Gilberto da Silva Melo

Gilberto Da Silva Melo

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Gilberto da Silva Melo

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Gilberto da Silva Melo, (born 25 April 1976 in Rio de Janeiro), more commonly known as Gilberto is a professional Brazilian footballer, who is currently playing for Brazilian club Cruzeiro. He has played at left back for the majority of his career. Gilberto's brothers, Nildeson and Nélio, are also football players.

Club career

Having started his career in his native Brazil, playing for América-RJ, Flamengo and Cruzeiro, then he moved for one season to Italy club Internazionale. However, he soon left for Vasco da Gama. He also played with Grêmio and São Caetano.

Hertha BSC

Gilberto returned to Europe in 2004 with Hertha BSC.He played four years in this club and for several years been one of the best left defenders of Bundesliga. Gilberto combined a successful defense with permanent participation in the attacks from the left winger position. He had fast speed and good shot, and often threatened the goal, scoring six goals at the first season as a left back. In the first two seasons of his Berlin career Hertha finished fourth in 2004–05 and the following season finished sixth. In the 2004–05 season, Gilberto named the best left back of Bundesliga.

Tottenham Hotspur

Gilberto signed for Tottenham Hotspur from Hertha on 31 January 2008. he made his Spurs debut against PSV in the UEFA Cup on 6 March 2008, but was replaced by Jamie O'Hara at half-time, after he had...
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