Name: José Reinaldo de Lima 11/1/1957 Center Forward Clubs: 1973-1985: Atlético-MG 1985: Palmeiras-SP 1986: Rio Negro-AM 1986: Cruzeiro-MG 1987: Hacken de Göteborg - Sweden 1988: Telstar - Netherlands Mineiro Champion : 76, 78, 79, 80, 81 Vice-Brasileiro : 77, 81 Brazilian Bola de Prata (Placar): 1977, 1983 [Following bio translated from http://www.gazetaesportiva.net/idolos/futebol/reinaldo/abertura.htm ] José Reinaldo de Lima was not just the greatest goalscorer in Atletico Mineiro history – the club which he defended for 14 years – but one of the greatest center forwards in Brasilian football history. “Rei Reinaldo” was small framed, but blessed with extra-ordinary ability, with the rare talent of seeking the game and accelerating with ball under control. He could play and one-twos (tabelas) and had the vision to set up plays. He was able to score 386 goals in his career, in spite of the frequent injuries he suffered. His great talent was obfuscated by the recklessness and violence of his adversaries and the numerous unsuccessful surgical surgeries he endured from early on in his career. “The initial problem with my knee occurred when I stepped into a divot on the pitch. My foot got caught and caused severe torsion. It all started then,” said the player, referring to a game against Ceara in 1974 when he was 17 years old. . Still a youth player, he was victim of a horrific tackle which resulted in the meniscus being removed from both knees. Despite the severity of the injury which occurred prior to Reinaldo turning pro, he won 5 Campeonatos Mineiros (76, 78, 79, 80, 81) and was twice runner-up in the Brasileiro (77, 81). In 1977, with both knees seriously hurt, he scored 28 goals in the Brasileiro – a record that stood for 20 years. In 1985, after a series of knee operation, the CF was transferred to Palmeiras, where he stayed for less than 3 months. He no longer was in conditions to play at the level of football that consecrated his fame with Atletico. Later he played with Cruzeiro, and his career prematurely ended playing for a second division team in Holland (Telstar) in 1987 at 30 years of age. Injuries Reinaldo’s athletic life was full of drama. After extracting both meniscuses while still in the youth squads, he was still the target of impetuous defenders due to his abilities and efficiency on the pitch. For this reason he endured numerous surgeries (abroad as well) that kept him from various important games. In 1978 he was selected by Claudio Coutinho for the Selecao to play in WC 1978. He was Brasil’s great promise for the tournament. Though he scored the first Brasilian goal that tournament, once again his knees kept him from showing his real abilities. “I played that WC without being fit,” he later confessed. Upon his return to Brasil he traveled directly to the USA for a relatively successful surgery. Reinaldo scored 11 goals in 31 games for the Selecao. With Atlético Mineiro, his tally is 255 goals, always with the number 9.