Born: December 23, 1976 in Londrina, Paraná, Brazil
Category: Male Indoor Player
A three-time Olympic medalist, Brazil’s Gilberto Godoy Filho, commonly known as “Giba”, enjoyed his greatest moment at Athens 2004, where he inspired Brazil to volleyball gold and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. He would go on to be considered one of the world’s greatest volleyball players during the 2000s with successes to back it up including three FIVB World Championship titles (2002, 2006, and 2010), eight FIVB World League victories (2001, 2003-2007, 2009-2010), two Olympic silver medals (2008 and 2012) along with the Athens Olympics gold (in 2004), as well as 319 international caps for Brazil. Brazil never finished outside of the top three at any major event during Giba’s tenure on the team. Giba capped his impressive career with his third Olympic medals taking silver at the London 2012 Olympic Games.