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The Best Soccer Players from Brazil  

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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
2
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 2 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
3
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 3 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
4
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 4 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
5
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
Zico is listed (or ranked) 6 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
7
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 7 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
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Rivaldo is listed (or ranked) 8 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
9
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 9 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
10
Roberto Rivelino is listed (or ranked) 10 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
11
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
12
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
Jairzinho is listed (or ranked) 13 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
14
Carlos Alberto Torres is listed (or ranked) 14 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
15
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 15 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
16
Tostão is listed (or ranked) 16 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
17
Gérson is listed (or ranked) 17 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
18
Leônidas da Silva is listed (or ranked) 18 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
19
Vavá is listed (or ranked) 19 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
20
Nílton Santos is listed (or ranked) 20 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
21
Paulo Roberto Falcão is listed (or ranked) 21 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
22
Djalma Santos is listed (or ranked) 22 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
23
Gilmar Rinaldi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
BaruchLalaev added Goalkeeper
Gilmar Luís Rinaldi, is a former Brazilian football goalkeeper, and current football agent of such players as Adriano. Gilmar competed for Brazil at the 1984 Summer Olympics, and was part ...more
24
Daniel Alves is listed (or ranked) 24 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
25
Marcelo Vieira is listed (or ranked) 25 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