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
3,784 1,270
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Diego Maradona Forward, Midfielder

2
1,929 2,227
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Pelé Forward, Midfielder

3
2,623 1,959
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Lionel Messi Forward

4
1,170 834
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

5
870 699
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Garrincha Right Wing, Midfielder

6
467 421
Zico is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Zico Playmaker, Midfielder

7
485 367
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Kaká Midfielder

8
1,060 938
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Ronaldo Forward

9
747 446
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Neymar Forward

10
618 443
Alfredo Di Stéfano is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

11
407 276
Romário is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Romário Forward

12
278 212
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Cafu Defender

13
479 285
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
416 206
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Roberto Carlos Defender, Midfielder

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15
284 235
Roberto Rivelino is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Roberto Rivelino Midfielder

16
221 200
Didi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Didi Midfielder

17
191 190
Jairzinho is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Jairzinho Midfielder

18
226 148
Sócrates is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Sócrates Forward, Midfielder

19
235 184
Javier Zanetti is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Javier Zanetti Defender, Midfielder

20
296 178
Gabriel Batistuta is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

21
242 181
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
196 154
Carlos Valderrama is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Carlos Valderrama Midfielder

23
157 121
Hernán Crespo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Hernán Crespo Forward

24
282 217
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Sergio Agüero Forward

25
69 110
Djalma Santos is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Djalma Santos Defender

26
99 131
Carlos Alberto Torres is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

27
78 76
Tostão is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
IanHarvey added Tostão Winger, Forward, Midfielder

28
185 166
Mario Kempes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Mario Kempes Forward

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29
254 150
Alexis Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
IanHarvey added Alexis Sánchez Forward

30
213 180
Carlos Tevez is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Carlos Tevez Forward

31
78 64
Paulo Roberto Falcão is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Sparwasser added Paulo Roberto Falcão Midfielder

32
146 156
Daniel Passarella is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

33
140 124
Enzo Francescoli is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Enzo Francescoli Forward, Midfielder

34
156 139
Radamel Falcao is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Radamel Falcao Forward, Midfielder

35
112 98
Teófilo Cubillas is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
hugolopezv added Teófilo Cubillas Midfielder

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36
128 74
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
99 133
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
84 82
Bebeto is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Bebeto Forward

39
93 92
René Higuita is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
René Higuita Goalkeeper

40
85 103
Omar Sívori is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Omar Sívori Forward

41
84 114
José Manuel Moreno is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
José Manuel Moreno Forward, Inside forward

42
81 68
Iván Zamorano is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
IanHarvey added Iván Zamorano Forward

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43
75 54
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
48 57
Gérson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
IanHarvey added Gérson Playmaker, Midfielder

45
139 80
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Thiago Silva Defender, Midfielder

46
48 58
Elías Figueroa is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Sparwasser added Elias Figueroa Defender

47
72 55
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
66 101
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
108 101
Gylmar dos Santos Neves is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Gylmar dos Santos Neves Goalkeeper

50
53 45
Marcelo Salas is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
dushan added Marcelo Salas Forward