Few players reached Cláudio’s success in a Timão’s shirt. During the 109 years of Corinthians’ history, no one hit the 300-goal mark. Cláudio Christóvam de Pinho is the club’s greatest scorer. If Cláudio was still alive, he would be 97 this week (July 17). An idol for all Corinthians fans, the striker scored 305 times in the 550 games played for Timão.
Claúdio was born in the city of Santos on the July 17, 1922. He started his career at Corinthians, had a short one-year stay in Palestra Itália and then came back to Timão, the club where he was brought to the spotlight. In 1945, Corinthians signed the future top scorer of club’s history. With accurate technical skills, Cláudio stood out for two trademark moves: free-kicks and the crosses to Baltazar’s head. He won Paulista titles in 1951, 1952 and 1954 and the Rio-São Paulo Tournaments in 1950, 1953 and 1954.
Nicknamed ‘Gerente’, Cláudio was known for leading the group on the pitch like a manager. His first game for Corinthians was against São Paulo, on March 14, 1945. Timão were held to a 4-4 draw at Pacaembu Stadium in the São Paulo Cup. His last game for the club was also against São Paulo, on the December 29, 1957, in the Paulista’ title game.
After leaving the pitch, Cláudio accepted the club’s manager role. The eternal striker passed away on the May 1, 2000.