Soccer The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time  

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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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1
3,894 1,484
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Diego Maradona Forward, Midfielder

2
2,177 2,326
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Pelé Forward, Midfielder

3
2,921 2,038
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Lionel Messi Forward

4
1,353 906
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

5
552 466
Zico is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Zico Playmaker, Midfielder

6
1,212 996
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Ronaldo Forward

7
947 746
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Garrincha Right Wing, Midfielder

8
567 419
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Kaká Midfielder

9
670 470
Alfredo Di Stéfano is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

10
481 219
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Roberto Carlos Defender, Midfielder

11
321 232
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Cafu Defender

12
829 506
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Neymar Forward

13
453 293
Romário is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Romário Forward

14
537 323
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
IanHarvey added Luis Suárez Winger, Forward, Midfielder

15
311 251
Roberto Rivelino is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Roberto Rivelino Midfielder

16
246 216
Didi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Didi Midfielder

17
220 203
Jairzinho is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Jairzinho Midfielder

18
259 161
Sócrates is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Sócrates Forward, Midfielder

19
262 199
Javier Zanetti is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Javier Zanetti Defender, Midfielder

20
328 192
Gabriel Batistuta is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

21
240 170
Carlos Valderrama is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Carlos Valderrama Midfielder

22
287 192
Rivaldo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Rivaldo Forward, Midfielder

23
314 235
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Sergio Agüero Forward

24
81 123
Djalma Santos is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Djalma Santos Defender

25
172 137
Hernán Crespo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Hernán Crespo Forward

26
210 176
Mario Kempes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Mario Kempes Forward

27
111 140
Carlos Alberto Torres is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

28
91 85
Tostão is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
IanHarvey added Tostão Winger, Forward, Midfielder

29
283 166
Alexis Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
IanHarvey added Alexis Sánchez Forward

30
93 70
Paulo Roberto Falcão is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Sparwasser added Paulo Roberto Falcão Midfielder

31
230 197
Carlos Tevez is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Carlos Tevez Forward

32
156 165
Daniel Passarella is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

33
187 149
Radamel Falcao is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Radamel Falcao Forward, Midfielder

34
135 106
Teófilo Cubillas is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
hugolopezv added Teófilo Cubillas Midfielder

35
157 130
Enzo Francescoli is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Enzo Francescoli Forward, Midfielder

36
151 81
Diego Forlán is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
dushan added Diego Forlán Forward, Midfielder

37
107 141
Juan Alberto Schiaffino is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Juan Alberto Schiaffino Forward, Inside forward

38
110 98
René Higuita is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
René Higuita Goalkeeper

39
92 87
Bebeto is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Bebeto Forward

40
90 110
Omar Sívori is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Omar Sívori Forward

41
162 88
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Thiago Silva Defender, Midfielder

42
87 120
José Manuel Moreno is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
José Manuel Moreno Forward, Inside forward

43
87 75
Iván Zamorano is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
IanHarvey added Iván Zamorano Forward

44
87 70
Arturo Vidal is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Alex Farias added Arturo Vidal Defender, Midfielder

45
53 65
Gérson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
IanHarvey added Gérson Playmaker, Midfielder

46
54 63
Elías Figueroa is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Sparwasser added Elias Figueroa Defender

47
81 60
José Luis Chilavert is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Rodrigo García Cano added José Luis Chilavert Goalkeeper

48
72 109
José Leandro Andrade is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
José Leandro Andrade Wing half, Midfielder

49
57 50
Marcelo Salas is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
dushan added Marcelo Salas Forward

50
45 62
Careca is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
IanHarvey added Careca Forward