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Airton
Personal information
Full name Airton Ribeiro Santos
Date of birth February 21, 1990 (1990-02-21) (age 19)
Place of birth    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Defensive Midfielder, Central Defender
Club information
Current club Benfica
Number 26
Youth career
2007
2007
2008
Nova Iguaçu
Mesquita
Flamengo
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
2008–2009
2010–
Flamengo
Benfica
047 00(0)
000 00(0)   

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Airton Ribeiro Santos or simply Airton (born Rio de Janeiro, February 21, 1990), is a Defensive Midfielder who played for Brazilian club Flamengo and recently signed with Benfica from Portugal.

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Career

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Early career

He started his career at Nova Iguaçu at 13 years of age. In the end of 2007, Flamengo's youth coach Adílio asked for his loan. Airton also spent four months on loan at Mesquita in 2007, playing in the youth team.

Flamengo

Airton arrived at Flamengo, on loan, on January 7, 2008 to play in the club's youth team. His rights belonged, at that time, to Nova Iguaçu, which had contract until 2010. He would play for Flamengo until the end of 2008, but still in 2008 Flamengo signed him acquiring part of his rights, Nova Iguaçu and Traffic (investors group) shared the other parts of his rights.

His first match in the first-team was in the 1–1 draw against Vasco da Gama on April 6, 2008. And his debut in the Brazilian Série A was on Mineirão Stadium coming from the bench in the 1-1 draw against Atlético Mineiro on July 9, 2008.

S.L. Benfica

In December of 2009, after many speculations, Benfica signed Aírton for five year deal.[1][2][3] Flamengo received a sum around €1,1 million for it's 15% of his rights.

Flamengo career statistics

(Correct as of December 6, 2009)
Club Season Carioca League Brazilian Série A Brazilian Cup Copa Libertadores Copa Sudamericana Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Flamengo 2008 1 0 0 16 0 0 - - - - - - - - - 17 0 0
2009 14 0 1 31 0 1 6 0 0 - - - 2 0 0 53 0 2
Total 15 0 1 47 0 1 6 0 0 - - - 2 0 0 70 0 2

according to combined sources on the Flamengo official website[4] and Flaestatística[5].

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