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

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

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

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

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Romário is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Romário Forward

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Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Roberto Carlos Defender, Midfielder

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Neymar is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Neymar Forward

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

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Kaká is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Kaká Midfielder

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Sócrates is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Sócrates Forward, Midfielder

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Gilmar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Gilmar Goalkeeper

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Paulo Roberto Falcão is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil

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Daniel Alves is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Daniel Alves Defender

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

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

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

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Dida is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Dida Goalkeeper

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Marta is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Marta Forward, Midfielder

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Juninho Pernambucano is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil

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Careca is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Careca Forward

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

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Nílton Santos is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Nílton Santos Defender

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

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Philippe Coutinho is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Philippe Coutinho Midfielder

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

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

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Zé Roberto is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Zé Roberto Midfielder

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Zito is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Zito Forward, Midfielder

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Oscar is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Oscar Midfielder

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Robinho is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Robinho Forward, Midfielder

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David Luiz is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
David Luiz Defender, Midfielder

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Dunga is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Dunga Defender, Midfielder

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Casemiro is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Casemiro Midfielder

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Roberto Dinamite is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil

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Maicon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Maicon Defender

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Branco is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Branco Defender

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Douglas Costa is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Douglas Costa Midfielder

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Éder Aleixo de Assis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil

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Raí is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Raí Midfielder

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Hulk is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Hulk Forward, Midfielder

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Rogério Ceni is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Rogério Ceni Goalkeeper

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Mário Zagallo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil