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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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1,422 310
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
poroporo20 added Pelé Forward, Midfielder

2
653 282
Zico is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Zico Playmaker, Midfielder

3
784 353
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Garrincha Right Wing, Midfielder

4
1,373 390
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

5
596 263
Romário is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Romário Forward

6
1,212 511
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
poroporo20 added Ronaldo Forward

7
498 185
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
BiniamAlaro added Roberto Carlos Defender, Midfielder

8
682 278
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Kaká Midfielder

9
337 174
Didi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
BaruchLalaev added Didi Midfielder

10
337 174
Roberto Rivelino is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
BaruchLalaev added Roberto Rivelino Midfielder

11
954 372
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
KyleTurner added Neymar Forward

12
499 175
Rivaldo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
poroporo20 added Rivaldo Forward, Midfielder

13
400 186
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Cafu Defender

14
317 174
Jairzinho is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Jairzinho Midfielder

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15
334 159
Sócrates is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Sócrates Forward, Midfielder

16
262 138
Carlos Alberto Torres is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil

17
119 54
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
285 159
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
KyleTurner added Thiago Silva Defender, Midfielder

19
66 29
Gérson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Gérson Playmaker, Midfielder

20
87 50
Tostão is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Tostão Winger, Forward, Midfielder

21
199 144
Gilmar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
BaruchLalaev added Gilmar Goalkeeper

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22
188 112
Bebeto is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Bebeto Forward

23
155 108
Leônidas da Silva is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil

24
137 62
Philippe Coutinho is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added Philippe Coutinho Midfielder

25
290 180
Daniel Alves is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Daniel Alves Defender

26
59 45
Vavá is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Vavá Forward

27
97 70
Cláudio Taffarel is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Cláudio Taffarel Goalkeeper

28
66 41
Nílton Santos is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Nílton Santos Defender

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29
71 46
Careca is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
uluhan-tepe added Careca Forward

30
80 48
Dida is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Dida Goalkeeper

31
89 45
Marcelo Vieira is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
ade-setiawan added Marcelo Vieira Defender, Midfielder

32
99 74
Djalma Santos is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Djalma Santos Defender

33
45 37
Zito is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Zito Forward, Midfielder

34
70 49
Juninho Pernambucano is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added Juninho Pernambucano Midfielder

35
31 35
Ademir Marques de Menezes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Ademir Marques de Menezes Forward

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36
32 25
Ademir da Guia is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil

37
31 25
Leovegildo Lins da Gama Júnior is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Leovegildo Lins da Gama Júnior Defender, Midfielder

38
205 197
David Luiz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
David Luiz Defender, Midfielder

39
70 72
Mário Zagallo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil

40
57 43
Douglas Costa is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added Douglas Costa Midfielder

41
140 133
Robinho is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
KyleTurner added Robinho Forward, Midfielder

42
129 87
Marta is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Marta Forward, Midfielder

The Top Beers from Brazil

43
35 23
Éder Aleixo de Assis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added Éder Aleixo de Assis Forward

44
25 25
Toninho Cerezo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Toninho Cerezo Midfielder

45
41 30
Adriano is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added Adriano Leite Ribeiro

46
21 21
Domingos da Guia is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Domingos da Guia Defender

47
176 187
Oscar is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
KyleTurner added Oscar Midfielder

48
47 40
Casemiro is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added Casemiro Midfielder

49
33 25
Rogério Ceni is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added Rogério Ceni Goalkeeper

50
36 42
Raí is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Raí Midfielder