Greatest South American Soccer Players

The Top Ten

1 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.

Also Di Stefano is in the top ten (8th).
The list maker knowns so much about football that he managed to make a top ten list with... 8 persons (soccer players with the jersey Nr 10).

He can dribble he can shoot he is great

Better than you


2 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".

Pelé is first. He won 3 world cups, scored 92 hat tricks and scored 1283 goals.

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

He can curl in corners


3 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.

Love him


4 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.
5 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 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. more.

Best ever

7 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.
8 Rene Tavas
9 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.
10 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).

The Contenders

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

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

18 Juan Alberto Schiaffino

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 José Manuel Moreno

The first Argentinian icon, a prolific forward ranked 5th South American soccer player in 20th IFFHS century elections.

20 Angel Di Maria
21 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

22 Arsenio Erico
23 José Leandro Andrade

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

24 Didi
25 Zizinho

One of the best Brazilian players.

26 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.

27 Arturo Vidal
28 Adolfo Pedernera
29 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.

30 Mario Kempes

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

31 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.

32 Ademir Marques de Menezes

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

33 Roberto Carlos Roberto Carlos da Silva Rocha, more commonly known simply as Roberto Carlos, is a Brazilian retired footballer.
34 James Rodriguez

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

35 Carlos Valderrama
36 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

37 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

38 Ronaldinho Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, commonly known as Ronaldinho or Ronaldinho Gaúcho, is a retired Brazilian footballer.
39 Elias Figueroa

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

40 Omar Sivori
41 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.
42 Enzo Francescoli
43 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.

44 Nilton Santos
45 Guillermo Stábile

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

46 Luis Alberto Cubilla
47 Cafu

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

48 Givanildo Vieira de Sousa
49 Marek Hamsik

Probably the best player on napoli right now.

50 Claudio Bravo Claudio Andrés Bravo Muñoz is a Chilean professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Premier League club Manchester City and the Chile national team.

As Chiles soccer team captain and quite the talented goalie Claudio Bravo is a great soccer player. He should definitely be in the top ten for SA and NA

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