Where are they now? Cafu


Marcos Evangelista de Morais, known as Cafu, is considered to be one of the greatest full-backs of all time and one of the best defenders ever to play in the Italian Serie A. The Brazilian is highly known for his speed and energetic attacks along the right flank and he is the most internationally capped Brazilian player of all time with 142 appearances for the Brazil national team.


A legend of having won two World Cups, two Copa America's, a Scudetto with AS Roma and two Copa Libertadores with Sao Paulo, Cafu arrived in Milan at the age of 33. He was expected to stay with the Rossoneri for 2 seasons, however, Ancelotti emphasized that he is offered another contract extension and stayed for another 3 years. The discipline and modesty of Cafu made him a true Milan leader, but his ability to run down the line, overlap with ease, and throw searing crosses into the box made him a legend of Milan and a terror to anyone who met him. In his first season, he rounded out a strong defense that would lead Milan to winning the Scudetto, ending the season with eleven points clear at the top. In total, with the Rossoneri, Cafu won 1 Serie A Scudetto, 1 UEFA Champions League, 2 UEFA Super Cups, 1 Supercoppa Italiana and 1 FIFA Club World Cup.


With several honors under his belt, both domestically and globally, Cafu retired from the game at the age of 38 and did not participate in anything football related from then onwards. He will be remembered as one of the best right backs of all time, a two-timed World Cup winner and gentleman on and off the pitch.