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List Rules Soccer players born in Brazil or played on the Brazilian national team.

These are the greatest Brazilian soccer players of all time according to soccer fans from around the world. It is home to some of the best footballers in the world, with many stars playing for teams all across the various American and European leagues. In fact, the most famous soccer player of all time, Pelé, hails from Brazil. But who else makes it on this list of the greatest Brazilian soccer players? See how fans voted below. If you don’t agree with them, vote for your favorite football stars or rerank the list to your liking. Please no American football players.

Searching to see where a particular player is ranked? Use the search box at the top of the list to find them! In Brazil, soccer is by far the most popular sport, with five FIFA World Cup championships under its belt. It most recently won in 2002, with a team captained by Cafu. However, it was Ronaldo that won Brazil that final, along with a Man of the Match award. So where does Ronaldo rank among the other great Brazilian footballers? Or more importantly, is he as good as or better than Pelé?

You can click on the names of these popular soccer players from Brazil in order to get more information about each one, including a short biography and positions played. If you're a sports lover then you can use this list of the greatest Brazilian soccer players ever to discover some new athletes that you might really enjoy watching.
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1
1,204 272
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
poroporo20 added Pelé Forward, Midfielder

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2
694 299
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Garrincha Right Wing, Midfielder

3
565 237
Zico is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Zico Playmaker, Midfielder

4
1,174 368
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

5
514 230
Romário is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Romário Forward

6
1,045 425
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
poroporo20 added Ronaldo Forward

7
305 151
Didi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
BaruchLalaev added Didi Midfielder

8
308 158
Roberto Rivelino is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
BaruchLalaev added Roberto Rivelino Midfielder

9
581 246
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Kaká Midfielder

10
412 166
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
BiniamAlaro added Roberto Carlos Defender, Midfielder

11
842 339
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
KyleTurner added Neymar Forward

12
428 166
Rivaldo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
poroporo20 added Rivaldo Forward, Midfielder

13
292 165
Jairzinho is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Jairzinho Midfielder

14
301 151
Sócrates is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Sócrates Forward, Midfielder

15
360 178
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Cafu Defender

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16
237 133
Carlos Alberto Torres is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil

17
102 49
Paulo Roberto Falcão is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Paulo Roberto Falcão Midfielder

18
245 144
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
KyleTurner added Thiago Silva Defender, Midfielder

19
70 43
Tostão is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Tostão Winger, Forward, Midfielder

20
143 101
Leônidas da Silva is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil

21
184 138
Gilmar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
BaruchLalaev added Gilmar Goalkeeper

22
166 107
Bebeto is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Bebeto Forward

23
48 23
Gérson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Gérson Playmaker, Midfielder

24
260 166
Daniel Alves is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Daniel Alves Defender

25
49 39
Vavá is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Vavá Forward

26
83 64
Cláudio Taffarel is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Cláudio Taffarel Goalkeeper

27
52 36
Nílton Santos is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Nílton Santos Defender

28
54 41
Careca is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
uluhan-tepe added Careca Forward

29
94 55
Philippe Coutinho is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added Philippe Coutinho Midfielder

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30
65 44
Dida is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Dida Goalkeeper

31
90 69
Djalma Santos is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Djalma Santos Defender

32
67 40
Marcelo Vieira is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
ade-setiawan added Marcelo Vieira Defender, Midfielder

33
35 32
Zito is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Zito Forward, Midfielder

34
27 29
Ademir Marques de Menezes is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Ademir Marques de Menezes Forward

35
59 42
Juninho Pernambucano is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added Juninho Pernambucano Midfielder

36
26 21
Ademir da Guia is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil

37
64 67
Mário Zagallo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil

38
185 182
David Luiz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
David Luiz Defender, Midfielder

39
120 82
Marta is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Marta Forward, Midfielder

40
23 21
Leovegildo Lins da Gama Júnior is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Leovegildo Lins da Gama Júnior Defender, Midfielder

41
22 20
Toninho Cerezo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Toninho Cerezo Midfielder

42
34 35
Raí is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Raí Midfielder

43
42 33
Douglas Costa is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added Douglas Costa Midfielder

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44
41 32
Casemiro is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added Casemiro Midfielder

45
174 182
Oscar is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
KyleTurner added Oscar Midfielder

46
123 125
Robinho is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
KyleTurner added Robinho Forward, Midfielder

47
17 17
Domingos da Guia is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Domingos da Guia Defender

48
15 15
Thomaz Soares da Silva is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Thomaz Soares da Silva Forward, Midfielder

49
27 19
Éder Aleixo de Assis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added Éder Aleixo de Assis Forward

50
15 15
José Altafini is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
José Altafini Forward