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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.

Who do you think are the top South American soccer players ever are?

Take a look at this list of famous Latin American soccer players.
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1
3,628 998
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Diego Maradona Forward, Midfielder

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2
1,629 2,092
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Pelé Forward, Midfielder

3
787 625
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Garrincha Right Wing, Midfielder

4
2,219 1,887
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Lionel Messi Forward

5
965 785
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

6
386 360
Zico is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Zico Playmaker, Midfielder

7
905 826
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Ronaldo Forward

8
382 305
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Kaká Midfielder

9
578 414
Alfredo Di Stéfano is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

10
609 404
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Neymar Forward

11
265 199
Roberto Rivelino is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Roberto Rivelino Midfielder

12
237 178
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Cafu Defender

13
350 249
Romário is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Romário Forward

14
402 248
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
IanHarvey added Luis Suárez Winger, Forward, Midfielder

15
351 193
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Roberto Carlos Defender, Midfielder

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16
200 172
Didi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Didi Midfielder

17
168 164
Jairzinho is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Jairzinho Midfielder

18
196 125
Sócrates is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Sócrates Forward, Midfielder

19
200 165
Javier Zanetti is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Javier Zanetti Defender, Midfielder

20
256 158
Gabriel Batistuta is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

21
203 165
Rivaldo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Rivaldo Forward, Midfielder

22
61 86
Djalma Santos is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Djalma Santos Defender

23
163 137
Carlos Valderrama is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Carlos Valderrama Midfielder

24
133 106
Hernán Crespo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Hernán Crespo Forward

25
241 194
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Sergio Agüero Forward

26
68 58
Tostão is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
IanHarvey added Tostão Winger, Forward, Midfielder

27
88 112
Carlos Alberto Torres is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

28
167 148
Mario Kempes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Mario Kempes Forward

29
212 129
Alexis Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
IanHarvey added Alexis Sánchez Forward

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30
188 161
Carlos Tevez is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Carlos Tevez Forward

31
64 52
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
131 140
Daniel Passarella is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

33
126 104
Enzo Francescoli is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Enzo Francescoli Forward, Midfielder

34
129 122
Radamel Falcao is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Radamel Falcao Forward, Midfielder

35
91 126
Juan Alberto Schiaffino is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Juan Alberto Schiaffino Forward, Inside forward

36
106 63
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
94 89
Teófilo Cubillas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
hugolopezv added Teófilo Cubillas Midfielder

38
77 106
José Manuel Moreno is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
José Manuel Moreno Forward, Inside forward

39
75 95
Omar Sívori is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Omar Sívori Forward

40
80 85
René Higuita is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
René Higuita Goalkeeper

41
43 50
Gérson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
IanHarvey added Gérson Playmaker, Midfielder

42
69 76
Bebeto is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Bebeto Forward

43
43 52
Elías Figueroa is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Sparwasser added Elias Figueroa Defender

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44
65 64
Iván Zamorano is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
IanHarvey added Iván Zamorano Forward

45
55 46
Arturo Vidal is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Alex Farias added Arturo Vidal Defender, Midfielder

46
104 97
Gylmar dos Santos Neves is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
BaruchLalaev added Gylmar dos Santos Neves Goalkeeper

47
62 51
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
60 97
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
115 75
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Thiago Silva Defender, Midfielder

50
55 77
Nílton Santos is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
Nílton Santos Defender