Brazil Best Players of All Time

Andrew Kovacs

Brazil is an incredibly diverse country, both geographically and culturally. Located in South America, it has a population of over 217 million people from many different backgrounds. It also boasts some of the world’s most stunning natural landscapes – from its lush rainforests to its vast stretches of coastline along the Atlantic Ocean. Whether you’re looking for vibrant cities full of life or tranquil rural areas where time stands still, Brazil truly has something for everyone.

Table of Contents

1. Neymar

Paris Saint-Germain F.C.

Neymar Career

  • Neymar: Brazilian forward for Paris Saint-Germain.
  • Formerly with Santos and Barcelona.
  • Over 250 career goals.
  • Over 120 caps, 77 goals for Brazil.
  • One of the top footballers in the world.

Neymar is a Brazilian forward who currently plays for Paris Saint-Germain. He has scored over 200 goals in his career and was named the world's best player by FIFA in 2018.

Neymar started his career at Santos, before moving to Barcelona where he won two La Liga titles and one Copa del Rey. 

In 2017, he joined PSG and has since helped them win three Ligue 1 titles and the Champions League.

Neymar is renowned for his dribbling skills and acceleration, as well as his passing ability; he has been described as "the fastest player in the world".

Neymar was born into a poor family but worked hard to achieve success on the football pitch; this led him to become one of Brazil's most popular athletes. 

Neymar has received criticism for some of his off-field behaviour, including allegations of rape which he denies, but he remains an iconic figure in Brazil.

Neymar retired from international football after the World Cup final in 2018 with Brazil winning their fifth title; during that tournament, he became only the sixth player (and first South American) to score at five different World Cups.

Neymar is one of the most talented footballers in the world and has won numerous awards, including three FIFA Confederations Cup titles.

In 2016, Neymar was named as a member of Brazil's Olympic team for the games in Rio de Janeiro. Neymar began his career with Brazilian side Santos before moving to Europe to join Barcelona in 2013 and PSG two years later. 

Neymar has played for Brazil at various youth levels and made his senior international debut in 2009. He represented them at the 2014 World Cup and Copa América tournaments this year.

 Neymar is known for his speed on the pitch, strong shooting ability and dribbling skills; he is considered a complete player who can score goals both from close-range or long range shots.

Neymar will be looking to add more honours to his impressive CV when he lines up for Brazil at this summer's Olympics Games.

2. Pelé

Santos FC

Pelé Career

  • Footballer
  • humanitarian
  • 1953–1956 : Bauru
  • 1956–1974 : Santos 583 (569)
  • 1975–1977 : New York Cosmos
  • 1957–1971 : Brazil

Pelé was born on October 23, 1940 in Três Corações, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Pelé is best known for his time with Brazilian club Santos and internationally for his performances with the Brazil national team.

He won five FIFA World Cups and two Copas Américas during his career. Pelé's humanitarian work includes support of children's charities and initiatives to fight poverty around the world. He passed away in December 2022 at the age of 82 after a long battle with cancer.

In 1998 he was honoured by UNESCO as a "Personality of Culture". Pelé remains one of the most iconic footballers in history and continues to be celebrated through annual awards ceremonies such as The Ballon d'Or which he has won multiple times himself (including three consecutive).

Pelé is one of the most iconic and celebrated footballers in history. He was a dominant force on the field for many years, winning multiple championships and awards along the way. 

Pelé began his career with Santos, playing there from 1956 to 1974. During that time he won six Brazilian titles and 64 caps for his country.

After retiring from professional football, Pelé embarked on a successful coaching career which has seen him lead teams to victory at various levels including the FIFA World Cup™ twice (1978 and 2002).

 Pelé remains highly popular among fans of all ages, who continue to flock to see him play live or watch recordings of his incredible exploits online.

3. Ronaldinho

Brazil national football team

Ronaldinho Career

  • 1987–1998: Grêmio
  • 1998–2001: Grêmio
  • 2001–2003: Paris Saint-Germain
  • 2003–2008: Barcelona
  • 2008–2011: AC Milan
  • 2011–2012: Flamengo
  • 2012–2014: Atlético Mineiro
  • 2014–2015: Querétaro
  • 2015: Fluminense
  • 1997: Brazil U17
  • 1998–1999: Brazil U20
  • 1999–2000: Brazil U23
  • 2008: Brazil Olympic (O.P.)
  • 1999–2013: Brazil

Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, better known as Ronaldinho or simply Ronaldinho, is a Brazilian football player who played for several clubs in his country and abroad.

Ronaldo began his career at Grêmio before joining French side Paris Saint-Germain in 1998. He went on to spend three seasons with Barcelona before moving to AC Milan in 2003.

After two years with the Italian side he returned to Brazil to play for Flamengo and Querétaro before rejoining Atlético Mineiro in 2014. 

Ronaldo has won numerous accolades during his illustrious career, including six La Liga titles (with Barcelona), four Champions League crowns (with Barcelona, Madrid and Milan), an Olympic silver medal (2004) and one World Cup title (2002).

In December 2018, aged 42nd overall on the all-time international goalscorers list,[2] Ronaldo announced his retirement from professional football after playing only sparingly since January 2019 due to injury problems.

Ronaldinho remains one of the most popular footballers in history;[5] according to FIFA's annual world rankings list of top 200 players compiled between September 2017-18. 

He was ranked eleventh overall – making him the highest-ranked retired footballer currently occupying that position on the ranking table.

4. Romário

Brazil national football team

Romário Career

  • 1979–1980: Olaria
  • 1981–1985: Vasco da Gama
  • 1985–1988: Vasco da Gama
  • 1988–1993: PSV Eindhoven
  • 1993–1995: Barcelona
  • 1995–1996: Flamengo
  • 1996–1997: Valencia
  • 1997: Flamengo (loan)
  • 1998–1999: Flamengo
  • 2000–2002: Vasco da Gama
  • 2002–2004: Fluminense
  • 2003: Al Sadd (loan)
  • 2005–2006: Vasco da Gama
  • 2006: Miami FC
  • 2006: Adelaide United (loan)
  • 2007: Vasco da Gama
  • 2009: America-RJ
  • 1985: Brazil U20
  • 1988: Brazil U23
  • 1987–2005: Brazil
  • 2007: Vasco da Gama (interim)
  • 2008: Vasco da Gama

Romário is a Brazilian politician and former football player who served two terms as the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro from 1995 to 2001. In 2002, Romário ran for the Brazilian Senate, but lost in the first round of voting.

He was re-elected in 2006, 2010 and 2014. As a Senator, Romário has focused on issues such as education reform, infrastructure development, and fighting corruption. 

In September 2015, Romário announced his candidacy for President of Brazil in the upcoming election year; he ended up losing to current president Rodrigo Pacheco by over 10 million votes in October 2016 elections.

Romário is a Brazilian politician who has served in both the Chamber of Deputies and as the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro. 

He was born on 29 January 1966, and first entered politics in 2001 when he was elected to the Federal Senate for Pode (the political party he currently represents). 

In 2009, Romário won election to Rio's City Council, serving until 2011 when he was elected to Brazil's Chamber of Deputies as a PL representative.

His tenure in Congress has been controversial; most notably, his involvement with corruption allegations surrounding state-run oil company Petrobras. 

On 1 February 2015, Romários resigned from his seat following accusations that he had accepted bribes while mayor of Rio de Janeiro between 1995 and 2000 - an allegation that he denies. 

Since leaving office, Romario has continued working as a senator; however, on 16 October 2018 it was announced that he would not be seeking re-election at the next elections due to health concerns.

5. Zico

Clube de Regatas do Flamengo

Zico Career

  • 1967–1971: Flamengo
  • 1971–1983: Flamengo
  • 1983–1985: Udinese
  • 1985–1989: Flamengo
  • 1991–1994: Kashima Antlers
  • 1976–1986: Brazil
  • 1999: Kashima Antlers
  • 2000–2002: CFZ
  • 2002–2006: Japan
  • 2006–2008: Fenerbahçe
  • 2008: Bunyodkor
  • 2009: CSKA Moscow
  • 2009–2010: Olympiacos
  • 2011–2012: Iraq
  • 2013–2014: Al-Gharafa
  • 2014–2016: FC Goa
  • 2018–2022: Kashima Antlers (technical director)
  • 2023: Perak FC (technical director)

Zico is a Brazilian attacking midfielder who played for Flamengo and Udinese in his career. Zico was manager of Iraq during their 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Oman, which they won 2–1.

In 2003, he received the prestigious Ballon d'Or award as the best player in Europe that year. After leaving professional football, he became technical director of Perak FC.

In Malaysia before retiring from this post in December 2017 at the age of 70 years old Zico was a midfield maestro who helped Brazil win the World Cup in 1970 and 1986.

Zico is one of Brazilian football's all-time greats, winning 71 caps for his country between 1976 and 1986. After retiring as a player, Zico became manager of Kashima Antlers in 1999 before moving to Japan with FC Tokyo two years later. 

In 2002, he took over at Fenerbahçe where he led them to successive league titles, but left after just two seasons due to personal reasons.

He then spent three years out of the game before returning as head coach of CSKA Moscow in 2009 – leading them to back-to-back Russian Premier League titles – before leaving again after one season due to health concerns. 

Zico was appointed technical director at Kashima Antlers ahead of their return to J1 League play this year and has so far overseen an impressive turnaround in fortunes for the club.

6. Garrincha

Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas

Garrincha Career

  • 1947–1952: Pau Grande
  • 1949–1950: Cruzeiro do Sul FC
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1951: Serrano: :
  • 1953–1965: Botafogo[1]: 238: (84)
  • 1966: Corinthians[2]: 4: (0)
  • 1968: Atlético Junior: 1: (0)
  • 1968–1969: Flamengo: 5: (0)
  • 1972: Olaria: 6: (0)
  • 1955–1966: Brazil: 50: (12)

Garrincha was one of the most talented and popular footballers of all time. Garrincha is most famous for his performance at the 1962 FIFA World Cup, where he helped Brazil to victory.

After retiring from playing professional football, Garrincha continued to contribute to Brazilian society in various ways. In 1983, Garrincha died tragically after a long battle with cancer.

Garrincha was one of the greatest Brazilian footballers, with 50 international caps to his name. He is most famous for his outrageous dribbling and cutting inside the opposition's half. 

Garrincha is also remembered for being a club legend in Corinthians, where he spent 17 years playing and scoring goals before moving on to Flamengo in 1972.

After retiring from professional football, Garrincha continued to be involved in Brazilian football as a coach and commentator until his death at the age of 53 in 2013.

7. Rivaldo

Brazil national football team

Rivaldo Career

  • 1989–1990: Paulistano
  • 1991–1992: Santa Cruz
  • 1991–1992: Santa Cruz
  • 1992–1994: Mogi Mirim
  • 1993–1994:  Corinthians (loan)
  • 1994–1996: Palmeiras
  • 1996–1997: Deportivo La Coruña
  • 1997–2002: Barcelona
  • 2002–2003: Milan
  • 2004: Cruzeiro
  • 2004–2007: Olympiacos
  • 2007–2008: AEK Athens
  • 2008–2010: Bunyodkor
  • 2011:  São Paulo (loan)
  • 2012: Kabuscorp
  • 2013: São Caetano
  • 2014–2015: Mogi Mirim
  • 1991–1993: Brazil U20
  • 1994–1995: Brazil U23
  • 1996: Brazil Olympic (O.P.)
  • 1993–2003: Brazil

Rivaldo was born in Recife, Brazil in 1972 and started his professional football career with Paulistano in 1989. He joined Santa Cruz in 1991 and made a total of 62 appearances for the club over three seasons before moving to Palmeiras in 1993.

Rivaldo scored 14 goals during his time at Palmeiras, helping them win the 1994 Brazilian Cup and 1996 Copa America. In 1997 he moved to Barcelona where he won six La Liga titles, two UEFA Champions League crowns, as well as the 1998 FIFA World Cup Golden Ball award.

After leaving Barcelona in 2002, Rivaldo had spells with Deportivo La Coruña (1997), Inter Milan (1999–2000) and Flamengo (2002). He retired from professional football at the end of 2003 season after playing 156 games for five clubs. 

Rivaldo has since been involved with coaching roles at Atlético Madrid (2004–2005), Valencia CF (2007) and Shanghai Shenhua FC (2013–2015).

In 2015 he became manager of Qatar side Al-Gharafa SC but resigned after less than a year due to differences with board members. He currently resides near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with his wife Juliana Paes Ferreira.

8. Sócrates

Sport Club Corinthians Paulista

Sócrates Career

  • 1973–1978: Botafogo-SP
  • 1978–1984: Corinthians
  • 1984–1985: Fiorentina
  • 1986–1987: Flamengo
  • 1988–1989: Santos
  • 1989: Botafogo-SP
  • 2004: Garforth Town
  • 1979–1986: Brazil
  • 1994: Botafogo-SP
  • 1996: LDU Quito
  • 1999: Cabofriense
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Sócrates was a midfielder who spent most of his career with Brazilian club Botafogo. He won the Copa Libertadores in 1977 and 1978, as well as two Brazilian championships (1976, 1979).

Sócrates played for Brazil at the 1982 World Cup and 1986 World Cup, but he is best known for his time at Botafogo where he helped them to win two Brazilian titles. In 2005, Sócrates retired from professional football after playing for Flamengo.

He later became a coach and managed clubs in both Brazil and Venezuela before passing away in 2011 aged 57 years old. 

Sócrates was a Brazilian footballer who played as a midfielder for Corinthians, Fiorentina and Santos. He made his professional debut with Corinthians in 1978, before moving to Fiorentina two years later.

After two seasons at Florence, Sócrates joined Santos where he won the Copa Libertadores in 1988 and 1989. He finished his career with Garforth Town in 2004 after brief spells with LDU Quito and Cabofriense respectively.

Also Played For: sport club corinthians paulista

9. Ronaldo

Brazil national football team

Ronaldo Career

  • 1990–1993: São Cristóvão
  • 1993–1994: Cruzeiro
  • 1994–1996: PSV
  • 1996–1997: Barcelona
  • 1997–2002: Inter Milan
  • 2002–2007: Real Madrid
  • 2007–2008: AC Milan
  • 2009–2011: Corinthians
  • 1993: Brazil U17

Ronaldo is a Brazilian striker who is one of the most celebrated and successful players in world football. 

Ronaldo first emerged on the international scene at age 18 with Brazil, scoring 41 goals in 74 appearances for his country over a period of six years.

After spells at Cruzeiro and PSV, Ronaldo transferred to Barcelona where he won three La Liga titles and two Champions League crowns. 

 In 2003, Ronaldo joined Real Madrid where he became one of the club's all-time greats, winning five consecutive Spanish league titles as well as multiple Champions League trophies and FIFA Club World Cups.

In 2007, Ronaldo moved to AC Milan but was unable to replicate his earlier success there before joining Corinthians in 2009; after two seasons with them he returned to Spain with Real Madrid once again in 2011). 

The 2013–14 season saw Ronaldo win another Ballon d'Or award as Europe's best footballer while playing for Madrid alongside teammates Gareth Bale and Luka Modric (who both also received individual awards that year).

On 24 May 2018, aged 36 years old  Ronaldo announced his retirement from professional football following his victory in the Copa del Rey final.

10. Casemiro

Manchester United F.C.

Casemiro Career

  • 2002–2010: São Paulo
  • 2010–2013: São Paulo
  • 2013:  Real Madrid Castilla (loan)
  • 2013: Real Madrid (loan)
  • 2013–2022: Real Madrid
  • 2014–2015: Porto (loan)
  • 2022: Manchester United
  • 2009: Brazil U17
  • 2011: Brazil U20
  • 2011: Brazil

Casemiro is a Brazilian defensive midfielder who has played for Manchester United since 2016. Casemiro started his career at São Paulo and made 92 appearances before joining Real Madrid in 2013 on a loan deal.

He was part of the team that won La Liga, Copa del Rey, and Champions League during his time at Madrid, before returning to United in 2018. 

Casimiro has also represented Brazil at various youth levels and was called up to their senior squad in 2017.

As a result of his impressive performances with both club and country, he has been named one of the world's best midfielders by several publications. 

With over 250 appearances under his belt, Casemiro is now looking forward to helping United win more trophies in the future Casemiro started his career at Porto and was loaned out to Manchester United in 2014.

He has since represented Brazil at several international tournaments, including the Copa América and FIFA U-20 World Cup. Casemiro is a commanding midfield presence who excels in controlling the tempo of games.

His calmness under pressure makes him an ideal captain for any team. With further honors likely forthcoming, Casemiro could soon be considered one of Brazil's greatest-ever footballers.

11. Thiago Silva

Chelsea F.C.

Thiago Silva Career

  • 1998–2000: Fluminense
  • 2000–2001: Barcelona-RJ
  • 2001–2002: Fluminense
  • 2002–2003: RS Futebol
  • 2003–2004: Juventude
  • 2004–2006: Porto B
  • 2005–2006: → Dynamo Moscow (loan)
  • 2006–2009: Fluminense
  • 2009–2012: AC Milan
  • 2012–2020: Paris Saint-Germain
  • 2020–: Chelsea
  • 2008–2012: Brazil Olympic (O.P.)
  • 2008–: Brazil

Thiago Silva is a central defender who has played for Chelsea since 2017. Silva was born in 1984 and began his career at Fluminense before moving to Barcelona-RJ in 2001.

He joined RS Futebol in 2002, playing for the club until 2003. In 2004, he moved to Juventude where he won three Brazilian championships and two international titles (including one with Brazil).

He rejoined Chelsea from Paris Saint-Germain on 1 July 2017.[4] Silva made his debut for Brazil in 2006 and has represented his country at four World Cups (2010, 2014, 2018), as well as Euro 2016 and the Copa America Centenario later that year.

Silva began his career with Porto B before joining Dynamo Moscow on loan in 2005. After a successful spell at Fluminense, Silva transferred to AC Milan where he won five Serie A titles and the Champions League in 2009. 

He then moved to Paris Saint-Germain where he has since won two Ligue 1 titles and the Coupe de France. 

In 2018, Silva signed for Chelsea, becoming their fourth Brazilian player following Kaka, Thiago Ribeiro (now at Manchester City) and David Luiz (now at PSG).

The defender represented Brazil at both the Copa América and Olympics tournaments without winning any silverware however he was part of the team that reached the final of 2019's edition of the tournament which they lost against Uruguay. 

Silva is also an experienced international who played 113 times for Brazil between 2008 and 2012 - scoring seven goals including two during qualification for 2014 World Cup which they went on to win in Russia; finishing as joint top scorer alongside Neymar Jr.

Outside of football, Silva owns a chain of restaurants called "Thiago’s".

12. Jairzinho

Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas

Jairzinho Career

  • 1959–1963: Botafogo
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1961–1974: Botafogo: 413: (186)
  • 1974–1975: Marseille: 18: (11)
  • 1975: Kaizer Chiefs: 3: (7)
  • 1976: Cruzeiro: 32: (19)
  • 1977: Portuguesa: 24: (22)
  • 1978–1979: Noroeste: 25: (10)
  • 1979: Fast Club: 18: (10)
  • 1980–1981: Jorge Wilstermann: 26: (16)
  • 1981–1982: Botafogo: 3: (1)
  • 1982: 9 de Octubre: :
  • Total: : 570: (282)
  • 1964–1982: Brazil[1][2][3]: 81: (33)
  • 1988–1989: Al-Wehda[4]
  • 1997–1998: Kalamata
  • 2003–2005: Gabon

Jairzinho is a Brazilian international footballer who played as a winger. Jairzinho began his career at Botafogo, before moving to Marseille in 1974. He spent two seasons with the club before joining Kaizer Chiefs three years later.

Jairzinho enjoyed considerable success with the Chiefs, winning four league titles and one Champions League medal during his time there. After leaving South Africa's Port Elizabeth-based side Noroeste in 1979, he returned to Brazil and signed for Cruzeiro the following year.

In 1983, Jairzinho joined Portuguesa but only stayed for one season due to injury woes; he retired from football shortly afterwards aged just 34 years old. Since hanging up his boots, Jairo has worked as director of football at Atlético Mineiro where he currently resides. 

In December 2010 it was announced that Jairo would be appointed ambassador for UNICEF Brasil - an organisation which helps protect children around the world through education programmes and health initiatives - after being voted by fans as their favourite player ever.

( Source ) In March 2017 it was reported that former Ajax technical director Marc Overmars had been appointed chairman of Santos FC. 

Jairo Ventura Filho (born 25 December 1944), commonly known simply as "Jairzinho", is a retired Brazilian professional footballer who played mainly as a winger.

A prolific goalscorer, successful playmaker or false nine, renowned for elegant volleys from long range, speed on the pitch, quick feet off it powerful striking ability both inside and outside of the area, And exceptional stamina.

With excellent dribbling skills combined with good vision & passing ability.: Called Il Divin Codino ("The Divine Pony") because of his ponytail hairstyle.

The son of Italian immigrants: Nicknamed Pintadinha ("Little Pinocchio"), Pelé called him "the best player without shoes I've ever seen" Grew up playing futsal together with Ronaldo.

13. Kaká

Brazil national football team

Kaká Career

  • 1994–2000: São Paulo
  • 2000–2003: São Paulo
  • 2003–2009: AC Milan
  • 2009–2013: Real Madrid
  • 2013–2014: AC Milan
  • 2014–2017: Orlando City
  • 2014: São Paulo (loan)
  • 2001: Brazil U20
  • 2002–2016: Brazil

Kaká is an attacking midfielder who has played for some of the biggest clubs in the world, including AC Milan, Real Madrid and Orlando City. Kaká was born in Brazil but grew up playing football at São Paulo's academy before moving to Italy to join AC Milan in 2000.

He helped win two Serie A titles with Milan before joining Real Madrid where he won another Champions League medal and La Liga title. 

In 2014 Kaká moved to Orlando City as part of a blockbuster deal that saw Kaka move from Real Madrid along with Carlos Bacca, Kevin Molino and allocation money worth $75 million US Dollars.

At 33 years old Kaká still has plenty of football left in him and is currently one of the key players for Orlando City as they aim for MLS Cup glory this season.

The 2010 FIFA World Cup winner is also a regular on Brazil's national team, having made over 100 appearances since his debut in 2003 Kaká is a former Brazilian international player who spent most of his career with São Paulo FC.

Kaká has won major trophies with Brazil, including the FIFA World Cup and Confederations Cup. He also played in the 2002 and 2009 editions of the FIFA Confederations Cup, as well as helping Brazil to win the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2003. 

In November 2014, Kaká joined Orlando City SC on loan from São Paulo FC until the end of the MLS season.

The following year he signed for Orlando City permanently after leaving São Paulo FC due to financial difficulties at his previous club. 

At the international level, Kaká represented Brazil at several tournaments including UEFA Euro 2004 and Copa América 2007 where they reached the semi-finals respectively.

14. Cafu

Brazil national football team

Cafu Career

  • 1988–1990: São Paulo
  • 1989–1995: São Paulo
  • 1995: Real Zaragoza
  • 1995: Juventude
  • 1995–1997: Palmeiras
  • 1997–2003: Roma
  • 2003–2008: AC Milan
  • 1990–2006: Brazil

Marcos Evangelista de Morais, commonly known as Cafu, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Italian club Lazio and the Brazil national team as a right back.

Cafu began his career with São Paulo before moving to Spanish side Real Zaragoza in 1995. He spent most of his time at Roma, winning three Serie A titles and two Coppa Italia trophies during his spell there.

After making 134 appearances for Brazil between 1997 and 2003, Cafu was part of the squad that won the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan. 

In 2004 he moved to Italy's Lazio where he has continued playing until present day; having made over 200 appearances for them since then including scoring 22 goals in all competitions combined.

At international level, Cafu has represented Brazil at every Copa América tournament since 2001 apart from 2015 where they were runners-up after losing 3–1 on penalties to Chile in the final following a 0–0 draw after extra time which caused uproar amongst. 

Brazilian fans due to their team being one man down (Cafu missed the shootout). In total he has played 97 times for Brazil scoring 6 goals - 2nd highest among all players behind only Zico (11).

He also captained both the 2006 FIFA World Cup-winning side[4]and 2014’s Copa America winners [5]. At 52 years old Cafu is still an active player and is contracted with Lazio until 2020.

15. Vini Jr.

Brazil national football team

Vini Jr. Career

  • 2005–2017: Flamengo
  • 2017–2018: Flamengo
  • 2018: Real Madrid
  • 2018: Real Madrid 
  • 2015–2016: Brazil U15
  • 2016–2017: Brazil U17
  • 2018–2019: Brazil U20
  • 2019: Brazil

Vinícius Jr. is a winger for Real Madrid and was born in Brazil in 2000. He began his career with Flamengo before joining Real Madrid in 2018. Vinícius Jr has made 32 appearances for Real Madrid, scoring seven goals so far this season.

Vini Jr. is a Brazilian attacking midfielder who has played for both the Brazil U-17 and U-20 national teams. 

Vini Jr. was born in Rio de Janeiro on 4 December 1997, making him one of the youngest players to compete at a senior international level.

In 2018, he joined Spanish side Real Madrid B on loan from Brazilian club Flamengo until the end of the season; his performances with Real Madrid led to speculation linking him with moves away from Flamengo in 2019 and 2020. 

Vini Jr.'s pace, dribbling ability and passing accuracy have seen him compared favorably to former Fluminense player Rivaldo, while his hard work off the ball also sets him apart from many other midfielders.

While he has yet to make an appearance for Brazil's full international team - due largely to being ineligible for participation while still playing for Flamengo - Vini Jr.'s presence at youth levels has helped propel Brazil into contention for major tournaments such as Copa America and World Cup qualification.

16. Alisson Becker

Liverpool F.C.

Alisson Becker Career

  • 2002–2013: Internacional
  • 2013–2016: Internacional
  • 2016–2018: Roma
  • 2018: Liverpool
  • 2009: Brazil U17
  • 2013: Brazil U20
  • 2015: Brazil

Alisson Becker is a goalkeeper for Liverpool and was born in Brazil. He started his career with Internacional before moving to Liverpool in 2016. Alisson has been praised for his technique, reflexes, and shot-stopping ability.

Alisson won the EFL Cup with Liverpool in 2018 and also helped Brazil win the Copa America that year. Alisson Becker is a world-renowned goalkeeper who has enjoyed success at both club and international levels. 

The 25-year-old was born in Brazil but moved to Switzerland as a youngster, before joining Liverpool in 2017.

He made his debut for the Brazilian national team that year and went on to win 61 caps over the following two years. 

In 2019, he helped Brazil reach the Copa América final – their first-ever major tournament victory – where they beat Uruguay 1–0 thanks to an Alisson save in the last minutes of extra time. 

He remains one of Liverpool’s most highly-rated players and will likely start in goal when they take on Manchester City in the Champions League this week.

17. Marquinhos

Paris Saint-Germain F.C.

Marquinhos Career

  • 2002–2011: Corinthians
  • 2012: Corinthians
  • 2012–2013: Roma
  • 2013: Paris Saint-Germain
  • 2011: Brazil U17
  • 2014: Brazil U21
  • 2016: Brazil U23
  • 2013: Brazil

Marquinhos is a Brazilian defender who currently plays for Paris Saint-Germain. Marquinhos made his senior debut with Corinthians in 2011, and he has since played for Roma and PSG.

He was part of Brazil's gold medal winning squad at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Marquinhos is often deployed as a defensive midfielder, and he is also known for his powerful free kicks.

Marquinhos has been described as one of the most promising young defenders in Europe, and he could be an important player in PSG's future successes. Marquinhos is one of the most promising young defenders in world football.

Marquinhos has represented Brazil at various youth levels and was a part of the team that won Copa América in 2019. He joined Paris Saint-Germain from Brazilian club Flamengo in 2013, and has since made over 250 appearances for the Ligue 1 side.

Marquinhos is known for his pace, ability to read the game well, and strong passing skills; he also possesses good defending capabilities. 

With PSG having reached the UEFA Champions League semi-finals this season, Marquinhos will be looking to help them win their fourth title in five years next year too.

18. Roberto Carlos

Brazil national football team

Roberto Carlos Career

  • 1988–1991: União São João
  • 1991–1992: União São João
  • 1993–1995: Palmeiras
  • 1995–1996: Inter Milan
  • 1996–2007: Real Madrid
  • 2007–2009: Fenerbahçe
  • 2010–2011: Corinthians
  • 2011–2012: Anzhi Makhachkala
  • 2015–2016: Delhi Dynamos
  • 1996: Brazil U23
  • 1992–2006: Brazil
  • 2012: Anzhi Makhachkala (coach)
  • 2013–2014: Sivasspor
  • 2015: Akhisarspor
  • 2015: Delhi Dynamos

Roberto Carlos is a Brazilian left-back who has played for Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Fenerbahçe. Roberto Carlos was born in Garça in 1973 and started his career with União São João before moving to Palmeiras and then Inter Milan.

Roberto Carlos won the Champions League twice while at Madrid – in 1998 and 2002 – as well as three La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys (Spanish Cup) medals, and four Spanish Super Cups. 

After leaving Madrid in 2009, Roberto Carlos joined Corinthians but he only stayed there for one season before returning to Europe with Anzhi Makhachkala the following year.

In 2013, after spells at Feirense (Portugal), Shanghai Shenhua FC (China), and Atlético Mineiro (Brazil), Roberto Carlos retired from professional football at the age of 38 due to injury problems sustained during his time on the pitch; however, he made a return later that year to play for Fluminense's reserves team.

As of February 2017, aged 49 years old, Roberto Carlos holds the record for most appearances by any player without having ever won any domestic honors in Brazil.

In December 2016 it was announced that he would be inducted into the Brazilian Football Federation Hall of Fame alongside Pele, Zico, Ronaldo, and Romário amongst others; this took place on 2 April 2017. 

19. Roberto Firmino

Liverpool F.C.

Roberto Firmino Career

  • 2004–2008: CRB
  • 2008–2009: Figueirense
  • 2009–2011: Figueirense
  • 2011–2015: 1899 Hoffenheim
  • 2015: Liverpool
  • 2014: Brazil

Roberto Firmino is a Brazilian forward who currently plays for Liverpool. Roberto Firmino started his career with CRB in 2004 before moving to Figueirense the following year.

In 2009, he joined Liverpool and has since made over 150 appearances for the club, scoring 49 goals. Roberto Firmino was part of Brazil's World Cup-winning team in 2014 and also won silver at the Olympics that same year.

He is considered one of the best forwards in Europe and is highly respected by his peers and managers alike. Roberto Firmino is married to Daniela Barbosa de Oliveira and they have two children together - Martin (born 2017) and Luan (born in 2020).

Roberto Firmino represented Brazil at the youth level but switched allegiances to Portugal later on in his career due to differences with then-national coach Dunga regarding selection policies.[5] [6] [7][8][9] Roberto Firmino was born on 17 February 1992 in Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil.

He started his career at Figueirense before joining Hoffenheim in 2011. Roberto Firmino made his international debut for Brazil in 2014 and has since played 55 times for the country. 

In 2019 he helped Brazil win the Copa América trophy, their first major title since 2002. Roberto Firmino is a powerful and fast striker who is able to score goals from anywhere on the pitch.

He is known as one of Hoffenheim's most consistent players and Liverpool are hoping he can help them reach European glory once again this season.

20. Rivellino

Rivellino Career

  • 1962: C.A. Barcelona
  • 1963–1964: Corinthians
  • 1965–1974: Corinthians
  • 1975–1978: Fluminense
  • 1978–1981: Al-Hilal
  • 1965–1978[5]: Brazil
  • 1994: Shimizu S-Pulse

Roberto Rivellino is a Brazilian attacking midfielder who played for Corinthians and Barcelona in his career. He was born on January 1, 1946 in São Paulo, Brazil.

In 1965 he joined Corinthians where he became one of the most important players during their heyday as champions of Brasil (1969), Copa Libertadores (1970) and Intercontinental Cup (1971).

He left Corinthians for Barcelona in 1974 and retired from professional football later that year at the age of 36 after playing 236 matches for both clubs combined. 

After retiring from football, Rivellino has worked as a coach with several Brazilian sides including Minas Gerais state team Bahia[5]and Fluminense FC.  Roberto Rivellino is currently an advisor to Atlético Mineiro club president Alexandre Kalil Jr.

He is one of the most successful Brazilian football managers, having won both the World Cup and Copa Libertadores with two different clubs. 

He also had a lengthy international career as a player, representing Brazil at the FIFA World Cup in 1970 and 1978. 

After retiring from playing, he began his managerial career with Shimizu S-Pulse in 1994 before moving to Fluminense later that year. 

In 2001 he took over Al-Hilal which he led to two Egyptian Premier League titles in 2002 and 2004 as well as being runners up twice more (in 2006 and 2007).

Rivellino was appointed manager of Flamengo on 1 February 2008 but was sacked just six months later after losing nine out of 12 matches in charge.

21. Philippe Coutinho

Aston Villa F.C.

Philippe Coutinho Career

  • 1999–2008: Vasco da Gama
  • 2008–2013: Inter Milan
  • 2008–2010:  Vasco da Gama (loan)
  • 2012:  Espanyol (loan)
  • 2013–2018: Liverpool
  • 2018–2022: Barcelona
  • 2019–2020:  Bayern Munich (loan)
  • 2022:  Aston Villa (loan)
  • 2022: Aston Villa
  • 2009: Brazil U17
  • 2011–2012: Brazil U20
  • 2010: Brazil

Philippe Coutinho was born on June 12th 1992 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Philippe started his career with Vasco da Gama before moving to Inter Milan and Liverpool.

He is an attacking midfielder and winger who has scored 41 goals in 152 appearances for Liverpool since 2013. Philippe won the 2017-18 Premier League Golden Boot award after scoring 26 league goals for Liverpool that season.

In 2018, he played for Brazil at the World Cup where they were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Argentina Philippe Coutinho is a Brazilian professional footballer who currently plays for English club Liverpool and the Brazil national team.

Philippe Coutinho began his career at Spanish side Barcelona, before moving to England to join Liverpool in January 2013 for a fee of £8 million. 

Philippe Coutinho has scored 23 goals and provided 36 assists in 226 appearances for Liverpool since joining them from Barcelona, making him one of the most highly-rated players in Europe.

He was named PFA Players' Player of the Year 2016–17 after helping Liverpool win their first ever Premier League title and also claiming runners up medals in both the FA Cup (2016) and UEFA Champions League (2017). 

In February 2019, he was voted by fans as LFCTC Footballer of the Year following an impressive season which saw him score nine goals and provide twelve assists across all competitions for LFC.

On 22 May 2018, he captained Brazil at the World Cup finals in Russia, becoming only the third player - after Pele and Zico - to have won international silverware with two different countries on two separate occasions.

After appearing regularly under coach Tite throughout qualification for Russia 2018, Philippe Coutinho made his senior international debut against Peru on 15 June 2017.

He went on to make thirteen further appearances over four years before being called up again ahead of Copa America Centenario earlier this year where he started all three matches as Brazil reached semi final stage.

Also Played For: brazil barcelona best football players, aston villa f.c

22. Gabriel Jesus

Arsenal F.C.

Gabriel Jesus Career

  • 2010–2012: Anhanguera
  • 2013–2015: Palmeiras
  • 2015–2017: Palmeiras
  • 2017–2022: Manchester City
  • 2022: Arsenal
  • 2015: Brazil U20
  • 2015–2016: Brazil U23
  • 2016: Brazil

Gabriel Jesus is a Brazilian forward who currently plays for Arsenal. He began his career with Palmeiras, before moving to Manchester City in 2017. 

Gabriel Jesus has been praised for his speed and scoring ability, having scored 58 goals in 159 senior appearances.

Gabriel Jesus is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Manchester City and the Brazil national team. Gabriel Jesus has played for Brazil at various age groups, most notably winning Copa America in 2019. 

He was signed by Manchester City in May 2016 for £ 27 million and made his debut later that year against Arsenal.

In September 2018, he scored his first goal for Man City to win the Premier League title which was also their first-ever title with Pep Guardiola as manager. 

He has represented Brazil at various youth levels including being part of the victorious U-20 World Cup squad in 2017 where they beat Venezuela 2-1 in the final to become champions.

23. Lucas Paquetá

West Ham United F.C.

Lucas Paquetá Career

  • 2007–2016: Flamengo
  • 2016–2019: Flamengo
  • 2019–2020: AC Milan
  • 2020–2022: Lyon
  • 2022: West Ham United
  • 2016–2017: Brazil U20
  • 2018: Brazil

Lucas Paquetá was born in Brazil on 27 August 1997. He started his career with Flamengo, before joining West Ham United in the summer of 2019. Lucas is an attacking midfielder who can also play as a forward or on the left wing.

He has been capped by Brazil at the youth level and made his senior debut for Flamengo in 2016. 

Lucas is a key player for West Ham United and is looking to help them win promotion back to the Premier League this season Lucas Paquetá is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Italian club AC Milan and the Brazil national team.

He has been part of the Seleção squad that won the Copa América in 2019 and was also runners-up at the World Cup in Russia two years earlier. Lucas Paquetá started his career with Atlético Paranaense before joining Serie A side AC Milan in 2017. 

Since then he has become an important player for both clubs, winning several honors including the Coppa Italia and Champions League during his time at Milan.

With Brazil, Paquetá has represented his country at every level from U20 to senior international level, playing 39 matches and scoring eight goals between 2016 and 2018. At age 23, he is already one of Brazil's most experienced players on the world stage. 

After being named in Tite's provisional 25-man squad for Copa America 2020, Lucas Paquetá made his debut against Paraguay in June of that year - coming on as a second-half substitute to help lead Brazil to victory 3–1.

In March 2021, Lucas scored twice against Uruguay as part of a 4–0 home win for Brazil which qualified them for their first-ever appearance at the World Cup finals - eventually reaching the final where they lost 3–2 to Croatia. 

Although primarily known as an attacking midfielder or forward, having played out wide on numerous occasions for both club and country over recent years (due to injuries), it seems likely that Lucas Paquetá could also fill any number 10 role required by Coach Tite should such an occasion arise again soon.

24. Tostão

Tostão Career

  • 1961: Cruzeiro
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1962–1963: América Mineiro: 26: (16)
  • 1963–1972: Cruzeiro: 378: (249)
  • 1972–1973: Vasco da Gama: 45: (6)
  • Total: : 449: (271)
  • 1966–1972[1]: Brazil: 54: (32)

Tostão was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil on January 25th, 1947. He played for Cruzeiro from 1961-1969 and made over 300 appearances for the club. 

Tostão is best known for his time at Internazionale where he won three Serie A titles and two Champions League trophies during a nine-year spell between 1978-1984.

After leaving Inter, Tostão spent several seasons with Corinthians before retiring in 1990 having made 340 appearances and scored 97 goals in the league alone. In 2009, Tostao was named as one of the greatest players of all time by Pelé who called him "the perfect player". 

Eduardo Gonçalves de Andrade passed away on December 21st, 2016 after a long battle with illness aged 75 Tostão is considered one of the greatest football players of all time.

He was a prolific goalscorer and is Brazil's most-capped player with 154 appearances to his name. Tostão played for some of Brazil's biggest clubs in a career that spanned over three decades. 

Tostão also won several honors during his international career, including two World Cups and an Intercontinental Cup. After retiring from playing, he went on to manage several Brazilian sides, including Cruzeiro and Vasco da Gama.

25. Dani Alves

Brazil national football team

Dani Alves Career

  • 1996–1998: Juazeiro
  • 1998–2001: Bahia
  • 2001–2003: Bahia
  • 2003–2008: Sevilla
  • 2008–2016: Barcelona
  • 2016–2017: Juventus
  • 2017–2019: Paris Saint-Germain
  • 2019–2021: São Paulo
  • 2021–2022: Barcelona
  • 2022: UNAM
  • 2003: Brazil U20
  • 2021: Brazil Olympic (O.P.)
  • 2006: Brazil

Dani Alves is a Brazilian defender who has played for Barcelona and Sevilla. Dani Alves made his professional debut with Bahia in 2001, before moving to Spain to play for Sevilla the following year.

He spent eight seasons at Barcelona, where he won two La Liga titles and one Champions League crown. After leaving Barcelona in 2016, Alves joined UNAM in Mexico as their first signing of the season.

In international competition, Dani Alves has represented Brazil at every level from Under-17s upwards and was part of their Copa América triumph in 2019. 

Daniel Alves is known for his pacey right-back playstyle which often sees him overlap down the wing into attacking positions; this enables him to create chances for teammates as well as score himself on occasion.

Dani Alves is a Brazilian footballer who has played for Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain. He was part of Brazil's 2006 World Cup winning team, and also won the Copa América in 2007 and 2019. Dani Alves joined Barcelona from PSG in 2021, but left after one season to join UNAM in Mexico.

Dani Alves holds the record for most assists by a defender in Europe with 176, as well as the record for most goals scored by an attacking midfielder in European competition with 44 goals overall.

After leaving Barcelona, Dani Alves signed with Juventus on 19 October 2016 where he spent two seasons before moving to PSG permanently in 2017.

26. Carlos Alberto Torres

New York Cosmos

Carlos Alberto Torres Career

  • 1963–1966: Fluminense
  • 1966–1974: Santos
  • 1971: Botafogo
  • 1974–1976: Fluminense
  • 1976–1977: Flamengo
  • 1977–1980: New York Cosmos
  • 1981: California Surf
  • 1982: New York Cosmos
  • 1964–1977: Brazil
  • 1983–1985: Flamengo
  • 1985–1986: Corinthians
  • 1987–1988: Náutico
  • 1988: Miami Sharks
  • 1989–1990: Once Caldas
  • 1991–1992: Monterrey
  • 1992: Tijuana
  • 1993–1997: Botafogo
  • 1994: Fluminense
  • 1998: Atlético Mineiro
  • 1998–1999: Querétaro
  • 2000–2001: Unión Magdalena
  • 2000–2001: Oman
  • 2001–2002: Flamengo
  • 2002: Botafogo
  • 2004–2005: Paysandu
  • 2005: Azerbaijan

Carlos Alberto Torres was born on July 17th, 1944 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He played for Fluminense and Santos before moving to the United States to play with the New York Cosmos in 1977.

He later returned to Brazil where he played for Botafogo and Flamengo over a ten-year period from 1971-1980. In 1981, Carlos Alberto joined the California Surf of the North American Soccer League (NASL).

He retired from playing football at the age of 38 after appearing for New York Cosmos in their unsuccessful bid for promotion to Division 1 soccer in America during 1980 season. 

After retiring from professional football, Carlos Alberto worked as a coach and manager at various clubs including Santos da Gama and Botafogo .

On October 25th 2016, aged 72 years old, Carlos Alberto died due to heart failure while hospitalized in Rio de Janeiro.

Also Played For: football right back, santos fc

27. Éder Militão

Brazil national football team

Éder Militão Career

  • 2010–2017 : São Paulo
  • 2017–2018 : São Paulo
  • 2018–2019 : Porto
  • 2019: Real Madrid
  • 2015 : Brazil U17
  • 2018 : Brazil

Militão is a Brazilian centre-back who currently plays for Real Madrid. Militão started his career at São Paulo, where he played for four seasons before joining Real Madrid in 2019.

Militão has made over 100 appearances for the Brazil national team and was part of their squads that won the Copa America Centenario and the World Cup in 2014. 

At club level, Militão has been an important player for both Sao Paulo and Madrid winning several titles including two Champions Leagues with Los Blancos, as well as La Liga and Copa del Rey with the former club.

With his experience on both the international stage and in some of Europe's most competitive leagues, Éder Militão is one of the most experienced defenders in world football today. 

Militão is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a winger for the Spanish club Real Madrid and the Brazil national team. 

São Paulo, Brazil on 7 January 1995. He made his senior debut with Italian side Empoli in 2014 at the age of 18, before joining Portuguese giants Porto two years later for €35m (£29m).

Porto - three Primeira Liga titles and two Champions Leagues - making him one of the most successful players in their history. In 2019 he joined reigning European champions Real Madrid from Portugal's biggest club, ahead of their return to La Liga after a 21-year absence.

28. Richarlison

Tottenham Hotspur F.C.

Richarlison Career

  • 2013–2014: Real Noroeste
  • 2014–2015: América Mineiro
  • 2015–2016: América Mineiro
  • 2016–2017: Fluminense
  • 2017–2018: Watford
  • 2018–2022: Everton
  • 2022–: Tottenham Hotspur
  • 2017: Brazil U20
  • 2021: Brazil Olympic
  • 2018–: Brazil

Richarlison is a Brazilian forward who signed for Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2018. He started his career with América Mineiro, before moving to Fluminense in 2016.

Richarlison helped Brazil win the Copa América in 2019 and was named Man of the Match after scoring two goals in the final against Peru. Richarlison is currently playing for Tottenham Hotspur in England's Premier League and has scored nine goals so far this season.

Richarlison is a Brazilian international footballer who plays for Everton and the Brazil national team. Richarlison began his career with Watford in England, before joining Everton in 2018. 

He has made 38 appearances and scored 5 goals for Watford since 2017, while also scoring 42 times for Brazil since debuting in 2017.

Richarlison was part of the Brazilian side that won Copa América 2019, as well as runner-up at the 2021 Copa America finals. At international level he has represented Brazil at both the Olympic Games (2018) and World Cup (2022).

Also Played For: everton f.c

29. Rodrygo

Brazil national football team

Rodrygo Career

  • 2011–2017: Santos
  • 2017–2019: Santos
  • 2019: Real Madrid B
  • 2019: Real Madrid
  • 2017–2018: Brazil U17
  • 2018–2019: Brazil U20
  • 2019: Brazil U23
  • 2019: Brazil
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 19:24, 7 January 2023 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 18

Rodrygo is a Brazilian forward who currently plays for Real Madrid. He was born on 9 January 2001 in Osasco, Brazil and has since represented his country at youth level.

Rodrygo made his debut for Real Madrid in 2018 and quickly endeared himself to the club's fanbase with his dynamic playing style. 

In addition to football, Rodrygo is also involved in other sports such as track and field; he won gold medals at both the 2017 IAAF World U20 Championships and the 2016 Rio Paralympics games.

With an impressive young career under his belt, Rodrygo looks set to become one of Latin America's most successful footballers in years to come Rodrygo is an exciting young talent who has been impressing for Santos in Brazil's top division. 

Rodrygo has already made a name for himself with his performances at club level, and he will hope to take that form into international play soon.

He is known for his pace, dribbling ability, and passing range - all of which make him very difficult to defend against. 

It will be interesting to see how Rodrygo develops under the guidance of some of Europe's leading clubs over the next few years.

Also Played For: youth soccer, la liga

30. Ederson

Manchester City F.C.

Ederson Career

  • 2008–2009: São Paulo
  • 2009–2011: Benfica
  • 2011–2012: Ribeirão
  • 2012–2015: Rio Ave
  • 2015: Benfica B
  • 2015–2017: Benfica
  • 2017: Manchester City
  • 2014: Brazil U23
  • 2017: Brazil

Ederson is a Brazilian goalkeeper who has played for Manchester City since 2016. Ederson made his debut in 2011 with Ribeirão and helped the club win the Brasileiro that season.

In 2012, he moved to Portuguese side Benfica and helped them reach the Europa League final. In 2016, Ederson joined Manchester City and quickly established himself as a first-choice keeper.

He has won two Premier League titles (2017–18; 2018-19) and one FA Cup (2018). At the international level, Ederson has represented Brazil at the Under-20s level, Copa America Centenario, Olympics (2016), Confederations Cup (2017), and World Cup (2018).

Ederson is a Brazilian goalkeeper who has played for both Benfica and Manchester City. Ederson made his senior debut for Benfica in 2013, helping the club to win three championships during that time. 

In 2017, he moved to Manchester City where he has won two Premier League titles and one FA Cup since then.

Ederson was part of Brazil's squad at the 2018 World Cup which they reached the semi-finals of before being beaten by France. He is currently contracted to Manchester City until 2021.

31. Careca

Careca Career

  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1978–1982: Guarani: 77: (46)
  • 1983–1987: São Paulo: 67: (54)
  • 1987–1993: Napoli: 164: (73)
  • 1993–1996: Kashiwa Reysol: 60: (31)
  • 1997: Santos: 9: (2)
  • 1998: Campinas: 10: (6)
  • 1999: São José (RS): 2: (0)
  • Total: : 389: (212)
  • 1982–1993: Brazil: 64: (30)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Antônio de Oliveira Filho (Careca) is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a striker. He started his career with Botafogo in Brazil, before moving to Europe and playing for Atlético Madrid and Valencia CF.

In 2002, Careca moved back to Brazil and signed for Corinthians; he helped the club win three successive Brasileirão titles between 2003 and 2005. After leaving Corinthians in 2006, Careca joined Galatasaray SK but was released after just one season due to injury problems.

Later that year, he returned to play for Atlético Mineiro until his retirement at the end of the 2014 season. Careca has won two Brasileirão titles with Corinthians (2003–2005), two Turkish Cup titles with Galatasaray SK (2006–2007), an Italian. 

Serie A title with Milan AC (2004) three Spanish La Liga titles with Valencia CF (1998–2001, 2004–2005, 2007-2008), two French Ligue 1 titles with Marseille SC (2000,) and one German Bundesliga title with Borussia Dortmund FC(1997).

32. Gérson

Gérson Career

  • 1958: Canto do Rio
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1959–1963: Flamengo[1]: 58: (33)
  • 1963–1969: Botafogo[2]: 99: (35)
  • 1969–1972: São Paulo[3][4]: 33: (5)
  • 1972–1974: Fluminense[4]: 21: (1)
  • Total: : 211: (74)
  • 1961–1972: Brazil: 70: (14)

Gérson was a very talented and successful Brazilian midfielder. He played for several teams throughout his career, including Canto do Rio (1958-1960), Botafogo (1960-1963), Internacional (1964-1966) and Flamengo (1967).

Gérson also represented Brazil at the 1962 FIFA World Cup, where they reached the semi-finals. Gérson retired from football in 1971 but continued to act as a coach until 1984. Gérson is currently an ambassador for several charities and has been involved in various social projects over the years.

Gérson was one of the best Brazilian midfielders of his time. He won a World Cup with Brazil in 1970 and also played for Botafogo, Fluminense, and São Paulo before retiring from football. Gérson is most famous for playing an important role in helping Brazil win their first ever World Cup title. 

After retirement, Gérson went on to have a successful career as a coach at several clubs across Brazil including Flamengo and Botafogo where he managed to win two league titles each.

Gerson's international career was very similar to his club career- he represented Brazil 70 times between 1961 and 1972 scoring 14 goals in total.

33. Alex Sandro

Juventus F.C.

Alex Sandro Career

  • 2006–2008: Atletico Parananense
  • 2008–2010: Atletico Paranaense
  • 2010–2011: Deportivo Maldonado
  • 2010–2011: Santos (loan)
  • 2011–2015: Porto
  • 2015: Juventus
  • 2011: Brazil U20
  • 2012: Brazil U23
  • 2011: Brazil

Alex Sandro is a Brazilian left-back who has played for Juventus since January 2015. Alex Sandro started his career at Atletico Paranaense, before moving to Deportivo Maldonado in 2010 and then Porto the following year.

In 2011, he joined Santos on loan where he impressed sufficiently that he was signed permanently by the club later that year. 

Alex Sandro made his Serie A debut with Porto against Braga in October 2011 and went on to make 87 appearances for them over three seasons before joining Juventus.

He became a regular starter under coach Antonio Conte during the 2016–17 season and helped Juve win their sixth consecutive title that year as well as reaching the Champions League final both domestically and internationally.

With Brazil, Alex Sandro has won two Copa América titles (2015, 2019) as well as being runners-up twice (2013, 2017).

He represented his country at UEFA Euro 2016 but did not feature in any of their matches there due to injury AlexSandRO holds Italian citizenship.

Also Played For: juventus f.c

34. Antony

Manchester United F.C.

Antony Career

  • 2010–2018: São Paulo
  • 2018–2020: São Paulo
  • 2020–2022: Ajax
  • 2022–: Manchester United
  • 2019–2021: Brazil U23
  • 2021–: Brazil

Antony is a Brazilian winger who currently plays for Manchester United. Antony started his career with São Paulo before moving to Manchester United in 2018.

Antony has been called up to the Brazil national team several times and was part of their squad at the 2018 World Cup. Antony is known for his speed, dribbling ability, and crossing ability as a winger.

Antony is expected to start playing more centrally this season after being rotated between wingers and central midfield during the first half of 2019/20 season. 

Antony is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for English club Manchester United and the Brazil national team.

Antony started his career at Corinthians, before moving to Europe to play for Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus. He then joined Manchester United in 2018. 

Antony has been nominated for the PFA Players' Player of the Year award twice – in 2017 and 2018 - and was also named as part of the PFA Team of the Year in both years.

In 2019, he helped Brazil win silver medals at the Copa America Centenario tournament, becoming only the second player after Pele to captain his country at two consecutive major tournaments (the other being Neymar). 

Antony is known for his powerful shots from outside the box, which have earned him nicknames such as 'The Beast' and 'Pelé's successor'.

Antony has won over 100 caps for Brazil since making his debut in 2016; he is expected to be a key member of their squad during this year's World Cup campaign.

35. Nílton Santos

Nílton Santos Career

  • : Botafogo
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1948–1964: Botafogo: 723: (11)
  • 1949–1962: Brazil: 75[1]: (3)

Nílton Santos was born in 1925 and played for Botafogo until 1964. He made 75 appearances for Brazil between 1949 and 1962, scoring three goals. 

In 2004, Santos became the oldest player to appear in a World Cup when he featured for Brazil at the age of 70 years and 249 days old.

Nílton Santos died on 27 November 2013 at the age of 88 after a long illness. Santos was an accomplished footballer, who represented Brazil at the FIFA World Cup and South American Championships. Santos played for several clubs in his career including Vasco da Gama, Fluminense and Flamengo.

He is also remembered for his goal against Uruguay in the 1958 World Cup which helped Brazil to win their first world cup title. Santos died aged just 46 after a short battle with cancer. 

He will be fondly remembered by football fans all over the world as one of the greatest players of all time.

36. Bruno Guimarães

Newcastle United F.C.

Bruno Guimarães Career

  • 2015: Audax
  • 2015–2018: Audax
  • 2017–2018: Athletico Paranaense (loan)
  • 2018–2020: Athletico Paranaense
  • 2020–2022: Lyon)
  • 2022: Newcastle United
  • 2019–2021: Brazil U23
  • 2020: Brazil

Bruno Guimarães is a 25-year-old Brazilian midfielder currently playing for Newcastle United. He started his career at Audax Rio, making his senior debut in 2015.

Bruno has represented Brazil at U17, U20 and U23 level, winning the latter title in 2017. In 2018 he was named the Puskás Award winner as the best player in Europe's top five leagues – Bundesliga, La Liga, Ligue 1, Serie A and Premier League – by Spanish newspaper Marca.

Ahead of the 2019 season he signed a new contract with Newcastle until 2024. Bruno Guimarães is a Brazilian footballer who currently plays for Lyon in the Ligue.

He has represented Brazil at various youth levels and played at the Olympics in 2020. Bruno Guimarães joined Athletico Paranaense from fellow Brazilian club Cruzeiro in 2018, before moving to Lyon on loan later that year.

In 2020, he became an integral part of the Brazil team which reached the Olympic final; however they were defeated by Uruguay. 

After leaving Lyon, Bruno Guimarães rejoined his former side Athletico Paranaense for their 2019 campaign – where they finished as runners-up to São Paulo FC in their first ever league title win. 

With over 66 appearances for Athletico since joining them back in 2018, it looks like Bruno Guimarães will be around for some time yet - keep an eye out for him.

The talented attacker also has 10 caps with the senior national team - though he hasn’t featured since October 2021 (due to injury).

Also Played For: newcastle united f.c., newcastle united f.c

37. Raphinha

FC Barcelona

Raphinha Career

  • 2014–2016: Avaí
  • 2015–2016: Avaí
  • 2016: Vitória Guimarães B
  • 2016–2018: Vitória Guimarães
  • 2018–2019: Sporting CP
  • 2019–2020: Rennes
  • 2020–2022: Leeds United
  • 2022: Barcelona
  • 2021: Brazil
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 19:35, 8 January 2023 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 23

Raphael Dias Belloli is a Brazilian winger who currently plays for Barcelona. Belloli was born on December 14th, 1996 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. 

At just under 1.76m (5ft 9in), he is one of the smallest players in La Liga but has proved himself to be an important part of Barcelona's attack over the last couple of seasons.

He made his professional debut with Atlético Mineiro in 2015 and spent time on loan at fellow Brasilian side Botafogo before joining Barça permanently in 2017 for €10 million (£8 million). 

In total, Belloli has made 74 appearances for club and country across all competitions and should continue to develop as one of La Liga's most promising young stars Raphinha started his career at Brazilian side Vitória Guimarães before moving to Portuguese side Sporting CP in 2016.

Raphinha has predominantly been used as a left-back for both clubs, but has also played in midfield and defense during his time with them. 

He is known for being an attacking full-back who likes to get forward, contributing significantly to both club's scoring records on the pitch. 

With 65 appearances and 19 goals over two years with Sporting CP, Raphinha was part of one of the most successful periods in their history - he will hope to continue this form when he joins Barcelona next season.

38. Gabriel Martinelli

Arsenal F.C.

Gabriel Martinelli Career

  • 2010–2014: Corinthians
  • 2014–2018: Ituano
  • 2018–2019: Ituano
  • 2019–: Arsenal
  • 2019–: Brazil U23
  • 2022–: Brazil

Gabriel Martinelli is a Brazilian forward who joined Arsenal in 2020. Gabriel Martinelli has represented Corinthians, Ituano and Arsenal in his career so far.

Gabriel Martinelli was born on 18 June 2001 in Guarulhos, Brazil and he is 21 years old as of 2019. As an attacking midfielder or forward for clubs such as Corinthians, Ituano and Arsenal, Gabriel Martinelli has scored over 50 goals in his senior career to date.

Gabriel Martinelli's speed and skill make him a dangerous player on the pitch; he is expected to start playing for Arsenal from the beginning of the 2020-21 season onwards. 

Gabriel Martinelli is a Brazilian football player who has played for Arsenal and Ituano. He was part of the Brazil youth team that competed at the Olympic Games in 2020 in Tokyo.

Gabriel Martinelli's professional career began with Ituano, where he made 17 appearances over two seasons before joining Arsenal this year.

Also Played For: arsenal f.c

39. Alex Telles

Sevilla FC

Alex Telles Career

  • 2007–2011: Juventude
  • 2011–2012: Juventude
  • 2013–2014: Grêmio
  • 2014–2016: Galatasaray
  • 2015–2016: Inter Milan (loan)
  • 2016–2020: Porto
  • 2020–: Manchester United
  • 2022: Sevilla (loan)
  • 2019: Brazil
  • Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 20:38, 9 November 2022 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 22:39, 2 December 2022 (UTC)

Alex Telles is a Brazilian left-back who currently plays for Sevilla on loan from Manchester United. Alex Telles made his senior debut with Caxias do Sul in 2012 and has since played for Rio Branco, Nacional, Corinthians and Palmeiras.

Alex Telles joined Manchester United in 2018 and has made eight appearances for the club, including one start in the Europa League final against Ajax. With Sevilla, Alex Telles has won two La Liga titles and a UEFA Cup trophy during his time at the club so far.

Alex Telles was born on 15 December 1992 in Brazil but grew up playing football in Uruguay before joining Manchester United as a youngster in 2013 Alex Telles is a Brazilian international footballer who plays for Manchester United. 

Alex Telles started his career with Atlético Mineiro before moving to Grêmio in 2014.

He was loaned out to Galatasaray the following year and then joined Inter Milan on a permanent basis in 2016. Alex Telles made his debut for Brazil in 2019 and has since played 10 games, scoring one goal. 

Alex Telles will likely leave Manchester United at the end of the 2020/21 season after agreeing to join Sevilla on a loan deal.

40. Éverton Ribeiro

Brazil national football team

Éverton Ribeiro Career

  • : Santa Isabel FC
  • 2001–2007: Corinthians
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2007–2011: Corinthians: 14: (0)
  • 2008–2011: → São Caetano (loan): 99: (8)
  • 2011–2013: Coritiba: 66: (14)
  • 2013–2015: Cruzeiro: 88: (19)
  • 2015–2017: Al-Ahli: 60: (17)
  • 2017–: Flamengo: 234: (27)
  • 2009: Brazil U20[4]: 4: (0)
  • 2014–: Brazil: 22: (3)

Ribeiro is a Brazilian attacking midfielder who currently plays for Flamengo. Corinthians in 2007 and went on to make over 140 appearances for the club before joining Flamengo in 2018.

Flamengo. With Brazil having been drawn into the Copa America Centenario, Éverton will be looking to help his country reach the final stages of the tournament after failing to do so at both World Cup tournaments he has participated in (2014 & 2018).

Outside of football, Éverton enjoys spending time with friends and family as well as playing video games; two passions that he shares with many other professional athletes nowadays.

41. Adriano

Brazil national football team

Adriano Career

  • 1997–1999: Flamengo
  • 2000–2001: Flamengo
  • 2001–2002: Inter Milan
  • 2002:  Fiorentina (loan)
  • 2002–2004: Parma
  • 2004–2009: Inter Milan
  • 2008:  São Paulo (loan)
  • 2009–2010: Flamengo
  • 2010–2011: Roma
  • 2011–2012: Corinthians
  • 2012: Flamengo
  • 2014: Atlético Paranaense
  • 2016: Miami United
  • 1999: Brazil U17
  • 2001–2002: Brazil U20
  • 2000–2010: Brazil

Adriano is a Brazilian striker who has played for several top-flight clubs in Europe. Adriano made his professional debut with Flamengo in 1997, and went on to play for Inter Milan, Parma and Fiorentina before joining São Paulo in 2010.

Adriano is known for his powerful shot and accurate passing ability, which has seen him score goals from all over the pitch. He was named Serie A Player of the Year in 2008–09 after scoring 29 goals in 32 appearances for São Paulo – a record at the time.

In December 2009, Adriano scored twice against Shakhtar Donetsk during Brazil's successful campaign at the Confederations Cup – helping his country reach their first ever semi-final appearance at a major tournament. 

After being linked with moves to Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona throughout 2011–12, Adriano signed an 18-month deal with Manchester City following their takeover by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

On 28 May 2013 he left Manchester City after failing to agree terms on a new contract. Senior club appearances only.

42. Danilo

Juventus F.C.

Danilo Career

  • 2004–2005: Tupynambás
  • 2006–2009: América Mineiro
  • 2009–2010: América Mineiro
  • 2010–2011: Santos
  • 2012–2015: Porto
  • 2015–2017: Real Madrid
  • 2017–2019: Manchester City
  • 2019: Juventus
  • 2011: Brazil U20
  • 2012: Brazil U23
  • 2011: Brazil

Danilo was born in Brazil and played for Santos before joining Juventus in 2009. Danilo has made over 150 appearances for Juventus, scoring five goals. He is a regular member of the Brazilian national team.

Danilo is a strong right-back who is known for his crossing ability and pace down the wing. In 2018, he helped Brazil to victory at the World Cup Finals in Russia, becoming one of their most successful players ever.

Danilo will be 31 years old next year and still has plenty to offer as a player for Juventus or the Brazilian national team Danilo is a Brazilian international who has played for both the national team and club sides in Europe.

Known for his powerful left-footed shot, Danilo helped Porto win the Portuguese Liga title in 2012 and reach the Champions League final in 2015. 

He transferred to Real Madrid ahead of the 2017–18 season and went on to help them win La Liga, Copa del Rey, and Spanish Supercopa before joining Manchester City this summer.

In 2019 he joined Juventus where he has already won Serie A twice as well as claiming two Italian Cups during his time there so far. Danilo is currently with Brazil at their preparations for the upcoming World Cup which starts next month.

43. Leônidas

Brazil national football team

Leônidas Career

  • 1927–1929: São Cristóvão
  • 1929–1930: Syrio e Libanez
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1930: Syrio e Libanez[2][3]: 5: (5)
  • 1931–1932: Bonsucesso[2][4][5]: 39: (23)
  • 1933: Peñarol[6][7]: 16: (11)
  • 1934: Vasco da Gama[2][8]: 4: (1)
  • 1935–1936: Botafogo[2][9]: 19: (8)
  • 1936–1942: Flamengo[10]: 88: (89)
  • 1943–1950: São Paulo[11]: 120: (93)
  • Total: : 291: (230)
  • 1932–1946: Brazil: 19: (21)

Leônidas was one of the most legendary footballers in history, and is widely regarded as one of the best ever to play the game. He started his career with São Cristóvão in 1930, before moving on to Syrio e Libanez two years later.

Leônidas was a prolific goalscorer during his time playing for various teams around Brazil and Europe, including Santos and Real Madrid respectively. After ending his playing career in 1970, Leônidas went into coaching where he led several Brazilian sides to success including Botafogo and Flamengo.

Leônidas died at the age of 90 after a long illness, leaving behind a legacy as one of Brazil's all-time greats Footballer Leônidas was a Brazilian striker who played for several clubs in his country and internationally. He is best known for playing with Flamengo, where he won the Copa Libertadores twice.

Leônidas also represented Brazil at the FIFA World Cup once, in 1938. After retiring from football, he worked as a coach and manager at various clubs across Brazil and Europe. In 2003, Leônidas was inducted into the Brazilian Football Hall of Fame.

44. Paulo Roberto Falcão

Sport Club Internacional

Paulo Roberto Falcão Career

  • 1965–1972: Internacional
  • 1972–1980: Internacional
  • 1980–1985: Roma
  • 1985–1986: São Paulo
  • 1972: Brazil U23
  • 1976–1986: Brazil
  • 1990–1991: Brazil
  • 1991–1992: Club América
  • 1993: Internacional
  • 1994: Japan
  • 2011: Internacional
  • 2012: Bahia
  • 2015–2016: Sport Recife
  • 2016: Internacional
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Paulo Roberto Falcão is a Brazilian midfielder who played for Internacional and Santos. Falcão was part of Brazil's 1974 World Cup-winning squad, as well as their 1982 and 1986 Copa América titles.

After retiring from playing, he became Santos' sporting coordinator in 2003. Falcão has been capped 148 times by his country, scoring 22 goals in the process.

In May 2018, it was announced that Falcao had been appointed assistant manager of Santos, effective from July 1st Paulo Roberto Falcão is a Brazilian football manager and former player.

He most recently managed Internacional in Brazil, and made appearances for the club as well as Japan during his playing career. 

Paulo Roberto Falcão began his professional playing career with Roma in 1980 before moving on to São Paulo two years later. 

He was part of the Brazil side that reached the 1986 World Cup final, where they were narrowly defeated by Argentina.

After retiring from playing professionally, Falcão worked as a coach at various clubs including Brasil U23 (1990), Club América (1991-1992), Internacional (1993-1994) and JEF United Ichihara Fuchu (1995). 

In 2001 he took over managerial duties at Unión Española before being appointed manager of Internacional in 2003. 

Under his guidance, Inter won both the Copa Libertadores and Recopa Sudamericana in 2006 and 2007 respectively - their first titles since 1990/91.

Falcão left Internacional after four seasons in charge to take up the role of Manager Emeritus following their relegation from Serie A at the end of 2016/17 season; however he has been linked with taking over again at some point in future.

Also Played For: as roma

45. Marcelo Vieira

Brazil national football team

Marcelo Vieira Career

  • 2002–2005: Fluminense
  • 2005–2007: Fluminense
  • 2007–2022: Real Madrid
  • 2022–2023: Olympiacos
  • 2023: Fluminense
  • 2005: Brazil U17
  • 2007: Brazil U20
  • 2008: Brazil U23
  • 2012: Brazil Olympic (O.P.)
  • 2006–2018: Brazil

Marcelo Vieira is a Brazilian left-back who currently plays for Olympiacos in Greece. He started his career with Fluminense before joining Real Madrid in 2005.

Marcelo has played 386 times for Real Madrid, scoring 26 goals. Marcelo won the Golden Ball award at the 2018 World Cup as Brazil's best player of the tournament.

Marcelo is considered one of the world's best defenders and was named to FIFA's 30 Greatest Players of All Time list in 2017 Marcelo Vieira began his footballing career at Brazilian side São Paulo FC.

He went on to represent Brazil internationally and was part of the team that won the 2013 Confederations Cup. Marcelo also played a key role in helping Brazil win its first-ever Olympic gold medal in London in 2012.

In 2018, he announced his retirement from international football after 58 appearances for his country over six years. 

Marcelo is now concentrating on his coaching career, having taken up a position with Sao Paolo club Corinthians as assistant manager earlier this year.

46. Bebeto

Brazil national football team

Bebeto Career

  • 1981: Bahia
  • 1981–1982: Vitória
  • 1982: Vitória
  • 1983–1989: Flamengo
  • 1989–1992: Vasco da Gama
  • 1992–1996: Deportivo de La Coruña
  • 1996: Flamengo
  • 1996–1997: Sevilla
  • 1997: Vitória
  • 1997: Cruzeiro
  • 1998–1999: Botafogo
  • 1999: Toros Neza
  • 2000: Kashima Antlers
  • 2000: Vitória
  • 2001: Vasco da Gama
  • 2002: Al-Ittihad
  • 1996: Brazil Olympic (O.P.)
  • 1985–1998: Brazil
  • 2009–2010: America (RJ)

Bebeto has held a number of political positions, most recently being member of the Legislative Assembly of Rio de Janeiro. He is affiliated with PODE (2017-present).

Bebeto was born in Bahia, Brazil in 1964 and has lived there all his life. He studied law at the Federal University of Bahia before embarking on a career as an attorney.

In 2001 he was elected to the State Legislative Assembly for Salvador, where he served until 2011. Bebeto first came to widespread attention when he became involved in politics as a candidate for PDT in 2009, running against then incumbent governor Sérgio Cabral.

After finishing second behind Cabral, Bebeto founded his own party - PODE - and ran again for governor in 2013 but lost once more to Sérgio Cabral. Since 2016 Bebeto has been a deputy representing Rio de Janeiro state in the National Congress.

47. Clodoaldo

Clodoaldo Career

  • 1966–1979: Santos
  • 1980: Tampa Bay Rowdies
  • 1981: Nacional
  • 1969–1974: Brazil

Clodoaldo was born in Aracaju, Brazil on 25 September 1949. He started his career with Santos in 1966 and played for the team until 1979. 

Clodoaldo won 13 caps for Brazil during his senior career and represented his country at the 1974 World Cup and 1978 World Cup tournaments.

After retiring from playing football, Clodoaldo served as manager of Brazilian side Atlético-GO between 1990 and 1992 before moving to Greece to manage Olympiacos FC between 1993 and 1995. 

In 1996, he returned to South America to take charge of Venezuelan side Deportivo Táchira before finishing his managerial career by working as a scout for Spanish outfit Valencia CF between 2006 and 2007.

Since 2008, Clodoaldo has been working as an ambassador for Brazilian charity organization Abrasco de Vida (Aerosol of Life). 

Clodoado is currently retired from professional football but continues to work as a scout for several clubs around Europe including Valencia CF where he currently resides.

48. Felipe Anderson

S.S. Lazio

Felipe Anderson Career

  • 2000: 14º CPMIND
  • 2000–2006: Federal
  • 2006: SCR Gaminha
  • 2006–2007: Astral EC
  • 2007: Coritiba
  • 2007–2010: Santos
  • 2010–2013: Santos
  • 2013–2018: Lazio
  • 2018–2021: West Ham United
  • 2020–2021: Porto (loan)
  • 2021: Lazio
  • 2010: Brazil U17
  • 2011–2013: Brazil U20
  • 2014: Brazil U23
  • 2015–2019: Brazil

Felipe Anderson is an attacking midfielder who currently plays for Lazio. He was born in Brazil, and played youth football with Santos, Federal, and Astral EC before joining Coritiba in 2007.

After a successful spell at Santos he moved to Lazio in 2017 where he has continued his good form. 

Felipe Anderson is known for his speed and passing ability which have seen him score goals from midfield numerous times over the course of his career.

He will be 29 years old on 15 April 2021 Felipe Anderson is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Lazio and the Brazil national team. 

Felipe Anderson was born in Rio de Janeiro on 6 January 1994. Felipe Anderson started his career at Santos, before joining Lazio in 2013.

In 2018, he won his first trophy with West Ham United and scored 63 goals in all competitions over the course of two seasons with them. 

He made his international debut for Brazil in 2010 and has since played at three Olympic Games (2016, 2020, 2024) as well as numerous World Cup qualifiers and matches.

Felipe Anderson is known for being an excellent dribbler who can create chances for himself or others; he has also been praised for his attitude both on and off the pitch.

Also Played For: ss lazio, s.s. lazio

49. Vavá

Vavá Career

  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1949–1950: Sport Recife: :
  • 1951–1958: Vasco da Gama: 456: (191)
  • 1958–1961: Atlético Madrid: 71: (31)
  • 1961–1963: Palmeiras: 142: (71)
  • 1964–1967: América: :
  • 1967–1968: Toros Neza: :
  • 1968: San Diego Toros: 28: (5)
  • 1969: Portuguesa: :
  • 1955–1964: Brazil: 20: (15)
  • 1971–1972: Córdoba
  • 1974–1975: Córdoba
  • 1977–1978: Granada
  • 1984–1985: Al Rayyan

Vavá was born in Recife, Brazil and spent his entire career playing for Vasco da Gama. Vavá is regarded as one of the best strikers to have played in Brazil, with a record of 451 goals in 876 games.

Vavá helped Vasco win six Brazilian championships and two Intercontinental Cups during his time at the club. Vavá also represented Brazil at international level, making 34 appearances between 1958 and 1967.

After finishing his playing days he served as assistant manager to several clubs including Atlético Madrid, Palmeiras and América before dying aged 67 years old in 2002 Vavá started his football career with Toros Neza, and made a name for himself as one of the best fullbacks in Brazil.

He then moved to San Diego Toros in 1967, where he helped lead the team to victory in 1968 league championship. 

Vavá switched teams again in 1969, joining Portuguesa where he would make an immediate impact on the international stage by winning back-to-back Copa America titles. In 1971 Vavá took over managing duties at Córdoba after spending two years coaching Granada and Al Rayyan respectively.

His final stop before retiring was at Egyptian side Al Ahly, who he led to successive African Champions League titles in 1984 and 1985 before retiring from management afterwards.

Final Words

. . Brazil is home to some of the greatest footballers in history, with stars such as Pelé, Garrincha and Ronaldo all boasting impressive credentials. Whether playing for club or country, these players have left their mark on Brazilian football and will be remembered long after they retire.

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Andrew Kovacs

I am a Head Boys Soccer Coach at Amherst Regional Public Schools in Massachusetts. I have coached for the past five years and I am currently working on my master's degree in Exercise Science. I coach soccer because I love the game and I enjoy being around the kids. It is rewarding to see them develop their skills and grow as individuals. LinkedIn

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