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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list ordered by

1
3,830 1,352
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Diego Maradona Forward, Midfielder

2
2,034 2,263
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Pelé Forward, Midfielder

3
1,240 859
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

4
2,734 1,990
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Lionel Messi Forward

5
900 723
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Garrincha Right Wing, Midfielder

6
499 444
Zico is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Zico Playmaker, Midfielder

7
1,108 983
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Ronaldo Forward

8
517 388
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Kaká Midfielder

9
785 469
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Neymar Forward

10
637 453
Alfredo Di Stéfano is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

11
291 222
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Cafu Defender

12
443 212
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Roberto Carlos Defender, Midfielder

13
429 282
Romário is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Romário Forward

14
504 300
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

The Best Current Soccer Players

15
295 241
Roberto Rivelino is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Roberto Rivelino Midfielder

16
231 207
Didi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Didi Midfielder

17
245 151
Sócrates is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Sócrates Forward, Midfielder

18
204 193
Jairzinho is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Jairzinho Midfielder

19
245 190
Javier Zanetti is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Javier Zanetti Defender, Midfielder

20
312 184
Gabriel Batistuta is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

21
256 185
Rivaldo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Rivaldo Forward, Midfielder

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22
223 160
Carlos Valderrama is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Carlos Valderrama Midfielder

23
297 223
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Sergio Agüero Forward

24
164 128
Hernán Crespo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Hernán Crespo Forward

25
74 115
Djalma Santos is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Djalma Santos Defender

26
199 167
Mario Kempes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Mario Kempes Forward

27
104 135
Carlos Alberto Torres is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

28
83 79
Tostão is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
IanHarvey added Tostão Winger, Forward, Midfielder

The Best German-American Soccer Player

29
270 155
Alexis Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
IanHarvey added Alexis Sánchez Forward

30
86 67
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
220 188
Carlos Tevez is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Carlos Tevez Forward

32
151 158
Daniel Passarella is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

33
170 142
Radamel Falcao is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Radamel Falcao Forward, Midfielder

34
148 125
Enzo Francescoli is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Enzo Francescoli Forward, Midfielder

35
140 76
Diego Forlán is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
dushan added Diego Forlán Forward, Midfielder

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36
121 100
Teófilo Cubillas is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
hugolopezv added Teófilo Cubillas Midfielder

37
103 135
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
103 92
René Higuita is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
René Higuita Goalkeeper

39
89 82
Bebeto is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Bebeto Forward

40
81 57
Arturo Vidal is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Alex Farias added Arturo Vidal Defender, Midfielder

41
84 69
Iván Zamorano is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
IanHarvey added Iván Zamorano Forward

42
84 117
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

The Best Current Soccer (Football) Teams

43
86 107
Omar Sívori is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Omar Sívori Forward

44
150 83
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Thiago Silva Defender, Midfielder

45
52 60
Elías Figueroa is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Sparwasser added Elias Figueroa Defender

46
49 61
Gérson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
IanHarvey added Gérson Playmaker, Midfielder

47
75 56
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
55 45
Marcelo Salas is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
dushan added Marcelo Salas Forward

49
68 104
José Leandro Andrade is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
José Leandro Andrade Wing half, Midfielder

50
108 103
Gylmar dos Santos Neves is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Gylmar dos Santos Neves Goalkeeper