Famous Brazilian Football Players

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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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Neymar
(Brazilian Professional Football Player Who Plays as a Forward)
Neymar
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Birthdate: February 5, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: 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.
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Pele
(One of the Greatest Football Players of All Time)
Pele
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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.

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Ronaldinho
(Brazilian Retired Professional Football Player Who Played as an Attacking Midfielder)
Ronaldinho
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Birthdate: March 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Porto Alegre, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

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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 4 
Ronaldo
(Brazilian Retired Professional Footballer Who Played as a Striker)
Ronaldo
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Birthdate: September 18, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima is a Brazilian retired professional footballer who played as a striker. Widely considered one of the greatest players of all time, he played for Brazil in 98 matches, scoring 62 goals. He was named FIFA World Player of the Year three times. He retired in 2011 and has since established himself as a successful businessperson.

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Kaká
(Brazilian Former Professional Football Payer Who Played as an Attacking Midfielder)
Kaká
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Birthdate: April 22, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gama, Federal District, Brazil

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.

 6 
Philippe Coutinho
(Brazilian Professional Football Player Who Plays as an Attacking Midfielder and Winger)
Philippe Coutinho
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Birthdate: June 12, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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.

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Roberto Firmino
(Footballer)
Roberto Firmino
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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
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Rivaldo
(Brazilian Former Football Player Who Played as an Attacking Midfielder)
Rivaldo
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Birthdate: April 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: State of Pernambuco, 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
 9 
Roberto Carlos
(Brazilian Former Professional Football Player Who Played as a Left-Back)
Roberto Carlos
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Birthdate: April 10, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Garça, São Paulo, Brazil

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.

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Dani Alves
(Brazilian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Right-Back)
Dani Alves
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Birthdate: May 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Juazeiro, State of Bahia, Brazil

Dani Alves is a Brazilian professional footballer. He currently plays as a right-back for La Liga club Barcelona and the Brazil national team. He is widely considered one of the greatest full-backs of all time. With 46 titles at the senior level and 47 official titles overall, he is the most decorated player in the history of football. 

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Gabriel Jesus
(Football player)
Gabriel Jesus
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Birthdate: April 3, 1997
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sao Paulo, Brazil
 12 
Marcelo
(Brazilian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Left-Back)
Marcelo
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Birthdate: May 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Brazilian footballer Marcelo Vieira, who now captains the Spanish club Real Madrid, is known as one of the world’s best left-backs. The Rio-born football star has previously had a successful stint with the Brazilian club Fluminense. He also won Brazil a team bronze and a team silver at the Olympics.

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Thiago Silva
(Brazilian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Centre-Back)
Thiago Silva
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Birthdate: September 22, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Thiago Silva is a Brazilian professional footballer. He plays as a center-back for Premier League club Chelsea and the Brazil national team. He is counted among the best central defenders of his generation. He began playing football as a teenager and had a brilliant youth career. He made his international debut in 2008 and has appeared in seven major tournaments. 

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Romário
(One of the Greatest Football Players of All Time)
Romário
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Birthdate: January 29, 1966
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of 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.
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Robinho
(Footballer)
Robinho
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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.

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David Luiz
(Brazilian Professional Football Player Who Plays as a Centre-back)
David Luiz
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Birthdate: April 22, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Diadema, Brazil

David Luiz is a Brazilian professional footballer. He currently plays for the Brazilian sports club Flamengo. He is primarily a center-back, but he can also play as a defensive midfielder. Since making his full international debut for Brazil in 2010, he has earned over 50 caps for his country. He also co-owns an Italian restaurant.  

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Alisson
(Brazilian Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Goalkeeper)
Alisson
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Birthdate: October 2, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Novo Hamburgo, Brazil
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Casemiro
(Association football player)
Casemiro
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Birthdate: February 23, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: São José dos Campos
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Hulk
(Brazilian Professional Football Player Who Plays as a Forward)
Hulk
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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.

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Willian
(Football player)
Willian
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Birthdate: August 9, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ribeirão Pires, Brazil
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Fred
(Football player)
Fred
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Birthdate: March 5, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Belo Horizonte, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil
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Fabinho
(Association football player)
Fabinho
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Birthdate: October 23, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Campinas, Brazil
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Douglas Costa
(Association football player)
Douglas Costa
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Birthdate: September 14, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sapucaia do Sul
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Oscar
(Footballer)
Oscar
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Birthdate: September 9, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Americana, São Paulo, Brazil
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Richarlison
(Association football player)
Richarlison
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Birthdate: May 10, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nova Venécia, Brazil
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Ederson
(Footballer)
Ederson
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Birthdate: August 17, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Osasco, State of São Paulo, Brazil
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Sócrates
(Football player)
Sócrates
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Birthdate: February 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Belém, State of Pará, Brazil
Died: December 4, 2011
Adriano Leite Ribeiro
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Birthdate: February 17, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro
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Garrincha
(Football player)
Garrincha
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Birthdate: October 28, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pau Grande, Magé, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: January 20, 1983
 30 
Lucas Moura
(Association football player)
Lucas Moura
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Birthdate: August 13, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: São Paulo, Brazil
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Deco
(Retired Professional Football Player and Sports Agent)
Deco
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Birthdate: August 27, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: São Bernardo do Campo, State of São Paulo, Brazil
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Zico
(Brazilian Retired Footballer and One of the Most Clinical Finishers and Best Passers Ever)
Zico
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Birthdate: March 3, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Zico is a Brazilian former football player renowned for his excellent technical skills. Counted among the best passers and finishers of all time, Zico was often called the White Pelé. Zico is also counted among the greatest players of all time and is widely regarded as one of the best free kick specialists in history.

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Raphinha
(Footballer Winger)
Raphinha
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Birthdate: December 14, 1996
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Porto Alegre, Brazil
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Emerson Palmieri
(Footballer left-back)
Emerson Palmieri
3
Birthdate: August 3, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santos, São Paulo, Brazil
 35 
Marta
(Football player)
Marta
3
Birthdate: February 19, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dois Riachos, Alagoas, Brazil
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Juninho Pernambucano
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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.

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Lucas Paquetá
(Footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder)
Lucas Paquetá
4
Birthdate: August 27, 1997
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
 38 
Ramires
(Association football player)
Ramires
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Birthdate: March 24, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Barra do Piraí
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Gabriel Martinelli
(Footballer Forward)
Gabriel Martinelli
4
Birthdate: June 18, 2001
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Guarulhos, Brazil
Júlio César Soares Espíndola
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Birthdate: September 3, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Duque de Caxias
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Alex Teixeira
(Association football player)
Alex Teixeira
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Birthdate: January 6, 1990
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Duque de Caxias
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Carlos Alberto Torres
(Football player)
Carlos Alberto Torres
3
Birthdate: July 17, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: October 25, 2016
 43 
Alexandre Pato
(Association football player)
Alexandre Pato
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Birthdate: September 2, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pato Branco
 44 
Dida
(Football player)
Dida
3
Birthdate: October 7, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Irará, State of Bahia, Brazil
 45 
Cafu
(Football player)
Cafu
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Birthdate: June 7, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Itaquaquecetuba, State of São Paulo, Brazil
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Jairzinho
(Brazilian Former Football Player)
Jairzinho
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Birthdate: December 25, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Pepe
(Portuguese Footballer Who Plays as a Defender)
Pepe
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Birthdate: February 26, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Maceió, Brazil

Pepe is a football player who plays for the Portugal national team and FC Porto. Counted among the leading defenders of his generation, Pepe played important roles in Portugal's championship-winning performances in the 2016 UEFA European Championship and the 2019 UEFA Nations League. He was named Süper Lig Defender of the Year in 2018.

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Juninho Paulista
(Association football player)
Juninho Paulista
3
Birthdate: February 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: São Paulo
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Lucas Piazon
(Footballer Winger)
Lucas Piazon
3
Birthdate: January 20, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: São Paulo, Brazil
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Tite
(Professional Football Coach and Former Football Player)
Tite
3
Birthdate: May 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Caxias do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil