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The Best Soccer Players from Brazil

Updated April 23, 2020 72.2k votes 9.2k voters 210.5k views266 items

List RulesSoccer players born in Brazil or who 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
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    Pelé

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceTrês Corações, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Edson Arantes do Nascimento, KBE (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈɛtsõ (w)ɐˈɾɐ̃tʃiz du nɐsiˈmẽtu];... more
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    Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
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    Ronaldo

    Forward

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Ronaldo is a Portuguese and Spanish equivalent of the name Ronald. Notable people known as... more

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    Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
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    Ronaldinho

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplacePorto Alegre, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil, Spain

    Ronaldo de Assis Moreira (born 21 March 1980), commonly known as Ronaldinho Gaúcho (Brazilian... more
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    Rivaldo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
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    Rivaldo

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplacePaulista, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Rivaldo Vítor Barbosa Ferreira (born 19 April 1972), known as Rivaldo (Brazilian Portuguese:... more
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    Romário is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
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    Romário

    Forward

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Romário de Souza Faria (born 29 January 1966), known simply as Romário (Brazilian Portuguese:... more
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    Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
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    Garrincha

    Right Wing, Midfielder

    BirthplaceMagé, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Manuel Francisco dos Santos (28 October 1933 – 20 January 1983), nicknamed Mané Garrincha,... more
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    Kaká is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
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    Kaká

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceGama, Federal District, Brazil

    NationalityItaly, Brazil

    Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite (Brazilian Portuguese: [hiˈkaɾdu iˈzɛksõ duˈsɐ̃tus... more
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    Cafu is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
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    Cafu

    Defender

    BirthplaceSão Paulo, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Marcos Evangelista de Morais (born 7 June 1970), known as Cafu [kaˈfu], is a Brazilian former... more
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    Sócrates is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
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    Sócrates

    Forward, Midfielder

    NationalityBrazil

    Sócrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira, MD (19 February 1954 – 4 December... more
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    Carlos Alberto Torres is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
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    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Carlos Alberto "Capita" Torres (17 July 1944 – 25 October 2016), also known as "O Capitão do... more
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    Zico is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
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    Zico

    Playmaker, Midfielder

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Arthur Antunes Coimbra (Portuguese pronunciation: [aʁˈtuʁ ɐ̃ˈtũnis koˈĩbɾɐ], born 3 March... more
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    Jairzinho is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
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    Jairzinho

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Jair Ventura Filho (born 25 December 1944), better known as Jairzinho (Portuguese... more
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    Roberto Rivelino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
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    BirthplaceSão Paulo, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Roberto Rivellino (also Rivelino, Brazilian Portuguese: [ʁoˈbɛʁtu ʁiveˈlĩnu]; Italian:... more
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    Didi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
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    Didi

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceCampos dos Goytacazes, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Didi (Portuguese pronunciation: [dʒiˈdʒi]), popular nickname for Waldyr Pereira (8 October... more
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    Neymar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
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    Neymar

    Forward

    BirthplaceMogi das Cruzes, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior (Brazilian Portuguese: [nejˈmaʁ dɐ ˈsiwvɐ ˈsɐ̃tus ˈʒũɲoʁ]; born... more
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    Tostão is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
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    Tostão

    Winger, Forward

    BirthplaceBelo Horizonte, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Eduardo Gonçalves de Andrade (born 25 January 1947), generally known as Tostão, is a retired... more
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    Daniel Alves is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
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    Daniel Alves

    Defender

    BirthplaceJuazeiro, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil, Spain

    Daniel Alves da Silva (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈdɐ̃ni ˈawvis]; born 6 May 1983) is a Brazilian... more

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    Paulo Roberto Falcão is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
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    BirthplaceAbelardo Luz, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Paulo Roberto Falcão, or simply Falcão (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈpawlu ʁoˈbɛʁtu fawˈkɐ̃w̃];... more
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    Gérson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
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    Gérson

    Playmaker, Midfielder

    BirthplaceNiterói, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Gérson de Oliveira Nunes, generally known as Gérson Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʒɛʁsõ], (born... more
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    Bebeto is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
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    Bebeto

    Forward

    BirthplaceSalvador, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    José Roberto Gama de Oliveira (born 16 February 1964), known as Bebeto, is a Brazilian former... more
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    Djalma Santos is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
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    BirthplaceBrazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Djalma Pereira Dias dos Santos known simply as Djalma Santos (Brazilian Portuguese: [diˈʒawmɐ... more
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    Leônidas da Silva is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
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    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Leônidas da Silva (Portuguese pronunciation: [leˈõnidɐz dɐ ˈsiwvɐ]; 6 November 1913 – 24... more
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    Nílton Santos is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
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    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Nílton dos Santos (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈniwtõ ˈsɐ̃tus]; 16 May 1925 – 27 November 2013) was... more
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    Marta is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
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    Marta

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceDois Riachos, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Marta Vieira da Silva (born 19 February 1986), commonly known as Marta ([ˈmaɾtɐ]), is a... more

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    Vavá is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Brazil
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    Vavá

    Forward

    BirthplaceRecife, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

    Edvaldo Jizídio Neto (12 November 1934 – 19 January 2002), commonly known as Vavá, was a... more

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