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
3,986 1,641
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

2
2,343 2,426
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

3
3,160 2,084
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Forward

4
1,503 942
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

5
596 504
Zico is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Playmaker, Midfielder

6
1,323 1,007
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Forward

7
998 780
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Right Wing, Midfielder

8
617 460
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Midfielder

9
537 236
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

10
360 254
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Defender

11
905 544
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Forward

12
703 503
Alfredo Di Stéfano is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

13
601 346
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
IanHarvey added Winger, Forward, Midfielder

14
484 307
Romário is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Forward

15
333 262
Roberto Rivelino is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Midfielder

16
264 229
Didi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Midfielder

17
290 170
Sócrates is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

18
242 213
Jairzinho is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Midfielder

19
293 208
Javier Zanetti is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

20
356 203
Gabriel Batistuta is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

21
270 181
Carlos Valderrama is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Midfielder

22
316 199
Rivaldo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

23
93 133
Djalma Santos is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Defender

24
341 251
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Forward

25
186 147
Hernán Crespo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Forward

26
226 185
Mario Kempes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Forward

27
123 146
Carlos Alberto Torres is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

28
101 94
Tostão is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
IanHarvey added Winger, Forward, Midfielder

29
306 182
Alexis Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
IanHarvey added Forward

30
101 76
Paulo Roberto Falcão is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Sparwasser added Midfielder

31
178 86
Diego Forlán is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
dushan added Forward, Midfielder

32
243 208
Carlos Tevez is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Forward

33
209 158
Radamel Falcao is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

34
166 171
Daniel Passarella is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

35
144 112
Teófilo Cubillas is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
hugolopezv added Midfielder

36
168 136
Enzo Francescoli is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

37
112 145
Juan Alberto Schiaffino is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

38
120 103
René Higuita is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Goalkeeper

39
100 90
Bebeto is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Forward

40
180 91
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

41
100 79
Iván Zamorano is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
IanHarvey added Forward

42
103 78
Arturo Vidal is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Alex Farias added Defender, Midfielder

43
93 124
José Manuel Moreno is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

44
94 114
Omar Sívori is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Forward

45
60 66
Elías Figueroa is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Sparwasser added Defender

46
57 69
Gérson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
IanHarvey added Playmaker, Midfielder

47
86 62
José Luis Chilavert is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Rodrigo García Cano added Goalkeeper

48
62 52
Marcelo Salas is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
dushan added Forward

49
75 110
José Leandro Andrade is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Wing half, Midfielder

50
50 64
Careca is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
IanHarvey added Forward