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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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Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
poroporo20 added Forward, Midfielder Pele, is almost universally regarded as the greatest player in the history of football. Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento in the Minas Gerais region of Brazil, Pele emerged on to the ...more

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2,450 621
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Forward, Midfielder Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, commonly known as Ronaldinho or Ronaldinho Gaúcho, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Mexican club Querétaro. His main playing position is as an ...more

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1,363 704
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Right Wing, Midfielder Manuel Francisco dos Santos, known by the nickname Garrincha, was a Brazilian footballer who played right winger and forward. He is regarded by many as the best dribbler in football history. The ...more

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1,197 616
Zico is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Playmaker, Midfielder Arthur Antunes Coimbra, better known as Zico, is a Brazilian coach and former footballer. Often called the "White Pelé", he was a creative player, gifted with excellent ...more

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2,028 752
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
poroporo20 added Forward Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima commonly known as Ronaldo, is a retired Brazilian footballer. Popularly dubbed "the phenomenon", he is considered by experts and fans to be ...more

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1,067 507
Romário is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Forward Romário de Souza Faria, known simply as Romário, is a former Brazilian footballer, manager and current politician. A prolific striker renowned for his clinical finishing, he is ...more

7
827 244
Rivaldo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
poroporo20 added Forward, Midfielder Rivaldo Vítor Borba Ferreira, known as Rivaldo, is a Brazilian former professional footballer and the current president of Mogi Mirim Esporte Clube in Brazil. He played mainly as a free ...more

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1,015 388
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
BiniamAlaro added Defender, Midfielder Roberto Carlos da Silva Rocha, more commonly known simply as Roberto Carlos, is a retired Brazilian footballer and current manager of Turkish league club Akhisar Belediyespor. He started his ...more

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1,284 546
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Midfielder Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, commonly known as Kaká or Ricardo Kaká, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for American club Orlando City ...more

10
668 264
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Defender Marcos Evangelista de Morais, known as Cafu, is a Brazilian former professional footballer. He is the most internationally capped male Brazilian player and also made history playing for ...more

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511 250
Didi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
BaruchLalaev added Midfielder Waldyr Pereira, nicknamed Didi, was a Brazilian footballer who played midfielder. He played in three FIFA World Cups, winning the latter two and was named the tournament's best player in 1958. ...more

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564 209
Sócrates is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Forward, Midfielder Sócrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira, MD, simply Sócrates, was a Brazilian footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. His doctorate in medicine and his ...more

13
485 247
Roberto Rivelino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
BaruchLalaev added Midfielder Roberto Rivellino is a former Brazilian footballer. He was one of the stars of Brazil's 1970 FIFA World Cup winning team. Rivellino currently works as a pundit for Brazilian TV Cultura. The son ...more

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1,734 709
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
KyleTurner added Forward Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, commonly known as Neymar or Neymar Jr., is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona and is the captain for the Brazil ...more

15
473 229
Jairzinho is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Midfielder Jair Ventura Filho, better known as Jairzinho, is a former association footballer. A quick, powerful winger, he was a member of the legendary Brazilian national team that won the 1970 FIFA World ...more

16
394 185
Carlos Alberto Torres is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Defender Carlos Alberto Torres is a former Brazilian footballer. He is widely regarded as one of the best defenders of all time. He captained Brazil national team to victory in the 1970 World Cup, ...more

17
493 269
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
KyleTurner added Defender, Midfielder Thiago Emiliano da Silva, commonly known as Thiago Silva, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a central defender for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazilian national ...more

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192 94
Tostão is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Winger, Forward, Midfielder Eduardo Gonçalves de Andrade, aka Tostão, is a retired Brazilian footballer who played as a forward. He is a medical doctor. In his prime, he was considered one of the best players ...more

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227 97
Paulo Roberto Falcão is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Midfielder Paulo Roberto Falcão is a Brazilian head coach and former footballer. He is widely considered one of the best players in Internacional and Roma history, and one of the most talented ...more

20
157 72
Gérson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Playmaker, Midfielder Gérson de Oliveira Nunes, generally known as Gérson, nickname Canhotinha de ouro is an association footballer. He won numerous national trophies with the club sides of Flamengo, ...more

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313 164
Bebeto is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Forward José Roberto Gama de Oliveira, known as 'Bebeto', is a former Brazilian football player who played as a striker. He entered politics in the 2010 Brazilian General Elections and was ...more

22
133 78
Vavá is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Forward Vavá, real name Edvaldo Izídio Neto, was an association footballer who is widely considered one of the best strikers of his generation. His nickname was "Peito de ...more

23
232 140
Leônidas da Silva is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Forward Leônidas da Silva was an association footballer and commentator. He is regarded as one of the most important players of the first half of the 20th century. Da Silva played for Brazil in ...more

24
306 144
Philippe Coutinho is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added Midfielder Philippe Coutinho Correia is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for English club Liverpool and the Brazil national team as an attacking midfielder.

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266 175
Gilmar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
BaruchLalaev added Gilmar Goalkeeper