Renaldo Lopes da Cruz

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Full name Renaldo Lopes da Cruz
Date of birth (1970-03-19) 19 March 1970 (age 47)
Place of birth Cotegipe, Brazil
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991 Guará 0 (0)
1991–1993 Atlético-PR 12 (5)
1993–1996 Atlético Mineiro 64 (30)
1996–2000 Deportivo La Coruña 23 (5)
1997–1998 Corinthians (loan) 11 (1)
1998–2000 Las Palmas (loan) 50 (14)
2000–2001 Lleida 17 (8)
2001–2002 Extremadura 15 (1)
2002 América-MG 18 (5)
2003 Paraná 42 (30)
2004 FC Seoul 11 (1)
2004 Palmeiras 12 (0)
2005 Paraná 6 (1)
2005 Coritiba 21 (4)
2006 Náutico
2006 Brasiliense
2006 Vitória-ES
2007 Ceilândia
2008 Democrata
2009 Capital-DF
2009 Dom Pedro-DF
2010 Serrano-PR
2010 Capital-DF
2011 Itaúna
2011–2012 Vilavelhense
National team
1996 Brazil 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Renaldo Lopes da Cruz (born 19 March 1970), known simply as Renaldo, is a Brazilian retired footballer who played as a forward.

Football career[edit]

Born in Cotegipe, Bahia, Renaldo played for more than 15 different clubs in his country, most notably for Clube Atlético Mineiro. During his entire career, he missed only two penalty kicks – both in the same match, a 3–0 home win against Figueirense Futebol Clube – and left for Spain in 1996 to sign with Deportivo de La Coruña. Also during that year, he earned his sole cap for the Brazil national team.

Upon his arrival in A Coruña, Renaldo said, while describing himself as a player: "I am like Ronaldo, but with an "e"".[1] However, he grossly failed to live up to expectations, also spending time with three other teams in the country (all in Segunda División). In the following decade, a humorous Spanish website called Renaldinhos y Pavones was created, containing anecdotes on several national and foreign players which caught the eye for various reasons.[2]

In 2002, Renaldo returned to his country to play for América Futebol Clube (MG). He continued to represent clubs in quick succession (he also had another spell abroad, in South Korea for FC Seoul), and finished his career in his 40's playing amateur football.


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