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 1,481
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Diego Maradona Forward, Midfielder

2
2,174 2,326
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Pelé Forward, Midfielder

3
2,914 2,037
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Lionel Messi Forward

4
1,352 904
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

5
551 466
Zico is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Zico Playmaker, Midfielder

6
1,210 996
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Ronaldo Forward

7
946 746
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Garrincha Right Wing, Midfielder

8
567 418
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Kaká Midfielder

9
669 470
Alfredo Di Stéfano is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

10
829 505
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Neymar Forward

11
480 219
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Roberto Carlos Defender, Midfielder

12
320 232
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Cafu Defender

13
537 322
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
452 293
Romário is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Romário Forward

15
310 251
Roberto Rivelino is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Roberto Rivelino Midfielder

16
246 215
Didi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Didi Midfielder

17
220 202
Jairzinho is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Jairzinho Midfielder

18
258 161
Sócrates is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Sócrates Forward, Midfielder

19
261 199
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
240 169
Carlos Valderrama is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Carlos Valderrama Midfielder

22
286 192
Rivaldo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Rivaldo Forward, Midfielder

23
314 234
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Sergio Agüero Forward

24
81 122
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
209 176
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
90 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
283 165
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
230 196
Carlos Tevez is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Carlos Tevez Forward

32
156 164
Daniel Passarella is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

33
187 148
Radamel Falcao is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Radamel Falcao Forward, Midfielder

34
134 106
Teófilo Cubillas is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
hugolopezv added Teófilo Cubillas Midfielder

35
156 130
Enzo Francescoli is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Enzo Francescoli Forward, Midfielder

36
150 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
161 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
54 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
52 65
Gérson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
IanHarvey added Gérson Playmaker, Midfielder

47
81 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
72 108
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
45 61
Careca is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
IanHarvey added Careca Forward

50
56 50
Marcelo Salas is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
dushan added Marcelo Salas Forward