When we think about the best soccer playing nation of all time, our minds often go to Brazil. They have not only won more World Cup’s than any other country (and actually appeared in every single one), but some of the absolute best players in the planet came from there. Here I will take at who I (and many others) believe are the best players in Brazil’s rich soccer history.
When it comes to the most exciting players to watch in soccer history, this guy just might come in at number one. The attacking midfielder is world renowned for his insane technique and goal scoring. From no-look passes to overhead kicks to insane dribbling and tricks, this guy could do it all on the pitch. He was named World Player of the Year in both 2004 and 2005 and a number of individual awards that make him an easy choice for inclusion in this article.
This guy was often called the white Pele and was without a doubt one of the best players of his time. Zico possessed outstanding vision, and could see the field unlike almost anyone else. The midfielder was one of the best passers ever and could bend the ball in all types of directions, which made him a deadly free kicker and probably the best in history. While he didn’t win any national tournaments with Brazil, he is still held in high regard and Pele even said that Zico was the only player to be as close to as good as him.
While this guy is ahead of most of our times, he still deserves a stop in this article. If Pele is the most complete player of all time, this guy was one of the best and flashiest in terms of dribbling, movement and unpredictability. He has regularly appeared in many lists of the top players of all time and was the ying to Pele’s yang. Brazil actually never lost a game when both Garrincha and Pele were both on the field.
If he didn’t suffer from injuries during the latter part of this career, Ronaldo could have potentially found himself at the top of this list. The guy was phenom in every sense of the word. In fact, by the ripe old age of 21, he had already scored 200 career club goals, won a World Cup and was crowned FIFA’s World Player of the Year not once, but twice. The striker was among the absolute best goal scorers in history and gave opposing defenders nightmares.
And now we have arrived at the guy who is not only seen easily as the best Brazilian player of all time, but also as simply the best of all time period. While some people may have been better at certain things than Pele, nobody was more complete than him and put it together so flawlessly. Even when he was only 17 he led Brazil to his first of an unrivaled three World Cup wins. He was a goal scoring machine, who could also dribble, pass, see the field and more. Truly one of a kind.