Renato Ribeiro Calixto

Personal information
Full name Renato Ribeiro Calixto
Date of birth (1988-10-04) October 4, 1988
Place of birth Cardoso, Brazil
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Playing position Left Winger / Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Guangzhou R&F
Number 31
Youth career
–2007 Coritiba
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2013 Coritiba 57 (6)
2008Londrina (loan) 9 (1)
2010Atlético Goianiense (loan) 0 (0)
2011Ponte Preta (loan) 34 (4)
2012–2013Kawasaki Frontale (loan) 57 (22)
2014–2015 Kawasaki Frontale 47 (15)
2015– Guangzhou R&F 34 (10)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 October 2016.

Renato Ribeiro Calixto (born October 4, 1988, in Cardoso, São Paulo), most commonly known as Renatinho, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Chinese club Guangzhou R&F.

Club career


Renatinho came up through the Coritiba youth system. He was called up to the senior side for the 2008 Campeonato Paranaense where he scored a wonderful free kick goal. He was then loaned out to Londrina to gain experience.


In October 2008, Renatinho was loaned to Londrina to participate in the 2008 Copa Parana. He helped the team to win the title. He scored the lone goal in the final, as well as in the penalties.

Return to Coritiba

Renatinho returned to Coritiba for the 2009 Campeonato Paranaense, where he made his mark as a starter, scoring twice in 17 games. He also started 6 times in the Copa do Brasil, scoring once. He had a bit of trouble establishing himself in the early stages of the Campeonato Brasileiro, but he eventually broke through and is now a regular. He scored his first goal in his very first game, 5 minutes into a 4-2 loss against Santo André on the 16th of May, 2009. He has since added to the tally against São Paulo on the 7th of October, 2009.

He has also featured in both of Coritiba's Copa Sudamericana matches in 2009, scoring once.

Kawasaki Frontale

On 17 December 2011, Renatinho signed with Japanese side Kawasaki Frontale on a loan deal lasting until the end of the 2012 season.

Playing style

Renatinho is a player who uses his low centre of gravity to control the ball on various runs. He has developed a reputation for the spectacular. For a player of his size and position, he is also quite responsible defensively. He likes to play behind the striker or on the wings.


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