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The Best Soccer Players From Brazil

Updated August 16, 2021 70.4k votes 9.9k voters 225.6k views247 items

List RulesSoccer players born in Brazil or who played on the Brazilian national team.

Who are the best football players from Brazil? This list includes the greatest soccer players born in Brazil or who played on the Brazilian national team. While the Brazilian men's national team has a long and storied history of producing top international talent, fans of the Verde-Amarela have been waiting for the Canaries to recapture international glory since 2002. So, who are the best footballers from Brazil? Who is the best Brazilian soccer player of all time?

Some of the best Brazilian soccer players include national legends like Pele, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Cafu, Zico, and Rivaldo. There are also current Brazil football stars such as Neymar, Fabinho, and Casemiro, who are making an impact across the globe. 

Vote up the best soccer players from the Brazil, and help decide who is the greatest Brazilian footballer of all time!

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    Pelé

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceTrês Corações, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Edson Arantes do Nascimento, KBE (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈɛtsõ (w)ɐˈɾɐ̃tʃiz du nɐsiˈmẽtu]; born 23 October 1940), known as Pelé ([peˈlɛ]), is a Brazilian retired professional footballer who played as...  more

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    Ronaldo

    Forward

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Ronaldo is a Portuguese and Spanish equivalent of the name Ronald. Notable people known as Ronaldo include: Ronaldo (Brazilian footballer) (born 1976), Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, was known as...  more

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    Ronaldinho

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplacePorto Alegre, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Ronaldo de Assis Moreira (born 21 March 1980), commonly known as Ronaldinho Gaúcho (Brazilian Portuguese: [ʁonawˈdʒĩɲu ga'uʃu]) or simply Ronaldinho, is a Brazilian former professional footballer and...  more

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    Garrincha

    Right Wing, Midfielder

    BirthplaceMagé, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Manuel Francisco dos Santos (28 October 1933 – 20 January 1983), nicknamed Mané Garrincha, best known as simply Garrincha (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɡaˈʁĩʃɐ], "little bird"), was a Brazilian...  more

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    Rivaldo

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplacePaulista, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Rivaldo Vítor Barbosa Ferreira (born 19 April 1972), known as Rivaldo (Brazilian Portuguese: [ʁiˈvawdu]), is a Brazilian former professional footballer. He played mainly as an attacking midfielder...  more
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    Romário

    Forward

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Romário de Souza Faria (born 29 January 1966), known simply as Romário (Brazilian Portuguese: [ʁoˈmaɾiu]), is a Brazilian politician who previously achieved worldwide fame as a professional...  more

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    #42 of 1,185 The Best Soccer Players of All Time#207 of 1,316 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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    Zico

    Playmaker, Midfielder

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Arthur Antunes Coimbra (Portuguese pronunciation: [aʁˈtuʁ ɐ̃ˈtũnis koˈĩbɾɐ], born 3 March 1953 in Rio de Janeiro), better known as Zico ([ˈziku]), is a Brazilian coach and former footballer, who...  more
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    Kaká

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceGama, Federal District, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite (Brazilian Portuguese: [hiˈkaɾdu iˈzɛksõ duˈsɐ̃tus ˈlejt͡ʃi]), born 22 April 1982, commonly known as Kaká (Portuguese: [kaˈka] (listen)) or Ricardo Kaká, is a...  more

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    Sócrates

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceBelém, Pará, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Sócrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira, MD (19 February 1954 – 4 December 2011), simply known as Sócrates, was a Brazilian footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. His...  more
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    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Carlos Alberto "Capita" Torres (17 July 1944 – 25 October 2016), also known as "O Capitão do Tri", was a Brazilian footballer. He is widely regarded as one of the best defenders of all time. He...  more
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    Cafu

    Defender

    BirthplaceSão Paulo, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Marcos Evangelista de Morais (born 7 June 1970), known as Cafu [kaˈfu], is a Brazilian former professional footballer who played as a defender. With 142 appearances for the Brazil national team, he...  more
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    Neymar

    Forward

    BirthplaceMogi das Cruzes, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior (Brazilian Portuguese: [nejˈmaʁ dɐ ˈsiwvɐ ˈsɐ̃tus ˈʒũɲoʁ]; born 5 February 1992), commonly known as Neymar Jr. or simply Neymar, is a Brazilian professional footballer...  more

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    BirthplaceSão Paulo, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Roberto Rivellino (also Rivelino, Brazilian Portuguese: [ʁoˈbɛʁtu ʁiveˈlĩnu]; Italian: [roˈbɛrto rivelˈlino]; born 1 January 1946) is a former Brazilian professional footballer. He was one of the...  more
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    Didi

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceCampos dos Goytacazes, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Didi (Portuguese pronunciation: [dʒiˈdʒi]), popular nickname for Waldyr Pereira (8 October 1928 – 12 May 2001), was a Brazilian footballer who played as a midfielder or as a forward. He played in...  more
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    Jairzinho

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Jair Ventura Filho (born 25 December 1944), better known as Jairzinho (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʒaˌiʁˈzĩɲu]), is a retired Brazilian footballer. A quick, skillful, and powerful right winger, known...  more
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    Tostão

    Winger, Forward

    BirthplaceBelo Horizonte, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Eduardo Gonçalves de Andrade (born 25 January 1947), generally known as Tostão, is a retired Brazilian footballer who played as a forward or attacking midfielder. He is a medical doctor. Tostão was a...  more
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    Daniel Alves

    Defender

    BirthplaceJuazeiro, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Daniel Alves da Silva (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈdɐ̃ni ˈawvis]; born 6 May 1983) is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a right-back for São Paulo FC and captains the Brazil national team....  more

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    BirthplaceAbelardo Luz, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Paulo Roberto Falcão, or simply Falcão (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈpawlu ʁoˈbɛʁtu fawˈkɐ̃w̃]; born 16 October 1953), is a Brazilian former footballer and football manager. He is widely considered...  more
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    Gérson

    Playmaker, Midfielder

    BirthplaceNiterói, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Gérson de Oliveira Nunes, generally known as Gérson Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʒɛʁsõ], (born 11 January 1941 in Niterói), nickname Canhotinha de ouro (literally: Golden left foot) is a Brazilian...  more
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    Bebeto

    Forward

    BirthplaceSalvador, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    José Roberto Gama de Oliveira (born 16 February 1964), known as Bebeto, is a Brazilian former professional football player who played as a forward. He entered politics in the 2010 Brazilian General...  more
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    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Leônidas da Silva (Portuguese pronunciation: [leˈõnidɐz dɐ ˈsiwvɐ]; 6 November 1913 – 24 January 2004) was a Brazilian association footballer and commentator, who played as a forward. He is regarded...  more
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    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Nílton dos Santos (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈniwtõ ˈsɐ̃tus]; 16 May 1925 – 27 November 2013) was a Brazilian footballer who primarily played as a wingback. At international level, he was a member of...  more
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    BirthplaceBrazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Djalma Pereira Dias dos Santos known simply as Djalma Santos (Brazilian Portuguese: [diˈʒawmɐ ˈsɐ̃tus]; also spelled Dejalma Santos), (27 February 1929 – 23 July 2013) was a Brazilian footballer who...  more
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    Vavá

    Forward

    BirthplaceRecife, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Edvaldo Jizídio Neto (12 November 1934 – 19 January 2002), commonly known as Vavá, was a Brazilian footballer who is widely considered one of the best strikers of his generation. His nickname was...  more
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    Careca

    Forward

    BirthplaceAraraquara, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Antônio de Oliveira Filho (born 5 October 1960), better known as Careca (Portuguese pronunciation: [kaˈɾɛkɐ]), is a Brazilian former footballer, who was deployed as a forward. During his career...  more