[ClevPicks Selection]: Top 10 Brazilian Soccer Players of All Time - Part 1

Natalia Richardson

Updated: Aug 25, 2022 07:28

Brazil World Cup is coming! Brazilian players of the highest caliber are practically synonymous with the national team.

It is practically difficult to not find at least two or three of the top players of their era on every Verde Amarela World Cup lineup. If you shine with Brazil, it is all but assured that you are a global star.

Here are the top 10 famous brazilian soccer players hroughout history.

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10. Socrates

Socrates had an important role in the most notable and well-remembered Brazilian side to have competed in the World Cup, the 1982 Brazil.

Together with Zico and Falcao, he played in one of the era's most renowned midfields.

Due to his medical training, he was also known as Dr. Socrates. He was a sophisticated player with the traditional Brazilian magic embedded in his feet.


Due to his leadership qualities, he served as the Verde Amarela's captain for two World Cups.

In the two World Cups he participated in, he scored a few goals. He failed in the crucial sequence of penalty shootouts in the Mexico '86 quarterfinal match against France. Certainly a bittersweet farewell for a player who flourished with the Canarinha.

9. Rivellino

World-class midfielder Roberto Rivellino made an impression with Brazil in the 1970s.

He was a member of the Brazil team that won the 1970 World Cup in Mexico, which is often recognized as the finest Brazil ever. Rivellino was assigned to the left side of the field in Mexico, where he scored three goals to help Brazil win its third world title in 12 years.


In the sense that he assumed the duty of donning the No. 10 shirt, he became Pele's heir.

Brazil finished in the top four at the World Cups that followed in the next decade under the leadership of Rivellino, although by that time, Brazilian standards had improved.

At the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, Rivellino got the opportunity to play with Zico, the future No. 10 of Brazil.

8. Carlos Alberto

The captain of the 1970 Brazilian dream squad was the sole defender on this list.

Carlos Alberto was a full-back who may have given Pele and company another offensive weapon.

In the championship game's 4-1 triumph against Italy, Carlos Alberto scored a stunning fourth goal.

Pele's assist and the play's buildup led to Carlos' thunderbolt to the far post. The story refers to the move as "the president's goal" since the Brazilian president allegedly foresaw a final score of 4-1.

carlos alberto

Carlos Alberto was able to carve out a niche for himself in the Brazilian Olympus while playing on a team with several offensive great players who were given the focus.

He had the honor of being the first person to lift the Jules Rimet trophy for Brazil's third championship because he was the team captain.

His attacking moves on the wings served as a model for other full-backs like Eder, Cafu, and Roberto Carlos, who flourished with the Verde Amarela.

7. Rivaldo

Similar to how Pele had outstanding players behind him when he won Brazil's first three championships, Ronaldo too had fantastic teammates, but none were as significant as Rivaldo.

In France '98, Brazil played as a contemporary No. 10 and advanced to the championship game. Rivaldo, who scored three goals and partnered with Ronaldo in a vital way, played behind the Ronaldo-Bebeto tandem.


Rivaldo, Ronaldo, and Ronaldinho made a trident during the Korea-Japan 2002 match. Rivaldo and Ronaldinho were alternating between being the playmaker and the second forward since Ronaldo was in charge of the triangle.

Up to the quarterfinals, Rivaldo scored in every game, and he was essential to both of Ronaldo's goals against Germany in the championship game.

Without the great Rivaldo, it would not have been possible to win the pentacampeonato (fifth championship) in Asia or make it to the French final.

6. Vava

Vava doesn't rank among the highest scorers or most capped players for Brazil, but he still made an impact on the squad.

His primary goal as a center-forward was to score goals, and he succeeded in doing just that, particularly in the World Cup games, which are the ones that count the most.


Vava's goals during the 1958 and 1962 World Cup campaigns, which resulted in the first two championships for the Selecao, were enjoyed by the Brazilian people.

He scored two goals against the Soviet Union in the group stages in Sweden, one in the semifinal, and two more in the championship match.

Following Pele's injury in Chile '62, Vava delivered and, together with Garrincha and Amarildo, helped Brazil win the tournament again by scoring in the key knockout stage games.

Vava scored four goals, two of them in the semifinal and one in the championship. Along with five other players, he concluded the tournament atop the list of tournament goal scorers.

At that time, Vava was the only Brazilian with a total of three goals in international championships and the all-time leading scorer for Brazil in World Cup games. In fact, Vava and Pele currently share the record for the most goals scored by the Verde Amarela in world championships.

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