Greatest South American Soccer Players

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1 Lionel Messi Lionel Messi Lionel Andrés "Leo" Messi is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona. He is also known as one of the greatest football players of all time. He was born in Rosario, Argentina on June 24th, 1987.

He can dribble he can shoot he is great

Better than you

The best!

2 Pele Pele Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as "Pelé", is a retired Brazilian professional footballer who played as a forward. He is one of the best players in football, hence why he's nicknamed the "king of football".

Pele should 1st for winning 3 world cup and a world class player

3 Diego Maradona Diego Maradona Diego Armando Maradona is a retired Argentine professional footballer. He is known for "The Goal of the Century" and the "Hand of God" goal.
4 Ronaldo Ronaldo Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, commonly known as Ronaldo, is a Brazilian retired professional footballer who played as a striker. Popularly dubbed O Fenômeno, he is widely considered to be one of the greatest football players of all time.
5 Sergio Aguero Sergio Aguero Sergio Leonel "Kun" Agüero is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a striker for English club Manchester City and the Argentina national team.
6 Neymar Neymar 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 the Brazil national team as a forward or winger, and is also the captain of the national team. ...read more.

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7 Luis Suarez Luis Suarez Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Barcelona and the Uruguay national team as a striker.
8 Luis Suarez Luis Suarez Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Barcelona and the Uruguay national team as a striker. V 1 Comment
9 Alfredo di Stéfano Alfredo di Stéfano

Alfredo Stéfano Di Stéfano Laulhé was an Argentine professional footballer. He is regarded as one of the best footballers of all time, and is best known for his achievements with Real Madrid including five consecutive European Champion Cups (1956-1960).
Nicknamed "Saeta rubia" (blond arrow), Di Stéfano played in three different countries and won 13 top division championships. During his 21 year professional career scored a total of 514 goals in official matches (RSSSF).
He was awarded the Ballon d'Or twice (1957,1959) and voted 4th, behind Pelé, Diego Maradona, and Johan Cruyff, in a vote organised by France Football magazine which consulted their former Ballon d'Or winners to elect the Football Player of the Century.
He's the only winner of Super Ballon d'Or awarded at the 25th anniversary of the tophy (1989) as he was more voted of any other player in these years (including Cruyff and Platini who had three awards).

10 Rene Tavas

The Contenders

11 Diago Milito
12 Thiago Silva 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.
13 Gonzalo Higuain Gonzalo Higuain Gonzalo Gerardo Higuaín is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a striker for Italian club Juventus.
14 Garrincha Garrincha Manuel Francisco dos Santos, known by the nickname Garrincha, was a Brazilian footballer who played right winger and forward.
15 Zico Zico

One of the the greatest players of all time, an attacking midfielder with great goalscoring ability.

16 Oscar
17 Diego Godín
18 Juan Alberto Schiaffino

Greatest Uruguayan player ever.

Juan Alberto "Pepe" Schiaffino Villano was an Uruguayan football player who played as a attacking midfielder or forward. A highly skilful and creative playmaker, at club level, he played for CA Peñarol in Uruguay (11 years), and for A.C. Milan, and Roma in Italy for 8 years. Schiaffino was purchased by A.C. Milan for at the time world record fee of 52 millions Lire (September 1954).
At international level, he won the 1950 FIFA World Cup with the Uruguayan national team, scoring the first of the two goals of the final against Brazil, and also took part in the 1954 FIFA World Cup. He later also represented the Italian national football team.
He was ranked as the best Uruguayan footballer of all time by an IFFHS poll, the 17th greatest player of the 20th century and 6th South American player.

19 Alexis Sanchez Alexis Sanchez Alexis Alejandro Sánchez Sánchez, known as Alexis Sánchez or simply Alexis, is a Chilean professional footballer who plays as a forward for English club Manchester United and the Chilean national team.
20 José Manuel Moreno
21 Arsenio Erico

Greatest Paraguayan player ever, still top scorer of the Argentinian National league (7 decades).

22 Angel Di Maria Angel Di Maria
23 Héctor Scarone

The best player of the first great team in football history, National team of Uruguay (1920s):two gold medals in Olympic Games, winner of the first World Cup

24 Didi
25 Zizinho

One of the best Brazilian players.

26 José Leandro Andrade

Great Uruguayan midfielder, member of the National team of his country that won all tophies including the first World Cup (1950).

27 Arthur Friedenreich

He was the first Brazilian icon 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.
RSSSF recognized 557 official goals ranked him 11th scorer of all times but without certain number of games.

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

Romário was a prolific striker renowned for his clinical finishing, he is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. Romário starred for Brazil in their 1994 FIFA World Cup success, receiving the FIFA Golden Ball as player of the tournament. He was named FIFA World Player of the Year the same year.
He's one the best scorers in football history, coming 2nd in goals in official matches with 772 and 5th in total goals (verified stats): he claims for a total of 1,006 goals but RSSSF recognize 968.

29 Ademir Marques de Menezes Ademir Marques de Menezes

One of the best centre forwards in the Brazilian history, top scorer of the World Cup of 1950 (9 goals).

30 James Rodriguez

Colombia beated Brazil in the WC 2014 because Colombia made that offside goal so james should at lest be #9 or #10

31 Edinson Cavani Edinson Cavani Edinson Roberto Cavani Gómez is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays as a striker for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the Uruguay national team.

One of the best players in the world I think.Why did I have to add it. It should of been on the list

32 Javier Hernandez Javier Hernandez Javier Hernández Balcázar is a Mexican professional footballer who plays as a forward for German club Bayer Leverkusen and the Mexico national team.

He's not even from south america

33 Arturo Vidal
34 Ronaldinho Ronaldinho Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, commonly known as Ronaldinho or Ronaldinho Gaúcho, is a retired Brazilian footballer.
35 Elias Figueroa

One of the best deffenders of all times, 3 times best player in South America.

36 Omar Sivori
37 Daniel Passarella Daniel Passarella Daniel Alberto Passarella is an Argentine retired footballer who played as a centre back, and former manager of the Argentina and Uruguay national football teams.
38 Enzo Francescoli Enzo Francescoli
39 Carlos Alberto Torres

The best right wing defender of the 20th century, captain of the greatest team ever, the Brazilian National team of 1970 World Cup.

40 Nilton Santos
41 Guillermo Stábile

Great Argentinian forward of the midwar years, top scorer of the first World Cup.

42 Adolfo Pedernera
43 Luis Alberto Cubilla
44 Alberto Spencer

Alberto Pedro Spencer Herrera was an Ecuadorian-Uruguayan footballer of the 60s who played as a forward, regarded as the best Ecuadorian footballer of all time. He is probably best known for his still-standing record for scoring the most goals in the Copa Libertadores, the most important club tournament in South America.

45 Mario Kempes

Great Argentinian forward, best player and top scorer of the 1978 World Cup held in Argentina.
The Argentinians will never forget it.

46 Cafu

In the best 11 team of all times as a left wing defender.

47 Roberto Carlos Roberto Carlos Roberto Carlos da Silva Rocha, more commonly known simply as Roberto Carlos, is a Brazilian retired footballer.
48 Carlos Valderrama Carlos Valderrama
49 Givanildo Vieira de Sousa
50 Marek Hamsik Marek Hamsik

Probably the best player on napoli right now.

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