The 10 Best Brazilian Players In History

Best Brazilian Players in History

Best Brazilian Players In History: Brazil is a country that lives and breathes football in an exceptional way. This South American country is one of the main exporters of talent worldwide, with great stars in each of its generations. Therefore, when it comes to analyzing the best Brazilian players in history, we can find some inconveniences to choose only 10.

Best Brazilian Players In History:

Today we have prepared an article about the 10 Best Players In The History of Brazil. However, that they are 10 does not mean that they are ordered by position, it is simply a ranking with an extra position to give merit to more players.

In addition, we have decided to give recognition to some players who do not appear in the ranking but who could have done so due to their talent or contribution.

10. Neymar Jr

  • Full Name: Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior
  • Date of Birth: 5 February 1992
  • Place of Birth: Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil
  • Height: 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
  • Position(s): Forward

The player who opens our Ranking is none other than Neymar Jr. This talented forward who emerged at Santos, today, one of the best players in the world. At his best, it was thought that he could surpass the level of two contemporary legends such as Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

However, Ney has been in charge of getting his own style to stand out in a football monopolized by these great players. At the national team level, Neymar is the second top scorer in the history with 64 goals in 104 games. In the same way, he is already the fifth player with the most presence in the history of Brazil.

His record is enviable, adding several national and continental titles in his career in Brazil and Europe. Among these titles we can highlight the UEFA Champions League and the Copa Libertadores.

With his national team, Neymar was the player who scored the goal that made Brazil champion of the Olympic Games for the first time in its history. In addition, Neymar was one of the protagonists of that Brazil that stopped the Spanish team in its tracks in the 2013 Confederations Cup.

National Team Records:

YearsMatchesGoals
2010– Brazil 11570

National Team Honours:

HonoursYears
FIFA Confederations Cup2013
Copa América; runner-up 2021

9. Roberto Carlos Da Silva

  • Full Name: Roberto Carlos da Silva Rocha
  • Date of Birth: 10 April 1973 (age 48)
  • Place of Birth: Garça, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Height: 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
  • Position(s): Left-back

If we talk about Neymar, we immediately have to talk about the other great side in the history of the Brazilian team. Roberto Carlos Da Silva was a unique left-back in the history. He was a forerunner of the full back’s offensive style by launching into attack and generating danger from an unusual area.

He is famously remembered for his successful career at Real Madrid. By many, he is considered one of the best players in the history of the white team. In addition, at the level of his selection he was not far behind. He is one of the players with the most presence in the history of the ‘verde-amarela ‘. Since Roberto Carlos is the second player with the most games i-e 125 appearances.

In the same way, if we mention enviable palmares, Roberto Carlos’s is the dream of every footballer. The left-back won the Champions League three times, won two America’s Cups, a World Cup and a Confederations Cup.

In addition, He score best goal in history at the national level: “The smart bomb” against France in 1997.

National Team Records:

YearsMatchesGoals
1992–2006 Brazil 12511

National Team Honours:

HonoursYears
FIFA World Cup2002
Lunar New Year Cup2005
Copa América1997, 1999
FIFA Confederations Cup1997
CONMEBOL Men Pre-Olympic Tournament1996
Umbro Cup1995
Summer Olympics: Bronze Medalist1996

8. Rivaldo

  • Full Name: Rivaldo Víctor Borba Ferreira
  • Date of Birth: 19 April 1972
  • Place of Birth: Recife, Brazil
  • Height: 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
  • Position(s): Attacking midfielder / Forward

Who does not know Rivaldo has a unique talent in his style. This talented forward stood out mainly for his years under the discipline of FC Barcelona, an entity in which he is a legend and an idol. As cule he lifted the Ballon d’Or in 1999 and at the time he was considered the best player in the world by various specialized media.

At the national team level, we find that Rivaldo is the seventh historical scorer of the Brazilian team (35 goals in 74 games). In the same way, he was a participant in the golden years of the ‘Verde-amarela’ at the beginning of the 2000s.

Since the forward was part of the squad that won the 1999 Copa America and the 2002 World Cup. As if that were not enough, he lifted the UEFA Champions League with AC Milan in 2003.

National Team Records:

YearsMatchesGoals
1993–2003 Brazil 7435

National Team Honours:

HonoursYears
FIFA World Cup2002
FIFA World Cup Runner-up1998
Copa América1999
Confederations Cup1997
Summer Olympics: Bronze Medalist1996
Umbro Cup1995

7. Romario

  • Full Name: Romario
  • Born: 29 January 1966, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Height: 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)
  • Position(s): Striker

Another player to FC Barcelona fans is world soccer legend Romario. Despite the fact that he was only under the cule discipline for a year, Romario became a legendary player in Spain. Country in which he is remembered as one of the great legends who played in LaLiga.

A tireless scorer and one of the few players who, according to him, has been able to break the 1000 goal barrier (unofficial figures).

At the national team level, Romario is another player with a good record. He managed to win the Copa America twice and the World Cup in 1994. In addition, he is the fourth top scorer in the history of Brazil with 55 goals in 70 games.

National Team Records:

YearsMatchesGoals
1987–2005 Brazil 7056

National Team Honours:

HonoursYears
FIFA World Cup1994
Copa América 1989, 1997
FIFA Confederations Cup1997

6. Socrates Brasileiro

  • Full Name: Sócrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira
  • Date of Birth: 19 February 1954
  • Place of Birth: Belém, Pará, Brazil
  • Height: 1.92 m (6 ft 3+1⁄2 in)
  • Position(s): Attacking midfielder

Despite being one of the most talented players in the history of Brazil, he is one of the few players on this list who does not have an official title at the national team level.

However, Socrates’ impact goes beyond statistics or inflated track records. This player was a political and social activist who promoted various changes in his country, which is why he is remembered as a legend. On a footballing level, Socrates was probably the player with the most brain and vision of the game of all his time.

National Team Records:

YearsMatchesGoals
1979–1986 Brazil 6022

National Team Honours:

HonoursYears
Copa América: Runner-up 1983
Copa América, Third-place 1979

5. Zico

  • Full Name: Arthur Antunes Coimbra
  • Date of Birth: 3 March 1953
  • Place of Birth: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Height: 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
  • Position(s): Attacking midfielder

Zico is the other player on this list who does not have an official title with the Brazilian senior team. However, it is difficult for anyone not to know the impact that Arthur Antunes Coimbra had on this sport during the 1980s.

Together with Socrates, they were the pillars of a Brazilian team that carry the Brazilian Team to the top of the World. For this reason, Zico became the fifth historical top scorer of the ‘verde-amarela’ with his 48 goals in 71 games. At the national level, he is well remembered for his time at Flamengo, a club where he won the Copa Libertadores and the Intercontinental.

National Team Records:

YearsMatchesGoals
1976–1986 Brazil 7148

National Team Honours:

HonoursYears
FIFA World Cup Third place1978
Copa América Third place1979

4. Ronaldinho

  • Full Name: Ronaldo de Assis Moreira
  • Date of Birth: 21 March 1980
  • Place of Birth: Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • Height: 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
  • Position(s): Attacking midfielder, winger

Ronaldo de Assis Moreira may sound like a complete stranger to anyone who hasn’t followed his career closely. However, the player known as Ronaldinho is, for many, the player who could be the best in history, but decided not to be.

At one point in his career, dozens of clubs tried to seize the services of a promising striker who escapes his rivals with alarming ease.

Such was his talent that he invented new dribbles and filigree every day in order to improve himself and be happy on the field. For this reason, Ronaldinho is popularly known as “The smile of football” or the man who smiled back at Camp Nou. Without a doubt he is also among the best in the history of FC Barcelona for all that he contributed in his best years as a footballer.

Speaking of raw and raw talent, Ronaldinho has probably been the most skilled player in the entire history of the sport. His speed, impudence and intelligence made him a Ballon d’Or in 2005, but his level quickly declined due to his excesses and his busy personal life.

However, Ronaldinho has a very enviable record in World Cup, a Copa América , a Confederations Cup and a UEFA Champions League, among others. In addition, Ronnie is the eighth top scorer for the Brazilian team, with 33 goals.

National Team Records:

YearsMatchesGoals
1999–2013 Brazil 9733

National Team Honours:

HonoursYears
Copa América1999
FIFA World Cup2002
FIFA Confederations Cup2005

3. Garrincha

  • Full Name: Manuel Francisco dos Santos
  • Date of Birth: 28 October 1933
  • Place of Birth: Magé, RJ, Brazil
  • Height: 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
  • Position(s): Right winger

The player who opens the top three of the best players in the history of Brazil is none other than Manuel Francisco or, he is popularly known as Garrincha.

He was an exceptionally talented player, capable of putting the team on his shoulder even when everything seemed to go wrong. At the national team level, Garrincha managed to win the World Cup twice (1958 and 1962) and was a figure in the World Cup in Chile 62 ‘.

When Pele was not there to lead his team, Garrincha took over and conquered the playing fields with his speed, dribbling and punching. For this reason, he is considered one of the best players in the history of South American sports.

National Team Records:

YearsMatchesGoals
1955–1966 Brazil 5012

National Team Honours:

HonoursYears
FIFA World Cup1958, 1962
O’Higgins Cup1955, 1959, 1961
Oswaldo Cruz Cup1960

2. Ronaldo Nazario

  • Full Name: Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima
  • Date of Birth: 18 September 1976
  • Place of Birth: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Height: 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
  • Position(s): Striker

Ronaldo Fenomeno was probably the antithesis of Ronaldinho in a specific section. As we mentioned earlier, Ronaldinho could have been the best Brazilian players in history, but he didn’t want to, since he preferred alcohol and parties. However, Ronaldo Nazario could be the best player in history, but his knee did not allow him to achieve everything he wanted to achieve.

A striker like the ones that no longer exist, capable of dribbling, shooting and scoring goals with incredible ease. This led him to be Brazil’s third all-time top scorer with his 62 goals, as well as being the world championship top scorer for many years (15). This until he was surpassed by Miroslav Klose in 2014.

Ronaldo Fenomeno went through clubs of the of Real Madrid, FC Barcelona or Inter Milan, however, in none of these great clubs could he win the UEFA Champions League. However, with his team he managed to win the World Cup twice, also scoring a double in the 2002 final against Germany.

National Team Records:

YearsMatchesGoals
1994–2011 Brazil 9862

National Team Honours:

HonoursYears
FIFA World Cup1994, 2002
Copa América 1997, 1999
Copa América runner-up1995
FIFA World Cup Runner-up 1998
FIFA Confederations Cup1997
Summer Olympic Games bronze medal1996

1. Pele

  • Full Name: Edson Arantes do Nascimento
  • Born: 23 October 1940
  • Height: 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
  • Position(s): Attacking midfielder

There are enough words to describe Pele, without a doubt, one of best Brazilian players in history who are in the Olympus of world football for his great contributions and his innate ability to play football. For many, He is best player in all history, for others simply an outstanding player.

The king is the only player in the history of football who has managed to win three world cups, being part of the three titles that made the Brazilian team win the Jules Rimet Cup. At the club level, Pele is a legend of Santos, a club that saw him born and reach the top.

With his national team, O Rei defended the ‘green yellow’ shirt 92 times . In that time he was able to score a staggering 77 goals, becoming the top scorer for the Brazilian national team. Only Neymar has been able to threaten Pele’s record and, by chance of life, both players emerged from Santos.

In short, his premature debut was just a test of all that ‘Pele’ was capable of. For this reason, the player with the most goals in the history of football (according to figures from the Guinness Record) is the one who takes the title of best player in the history of Brazil.

National Team Records:

YearsMatchesGoals
1957–1971 Brazil 9277

National Team Honours:

HonoursYears
FIFA World Cup1958, 1962, 1970

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