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Ranking of the 10 Best Brazilian Football Players of All Time

In football, certain teams are almost as iconic as the sport itself. Whether it’s the pure white of Real Madrid, the red of Manchester United, or the blue and garnet of Barcelona, ​​some clubs are just instantly recognizable to people around the world.

However, perhaps more than any other, one jersey and one team is synonymous with the beautiful game: Brazil. The Seleção’s yellow and green jerseys are distinctive and some of the players who have worn them are the biggest and most skilled stars to ever play the game.

Whether for the national team or for their club teams, the South American powerhouse has produced some of the most popular and respected footballers of all time, and although they haven’t won the World Cup for some time, you just know it won’t be long until they do adding a sixth star to this iconic crest. There’s even the Copa America taking place this summer, so even more success is on the way.

Here is the list of what we believe to be the ten greatest Brazilian footballers, based on their overall influence at club or international level during their career…

rank

player

Career span

1

First

1956-1977

2

Ronaldo

1993-2011

3

Garrincha

1951-1972

4

Ronaldinho

1998-2015

5

Romario

1985-2007

6

Rivaldo

1991-2015

7

Zico

1971-1994

8th

Neymar

2009-present

9

Kaka

2000-2014

10

Jairzinho

1960-1981

10

Jairzinho

1960-1982

The first name on our list is an icon of Brazil’s 1970 World Cup squad and a man who spent the majority of his playing career with the club he joined as a youth: Botafogo.

The hurricane, right o Furacão, for all the Portuguese speakers out there, scored 249 goals in his two-decade career, including 186 in just 416 appearances for Botafogo.

His incredible career ended in 1982 with a trophy cabinet full to the brim and 81 international appearances in which he scored 33 goals.

9

Kaka

2000-2014

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We’re moving into the modern era for our next star, at least almost, as ninth place brings with it the brilliant Kaka.

The Gama-born magician moved from São Paulo to AC Milan in 2003 and over the next six seasons developed into one of the best players in the world, winning Serie A, the Champions League, the FIFA Club World Cup and the Ballon d’ Or, before completing his historic £56m move to Real Madrid in June 2009. That same summer, Los Blancos also welcomed Cristiano Ronaldo.

Unfortunately, the hugely talented midfielder suffered from ongoing knee problems in Madrid which prevented him from making the impact expected of him.

After another five years playing for Orlando City and São Paulo, he finally retired with 92 appearances in Brazil and 29 international goals.

8th

Neymar

2009-present

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We’ve reached the only current player on the list, and of course Neymar Jr. has to be there, whether you love him or hate him.

Despite his questionable move to the Saudi Pro League last summer, the 32-year-old has certainly had an impressive career, winning the Champions League with Barcelona and Ligue 1 titles with Paris Saint-Germain as they are nothing.

Despite all the hopes that rested on his shoulders with the national team, the man who has scored more goals for the national team than Pelé has never managed to lead the country to the World Cup title and, due to his current injury, he has won. I’m not even at the Copa América this summer.

Nevertheless, with 302 goals in 511 club games and 79 goals in 128 national team appearances, the Mogi das Cruzes-born star deserves to be ranked among the best Seleção players of all time.

7

Zico

1971-1994

Zico-Brazil

We’re going back in time again as the sixth star on this list is the player Gary Lineker described as “incredible”: Zico.

The 1.70 meter tall midfielder, born in Rio de Janeiro, was a tour de force in his home country, scoring 529 goals in 724 games for Flamengo. Although he failed to win the World Cup, he was an important member of the national football team, winning the Copa América in 1979 and eventually retiring from the senior team after 71 appearances.

At club level he won a slew of trophies for Flamengo, including seven state championships, before moving to Japanese club Kashima Antlers, where he won the league in 1993 and is now a technical advisor – whatever that may be.

6

Rivaldo

1991-2015

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Rivaldo is the next name on the list, from an icon who couldn’t win a World Cup to one who played in a World Cup.

The Recife-born wonder played a crucial role in Brazil’s triumphant 2002 season in Japan and South Korea, scoring a goal in the first five games and forming a deadly trio alongside Ronaldo and Ronaldinho – more on that later.

He might have made the headlines a little more embarrassing against Turkey, but fans shouldn’t forget what a brilliant player he was. After all, it’s not for nothing that you reach 74 international matches for the senior national team.

He also won the Coppa Italia and Champions League with AC Milan and two La Ligas, a Copa del Rey and a UEFA Super Cup with Barcelona.

5

Romario

1985-2007*

Romario-Brazil

He may be playing the cold game of politics today, but during his playing career Romario was one of the best ever.

During his international career, the Rio-born forward won 70 caps and scored 55 goals – only Neymar, Pelé and Ronaldo scored more – while winning two Copa Americas and the 1994 World Cup.

He was equally successful at club level, winning three Eredivisie titles with PSV Eindhoven, a La Liga title with Barcelona and a league title with Vasco da Gama.

4

Ronaldinho

1998-2015

Ronaldinho-Brazil

Fourth place belongs to arguably the most entertaining footballer of all time, or at least on this list.

Ronaldinho began his career in his home country with Gremio before moving to PSG in 2001.

Just a few years and some brilliant performances later, he secured his big move to Barcelona, ​​where he scored 70 goals in just 145 games, won two La Liga titles and won the Champions League, all while bringing fans and rivals with him his incredible skill enchanted technical ability.

On the international stage, the Porto Alegre-born star won 97 caps in which he scored 33 goals including This one against David Seaman, won a Copa América and a World Cup.

However, the English goalkeeping union got the last laugh when Joe Hart managed to save a penalty from the great midfielder in his penultimate international match in 2013. However, we’re sure he hasn’t lost sleep over it like Seaman has.

3

Garrincha

1951-1972

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The bronze medal goes to Garrincha, who played alongside Pelé in Brazil’s 1958 World Cup triumph and then became a star four years later in the great man’s absence, showing how important he was to the country’s football successes.

The exceptional winger only made 50 senior appearances, but his influence is almost unrivaled.

In his two-decade playing career, he played 238 games for Botafogo, scoring 84 goals, before also playing for teams such as Corinthians, Flamengo and even Atlético Junior in Colombia.

2

Ronaldo

1993-2011

Ronaldo-Brazil

The second spot on this list is reserved for the real Ronaldo, as some would call him.

The Itaguaí-born superstar’s full name was Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, but was often referred to as R9 and was an absolute monster of a footballer.

In his 454 club appearances, the unstoppable striker scored 298 goals and provided 75 assists. Over the course of his career, he averaged a goal every 1.2 games, meaning the average was even better during his pomp.

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At club level he won La Liga, the Cope del Rey, UEFA Cup and KNVB Cup, while at international level he won two World Cups and two Copa Americas.

By the time he retired, he had made 98 appearances for the senior national team, in which he scored 62 goals – a legacy.

1

First

1956-1977

First

We got the number one spot on the list, and who else could it have been?

Of course, the best Brazilian footballer of all time has to be the late great Pelé, and some wouldn’t stop at the Brazilian either.

The sporting icon was the Messi of his time, and while most football fans wouldn’t have seen him play today, they all know his name and almost certainly his face too.

There is much debate about how many goals Pelé actually scored at club level, but we can be fairly certain that the number is at least 680, while he scored 77 goals in 92 games for Brazil.

He was also the key player in the country’s first World Cup triumph in 1958, despite being only 17 at the time. He would finish his career playing two more games, although he missed most of the 1962 edition due to injury.

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