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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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1,847 386
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
poroporo20 added Pelé Forward, Midfielder

2
878 400
Zico is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Zico Playmaker, Midfielder

3
994 463
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Garrincha Right Wing, Midfielder

4
1,755 457
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

5
774 339
Romário is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Romário Forward

6
693 252
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
BiniamAlaro added Roberto Carlos Defender, Midfielder

7
1,255 446
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
KyleTurner added Neymar Forward

8
901 372
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Kaká Midfielder

9
1,439 645
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
poroporo20 added Ronaldo Forward

10
399 202
Didi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
BaruchLalaev added Didi Midfielder

11
393 202
Roberto Rivelino is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
BaruchLalaev added Roberto Rivelino Midfielder

12
597 197
Rivaldo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
poroporo20 added Rivaldo Forward, Midfielder

13
483 205
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Cafu Defender

14
417 174
Sócrates is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Sócrates Forward, Midfielder

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15
381 195
Jairzinho is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Jairzinho Midfielder

16
310 154
Carlos Alberto Torres is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil

17
161 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
97 44
Gérson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Gérson Playmaker, Midfielder

19
344 183
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
KyleTurner added Thiago Silva Defender, Midfielder

20
120 69
Tostão is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Tostão Winger, Forward, Midfielder

21
234 129
Bebeto is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Bebeto Forward

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22
179 122
Leônidas da Silva is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil

23
216 157
Gilmar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
BaruchLalaev added Gilmar Goalkeeper

24
178 82
Philippe Coutinho is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added Philippe Coutinho Midfielder

25
79 56
Vavá is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Vavá Forward

26
328 196
Daniel Alves is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Daniel Alves Defender

27
93 57
Careca is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
uluhan-tepe added Careca Forward

28
117 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
79 52
Nílton Santos is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Nílton Santos Defender

30
97 59
Dida is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Dida Goalkeeper

31
116 80
Djalma Santos is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Djalma Santos Defender

32
112 56
Marcelo Vieira is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
ade-setiawan added Marcelo Vieira Defender, Midfielder

33
60 48
Zito is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Zito Forward, Midfielder

34
244 217
David Luiz is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
David Luiz Defender, Midfielder

35
45 35
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
84 60
Juninho Pernambucano is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added Juninho Pernambucano Midfielder

37
41 32
Ademir da Guia is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil

38
36 42
Ademir Marques de Menezes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Tom Šmíd added Ademir Marques de Menezes Forward

39
80 79
Mário Zagallo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil

40
157 143
Robinho is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
KyleTurner added Robinho Forward, Midfielder

41
149 94
Marta is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Marta Forward, Midfielder

42
69 53
Douglas Costa is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added Douglas Costa Midfielder

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43
40 36
Dirceu is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
poroporo20 added Dirceu Midfielder

44
34 30
Toninho Cerezo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Toninho Cerezo Midfielder

45
65 50
Casemiro is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added Casemiro Midfielder

46
45 29
Éder Aleixo de Assis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added Éder Aleixo de Assis Forward

47
125 118
Dunga is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Dunga Defender, Midfielder

48
68 57
Roberto Firmino is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added Roberto Firmino Midfielder

49
39 23
Paulinho is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Elenel added Paulinho Defender, Midfielder

50
27 26
Domingos da Guia is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
Domingos da Guia Defender