Roberto Alcântara Ballesteros

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Roberto
Personal information
Full name Roberto Alcântara Ballesteros
Date of birth (1977-07-25) 25 July 1977 (age 39)
Place of birth Osasco, Brazil
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2003 Volta Redonda
1999 Juventude (loan)
2001–2002 Vila Nova (loan)
2003–2006 Penafiel 93 (36)
2006–2009 Leixões 60 (23)
2009–2011 Feirense 55 (19)
2011–2012 Arouca 26 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Roberto Alcântara Ballesteros (born 25 July 1977), known simply as Roberto, is a Brazilian retired footballer who played as a striker.

He spent the vast majority of his professional career in Portugal, representing four different clubs and amassing Primeira Liga totals of 83 games and 19 goals over the course of four seasons.

Football career[edit]

Born in Osasco, São Paulo, Roberto played mainly for Volta Redonda Futebol Clube in his country, also being loaned twice during his contract. In February 2003, he moved to Portugal and joined F.C. Penafiel, scoring 20 second division goals in his first full season, which ended in Primeira Liga promotion. He netted only 13 in the following two combined, however, with the team being relegated in 2006.

Roberto then returned to the Portuguese second level, with Leixões SC, scoring 17 goals in 30 games in his first year en route to another promotion. After an average 2007–08, he could only appear in three matches in the following campaign as the Matosinhos side finished in sixth position.

In the 2009 summer, aged 32, Roberto returned to division two as he signed for C.D. Feirense. He scored nine league goals in his second season, being an essential attacking unit as the club returned to the top flight after an absence of 23 years.

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