Midfielder commonly known as "Amaral" who won a bronze medal representing Brazil at the 1996 Summer Olympics. He won league titles with Palmeiras, Corinthians, Vasco da Gama and Beşiktaş during his illustrious, multi-decade career.
He worked as a grave digger prior to his professional soccer career.
His natural charisma made him a consistent fan favorite and has carried over since his playing career, earning him an Instagram following of more than 400,000.
His parents are Rosária Aparecida Leite da Silva and João Bento Mariano.
He was teammates with Roberto Carlos on the Brazilian national squad.