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Top 20 Best Brazilian Soccer Players of All Time

Even those who are not into soccer have come to like it because of the top 20 best Brazilian soccer players of all time. These players have turned soccer into a form of art which evokes admiration and awe.

While I have never been a big sports fan, I have a great amount of respect for people who through their hard work and devotion have managed to get on the pages of history books worldwide as the best sportsmen and sportswomen of all time. Even if I was never the person to talk to about the most recent events in the world of soccer, at any moment I knew that the top players in the game were from South America. Apart from being the world’s biggest producer of coffee and from having Jesus Christ look over its capital, which has become the signature image of the country, Brazil is also one of the biggest exporters of best soccer players. While in the rest of the world soccer remains a secondary thing, in Brazil it has become embedded in the very tradition. Given its presence in the Brazilian culture, it has become a way of life for many. Work is not given priority when Brazilian national soccer team is playing, and it is probably the only time when streets are deserted. Brazilians take great pride in the achievements of their soccer team, rightfully so, and are probably the most passionate supporters. They practically invented dribbling and their distinctive style of playing makes you support them even if you are in no touch with Brazil whatsoever.

Top 20 Best Brazilian Soccer Players of All Time


Brazil’s is the most successful national team in the FIFA World Cup. They were world champions five times: 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, and 2002. It is the only national team to participate in all World Cup series, with no absence or playoffs record. Furthermore, it is the only national team to win the title of the World Champion in four continents: Europe (1958), South America (1962), North America (1970) and 1994), and Asia (2002). Many sports experts and commentators have stated that Brazil’s national team of 1970 is the best Brazil team of all time, some going so far to name it the best team of all times. This team won the World Cup in Mexico and starred players who have become Brazilian football legends. The team won all six games to be handed the Jules Rimet Trophy for the third time.

New players have entered and left the Brazilian soccer scene since. Neymar Jr., Marcelo, and Coutinho were considered to be the best Brazilian soccer players in 2017. Casemiro, Gabriel Jesus, Dani Alves and Thiago Silva have also joined them on the list of best Brazilian footballers of 2017. On the list of 2016 Brazil soccer players, same names stand out. Neymar Jr., Coutinho, and Alves were among the best Brazilian soccer players in 2016. They have been virtuosos on the field in the past couple of years, and it has been a great joy for many to watch them maneuver their way through to the opposing team’s goal.

Brazil is not the only country which has produced some of the biggest names in soccer. In our article on top 15 best French soccer players of all time, we have listed the players the French nation is proud to call French. Zinedine Zidane came 1st, as the best French soccer player ever with 168 international goals. The second best was Michel Platini, with 139 international goals, while Patrick Vieira came third, with 103 international goals. In our article on top 16 best UK soccer players of all time we listed the forces to be reckoned with in soccer and which come from the UK. Sir Bobby Charlton bore the title of the best UK soccer player of all times. George Best was ranked 2nd, while Bobby Moore came 3rd. All of these are the names the world will remember for their outstanding achievements in soccer. I can only imagine how many aspiring young footballers have posters of these people in their rooms to look at when they need to remind themselves of their ultimate goal. This was a pun intended.

To create the list of top 20 best Brazilian soccer players of all time, I have referred to data provided by a number of sports sites. I have taken into account the ranking of the best Brazilian soccer players on Ranker. The ranking is based on the votes from soccer fans from around the world. I have also referred to the ranking of World Soccer 100 Players of the Century on Topend Sports. Since this is the list of the best, I could not ignore the names on FIFA Player of the Century award. Without further ado, these are the best Brazilian soccer players that have shaped the history of soccer as we know it today.

20. Tostão (Eduardo Gonçalves de Andrade)

The last on our list of top 20 best Brazilian soccer players of all time is Tostão. He was a part of the national team which won the World Cup in 1970.