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.

1
3,910 1,514
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Diego Maradona Forward, Midfielder

2
2,208 2,345
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Pelé Forward, Midfielder

3
2,977 2,046
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Lionel Messi Forward

4
1,389 909
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

5
560 479
Zico is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Zico Playmaker, Midfielder

6
1,233 1,000
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Ronaldo Forward

7
957 756
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Garrincha Right Wing, Midfielder

8
578 432
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Kaká Midfielder

9
678 479
Alfredo Di Stéfano is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

10
497 221
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Roberto Carlos Defender, Midfielder

11
332 237
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Cafu Defender

12
845 514
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Neymar Forward

13
551 327
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
457 298
Romário is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Romário Forward

15
316 255
Roberto Rivelino is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Roberto Rivelino Midfielder

16
250 220
Didi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Didi Midfielder

17
224 206
Jairzinho is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Jairzinho Midfielder

18
267 163
Sócrates is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Sócrates Forward, Midfielder

19
270 201
Javier Zanetti is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Javier Zanetti Defender, Midfielder

20
336 194
Gabriel Batistuta is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

21
248 173
Carlos Valderrama is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Carlos Valderrama Midfielder

22
295 194
Rivaldo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Rivaldo Forward, Midfielder

23
321 239
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Sergio Agüero Forward

24
84 124
Djalma Santos is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Djalma Santos Defender

25
175 138
Hernán Crespo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Hernán Crespo Forward

26
216 176
Mario Kempes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Mario Kempes Forward

27
115 140
Carlos Alberto Torres is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

28
94 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
288 169
Alexis Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
IanHarvey added Alexis Sánchez Forward

30
96 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
235 200
Carlos Tevez is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Carlos Tevez Forward

32
159 165
Daniel Passarella is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

33
192 149
Radamel Falcao is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Radamel Falcao Forward, Midfielder

34
137 106
Teófilo Cubillas is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
hugolopezv added Teófilo Cubillas Midfielder

35
157 81
Diego Forlán is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
dushan added Diego Forlán Forward, Midfielder

36
160 130
Enzo Francescoli is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Enzo Francescoli Forward, Midfielder

37
109 141
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
112 98
René Higuita is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
René Higuita Goalkeeper

39
94 88
Bebeto is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Bebeto Forward

40
91 75
Iván Zamorano is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
IanHarvey added Iván Zamorano Forward

41
166 88
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Thiago Silva Defender, Midfielder

42
91 111
Omar Sívori is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Omar Sívori Forward

43
88 121
José Manuel Moreno is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
José Manuel Moreno Forward, Inside forward

44
91 73
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
56 64
Elías Figueroa is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Sparwasser added Elias Figueroa Defender

46
53 67
Gérson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
IanHarvey added Gérson Playmaker, Midfielder

47
82 60
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
72 109
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
58 50
Marcelo Salas is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
dushan added Marcelo Salas Forward

50
46 62
Careca is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
IanHarvey added Careca Forward