Discover Cafu’s net worth and personal life details

Discover Cafu’s net worth and personal life details

Kevin Omuya
April 18, 2024 at 9:33 PM
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The Brazilian Cafu was a right-back in his professional football career. Many rank him among the all-time great fullbacks. His 142 appearances for Brazil's national team make him the all-time leader. This article delves into Cafu's net worth and other personal details.

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Brazilian Cafu during the 2019 Laureus World Sports Awards ceremony(R) and in the international friendly match against New Zealand in 2006. Photo: Valery Hache, Stuart Franklin/Getty Images
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Cafu lifted the 1994 and 2002 World Cups while playing for his national team. He was part of the Brazilian squad that won the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup, played in four Copa América tournaments, and won two titles (1997 and 1999).

Profile summary

Full name

Marcos Evangelista de Morais

Gender

Male

Date of birth

June 7, 1970

Place of birth

Itaquaquecetuba, São Paulo, Brazil

Age

53 years old as of 2024

Nationality

Brazilian

Ethnicity

Mixed

Height

1.76m (5'9")

Weight

82kg(181lbs)

Marital status

Married

Wife

Regina Feliciano

Profession

Former professional football player

Current team

Retired

Position

Right-back

Social media

Instagram, X(Twitter)

Cafu's net worth and salary

The legendary Brazilian right-back earned millions during his lucrative career in Brazil and Europe. However, despite his legendary status, details of Cafu's net worth remain undisclosed. He bought a luxurious mansion worth around $8.1 million in Alphaville, Sao Paulo, where he lived with his family.

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Cafu of AC Milan during the UEFA Champions League match between Deportivo La Coruna and AC Milan on April 7, 2004, in La Coruna. Photo: Jamie McDonald
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The Brazilian endured a difficult time after retirement and reportedly went bankrupt. The Sun reported his mansion was auctioned off for around $5 million in December 2023 to settle his massive debts. Cafu reportedly had five of his other properties seized over debts. He told the Sun,

"A lot of people are saying I'm broke. We all have problems but I'm not broke. I have this debt problem but it will be solved. With my sweat, work and dedication we will solve this."

According to Insidesport, Cafu earned an estimated $2.7 million in 2002 at Roma. Elfutbolero revealed that he earned around $4 million per season in Europe.

Cafu's Biography

Cafu grew up in the São Paulo favela with his six siblings in Jardim Irene. When he was seven years old, he joined a football academy and quickly advanced to play for the youth teams of Nacional-SP, Portuguesa, and Itaquaquecetuba. He also played futsal for two years.

How old is Cafu?

Born on June 7, 1970, Cafu's age is 53 as of 2024. His real name is Marcos Evangelista de Morais. Cafu's nationality is Brazilian.

Cafu's family

The legendary right-back has not shared details about his mother, but his father, Cleusa, worked for the local authority in Brazil. Cafu reportedly has three siblings: Maurício, Mauro, and Marcelo Evangelista de Morais.

He married Regina Feliciano in 1987 and welcomed two sons together, Wellington and Danilo. The eldest, Danilo passed away on September 4, 2019. Cafu's son's death sent shocking waves to his fans and admirers. Danilo died of a heart attack after complaining of feeling sick.

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Brazil's Cafu (L) with wife Maria Cristina (R) at the inauguration ceremony of the Kolkata Police Friendship Cup at Mohammedan Sporting Club on November 5, 2022, in Kolkata, India. Photo: Samir Jana
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According to CNN, the ambulance rushed Danilo to the hospital, but he did not survive. In a Tweet, the Sao Paolo football team said,

“The Sao Paulo Futebol Clube is deeply saddened by the passing of Danilo, son of Cafu. We extend our deepest condolences and best wishes to the tricolor hero, his family, and friends."

Real Madrid also tweeted their sympathies. With these words, the LaLiga club conveyed their sorrow at the passing of Danilo, the son of Brazilian footballer,

"In this moment of great sorrow, the club expresses its deepest sympathies to Cafu and his loved ones.

Football career

Cafu's Transfermarkt stats reveal he played for five clubs and the Brazilian national football team during his illustrious career. He began playing in his home country for São Paulo before moving to Europe.

He made a significant transfer to Europe in 1995, signing with Serie A club Roma. During his seven years there, he became a legend, winning the title and gaining more fans.

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Cafu of Brazil(L) and Florent Malouda of France in action during the World Cup Quarter Final on July 01, 2006. Photo: Simon Bruty
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Cafu joined AC Milan, a powerhouse in Serie A, in 2003 and continued to shine, earning several league titles and two UEFA Champions Leagues. The defender's leadership qualities and ability to score goals while playing right back earned him a reputation for greatness.

International career

The Brazilian icon made 142 appearances for the men's national team, including an unprecedented 21 World Cup games. Cafu won the World Cup twice (1994 and 2002). He quickly became a mainstay in Brazil's starting lineup, helping the team win the 1997 and 1999 Copa América, the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup, and a spot in the 1998 World Cup final.

According to FIFA, he is the only footballer to have appeared in three World Cup finals. He played for his country in four FIFA World Cups between 1994 and 2006.

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Brazil celebrates as Cafu lifts the trophy after the Germany vs. Brazil World Cup Final match on June 30, 2002. Brazil won 2-0. Photo: Alex Livesey
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Retirement

After a tremendous career as one of the all-time great fullbacks, the World Cup winner retired from professional football in 2008. He left a legacy as one of the all-time great defenders.

Cafu's career stats and awards

The legendary right-back cemented his legacy by scoring brilliant goals and unleashing spectacular crosses that created opportunities for his teammates. Below is the summary of his stats per team.

Team

Years

Appearances

Goals

Assists

Sao Paulo FC

1992-1995

31

2

1

Palmeiras

1995-1997

2

12

-

AS Roma

1997-2001

218

8

35

AC Milan

2001-2008

274

11

34

Zaragoza

1995

13

-

-

Brazil national team

1990-2006

143

5

18

Total

1992-2006

681

38

88

The legendary right-back bagged multiple trophies with his clubs and the national team. Here is a list of his trophies and the years he won.

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Kaka (L) and Cafu of Milan celebrate with the trophy during the UEFA Champions League Final match against Liverpool on May 23, 2007. Photo: Shaun Botterill
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  • FIFA World Cup (1994, 2002)
  • FIFA Confederations Cup (1997, 2005)
  • Copa América (1997, 1999)
  • UEFA Champions League (2007)
  • UEFA Cup (1991)
  • Serie A (2001, 2004, 2007)
  • Campeonato Brasileiro Série A (1991, 1992)
  • Copa Libertadores (1992, 1993)

What is Cafu doing now?

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Brazilian former footballer Cafu is presented during the 2019 Copa America football tournament draw on January 24, 2019. Photo: Carl De Souza
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FIFA revealed that Cafu focused on philanthropy after retiring. He has a foundation, Fundacao Cafu, at his birthplace, Jardim Irene, which provides opportunities for the underprivileged. Cafu has also dedicated time to humanitarian work in Italy, Mozambique, and the Sertão, the semi-arid region of Brazil's northeast.

Frequently asked questions

The Brazilian legend has made history with his performance and achievements. He is also a role model and inspiration to many. Here are more facts about him.

What is Cafu famous for?

He is known for his leadership, pace and energetic attacking runs along the right flank. Cafu is also recognised widely for his philanthropy and humanitarian work. He is the most capped Brazilian footballer at 142.

How many trophies did Cafu win in his career?

The defender won 24 trophies with club and country. He is among the most decorated Brazilian legends.

Did Cafu win the World Cup?

The fullback lifted two FIFA World Cups with his country (1994 and 2002). He captained his nation in their 2002 triumph.

How many goals did Cafu score in his career?

According to Transfermarkt, the legendary defender scored 38 goals in 681 games for his clubs and country. He also managed 88 assists.

Final word

The Brazilian icon received significant honours from his team and his club. Although Cafu's net worth has remained a mystery, he was undeniably one of the most fantastic football ever.

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Kevin Omuya is a Content Writer with 4 years of experience who joined Sports Brief in 2022. In 2019 he held a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Digital Media from KCA University.