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The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time 

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Updated December 31, 2019 60.4k votes 11.3k voters 74.4k views 133 items

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
Forward and Midfielder from Lanús, Argentina

Nationality: Argentina

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#343 of 2,437 The Most Influential People of All Time #10 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #1 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time

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Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Forward from Rosario, Argentina

Nationality: Argentina, Spain

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#385 of 2,437 The Most Influential People of All Time #15 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #2 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time

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Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Forward and Midfielder from Porto Alegre, Brazil

Nationality: Brazil

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#359 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #5 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #355 of 477 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

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Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Forward from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Nationality: Brazil

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#1,343 of 1,344 The Greatest Minds of All Time #408 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #4 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time

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Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Right Wing and Midfielder from Magé, Brazil

Nationality: Brazil

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#606 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #128 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #11 of 21 The Best Short Male Athletes

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Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Defender and Midfielder from Garça, Brazil

Nationality: Brazil, Spain

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#1,197 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #16 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #33 of 452 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

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Alfredo Di Stéfan... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Forward from Buenos Aires, Barracas, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Nationality: Colombia, Argentina, Spain

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#547 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #4 of 54 The Best Real Madrid Forwards Of All Time #2 of 102 The Best Real Madrid Players Of All Time, Ranked

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Romário is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Forward from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Nationality: Brazil

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#340 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #33 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #15 of 164 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s

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Pelé is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Forward and Midfielder from Três Corações, Brazil

Nationality: Brazil

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#678 of 1,344 The Greatest Minds of All Time #451 of 2,437 The Most Influential People of All Time #70 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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Neymar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Forward from Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil

Nationality: Brazil

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#1,391 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #22 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #3 of 356 The Best Current Soccer Players

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Kaká is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Midfielder from Gama, Federal District, Brazil

Nationality: Italy, Brazil

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#421 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #44 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #83 of 143 Athletes Whose Careers Ended Too Soon

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Rivaldo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Forward and Midfielder from Paulista, Brazil

Nationality: Brazil

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#1,282 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #50 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #155 of 292 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

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Sócrates is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
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Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
IanHarvey added Winger and Forward from Salto, Uruguay

Nationality: Uruguay

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#41 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #170 of 292 The Most Obnoxious Athletes #25 of 356 The Best Current Soccer Players

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Zico is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Playmaker and Midfielder from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Nationality: Brazil

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#419 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #56 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #184 of 356 The Best Current Soccer Players

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Cafu is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Defender from São Paulo, Brazil

Nationality: Brazil

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#363 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #31 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #4 of 452 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

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Gabriel Batistuta is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Forward from Reconquista, Argentina

Nationality: Argentina

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#1,175 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #70 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #12 of 164 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s

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Carlos Valderrama is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Midfielder from Santa Marta, Colombia

Nationality: Colombia, Romania

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#131 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #437 of 452 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time #35 of 164 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s

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Roberto Rivelino is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Midfielder from São Paulo, Brazil

Nationality: Brazil

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#429 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #741 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #68 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players

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Javier Zanetti is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Defender and Midfielder from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Nationality: Argentina

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#96 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #53 of 452 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

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Mario Kempes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Forward from Bell Ville, Argentina

Nationality: Argentina

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#1,359 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #66 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #17 of 99 The Best Hispanic Athletes

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Didi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Midfielder from Campos dos Goytacazes, Brazil

Nationality: Brazil

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#413 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #776 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #10 of 264 The Best Soccer Players from Brazil

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Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
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Jairzinho is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Midfielder from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Nationality: Brazil

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#403 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #238 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #15 of 264 The Best Soccer Players from Brazil

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Teófilo Cubillas ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
hugolopezv added Teófilo Cubillas Midfielder from Lima Region, Peru

Nationality: Peru

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#164 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #1 of 50 The Best Soccer Players from Peru