Humberto Carlos Nelson Cruz Silva (Spanish pronunciation: [umˈbeɾto ˈkruθ], born 8 December 1939) is a Chilean retired footballer that played in two FIFA World Cups (1962, Chile third place, and 1966) as centre back, despite his short height. He also has been a close friend of Pelé since they played against each other in the 1960s. According to Pelé, Cruz was one of his best markers and in several interviews he has mentioned the classic moment when Cruz pulled down his pants so he wouldn't elude him. His nickname is after Cheeta (pronounced Chita in Spanish), Tarzan's ape companion.
|Full name||Humberto Carlos Nelson Cruz Silva|
|Date of birth||8 December 1939|
|Place of birth||Santiago, Chile|
|Height||1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|*Club domestic league appearances and goals|
His son, Humberto Cruz Floh, was with the Universidad Católica youth ranks and represented Chile at under-20 level in the 1985 South American Championship. Another son, Claudio Cruz, played for Deportes Antofagasta and Audax Italiano.
- Primera División: 1963, 1970
- ""Chita", "Pájaro", "Chamuca", "Caldillo" y "Bototo"... Cinco futbolistas revelan el origen de sus inconfundibles y notables apodos | Emol.com". Emol (in Spanish). El Mercurio. 21 April 2020. Retrieved 13 September 2022.
- "Grandes dinastías de la Selección: Padres e hijos que jugaron por "La Roja"". Guioteca.com (in Spanish). El Mercurio. 15 June 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2022.
- "Claudio Cruz :: Claudio Cruz Floh ::". zerozero.pt (in Portuguese). Retrieved 13 September 2022.
- "Humberto Cruz". Partidos de La Roja (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 September 2022.