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The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

Updated September 24, 2020 63.2k votes 12.0k voters 76.7k views137 items

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
    Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
    4,778
    2,338

    Diego Maradona

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceLanús, Argentina

    NationalityArgentina

  • 2
    Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
    1,477
    947

    Garrincha

    Right Wing, Midfielder

    BirthplaceMagé, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

  • 3
    Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
    2,213
    1,457

    Ronaldinho

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplacePorto Alegre, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil, Spain

  • 4
    Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
    4,246
    2,841

    BirthplaceRosario, Argentina

    NationalityArgentina, Spain

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  • 5
    Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
    1,952
    1,290

    Ronaldo

    Forward

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

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  • 6
    Alfredo Di Stefano is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
    1,071
    680

    BirthplaceBarracas, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

    NationalitySpain,Argentina,Colombia

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  • 7
    Mario Kempes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
    389
    242

    BirthplaceBell Ville, Argentina

    NationalityArgentina

  • 8
    Zico is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
    903
    624

    Zico

    Playmaker, Midfielder

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

  • 9
    Sócrates is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
    475
    321

    Sócrates

    Forward, Midfielder

    NationalityBrazil

  • 10
    Romário is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
    686
    468

    Romário

    Forward

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

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  • 11
    Rivaldo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
    487
    356

    Rivaldo

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplacePaulista, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

  • 12
    Gabriel Batistuta is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
    475
    313

    BirthplaceReconquista, Argentina

    NationalityArgentina

  • 13
    Javier Zanetti is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
    428
    270

    Javier Zanetti

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceBuenos Aires, Argentina

    NationalityArgentina

  • 14
    Diego Forlán is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
    285
    138

    Diego Forlán

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay

  • 15
    Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
    824
    602

    Roberto Carlos

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceGarça, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

  • 16
    Carlos Valderrama is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
    416
    307

    BirthplaceSanta Marta

    NationalityColombia, Romania

  • 17
    Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
    505
    332

    BirthplaceQuilmes, Argentina

    NationalityArgentina

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  • 18
    Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
    871
    606

    Luis Suárez

    Winger, Forward

    BirthplaceSalto, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay

  • 19
    Cafu is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
    549
    445

    Cafu

    Defender

    BirthplaceSão Paulo, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

  • 20
    Juan Román Riquelme is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
    175
    78

    BirthplaceSan Fernando, Buenos Aires, Argentina

    NationalityArgentina

  • 21
    Pelé is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
    3,085
    2,693

    Pelé

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceTrês Corações, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

  • 22
    Paulo Roberto Falcão is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
    167
    110

    BirthplaceAbelardo Luz, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

  • 23
    Teófilo Cubillas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
    202
    148

    Teófilo Cubillas

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceLima Region, Peru

    NationalityPeru

  • 24
    Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
    247
    153

    Thiago Silva

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

  • 25
    Neymar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time
    1,256
    1,092

    Neymar

    Forward

    BirthplaceMogi das Cruzes, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

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