Sérgio Cláudio dos Santos
for short; born June 27, 1971 in Nilópolis
, Brazil) is a former association footballer, who last played as a left winger
and left back
for A.C. Milan
. His nickname is Il Concorde
, due to his quick and tireless pace on the pitch.
He played for Cruzeiro EC
, and moved to AC Milan from São Paulo FC
in 1999. At Milan, Serginho was always a fringe player, starting on the bench but often being the first substitute. He contributed to Milan's 2003 UEFA Champions League
victory over Juventus FC
, scoring the first of Milan's three penalty scores in the shootout. 2005 was a reversal of fortune as Milan made the CL final again but lost on penalties to Liverpool F.C.
, with Serginho whistling his shot over the crossbar.
The apex of Serginho's Milan career was when he scored a goal and contributed three assists in a 6–0 thrashing of crosstown rival Internazionale
on May 11, 2001.
He earned ten caps with the Brazilian national team
, scoring one goal. He would undoubtedly have won more caps, if not for the ever-present Roberto Carlos
as left-back during Serginho's whole career.
On May 16, 2008 it was announced that Serginho and compatriot Cafu
would be leaving Milan at the end of the season. Serginho also immediately announced his retirement at the end of the season. On May 18 he played the final minutes of the match against Udinese
and appeared quite moved at the end of the game.
: 2004Coppa Italia