Famous Brazilian Football Players

Imagine the world of football without the likes of Pele, Kaka, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Neymar, David Luiz, Thiago Silva or even Marcelo Grohe? It shall be like bread without butter or a country without government. Brazilian football players are the most renowned and well-known soccer stars that the world knows about. They are legends in their own right and have been frontrunners of Brazil’s success in soccer games. But before you go ahead and update yourself with some interesting or rather eye-opening facts about Brazilian footballing legends, their life and their play, here are some quick wits that are sure to leave you marvelled. Did you know that Brazil is the only country in the world that has qualified for every World Cup and till date holds the record for most World Cup victories than any other country? Astonished if you are, hold your heart as there are some more astounding facts. Brazil holds the record for the most consecutive wins and the most scored goals. It also holds the record for the most consecutive wins in World Cup plays. Much of that achievement wouldn’t have been possible without its shining army of players. Check this segment and find out about world-class Brazilian soccer stars.

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 1 Neymar

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: February 5, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mogi das Cruzes, State of São Paulo, Brazil
Amongst the best football players in the world presently, Neymar is a part of Brazil national team and French club Paris Saint-Germain. The prolific goal scorer debuted with Santos and played for Barcelona before joining PSG in a deal that made him the world’s most expensive player. He led Brazil national team to its first Olympic gold medal in 2016.

 2 Ronaldinho

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: March 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Porto Alegre

Regarded as one of the best football players of all time, Ronaldinho played a crucial role in Brazil’s victory in 2002 FIFA World Cup. Later, he helped FC Barcelona win two La Liga and a UEFA Champions League title. The two time FIFA world Player of the Year, who retired in 2018, was known for his technical skills and creativity.

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 3 Ronaldo

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: September 18, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 4 Kaká

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: April 22, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brasília, Federal District

Regarded as one of the best footballers of his generation, Kaká is a Brazilian retired football player. He is one of eight footballers to have won the Ballon d'Or, the UEFA Champions League, and the FIFA World Cup. Also known for his humanitarian work, Kaká has been working with the United Nations, as part of its World Food Programme initiative.

 5 Philippe Coutinho

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 12, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cartagena

Brazilian footballer, Phillipe Coutinho, is hailed as one of the most talented midfielders and playmakers in the world. He has been a key player for Premier League clubs like Inter Milan, Liverpool, FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich. He was a member of the Brazilian national team that won the 2019 Copa America.

 6 Roberto Firmino

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: October 2, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Maceió, Alagoas
Roberto Firmino started his career with Figueirense and Hoffenheim, before joining Liverpool, with whom he won the Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup, the FIFA Club World Cup, and a Premier League. Known for his no-look goals and Matador-style celebration, he was part of the 2019 Copa America-winning Brazil team

 7 Rivaldo

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Famous As: Former Brazilian Footballer
Birthdate: April 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paulista, Brazil
Brazilian former footballer Rivaldo is known for his powerful strikes and has had successful stints with the clubs Barcelona and Milan. He is the seventh-highest goal-scorer for Brazil and was part of the 2002 FIFA World Cup-winning team. Post-retirement, he appeared in the film I Am Not Salvador
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 8 Romário

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Famous As: Former Brazilian Football Star
Birthdate: January 29, 1966
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
One of the most prolific goal scorers in the history of football, Romario has had an engaging and electric presence both on and off field. He starred in Brazil's 1994 FIFA World Cup triumph and was named the Player of The Tournament, earning a Golden Ball. He later turned to politics after he bid adieu to the field.

 9 Thiago Alcântara

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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: April 11, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Pietro Vernotico, Italy

 10 Roberto Carlos

Roberto Carlos.
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: April 10, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Garça

A major force behind Brazil’s World Cup win in 2002, Roberto Carlos was born into a poor peasant family and grew up working on his family farm. He soared to fame during his 11-season stint with Real Madrid, winning four La Liga titles and three UEFA Champions Leagues with them.

 11 Gabriel Jesus

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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: April 3, 1997
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sao Paulo, Brazil

 12 Pele

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Famous As: Brazilian footballer
Birthdate: October 23, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tres Coracoes, Brazil

Brazilian football legend Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele, was named the Football Player of the Century by the IFFHS. He called football “The Beautiful Game” and was one of the world’s highest-paid athlete for a while. His 1281 goals in 1363 games is a Guinness World Record.

 13 Thiago Silva

Thiago Silva
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: September 22, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 14 Marcelo Vieira

Marcelo Vieira
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: May 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 15 Fred

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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: March 5, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Belo Horizonte, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil

 16 Dani Alves

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: May 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Juazeiro

 17 Hulk

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: July 25, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Campina Grande, Paraiba

Givanildo Vieira de Sousa, better known as Hulk due to his strong built, is a Brazilian football player. He is currently one of the most important members of the Shanghai SIPG F.C., which competes in the Chinese Super League. Also a key player for Brazil, Hulk helped his national team win the silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

 18 Robinho

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: São Vicente, São Paulo

Robinho is a Brazilian football player who was lucky and talented enough to be picked by Pelé as his heir apparent when the former was 15 years old. However, his career has been marked by inconsistency and Robinho is often accused of not living up to his potential. He has also been convicted of sexual assault by an Italian court.

 19 Willian

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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: August 9, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ribeirão Pires, Brazil

 20 Douglas Costa

Douglas Costa
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: September 14, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sapucaia do Sul

 21 Alisson Becker

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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: October 2, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Novo Hamburgo, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

 22 Fabinho

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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: October 23, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Campinas, Brazil

 23 Zico

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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: March 3, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 24 Garrincha

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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: October 28, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pau Grande, Magé, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: January 20, 1983

 25 Casemiro

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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: February 23, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: São José dos Campos

 26 Richarlison

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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: May 10, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nova Venécia, Brazil

 27 Ederson

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: August 17, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Osasco, State of São Paulo, Brazil

 28 Sócrates

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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: February 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Belém, State of Pará, Brazil
Died: December 4, 2011

 29 David Luiz

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: April 22, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

 30 Emerson Palmieri

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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: August 3, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santos, State of São Paulo, Brazil

 31 Alexandre Pato

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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: September 2, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pato Branco

 32 Deco

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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: August 27, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: São Bernardo do Campo, State of São Paulo, Brazil

 33 Rafael

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Famous As: association football player
Birthdate: July 9, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Petrópolis

 34 Oscar

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: September 9, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Americana, São Paulo, Brazil

 35 Anderson

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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: April 13, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Porto Alegre, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

 36 Filipe Luís

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: August 9, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil

 37 Ramires

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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: March 24, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Barra do Piraí

 38 Cafu

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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: June 7, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Itaquaquecetuba, State of São Paulo, Brazil

 39 Juninho Pernambucano

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Recife, State of Pernambuco, Brazil

Juninho Pernambucano is a Brazilian former football player. Renowned for his curling free kicks, Juninho is considered the greatest free kick-taker in football history; he holds the record for converting the maximum number of goals (75) through free kicks. On the personal front, Juninho speaks out publicly against racism in Brazil and doesn’t shy away from criticizing President Jair Bolsonaro.

 40 Lucas Moura

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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: August 13, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: São Paulo, Brazil

 41 Alex Teixeira

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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: January 6, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Duque de Caxias

 42 Alex Sandro

Alex Sandro
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: January 26, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Catanduva

 43 Lucas Leiva

Lucas Leiva
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: January 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dourados

 44 Rafinha

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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: February 12, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: São Paulo, Brazil

 45 Adriano Leite Ribeiro

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Birthdate: February 17, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro

 46 Júlio César Soares Espíndola

Júlio César Soares Espíndola
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: September 3, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Duque de Caxias

 47 Luiz Felipe Scolari

Luiz Felipe Scolari
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: November 9, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Passo Fundo

 48 Fábio Pereira da Silva

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Birthdate: July 9, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Petrópolis

 49 Marta

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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: February 19, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dois Riachos, Alagoas, Brazil

 50 Maicon Sisenando

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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: July 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Novo Hamburgo, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil