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The Greatest South American Footballers as voted on by footy fans across the world. These are the best South American soccer players who have ever played the game.

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Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Diego Maradona Forward, Midfielder

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Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Garrincha Right Wing, Midfielder

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Pelé is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Pelé Forward, Midfielder

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Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Lionel Messi Forward

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Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

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+ - 501 329
Alfredo Di Stéfano is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

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Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Ronaldo Forward

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+ - 315 246
Zico is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Zico Playmaker, Midfielder

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+ - 472 310
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Neymar Forward

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+ - 300 196
Romário is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Romário Forward

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+ - 315 184
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Luis Suárez Winger, Forward, Midfielder

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+ - 282 146
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Roberto Carlos Defender, Midfielder

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+ - 291 181
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Kaká Midfielder

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+ - 236 156
Roberto Rivelino is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Roberto Rivelino Midfielder

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+ - 201 135
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Cafu Defender

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Sócrates is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Sócrates Forward, Midfielder

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+ - 218 122
Gabriel Batistuta is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

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+ - 175 126
Javier Zanetti is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Javier Zanetti Defender, Midfielder

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+ - 147 131
Jairzinho is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Jairzinho Midfielder

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+ - 177 137
Didi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Didi Midfielder

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+ - 146 119
Mario Kempes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Mario Kempes Forward

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+ - 165 99
Alexis Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Alexis Sánchez Forward

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+ - 129 113
Carlos Valderrama is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Carlos Valderrama Midfielder

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+ - 198 160
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Sergio Agüero Forward

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+ - 160 141
Rivaldo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Rivaldo Forward, Midfielder

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+ - 162 135
Carlos Tevez is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Carlos Tevez Forward

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+ - 110 77
Hernán Crespo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Hernán Crespo Forward

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+ - 106 85
Enzo Francescoli is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Enzo Francescoli Forward, Midfielder

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+ - 118 121
Daniel Passarella is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

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Carlos Alberto Torres is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

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Diego Forlán is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Diego Forlán Forward, Midfielder

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+ - 81 69
Teófilo Cubillas is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Teófilo Cubillas Midfielder

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+ - 105 104
Radamel Falcao is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Radamel Falcao Forward, Midfielder

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+ - 68 63
René Higuita is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
René Higuita Goalkeeper

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+ - 49 59
Djalma Santos is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Djalma Santos Defender

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+ - 98 82
Gylmar dos Santos Neves is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

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+ - 70 77
Omar Sívori is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Omar Sívori Forward

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+ - 73 87
José Manuel Moreno is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
José Manuel Moreno Forward, Inside forward

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+ - 58 57
Bebeto is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Bebeto Forward

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+ - 85 104
Juan Alberto Schiaffino is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Juan Alberto Schiaffino Forward, Inside forward

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+ - 53 36
Tostão is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Tostão Winger, Forward, Midfielder

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+ - 91 61
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Thiago Silva Defender, Midfielder

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+ - 65 32
Juan Román Riquelme is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

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Iván Zamorano is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Iván Zamorano Forward

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+ - 45 34
Paulo Roberto Falcão is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

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+ - 49 37
José Luis Chilavert is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

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+ - 50 61
Nílton Santos is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Nílton Santos Defender

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+ - 31 38
Elías Figueroa is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Elias Figueroa Defender

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+ - 34 33
Ubaldo Fillol is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Ubaldo Fillol Goalkeeper

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+ - 82 89
Gonzalo Higuaín is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Gonzalo Higuaín Forward, Midfielder