Villarreal CF captain Marcos Senna may have been born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, but he is a UEFA EURO 2008™ winner with Spain. It is logical then that this cultured passer and penalty specialist should also be a committed campaigner against racism and a supporter of human rights and the migrant communities both in his home country and in Spain.
After playing for a number of Brazilian sides early in his career, Senna moved to Spanish team Villarreal in 2002 from AD São Caetano. Since arriving at El Madrigal, he has helped the club reach the UEFA Champions League semi-finals and achieve a second-placed finish in the Liga.
Senna was granted Spanish citizenship in early 2006, and was part of the national squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup and UEFA EURO 2008™, where he scored in Spain's penalty shoot-out victory against Italy in the quarter-finals. The pinnacle of his career came two games later when he played a crucial role in the team's final win over Germany. He recently set up the Marcos Senna Foundation.
Show of support
The 32-year-old has also pledged his support to UEFA's partner, the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network, by getting involved in the Unite Against Racism conference in Warsaw, organised last month by UEFA, FARE and the players' body FIFPro. In an interview published in March on the FARE website, he shared his thoughts on racism, role models and the power of football. Click here to read the interview with Senna and view his anti-racism message.
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