2019-20 was a historic season for Palmeiras, who won their second Copa Libertadores title against fellow Brazilian side Santos.
🟢 Notable Brazilians to have represented Palmeiras
- 🔮 Alex de Souza
- 🗿 Cafu
- 🃏 Djalminha
- 🏹 Djalma Santos
- 🥽 Flávio Conceição
- 🎯 Gabriel Jesus
- 🧠 Mazinho
- 🧤 Marcos
- 🎨 Rivaldo
- 🚀 Roberto Carlos
- ⚔️ Roque Júnior
- 💗 Vágner Love
Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras has a long history of blooding top-class Brazilian talents. The most recent of which, Gabriel Jesus, has won three Premier League titles with Man City and he also went on to taste Copa América success with the Selecão in 2019, scoring and getting sent off in the final.
Iconic right-back Cafu represented Brazil 142 times, captaining them to World Cup glory in 2002, his second triumph after going all the way in the USA back in 1994. He won two Copa América titles too, not to mention countless club honours during his time in Italy with Roma and then AC Milan.
You may not know this, but Mazinho is the father of Thiago and Rafinha Alcântara. The holding midfielder, who could also be deployed at fullback, won the World Cup in 1994, Copa América in 1989 and two Brazilian championships with Palmeiras in 1993 and 1994.
Rivaldo and Roberto Carlos are possibly the two most illustrious names in Palmeiras' history.
The latter is widely regarded as one of the finest fullbacks in the history of the sport, and a player who redefined his position. The man with a rocket of a left boot won the World Cup, two Copa Américas, three Champions League titles and countless other honours in Spain and Turkey. He was also a teammate of Mazinho's for Palmeiras' consecutive Brazilian titles in the early 90s.
And what about Rivaldo? One of the most gifted playmakers of his generation, the elegant left-footer was also a winner of the big three trophies that any Brazilian footballer craves - World Cup, Copa América and Champions League.
But Rivaldo also shone when the individual prizes were handed out, scooping the 1999 FIFA Men's Best Player award, today's equivalent of the Ballon d'Or. He was absolutely brilliant for Brazil, Barcelona and AC Milan.
Rivaldo was brilliant! pic.twitter.com/pQg57ZAqX4— 90s Football (@90sfootball) January 7, 2021
The January 30th Copa Libertadores showpiece final was Palmeiras' first appearance in the final since 2000 when they went down to Boca Juniors. The year before that, they won their first Copa crown when they defeated Colombia's Deportivo Cali.
Now the Verdão boasts two.