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List Rules Soccer players born in Brazil or played on the Brazilian national team.

These are the greatest Brazilian soccer players of all time according to soccer fans from around the world. It is home to some of the best footballers in the world, with many stars playing for teams all across the various American and European leagues. In fact, the most famous soccer player of all time, Pelé, hails from Brazil. But who else makes it on this list of the greatest Brazilian soccer players? See how fans voted below. If you don’t agree with them, vote for your favorite football stars or rerank the list to your liking. Please no American football players.

Searching to see where a particular player is ranked? Use the search box at the top of the list to find them! In Brazil, soccer is by far the most popular sport, with five FIFA World Cup championships under its belt. It most recently won in 2002, with a team captained by Cafu. However, it was Ronaldo that won Brazil that final, along with a Man of the Match award. So where does Ronaldo rank among the other great Brazilian footballers? Or more importantly, is he as good as or better than Pelé?

You can click on the names of these popular soccer players from Brazil in order to get more information about each one, including a short biography and positions played. If you're a sports lover then you can use this list of the greatest Brazilian soccer players ever to discover some new athletes that you might really enjoy watching.
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Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Pelé Forward, Midfielder

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2
+ - 994 317
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

3
+ - 891 330
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Ronaldo Forward

4
+ - 609 254
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Garrincha Right Wing, Midfielder

5
+ - 480 195
Zico is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Zico Playmaker, Midfielder

6
+ - 346 137
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Roberto Carlos Defender, Midfielder

7
+ - 696 297
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Neymar Forward

8
+ - 434 202
Romário is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Romário Forward

9
+ - 370 150
Rivaldo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Rivaldo Forward, Midfielder

10
+ - 272 136
Sócrates is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Sócrates Forward, Midfielder

11
+ - 500 227
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Kaká Midfielder

12
+ - 271 140
Didi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Didi Midfielder

13
+ - 282 140
Roberto Rivelino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Roberto Rivelino Midfielder

14
+ - 328 166
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Cafu Defender

15
+ - 268 154
Jairzinho is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Jairzinho Midfielder

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16
+ - 214 124
Carlos Alberto Torres is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil

17
+ - 216 130
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Thiago Silva Defender, Midfielder

18
+ - 156 96
Bebeto is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Bebeto Forward

19
+ - 82 39
Paulo Roberto Falcão is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil

20
+ - 231 149
Daniel Alves is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Daniel Alves Defender

21
+ - 171 126
Gilmar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Gilmar Goalkeeper

22
+ - 133 92
Leônidas da Silva is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil

23
+ - 75 51
Cláudio Taffarel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Cláudio Taffarel Goalkeeper

24
+ - 57 32
Tostão is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tostão Winger, Forward, Midfielder

25
+ - 63 39
Philippe Coutinho is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Philippe Coutinho Midfielder

26
+ - 54 37
Dida is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Dida Goalkeeper

27
+ - 49 33
Careca is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Careca Forward

28
+ - 107 72
Marta is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Marta Forward, Midfielder

29
+ - 41 33
Vavá is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Vavá Forward

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30
+ - 51 34
Juninho Pernambucano is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil

31
+ - 80 64
Djalma Santos is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Djalma Santos Defender

32
+ - 42 31
Nílton Santos is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Nílton Santos Defender

33
+ - 34 18
Gérson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Gérson Playmaker, Midfielder

34
+ - 51 35
Marcelo Vieira is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Marcelo Vieira Defender, Midfielder

35
+ - 30 26
Zito is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Zito Forward, Midfielder

36
+ - 24 14
Éder Aleixo de Assis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil

37
+ - 22 12
Branco is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Branco Defender

38
+ - 29 21
Casemiro is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Casemiro Midfielder

39
+ - 113 116
Robinho is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Robinho Forward, Midfielder

40
+ - 43 38
Zé Roberto is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Zé Roberto Midfielder

41
+ - 23 15
Aldair is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Aldair Defender

42
+ - 161 172
Oscar is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Oscar Midfielder

43
+ - 18 11
Roberto Dinamite is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil

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44
+ - 162 176
David Luiz is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
David Luiz Defender, Midfielder

45
+ - 96 103
Dunga is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Dunga Defender, Midfielder

46
+ - 17 11
Arthur Friedenreich is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil

47
+ - 38 36
Roberto Firmino is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Roberto Firmino Midfielder

48
+ - 27 29
Raí is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Raí Midfielder

49
+ - 101 95
Maicon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Maicon Defender

50
+ - 22 19
Rogério Ceni is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Rogério Ceni Goalkeeper