Nilton Santos was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on May 16, 1925. Known as the greatest defender of Brazil national football team of his generation, he has played for two football teams, including Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas and Brazil squad. Nilton Santos, a legendary football player, played for Botafogo in 718 matches. The extraordinary contributions for football by him is that defenders could engage in defending and attacking. In that time, duty of wingback is still restricted in defending rather than attacking, being the pioneering who opened another gate for football. In matches, he participated in shoot and even accomplished shot directly, changing the responsibility of wingbacks on football fields greatly.
He was taken as a critical football player at the World Cup in 1954, 1958 and 1962. He began cutting a striking figure in the sphere of football for an important goal in the 1958 tournament. In his whole international playing career, he capped for Brazil side for 75 times, winning 3 goals in Brazil football kit.