Birth date 26 Feb 1985 (33 years)
Nationality Brazil Brazil
Position Midfielder
Team history
Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas 2016 - present
Kuwait 2014 - 2015
Associação Académica de Coimbra 2012 - 2014
Clube Atlético Linense 2012
Esporte Clube Pelotas 2011
ABC Futebol Clube 2011
Esporte Clube Santo André 2010
Gremio Foot-ball Porto Alegrense 2008 - 2009 (loan)
Gremio Foot-ball Porto Alegrense 2009 (loan)
Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras 2007 - 2009
Esporte Clube Santo André 2005 - 2006

Leandro dos Santos de Jesus is a professional footballer from Brazil. The defensive midfielder is better known as Makelele. His youth career began in 2004 at Santo Andre. The following year, he broke into the first team at Santo Andre where he played for 2 seasons. He had 35 appearances in those two seasons and scored 4 goals.

In 2007, Makelele transferred to Palmeiras for two seasons but failed to make any impact to get into the first team. He did have 26 appearances that year but most came as a substitute. In 2008, he moved to Gremio in the hopes of getting a more secure place in the starting lineup and has been a steady part of the starting lineup.