 (age 62)
Place of birth Ponte Nova, Brazil
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1985 Atlético Mineiro 475 (255)
1985 Palmeiras 7 (0)
1986 Rio Negro 6 (2)
1986 Cruzeiro 2 (0)
1986 Häcken
1988 Telstar Velsen
National team
1975–1985 Brazil 37 (14)
Teams managed
1999 Valeriodoce
2001 Mamoré
2012 Villa Nova
2014 Ipatinga
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

José Reinaldo de Lima (born 11 January 1957) is a former Brazilian footballer who played as a striker. He is popularly known as Reinaldo or Rei (The King). Widely regarded as one of the greatest strikers in the history of Brazilian football, Reinaldo played most of his career for Atlético Mineiro, and still holds the record of highest goal average per game in the Brazilian league, with 1.55 goals per match in the 1977 Brazilian Championship, at a time when Atlético Mineiro was regarded to have one of the best teams in the world.

Clubs and Years active[edit]

Reinaldo played 30 matches and scored 14 goals for the Brazilian national team between July 1975 and May 1985, including the 1978 FIFA World Cup, where he scored one goal against Sweden.[1] He also scored the qualifying goal for Brazil’s participation in the 1982 FIFA World Cup held in Spain, but was not included on the team, apparently due to injury.

Records and awards[edit]

Reinaldo scored a club record of 255 goals for Clube Atlético Mineiro.[2] He also averaged 1.55 goals per match in the 1977 season—scoring 28 goals in 18 matches— the record average for the Brazilian League, for which Atlético supporters nicknamed him The King ("o Rei", in Portuguese, which also served as a pun on his name).[citation needed] He won eight Campeonato Mineiro titles including six consecutively: in 1976, 1978–1983 and 1985.

Subsequent career[edit]

Reinaldo is still remembered by Atlético Mineiro supporters.[citation needed] In 2004, he was elected in Belo Horizonte to represent the Partido dos Trabalhadores (Brazilian Workers' Party).[citation needed]


  1. ^ ReinaldoFIFA competition record
  2. ^ "Futpedia: Reinaldo (José Reinaldo de Lima)" (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. Archived from the original on 2008-11-09. Retrieved 2010-02-04.