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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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1,835 385
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
poroporo20 added Pelé Forward, Midfielder

2
870 393
Zico is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Zico Playmaker, Midfielder

3
990 459
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Garrincha Right Wing, Midfielder

4
1,744 456
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

5
767 338
Romário is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Romário Forward

6
684 248
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
BiniamAlaro added Roberto Carlos Defender, Midfielder

7
1,246 443
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
KyleTurner added Neymar Forward

8
895 369
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Kaká Midfielder

9
1,434 643
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
poroporo20 added Ronaldo Forward

10
398 202
Didi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
BaruchLalaev added Didi Midfielder

11
393 201
Roberto Rivelino is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
BaruchLalaev added Roberto Rivelino Midfielder

12
597 195
Rivaldo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
poroporo20 added Rivaldo Forward, Midfielder

13
482 204
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Cafu Defender

14
416 174
Sócrates is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Sócrates Forward, Midfielder

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15
380 195
Jairzinho is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Jairzinho Midfielder

16
310 153
Carlos Alberto Torres is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil

17
160 67
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
96 44
Gérson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Gérson Playmaker, Midfielder

19
343 183
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
KyleTurner added Thiago Silva Defender, Midfielder

20
119 69
Tostão is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Tostão Winger, Forward, Midfielder

21
232 129
Bebeto is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Bebeto Forward

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22
179 121
Leônidas da Silva is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil

23
216 156
Gilmar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
BaruchLalaev added Gilmar Goalkeeper

24
78 54
Vavá is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Vavá Forward

25
177 82
Philippe Coutinho is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added Philippe Coutinho Midfielder

26
327 196
Daniel Alves is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Daniel Alves Defender

27
92 57
Careca is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
uluhan-tepe added Careca Forward

28
115 79
Cláudio Taffarel is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Cláudio Taffarel Goalkeeper

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29
77 52
Nílton Santos is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Nílton Santos Defender

30
96 58
Dida is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Dida Goalkeeper

31
111 55
Marcelo Vieira is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
ade-setiawan added Marcelo Vieira Defender, Midfielder

32
114 80
Djalma Santos is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Djalma Santos Defender

33
58 48
Zito is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Zito Forward, Midfielder

34
242 217
David Luiz is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
David Luiz Defender, Midfielder

35
45 34
Leovegildo Lins da Gama Júnior is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Leovegildo Lins da Gama Júnior Defender, Midfielder

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36
36 41
Ademir Marques de Menezes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Ademir Marques de Menezes Forward

37
82 60
Juninho Pernambucano is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added Juninho Pernambucano Midfielder

38
40 32
Ademir da Guia is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil

39
79 79
Mário Zagallo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil

40
156 143
Robinho is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
KyleTurner added Robinho Forward, Midfielder

41
69 52
Douglas Costa is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added Douglas Costa Midfielder

42
148 94
Marta is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Marta Forward, Midfielder

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34 29
Toninho Cerezo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Toninho Cerezo Midfielder

44
65 49
Casemiro is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added Casemiro Midfielder

45
39 36
Dirceu is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
poroporo20 added Dirceu Midfielder

46
125 117
Dunga is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Dunga Defender, Midfielder

47
44 29
Éder Aleixo de Assis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added Éder Aleixo de Assis Forward

48
27 25
Domingos da Guia is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Domingos da Guia Defender

49
67 57
Roberto Firmino is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added Roberto Firmino Midfielder

50
38 23
Paulinho is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added Paulinho Defender, Midfielder