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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Take a look at this list of famous Latin American soccer players.

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3,867 1,412
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Diego Maradona Forward, Midfielder

2
2,107 2,288
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Pelé Forward, Midfielder

3
1,301 867
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

4
2,807 2,017
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Lionel Messi Forward

5
528 451
Zico is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Zico Playmaker, Midfielder

6
923 738
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Garrincha Right Wing, Midfielder

7
1,163 990
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Ronaldo Forward

8
542 406
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Kaká Midfielder

9
811 486
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Neymar Forward

10
653 465
Alfredo Di Stéfano is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

11
463 217
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Roberto Carlos Defender, Midfielder

12
307 228
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Cafu Defender

13
525 313
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
IanHarvey added Luis Suárez Winger, Forward, Midfielder

14
443 289
Romário is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Romário Forward

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303 249
Roberto Rivelino is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Roberto Rivelino Midfielder

16
240 214
Didi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Didi Midfielder

17
213 201
Jairzinho is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Jairzinho Midfielder

18
253 160
Sócrates is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Sócrates Forward, Midfielder

19
256 195
Javier Zanetti is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Javier Zanetti Defender, Midfielder

20
322 190
Gabriel Batistuta is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

21
231 167
Carlos Valderrama is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Carlos Valderrama Midfielder

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275 188
Rivaldo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Rivaldo Forward, Midfielder

23
306 230
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Sergio Agüero Forward

24
168 134
Hernán Crespo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Hernán Crespo Forward

25
78 121
Djalma Santos is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Djalma Santos Defender

26
205 175
Mario Kempes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Mario Kempes Forward

27
88 83
Tostão is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
IanHarvey added Tostão Winger, Forward, Midfielder

28
108 140
Carlos Alberto Torres is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

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276 161
Alexis Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
IanHarvey added Alexis Sánchez Forward

30
91 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
227 193
Carlos Tevez is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Carlos Tevez Forward

32
152 164
Daniel Passarella is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

33
178 146
Radamel Falcao is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Radamel Falcao Forward, Midfielder

34
129 105
Teófilo Cubillas is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
hugolopezv added Teófilo Cubillas Midfielder

35
151 130
Enzo Francescoli is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Enzo Francescoli Forward, Midfielder

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144 80
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
103 141
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
107 97
René Higuita is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
René Higuita Goalkeeper

39
91 86
Bebeto is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Bebeto Forward

40
158 86
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Thiago Silva Defender, Midfielder

41
89 110
Omar Sívori is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Omar Sívori Forward

42
86 120
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

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85 65
Arturo Vidal is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Alex Farias added Arturo Vidal Defender, Midfielder

44
85 74
Iván Zamorano is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
IanHarvey added Iván Zamorano Forward

45
53 62
Elías Figueroa is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Sparwasser added Elias Figueroa Defender

46
51 65
Gérson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
IanHarvey added Gérson Playmaker, Midfielder

47
77 59
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
69 108
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
55 49
Marcelo Salas is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
dushan added Marcelo Salas Forward

50
44 61
Careca is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
IanHarvey added Careca Forward