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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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1,060 236
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
1,039 334
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

3
936 352
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
poroporo20 added Ronaldo Forward

4
626 269
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Garrincha Right Wing, Midfielder

5
498 208
Zico is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Zico Playmaker, Midfielder

6
740 306
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
KyleTurner added Neymar Forward

7
367 146
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
BiniamAlaro added Roberto Carlos Defender, Midfielder

8
451 212
Romário is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Romário Forward

9
384 157
Rivaldo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
poroporo20 added Rivaldo Forward, Midfielder

10
523 231
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Kaká Midfielder

11
281 144
Didi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
BaruchLalaev added Didi Midfielder

12
287 145
Roberto Rivelino is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
BaruchLalaev added Roberto Rivelino Midfielder

13
279 141
Sócrates is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Sócrates Forward, Midfielder

14
335 172
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Cafu Defender

15
275 159
Jairzinho is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Jairzinho Midfielder

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16
220 127
Carlos Alberto Torres is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil

17
225 133
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
KyleTurner added Thiago Silva Defender, Midfielder

18
91 42
Paulo Roberto Falcão is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Paulo Roberto Falcão Midfielder

19
242 155
Daniel Alves is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Daniel Alves Defender

20
158 101
Bebeto is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Bebeto Forward

21
173 130
Gilmar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
BaruchLalaev added Gilmar Goalkeeper

22
136 96
Leônidas da Silva is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil

23
76 56
Cláudio Taffarel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Cláudio Taffarel Goalkeeper

24
61 37
Tostão is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Tostão Winger, Forward, Midfielder

25
71 43
Philippe Coutinho is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added Philippe Coutinho Midfielder

26
112 75
Marta is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Marta Forward, Midfielder

27
56 41
Dida is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Dida Goalkeeper

28
56 36
Marcelo Vieira is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
ade-setiawan added Marcelo Vieira Defender, Midfielder

29
44 35
Vavá is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Vavá Forward

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30
84 65
Djalma Santos is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Djalma Santos Defender

31
50 37
Careca is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
uluhan-tepe added Careca Forward

32
37 19
Gérson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Gérson Playmaker, Midfielder

33
45 32
Nílton Santos is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Nílton Santos Defender

34
52 36
Juninho Pernambucano is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added Juninho Pernambucano Midfielder

35
33 22
Casemiro is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added Casemiro Midfielder

36
26 17
Aldair is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added Aldair Defender

37
169 177
David Luiz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
David Luiz Defender, Midfielder

38
31 28
Zito is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Zito Forward, Midfielder

39
164 174
Oscar is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
KyleTurner added Oscar Midfielder

40
24 16
Éder Aleixo de Assis is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added Éder Aleixo de Assis Forward

41
22 14
Branco is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added Branco Defender

42
44 40
Zé Roberto is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
uluhan-tepe added Zé Roberto Midfielder

43
113 119
Robinho is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
KyleTurner added Robinho Forward, Midfielder

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44
105 96
Maicon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Maicon Defender

45
23 17
Ademir da Guia is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil

46
34 30
Douglas Costa is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added Douglas Costa Midfielder

47
40 38
Roberto Firmino is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added Roberto Firmino Midfielder

48
60 62
Mário Zagallo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil

49
19 14
Roberto Dinamite is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil

50
29 31
Raí is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Raí Midfielder