Top 10 Best Brazilian Soccer Players

The Top Ten
1 Pelé Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as "Pelé", was a Brazilian professional footballer who played as a forward. In 1999 he was named Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee and was included in the Time list of the 100 most important people of the 20th century. In 2000, Pelé was... read more

He was by far the best football player ever to grace this planet. So good that when he touched the ball, it was always a fantastic trick or an amazing shot.

In an interview, a defender at Red Bulls said in 1977, Pelé is the hardest person to get the ball off in football. In a match, you need at least three men marking him all the time, or else he'll score 100 goals before you can say hallelujah.

When he's got the ball, you need to tackle him in the first seconds, or else he won't be stopped.

Unlike players like Messi or Maradona, who can only use their strong foot, Pelé is an all-around player. He can use his left foot just as well as his right, he can use his head, and he can do nearly all the tricks and types of kicking styles such as chips and bicycle kicks.

For me, Pelé is also better than players like Ronaldo or Maradona because he can help the team a lot and make his teammates better. He can make the most sensational pass and is usually very calm.

2 Ronaldo Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, commonly known as Ronaldo, is a Brazilian business owner, president of La Liga club Real Valladolid, and a retired professional footballer who played as a striker. Popularly dubbed in Portuguese O Fenômeno ("The Phenomenon"), he is widely considered one of the greatest... read more

No doubt, he was the best in football history. He had perfect skills, technique, and scoring abilities. That's what other great players had too, but the difference is he combined all of it. But that's not all.

What really makes him the best was his speed, pace, and acceleration. That is the main reason which makes him better than Pelé, Maradona, and the others. Before his knee injury, he was unstoppable. Even after his comeback, he was great, even though he was a different player.

If he had not had these serious injuries, there would be no discussion about who is the greatest of all time. In my opinion, he was the best, although his prime period was only from 1995 to 1999.

3 Ronaldinho Ronaldo de Assis Moreira (born 21 March 1980), commonly known as Ronaldinho Gaúcho or simply Ronaldinho, is a Brazilian former professional footballer and current ambassador for Barcelona. He played mostly as an attacking midfielder, but was also deployed as a winger. Often considered one of the best... read more

Gaucho is the best, but I don't know what happened to him after he left Barcelona. Still, I regard him as the best there is, was, and ever will be because he could do things no other player could.

He could juggle the ball and, while juggling, move his leg around the ball like a revolution man. That is something! Suddenly, everyone is doing it. He could also juggle the ball with his head and shoulders.

He is a great passer of the ball, a great scorer, and a great free-kick taker. I wish to just meet him.

4 Neymar Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, born 5 February 1992, commonly known as Neymar or Neymar Jr., is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and the Brazil national team as a forward or winger, and is also the captain of the national team... read more

Neymar will soon become the best in the world. Because of him, I love soccer. One day, I want to grow up and be like him. My family even loves him. Before Neymar, my family and I were so far apart, like we were strangers.

Now we sit together to watch his games. I never felt so close to my family. Thanks, Neymar.

Neymar is very young, only 19 years old, and has the potential to become the best in the world. He is very tricky, fast, and a great dribbler, similar to Ronaldinho and Ronaldo.

A pure genius on the field, and he knows the ball. Shortlisted in the top 10 best players in FIFA 2014. Father at 19 and compassionate to kids. On 5/3/14, he introduced an African child to the rest of the team and stopped the security guards from carrying him off the pitch.

5 Kaká Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, commonly known as Kaká or Ricardo Kaká, is a retired Brazilian professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder for Orlando City SC in Major League Soccer and the Brazil national team .

Not the best but definitely one of the greatest Brazilians of all time, a midfielder and attacker both. At his prime, he was unstoppable, even if that phase was not long.

He still made a huge mark with his passing, speed, long shots, crosses, ball control, and vision.

His skill on the ball is brilliant, and at his best, his blistering pace is enough to outrun the fastest defenders. Also, he is a goal-scoring threat and possesses incredible vision. Enough said!

East or west, Kaká is the best. He just rocks the world. No one is like him. Just look at his long shots. I think all the goalkeepers are afraid of his long shots.

6 Zico

He is second only to Pelé.

When he received the ball in unfavorable situations (for example, with his back to the opposition goal) with defenders closing him down, he would use his incredible creativity and skill to ensure that he either got a decisive pass away or somehow managed to turn clear from defenders.

This was his greatest of many strengths, and no player in the history of football equals Zico in this aspect of the game. The way that Zico created out of nothing Brazil's first equalizer in that legendary quarter-final match against Italy in the 1982 World Cup was pure genius.

7 Garrincha Manuel Francisco dos Santos, known by the nickname Garrincha, was a Brazilian footballer who played right winger and forward.

Garrincha almost single-handedly won the 1962 World Cup and was also very important in 1958. His career was prematurely interrupted due to drinking problems. Otherwise, he would have held an even higher position among the all-time best players of the world.

Until now, no one has ever played in a style similar to his. No one has ever dribbled like him so far.

The joy of the people. He could make the opposition applaud him, and he was the second-best player in the 1958 World Cup after Didi, and won 1962 almost single-handedly.

Pelé, on the other hand, never really delivered in the World Cups, and although he won it three times, Brazil probably would have won all three without him.

8 David Luiz

The most expensive defender. Good at both defending and attacking. Sometimes comes forward.

David Luiz is a great defender. I play FIFA 15/14, and he is rated 82. He should be 90.

He's very underrated in FIFA. Just 82 rated but plays like an 87.

9 Roberto Carlos Roberto Carlos da Silva Rocha (born 10 April 1973), commonly known as Roberto Carlos, is a Brazilian former professional footballer who now works as a football ambassador. He started his career in Brazil as a forward but spent most of his career as a left back and has been described as the "most offensive-minded... read more

His dribbling is so attractive and amazing, so perfect for a wing defense line. He shoots a ball like a rocket! I think he should be in the big 5 rather than 10.

One of the greatest Brazilian players. He also helped Brazil win the 2002 World Cup, especially with his banana free kick.

He'll always be remembered as the player who scored the 105-mile banana free kick for Brazil and the impossible 0° angle goal for Real Madrid.

10 Romário Romário de Souza Faria, known simply as Romário, is a Brazilian politician, who previously achieved worldwide fame as a footballer.

I'm a PSV fan in the Netherlands, and he played for that team. I never saw such a great player as Romário. That was really art. Sorry to say, but in my opinion, a much better striker than Ronaldo, who also played for PSV Eindhoven.

Romário's time as a player included Flamengo, then Dutch club PSV Eindhoven, Spanish club FC Barcelona, then a return to Brazil to play for Flamengo, Vasco da Gama, and Fluminense. He won the award for the most valuable player of the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

Romário is now a politician in Brazil and the third-highest scoring Brazilian player with 901 goals in his football career! Amor Romário de Souza Faria, the Brazilian striker, is probably the most controversial too.

The Contenders
11 Rivaldo

He was the lonely hero in the national team and Barcelona, carrying the whole team on his shoulders.

Will always be one of Brazil's greats. A player of many skills, it was a joy to watch this master in action.

Do you know who Rivaldo is? If you do, then you shouldn't put him at No. 12. He should be at least No. 5 instead of Kaka.

12 Oscar

Oscar is just too good. He is really hard-working. He tried all alone to score in yesterday's match. He is cute too.

He is one of the rising players in the world. He will be the finest player in the future.

A very good player who plays beyond his years.

13 Falcão

This guy turned, almost single-handedly, two "mediocre" sides into huge clubs, first Internacional in Brazil, then Roma in Italy. If you don't believe me, check out the results of these clubs before and after Falcão. He was the game changer.

14 Robinho

Robinho is a great football player, and I think the best player in AC Milan.

15 Hulk
16 Philippe Coutinho Philippe Coutinho Correia, known as Philippe Coutinho, or simply Coutinho, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for FC Barcelona and the Brazil national team as an attacking midfielder or winger.

He is my favorite! I personally think he deserves way more credit!

One of the most underrated players. Wish I'd heard of him sooner.

17 Sócrates

Fantastic player and a great playmaker. He had a presence on and off the field. He would be a top 11 pick of all-time footballers, simply an all-time great. Brazil at its very best.

A true artist of the game who glided rather than paced around the pitch. For me, the best player to ever grace the game.

One of the great soccer players in history, who also became a doctor during the peak of his career. Try that, Messi.

18 Tostao
19 Jairzinho

The only player to score in every match at a World Cup.

20 Rivelino

Rivelino, Zico, Maradona, and Platini: The best midfielders of this game of all time! The difference is Rivelino came first.

21 Cafu

If you think Dani Alves is good, you should have seen Cafu at his peak. He bombed up and down the wing and was unstoppable at the World Cup 2002!

Cafu proved that he is one of the best captains in the world in the World Cup 2002. He united the entire team throughout the tournament.

Cafu is a pacy left-back with lots of skill. He is also good at attacking, helping midfielders and strikers score lots of goals.

22 Alexandre Pato
23 Julio Cesar

One of the best Brazilian goalkeepers, if not the best. He helped them win the 2009 and 2013 Confederation Cups.

24 Thiago Silva 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 team.

True, he really is the best player in the world and the captain of the Brazil national football team. I think he should be the 7th.

Thiago Silva is one of the best defenders in history. I think he should definitely be in the top 10, maybe top 5.

T. Silva is the best defender in the world. I think he should be in a higher position on this list.

25 Arthur Friedenreich

He was the first Brazilian icon, one of the best players in the world of the 1910s-1920s, and one of the greatest scorers in football history. 'The Tiger' scored a total of 1,329 goals in 1,239 caps in his 26-year career.

This is unofficially reported, but if it's true, he's the 3rd in football history after Josef Bican and Gerd Muller. RSSSF recognized 557 goals in official matches, ranking him the 11th scorer of all time.

More goals than Pele in fewer games.

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