|Full name||Nélson César Tavares Rodrigues da Veiga|
|Date of birth||9 February 1978|
|Place of birth||Lisbon, Portugal|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 March 2017.
Nélson César Tavares Rodrigues da Veiga (born 9 February 1978) is a Cape Verdean footballer who plays for Portuguese club U.D. Vilafranquense. He can operate as either a right back or a central defender.
Born in Lisbon, Portugal, Veiga played for several local clubs as a youth, finishing his formation at G.D. Estoril-Praia and going on to spend his first four senior seasons with them, three in the second division and one in the third. In 2000 he signed for Vitória de Setúbal, contributing with 17 games and one goal in his first year as the Sadinos returned to the Primeira Liga.
After two more years with Vitória, Veiga returned to the second level and joined Associação Naval 1º de Maio, achieving another top flight promotion in 2005, the Figueira da Foz club's first ever. In the 2006 summer, after helping the team retain their division status, he left Portugal for the first time, going on to spend the following four seasons in Cyprus with AC Omonia and AEK Larnaca FC.
Veiga chose to represent Cape Verde internationally, making his debut in 2003. He played every match in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification stage, only missing the contests against Burkina Faso and Uganda.