best brazilian soccer players of all time

Pele

Pele, the greatest player of all time, was born on 23 October 1940. He was one of the most successful sports personalities of the 20th century. He has scored 1,279 in his career, which is a Guinness World Record in itself.

He is regarded as “the greatest” by FIFA. He holds the following title’s: –

  1. Athlete of the Century by International Olympic Committee in 1999.
  2. World Player of the Century by IIFHS in 2000.
  3. FIFA Player of the Century.
  4. 100 Most Important People of 20th century.

He made his international debut in 1957, and in 1958 he made his debut in World Cup. His impressive style of play, technique, balance, speed, and dribbling skills made him beat his opponents with the ball.

Ronaldo

Ronaldo is a Brazilian footballer who played as a striker. Ronaldo first played on the streets and then for the futsal team and later got recognition by clubs. He made his professional debut at the age of 17 but gained popularity after a few months of his debut when he scored five goals against Bahia. He made his International debut for Brazil in 1994 against Argentina. Ronaldo has won these great awards:-

  1. Two times Ballon d’Or
  2. Three times FIFA World Player of the Year. 

He is one of the best forwards that has an impressive passing, vision, and crossing ability that makes him a complete player. He was very fast and technical with the ball and was truly a great finisher. People and other great footballers believe that had Ronaldo not been prone to injuries, he could have been the greatest footballer of all time.

Garrincha

Garrincha is a former Brazilian footballer and one of the best dribblers. He made his first-team debut on  19 July 1953 against Bonsucesso, where he scored a hat-trick.

He played his first match for Brazil in 1955 against Chile and then went to play 49 more matches for Brazil. Brazil did not lose any match when Garrincha and Pele were both on the fields. He is the only player to win Golden Ball, Golden Boot, and World Cup in the same tournament.

Garrincha was popular because of his dribbling, pace, and speed. He had remarkable ball-control and technical skills that made him capable of scoring goals and even assisting. Also, he was known for his bending free-kicks.

Rivaldo

Rivaldo is a former Brazilian footballer who played as an attacking midfielder and sometimes as a second striker. He is known as a “bandy-legged genius.”

At the age of 16, Rivaldo signed his first professional contract with Paulistano Futebol Club in 1989. His hat-trick with Barcelona against Valencia CF is considered as one of the best hat-tricks and the best three goals of his career. He has won a Ballan d’Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year.

He is known for his dribbling, balance, and ball control skills. Apart from this, he is popular for his bending free kicks and penalty shots.

Jairzinho

Jairzinho is a former Brazilian footballer who is also known as “The Hurricane.” He played as a right-winger. Jairzinho made his professional debut for Botafogo in 1960 at the age of 15 and his international debut in 1964.

He was the top scorer of the 1970 FIFA World Cup-winning team, Brazil.

He was known for his lightning speed that was capable of breaking any defense. He had great timing, accuracy, and the capability to hit powerful shots from a long distance.

Cafu

Cafu is a former Brazilian Footballer, and with a total of 142 matches for Brazil, he is the most capped player for Brazil. He is the only player to win three consecutive World Cup Finals.

He started playing for a club, then for futsal, and finally for Sao Paulo. He played as a full-back and was very offensive and energetic. He is still remembered for his tactical skills, speed, and ability to make overlapping attacking runs. He also made impressive crosses that created great chances for his teammates.

He was a part of the Brazil team that won two  FIFA World Cups in 1994 and 2002 and two Copa America in 1997 and 1999.

Ronaldinho

Ronaldinho is a retired Brazilian footballer who mostly played as a winger and attacking midfielder. In 1988, Ronaldinho made his career debut with Gremio. He played a total of 97 matches for Brazil with a total of 33 goals.

He signed for Barcelona in 2003, where he won his first FIFA World Player of the Year and a Ballan d’Or. He is one of the most skillful players and was known for his passing and vision skills. He was a free-kick and penalty specialist and was a fantastic finisher. With his pace, balance, and ball control, he could beat some of the best defenses in the world.

Romario

Romario is a former professional Brazilian footballer with over 1,000 goals in his career. He played for Olaria in his childhood, then for Vasco da Gama, and played his professional match for PSV Eindhoven.

He was part of the 1994 World Cup-winning Brazil team, where he won the Golden Ball. In his first season, he won La Liga and was the top goal scorer. In 2000, he won the Brazilian League title.

He was a great finisher and was known for his penalty shots. He has impressive ball control, speed, and dribbling skills.

Zico

Zico is a former Brazilian footballer and current Brazilian coach. He is also known as “White Pele” and scored 101 goals from direct free-kicks, making it a record.

He played football on streets, futsal, and later at the age of 14, gained attention when he scored nine goals at a River match. He has 71 appearances for Brazil and scored 48 goals, making him the fifth-highest Brazilian goal scorer. 

He played as a forward and was known for his speed and exceptional technique. His dribbling skills are one of the best. He was one of the best playmakers and a free-kick specialist with the capability to bend the ball in any direction.

Socrates

Socrates is a former Brazilian footballer who played as an attacking midfielder. Socrates began his professional career for Botafogo-SP in 1974. He has played over 60 matches for Brazil and scored a total of 22 goals.

He was famous for his long and through passes and his vision. Apart from this, he was also a penalty specialist with good acceleration and intelligence to understand the game.

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