Top facts about Manoel Tobias, former king of futsal

Sun 05 June 2022 | 4:30

Manoel Tobias is one of the greatest players in futsal history. He is considered to be the second best player after his fellow Brazilian, Falcao. Read on to find out more facts about Manoel Tobias.

Manoel Tobias da Cruz Jnior (born April 19, 1971 in Salgueiro) is a former Brazilian futsal player who played in the winger position.

Manoel Tobias’ age

is 51. Here you can find out the most important facts about Manoel Tobias, the former futsal player.

Tobias, a two-time Futsal World Cup champion and three-time FIFA Futsal Player of the Year, is widely regarded as one of the greatest futsal players of all time. He had a brief stint in field football as a midfielder for Grêmio in 1996.

Tobias is a three-time Best Futsal Player in the World winner (2000-2002), a two-time Futsal World Cup Golden Ball winner (1996 and 2000), and a two-time Futsal World Cup Golden Shoe winner (1996 and 2000).

When the UMBRO Futsal Awards began giving out a "Best Player in the World" award in 2000, Manoel Tobias won it three years in a row. He also has two FIFA World Cup Golden Ball and Golden Shoe awards to his name from the 1996 and 2000 tournaments.

Tobias scored 278 goals in just over 300 appearances for Brazil on the international stage before retiring in 2004.

Top facts about Manoel Tobias:

An important fact about Manoel Tobias is that he is globally considered as one of the world's best and most influential futsal players. Manoel was voted the best player in the world in 2000, 2001, and 2002, as well as the best player in the 1996 and 2000 World Cups.

Manoel Tobias early life

An important fact about Manoel Tobias is that he is from Salgueiro, Pernambuco, in the northeast of Brazil, a city of 60,000 people in one of the country's poorest regions. He is the third of nine children, the son of a school principal and a teacher. There is no more information available regarding

Manoel Tobias’ parents


An important fact about Manoel Tobias is that he declared in Pernambuco's most important newspaper (Folha de Pernambuco) that he had a happy childhood and a good education. “I had a good time on the street; it was a peaceful life."


Manoel Tobias’ childhood

, it should be mentioned that he discovered futsal in his new school in 1984, when his family moved to the city of Cordeiro, in the province of Recife. This Zico fan quickly joined the team of his public school, Barros Carvalho, with whom he quickly became Pernambuco vice-champion.

Manoel Tobias quickly rose to prominence in the youth championships. Tobias was promoted to the senior age category at the age of sixteen.

Manoel Tobias professional career

In an interview, Manoel Tobias reflected on his glorious career, “I think I’m the greatest player of all time. Why? Because Manoel Tobias could attack and defend, create goals and score goals. Sorry, but it would be hypocritical for me not to say this, because I firmly believe I am the greatest. Manoel Tobias first, Falcao second, Ricardinho third. Jorginho was an unbelievable player too.”

Manoel Tobias futsal career

An important

fact about Manoel Tobias

is that he was recruited by Clube Candelas in Curitiba in 1988, while representing the State of Pernambuco in the national championships; team with which he truly began his senior career in 1990.

Votorantim, Banfort and Impacel

The following year, he relocated to Votorantim, and in 1992, to Banfort. He won the Brazilian championship and the Copa América for clubs in 1993, then moved to Impacel in 1994, where he won the Brazilian championship again (his third).


In 1995, he joined Enxuta to compete for the new title of Brazilian champion. He also won the club world championship.

While playing for the Enxuta club at the end of 1995, football coach Luiz Felipe Scolari persuaded him to join Grêmio football club.


An important fact about Manoel Tobias is that he quickly joined Inter, where he became champion in his first season. At the end of the competition, he was named top scorer and best player number three. Manoel was named Player of the Year at the end of an outstanding 1996 season.

Atletico Mineiro

Manoel Tobias, who joined Atletico Mineiro in 1998, won the 1999 LNF championship and set the record for goals in a single edition of the competition with 52 goals.


After a year and a half at Vasco da Gama, he transferred to Malwee/Jaraguá, where he did not fare well with the team.

FS Cartagena

An important

fact about Manoel Tobias

is that he left his home country in 2002 to join the Spanish club FS Cartagena. He spent five seasons in Spain, scoring three goals for Murcians fans.

Sports Club Ulbra

The Brazilian champion returned to Sports Club Ulbra in 2007, where he finished his career on September 24, 2007.

Manoel Tobias football career

An important fact about Manoel Tobias is that he was the 1996 Copa Renner champion while playing for Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense. In this tournament, he even scored a goal in his team's 3-1 victory over Caxias.

He said about playing football, "Six years after turning professional in futsal, I gained experience in field football. I was already playing football in Rio Grande do Sul when I received an invitation. Unfortunately, the adaptation did not meet my expectations.”

Manoel Tobias quotes

"I was like Cristiano Ronaldo in that I always wanted to be the best I could be and keep winning," Manoel Tobias said.

That insatiability is why, when the then-21-year-old boarded a flight from Hong Kong to Rio de Janeiro in November 1992, he didn't revel in the fact that he had helped Brazil win the FIFA Futsal World CupTM and been named the competition's best right-winger, but instead set lofty goals for the next edition of the competition, which he met and exceeded.

About preferring futsal or football when he was younger, he has said: “Both. I was signed by Nautico Capibaribe in 1986 as a futsal and football player.

I was a senior-level futsal player and a U-17 football player. I wanted it to go on indefinitely. But, by the end of 1988, I needed to make a choice, and my heart was leaning toward futsal.

“Since I was a child, I've wanted to represent my nation in a major athletic event. I had a lot of dreams about it. I knew the World Cup was coming up in a few years from the time I chose to pursue futsal, and I was looking forward to it.”

“I was 21 years old and on a plane to Hong Kong with all these great players. I'll never forget my arrival at Hong Kong's airport.”

“We weren't accustomed to being in the limelight, yet there were FIFA signs everywhere, and there were a lot of cameras. I felt like I was in a FIFA tournament right then — something that doesn't happen to a youngster from a little town like Salgueiro.

It was the fulfillment of a lifelong ambition. And I wasn't just there; I was the starting quarterback on a team with so many talented athletes.”

Some more facts about Manoel Tobias:

Manoel changed Brazilian clubs almost every season during his first ten seasons. He moved to the Spanish club FS Cartagena in 2002, where he stayed for five years.

At the 1997 Barcelona World Cup, while playing for Sport Club Internacional, he won the Golden Ball trophy as the best player and the Golden Boot as the competition's top scorer with 14 goals.

Manoel Tobias was confirmed as an assistant to the new coach of the Brazilian Futsal Team, Ney Pereira, on January 29, 2013, replacing Marcos Sorato.

An important

fact about Manoel Tobias

is that he joined the Brazilian futsal team at the age of 18 and was crowned South American champion and then world champion in 1992.

He won his second FIFA World Cup in 1996. He maintained his winning streak by leading Brazil to the Copa América. The following year, he won another Copa América with the national team. Manoel was also a member of the Brazilian team that lost the World Cup to Guatemala for the first time in 2000.

In the national futsal team, Manoel Tobias has over 300 selections and over 270 goals. He has a few selection matches with Falcao, the future new legend. Tobias believes that his teammates Fininho and Iacovino are the best cross partners on court.

With his 279th goal 5 in March 2010, Falcao surpassed Manoel Tobias as the top Brazilian goalscorer in futsal history.

An important fact about Manoel Tobias is that he was confirmed as the new assistant coach of the Brazilian national futsal team, Ney Pereira, on January 29, 2013, replacing Marcos Sorato.

Between 2013 and 2014, he worked as an assistant to Ney Pereira on the Auriverde national team, and he was also the coach of the Brazilian women and under-20s at the time.

Tobias then established several social centers in the Fortaleza region that focus on the sporting and social inclusion of young people aged 8 to 17. It enables a number of young people to pursue careers as professional futsal players.

Manoel Tobias is known for his exceptional skill, as well as his high passing quality and striking power. Manoel Tobais won the FIFA World Cup twice with the Brazilian team, in 1992 and 1996, and was twice named the competition's top scorer.

An important fact about Manoel Tobias is that he had previously won the Pan-American and South American championships in 1991 and 1992, respectively. He and his team won the Copa América in 1996 and 1997.

In club, he was notable for winning four Brazilian championships (1991, 1993, 1994, and 1995), the Copa América of clubs in 1993, and the Club World Cup in 1995 and 2001. Individually, he was named best player in the world three times by FutsalPlanet Awards.

Manoel Tobias social media


Manoel Tobias social media

, it should be mentioned that he has an Instagram page (


) with more than 3k followers. On the page, we can see various pictures of him along with his fans and family.

Manoel Tobias body measurements

Speaking about

Manoel Tobias body measurements

, it should be mentioned that the former player is 180cm and 82kg.

Manoel Tobias net worth and salary

Manoel Tobias's net worth

is estimated to be around $5 million, according to Wikipedia, Forbes, and Business Insider.

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