Elkeson is a Brazilian-born Chinese professional football player.

Elkeson de Oliveira Cardoso, professionally known as Elkeson is a Brazilian-born Chinese professional football player. He plays as an attacking midfielder or as a forward for Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande and the Chinese National Team. He started his football career from Brazilian club Vitoria and has later played for Botafogo and Shanghai SIPG as well.

What is Elkeson Famous For?

  • The first player without any known Chinese ancestry to play for the China national team.
  • Won 3 Chinese Super League with Guangzhou Evergrande and 1 Chinese Super League with Shanghai SIPG.

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Where was Elkeson Born?

Elkeson was born on 13 July 1989. His birth name is Elkeson de Oliveira Cardoso. His birth place is in Coelho Neto, Maranhao in Brazil. He held Brazilian nationality. He later acquired Chinese citizenship via naturalization. His zodiac sign is Cancer. Information about his parents and siblings are not available at present.


He started his football career from Brazilian club, Vitoria. He joined the youth academy of the club.

After spending around 9 years in the club’s youth academy, he was promoted to the club’s first team in 2009.

He left the club in 2011 with 18 goals in 98 appearances in all competitions.

Campeonato Baiano: 2009, 2010

Copa do Nordeste: 2010

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He joined another Brazilian club Botafogo in May 2011.

He spent only two seasons at the club where he scored 26 goals in 91 appearances in all competitions.

Guangzhou Evergrande

After 2012 season, the Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande signed him.

He signed a 4-year deal worth 5.7 million Euro with the club in December 2012.

He played 3 seasons in the club scoring 76 goals in 111 appearances in all competitions.

Chinese Super League: 2013, 2014, 2015

AFC Champions League: 2013, 2015

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Shanghai SIPG

He joined another Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG for 18.5 million Euro in January 2016.

He helped the club to win the club’s first Chinese Super League in 2018.

He finished his stint with the club scoring 53 goals in 117 appearances in all competitions.

Chinese Super League: 2018

Chinese FA Super Cup: 2019

Return to Guangzhou Evergrande

He returned to Guangzhou Evergrande in July 2019, where he reportedly signed a 10 million annual salary with the club.

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International career

He received his first call up for Brazil national football team in September 2011. However, he did not play for the team that won Superclasico de las Americas 2011.

He had gained Chinese citizenship via naturalization.

He was called up to the Chinese national team in August 2019. He became the first player to be called up for China without any known Chinese ancestry.

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Individual Honors

AFC Champions League Dream Team: 2013, 2014

Chinese Football Association Footballer of the Year: 2014

Chinese Super League Golden Boot: 2013, 2014

Chinese Super League Team of the Year: 2013, 2014

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Is Elkeson Married?

Elkeson has maintained a low profile regarding his personal life. He never posts about his personal life on social media. Any news about his personal life will be updated.

What are Elkeson Body Measurements?

Elkeson stands at a height of 1.8 m i.e. 5 feet and 11 inches tall. He has a body weight of 77 kg. He has an athletic body build.

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What is Elkeson Net Worth?

Elkeson earns from his professional football career. He has been playing in Chinese Super League since 2013. His reported annual salary at Guangzhou Evergrande is 10 million Euro. His income comes from salary, contracts, and endorsements. His net worth will be updated soon.

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