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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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2,375 491
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

2
2,253 555
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

3
1,258 636
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

4
1,105 552
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

5
985 461
Romário is listed (or ranked) 5 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

6
1,805 736
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 6 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

7
938 347
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 7 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

8
1,192 497
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 8 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

9
1,601 638
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 9 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

10
602 240
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

11
739 218
Rivaldo is listed (or ranked) 11 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

12
470 230
Didi is listed (or ranked) 12 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

13
449 230
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

14
500 195
Sócrates is listed (or ranked) 14 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

15
434 218
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
361 171
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
201 86
Paulo Roberto Falcão is listed (or ranked) 17 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

18
161 85
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

19
129 60
Gérson is listed (or ranked) 19 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

20
441 230
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 20 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

21
285 150
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
112 69
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
257 114
Philippe Coutinho is listed (or ranked) 23 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.

24
245 166
Gilmar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
BaruchLalaev added Gilmar Goalkeeper

25
204 133
Leônidas da Silva is listed (or ranked) 25 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

26
152 93
Cláudio Taffarel is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Goalkeeper Cláudio André Mergen Taffarel is a Brazilian retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He is the current goalkeeping coach of Galatasaray and the Brazilian national football ...more

27
380 221
Daniel Alves is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Defender Daniel Alves da Silva, commonly known as Dani Alves, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Brazilian national team as a right back. Before ...more

28
117 71
Careca is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
uluhan-tepe added Forward Careca is an actor.

29
158 68
Marcelo Vieira is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
ade-setiawan added Defender, Midfielder Marcelo Vieira da Silva Júnior, known as Marcelo, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Brazilian national team. Mainly a left back, he can ...more

30
100 62
Nílton Santos is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Defender Nílton dos Santos was a Brazilian footballer who primarily played as a wingback. Regarded as one of the greatest defenders in the history of the game, Nílton Santos is a member of ...more

31
129 71
Dida is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Goalkeeper Nélson de Jesus da Silva, better known simply as Dida, is a Brazilian football goalkeeper who plays for Campeonato Brasileiro Série A squad Sport Club Internacional. He first rose ...more

32
137 89
Djalma Santos is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Defender Djalma Pereira Dias dos Santos known simply as Djalma Santos was a Brazilian footballer who started for the Brazil national team in four World Cups, winning two, in 1958 and 1962. Santos is ...more

33
79 56
Zito is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Forward, Midfielder José Ely de Miranda, best known as Zito is a former association footballer who played in defensive midfield.

34
103 87
Mário Zagallo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Mário Jorge Lobo Zagallo is a Brazilian former football player and manager. He was the first footballer to win the World Cup both as a manager and as a player.

35
288 259
David Luiz is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Defender, Midfielder David Luiz Moreira Marinho, known as David Luiz, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for French club Paris Saint-Germain and serves as vice-captain for the Brazil national team. ...more

36
98 69
Roberto Firmino is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added Midfielder Roberto Firmino Barbosa de Oliveira is a Brazilian international footballer who plays professionally for German club 1899 Hoffenheim, as an attacking midfielder. Starting his career with ...more

37
56 43
Ademir da Guia is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Ademir da Guia is a retired professional footballer who played during the 1960s and 1970s for Palmeiras, a leading association football team in Brazil, where he is still regarded as one of the ...more

38
46 50
Ademir Marques de Menezes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Forward Ademir Marques de Menezes, best known as Ademir, was a Brazilian footballer, regarded as one of the best centre forwards in the history of the Brazil national team. His prominent underbite ...more

39
97 69
Casemiro is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added Midfielder Carlos Henrique José Francisco Venâncio Casimiro, known as Casemiro, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for FC Porto, on loan from Real Madrid, as a central

40
99 72
Juninho Pernambucano is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added Midfielder Antônio Augusto Ribeiro Reis Jr., commonly known as Juninho or Juninho Pernambucano, is a retired Brazilian footballer. Renowned for his bending free kicks, he is sometimes considered to ...more

41
188 163
Robinho is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
KyleTurner added Forward, Midfielder Robson de Souza, more commonly known as Robinho, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Santos FC on loan from A.C. Milan. He is known for his ball control, attacking ...more

42
95 69
Douglas Costa is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added Midfielder Douglas Costa de Souza, commonly known as Douglas Costa or simply Douglas, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for FC Shakhtar Donetsk as an attacking midfielder. He started his career with ...more

43
177 105
Marta is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Forward, Midfielder Marta Vieira da Silva, commonly known as Marta, is a Brazilian football forward who plays for FC Rosengård of the Swedish Damallsvenskan. She is also a member of the Brazil women's ...more

44
156 133
Dunga is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Defender, Midfielder Carlos Caetano Bledorn Verri, commonly known as Dunga, is a former Brazilian footballer and a World Champion for Brazil in the 1994 FIFA World Cup and the current head coach of Brazil. Along ...more

45
54 45
Leovegildo Lins da Gama Júnior is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Defender, Midfielder Leovegildo Lins da Gama Júnior, known simply as Júnior or Léo Júnior, is a Brazilian former professional footballer who played as a midfielder. He was named by ...more

46
68 45
Adriano is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added

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45 24
Jorginho is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added Defender Jorge de Amorim Campos, aka Jorginho, is a retired Brazilian footballer who played mainly as a right defender, and the former manager of Al Wasl. He played in his country for five different ...more

48
66 43
Paulinho is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added Defender, Midfielder José Paulo Bezerra Maciel Júnior, commonly known as Paulinho,; born 25 July 1988) is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Tottenham Hotspur and the ...more

49
56 36
Éder Aleixo de Assis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added Forward Éder Aleixo de Assis, was also known as Éder or Éder Assis, is a former Brazilian footballer. He played as a left winger and striker, most notably with Grêmio ...more

50
48 44
Dirceu is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
poroporo20 added Midfielder Dirceu José Guimarães, known as Dirceu, was a football player from Brazil. He played as an attacking midfielder with many teams, in particular Botafogo and the Brazilian national ...more