Where Are They Now? Nelson Dida

Nelson de Jesus Silva, better know to the footballing world as Dida, was born in Brazil in 1973. He started his professional career in his native Brazil in the 90s, where he built his reputation as a shot stopper who was especially good at saving penalties. Milan's scouting department soon picked up on this and he signed for the Rossoneri in 2000. Playing in Italy from 2000 to 2010, Nelson Dida was a Milanista for 9 seasons in total; having spent the 2001/2002 season on loan to Corinthians in Brazil. His was an integral part of Milan's golden generation throughout that period, winning 2 Champions League titles a Scudetto and numerous other titles. The match that really etched his name into Milan folklore was the 2003 CL final against Juventus, where his penalty-saving skills helped Milan win the penalty shootout en route to their sixth Champions League title. Earning 91 senior caps throughout his career, Dida was also a decorated Brazilian international. He won the 2002 World Cup, Confederations Cup and Copa America with the Selecao. After retiring from football in 2015, Dida became involved in many other ventures, including advocating for football players' rights and compensation in the lower leagues in Brazil.