Top 10 Brazilian Footballers of All Time

10. Neymar Jr.

Neymar Jr.

Neymar started his professional career with Santos, the same club that Pele represented for most of his career. Well, that’s not the only fact that binds them both as Neymar is the second-highest top scorer for his country with 71 goals, just behind Pele’s 77 goals.

09. Kaká

Kaká

Ricardo Kaká, famously known as ‘Kaka‘, makes it to the 9th spot in our top 10 Brazilian football players of the all-time list because of his incredible abilities, including exceptional passing, effortless dribbling, playmaking, long-range shooting etc 

08. Roberto Carlos

Roberto Carlos 

Roberto Carlos has earned the 8th spot in our top 10 Brazilian football players of all time. He started as a forward, but he settled in the full-back role as his career progressed. But, he was known for his aggressive playing style from his position and is considered one of the best left-back players of all time. 

07. Zico

Zico

Arthur Antunes Coimbra, also known as ‘Zico‘, grabs the 7th spot in the top 10 Brazilian football players of all time. Apart from being a creative player, accurate passer and clinical finisher, he was also an effective free-kick taker. He has scored 101 direct free-kicks, which is the most by any player. 

06. Sócrates

 Sócrates

Brazilian legendary midfielder Sócrates picks the 6th spot in our top 10 Brazilian football players of all time. He was considered one of the greatest midfielders of his generation due to his incredible vision, game awareness, long passing and game reading skills. 

05. Garrincha

Garrincha

Pele’s compatriot Garrincha holds the 5th position in our top 10 Brazilian football players on the all-time list. His real name is Manuel Francisco dos Santos, but people knew him as Mané Garrincha. He was an energetic winger with exceptional dribbling skills, making him a crucial threat for opponent defenders. 

04. Romário

Romário

Romário is considered one of the most lethal strikers ever to set foot on a football pitch. His hunger for goals and determination to outperform opponent defenders drive him to achieve incredible feats. Playing with Flamengo, Vasco da Gama, Barcelona, Valencia, and Al Sadd, Romário secured more than 750 goals, putting him in the top modern-day goalscorers’ basket. 

03. Ronaldinho Gaúcho

Ronaldinho Gaúcho

Probably the greatest showman the footballing world has ever seen, Ronaldinho takes up the 3rd position in the top 10 Brazilian football players of all time. Whenever ‘Ronnie’ set foot on a football pitch, he was more interested in enjoying the match rather than winning it. 

02. Ronaldo

Ronaldo

The Brazilian Ronaldo, or the ‘R9’, is considered one of the greatest strikers of all time. Due to his incredible contributions to the game, we have put him in the 2nd spot of the top 10 Brazilian football players on the all-time list. Ronaldo’s breathtaking pace, world-class dribbling, and lethal shooting skills made him special. 

01. Pelé

Pelé

Whenever Brazilian football is discussed, one player that can never be excluded is Pele. Considered to be one of the greatest football players ever, Pele won three world cups for his country, and in each tournament, he played a crucial role. His current international goal tally stands at 77, which is also the highest for any Brazilian.