|Full name||Nilton Rogério Cardoso Fernandes|
|Date of birth||7 March 1979|
|Place of birth||Brava, Cape Verde|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|1997–1998||→ Gondomar (loan)||32||(4)|
|1998–1999||→ Esposende (loan)||21||(0)|
|2012||Ironi Bat Yam||6||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
He spent most of his career in Portugal, amassing Primeira Liga totals of 110 games and one goal with four teams.
Born in the island of Brava, Nilton played youth football with Portuguese club Boavista FC, who loaned him to Gondomar S.C. and AD Esposende to kickstart his senior career. Upon his return, he appeared in 12 Primeira Liga games in the 1999–2000 season, helping to a fourth-place finish.
In the following years, Nilton alternated between the top division and the Segunda Liga, representing C.D. Aves (where he scored his first goal, contributing to a 3–2 home win against C.F. Estrela da Amadora on 13 May 2001 as his team was eventually relegated), Gil Vicente FC, F.C. Marco, S.C. Salgueiros and F.C. Penafiel. He left the country in the 2006 summer, scoring a career-best six goals for FC Koper and winning the Slovenian Football Cup.
From 2007 until his retirement five years later, aged 33, Nilton played for Ethnikos Achna FC (Cyprus), NK Maribor (Slovenia), PFC Chernomorets Burgas (Bulgaria), Akritas Chlorakas (Cypriot Second Division) and Maccabi Ironi Bat Yam FC (Israeli second level).