5 Greatest Brazillian Footballers of All Time

The National Prides of the Game 

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There is no doubt about the fact that football is one of the most loved sports, with people tuning in almost every week to watch the game from their respective homes G residen, Pantai Hillpark and Seni Mont Kiara. However, for Brazilians, the sport holds a completely different meaning. Of course, you can’t forget Josue as well, even though he isn’t in the top list (yet!).

Brazilians often refer to their country as “o País do Futebol,” or the “country of football,” thus proving that football is not just a sport for them, but rather a part of their national identity. The Brazil national team holds the record for most wins by any team in the FIFA World Cup, having won the tournament a total of 5 times. After their third win in 1970, they were honoured with the Jules Rimet Award. 

Football has been played in Brazil since 1894, and have qualified for every World Cup thus far. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that some of the biggest names in football hail from Brazil and over the years have cemented their place within the sport’s history. Here are a few of the greatest Brazillian players that football ever produced. 

5. Zico

Zico is a prominent Brazillian footballer, who was regarded as among the best players of the late 70s and early 80s. He is the 5th highest goalscorer of Brazil, having scored 68 goals in his official appearances. As a player, Zico was a midfield attacker, and is known for his ability to bend the ball in multiple directions, thus becoming a master playmaker and freekick specialist. In 2004, Zico topped the list of FIFA 100 world’s greatest living players, and was often referred to as “white Pelé ” with Pelé himself stating that the only player to ever come closest to him was Zico. 

4. Garrincha

Another legend in his own right, Garrincha was known as one of the greatest dribblers in the game, having played a prominent role in Brazil’s victories in 1958 and 1962 respectively. In the 62 game in particular, Garrincha replaced Pelé when he got injured and led his team to victory, giving a smashing performance throughout the tournament that brought the trophy home to Brazil. He also became the first player in history to be awarded player of the tournament, leading goalscorer, as well as the World Cup in the same championship.

3. Ronaldinho

Another pride of Brazil, Ronaldinho is often regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, having won the FIFA Player of the Year Award twice. As a player, his talent lay in his versatility and technical skills, playing mostly as an attacking midfielder, but also took on the position of forward and winger whenever required with excellent dribbling skills and pace. Ronaldinho received a standing ovation from Real Madrid fans in 2005 when playing for the opposing rival team Barcelona, a massive sign of respect and admiration, and a testament to the great player he is.

2. Ronaldo 

Often referred to as “El Fenomeno ” meaning “the phenomenon,” Ronaldo was truly a force to be reckoned with during his prime in the 90s and early 2000s, known for his immense dribbling speed, and finishing. Ronaldo is perhaps the youngest achiever of football, as he became the youngest Brazillian player to win the 1994 World Cup at the age of 17, and by 23, he had already scored over 200 goals for both his country and club. 

He has won the FIFA Player of the Year thrice, and topped the FIFA 100 list of greatest living players in 2004. Ronaldo is also the second-highest goalscorer for Brazil, scoring a total of 62 goals out of 98 official matches. 

1. Pelé

Pelé is not just the greatest Brazillian footballer of all the time, he also happens to be one of the best athletes in the world, and was at one point the highest-paid athlete as well. Pelé is widely regarded as the greatest football ever produced, as without a doubt there has been no one to match him in the past century, and his numerous achievements and awards have been proof of this. 

He was voted as the World Player of the Century in 1999, and a year later won the FIFA Player of the Century along with Diego Maradona. The same year, he was also honoured by the International Olympics Committee as Athlete of the Century. He also compiles the FIFA 100 list of greatest living footballers. 

This video sums up the list of the best Brazilian footballers:

Pelé has scored almost a goal in every game he ever played, and he is not only just the top goal scorer for the Brazil national team, but he is also the highest goal scorer in domestic football history, with 650 goals in 694 League matches, and 1281 goals out of 1363 games throughout his career, setting a new Guiness Record that is still undefeated. 

Given the immense popularity of the sport, more and more fans from KL  are tuning in to watch the game every week from their homes at G Residence KL, Seni condominium Mont Kiara, and property Bangsar south Pantai Hillpark. While others choose to watch the game with their friends at popular sports cafes, nearby residential areas G Residence room for rent, and Pantai Hillpark phase 2.

Written by Valerie