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The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

Updated January 17, 2021 62.9k votes 12.2k voters 78.4k views138 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.

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

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  • Diego Maradona1
    4,722
    2,292

    Diego Maradona

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceLanús, Argentina

    NationalityArgentina

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    #1 of 77 The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs#9 of 116 The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time

  • Ronaldinho2
    2,190
    1,472

    Ronaldinho

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplacePorto Alegre, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil, Spain

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    #4 of 114 The Best FC Barcelona Players Of All Time, Ranked#11 of 152 The Most Influential Athletes Of All Time

  • Garrincha3
    1,463
    940

    Garrincha

    Right Wing, Midfielder

    BirthplaceMagé, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

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    #14 of 21 The Best Short Male Athletes#12 of 33 Pro Athletes with the Most Kids

  • Ronaldo4
    1,934
    1,284

    Ronaldo

    Forward

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

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    #383 of 403 Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person#1353 of 1,355 The Greatest Minds of All Time

  • Lionel Messi5
    4,175
    2,819

    BirthplaceRosario, Argentina

    NationalitySpain, Argentina

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    #646 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time#358 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

  • Alfredo Di Stefano6
    1,072
    672

    BirthplaceBarracas, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

    NationalitySpain,Argentina,Colombia

  • Romário7
    688
    472

    Romário

    Forward

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

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    #47 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time#9 of 164 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s

  • Zico8
    899
    610

    Zico

    Playmaker, Midfielder

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

  • Sócrates9
    477
    330

    Sócrates

    Forward, Midfielder

    NationalityBrazil

  • Roberto Carlos10
    825
    598

    Roberto Carlos

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceGarça, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

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    #3 of 32 The Best Real Madrid Defenders Of All Time#2 of 108 The Best Real Madrid Players Of All Time, Ranked

  • Mario Kempes11
    395
    257

    BirthplaceBell Ville, Argentina

    NationalityArgentina

  • Gabriel Batistuta12
    475
    317

    BirthplaceReconquista, Argentina

    NationalityArgentina

  • Javier Zanetti13
    434
    275

    Javier Zanetti

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceBuenos Aires, Argentina

    NationalityArgentina

  • Rivaldo14
    483
    366

    Rivaldo

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplacePaulista, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

  • Luis Suárez15
    853
    601

    Luis Suárez

    Winger, Forward

    BirthplaceSalto, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay

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    #31 of 66 The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History#46 of 71 Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

  • Carlos Valderrama16
    407
    317

    BirthplaceSanta Marta, Colombia

    NationalityColombia, Romania

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    #8 of 76 The Best MLS Players Of All Time#1 of 83 The Best Soccer Players from Colombia of All Time

  • Diego Forlán17
    285
    153

    Diego Forlán

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceMontevideo, Uruguay

    NationalityUruguay

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    #53 of 102 Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked#301 of 311 Unicef Goodwill Ambassadors

  • Sergio Agüero18
    505
    335

    BirthplaceQuilmes, Argentina

    NationalityArgentina

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    #22 of 356 The Best Current Soccer Players#41 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players

  • Cafu19
    547
    440

    Cafu

    Defender

    BirthplaceSão Paulo, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

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    #4 of 452 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time#11 of 266 The Best Soccer Players from Brazil

  • Pelé20
    3,017
    2,604

    Pelé

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceTrês Corações, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

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    #273 of 309 Famous People Most Likely to Live to 100#7 of 19 19 Things People Accomplished When They Were Teenagers

  • Juan Román Riquelme21
    180
    86

    BirthplaceSan Fernando, Buenos Aires, Argentina

    NationalityArgentina

  • Paulo Roberto Falcão22
    175
    115

    BirthplaceAbelardo Luz, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

  • Kaká23
    877
    763

    Kaká

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceGama, Federal District, Brazil

    NationalityItaly, Brazil

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    #84 of 143 Athletes Whose Careers Ended Too Soon#3 of 49 The Best Real Madrid Midfielders Of All Time

  • Neymar24
    1,220
    1,077

    Neymar

    Forward

    BirthplaceMogi das Cruzes, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

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    #58 of 96 The All-Around Best Athletes of 2019#20 of 199 The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018

  • Thiago Silva25
    250
    165

    Thiago Silva

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil