The 10 best South American superstars of all time how much does Messi rank?


South American football is famous for producing a series of famous football players. Here are 10 typical names.

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Socratic legend.

Socrates is considered one of the most outstanding Brazilian players who have never won the World Cup. His career is associated with famous teams in his hometown such as Botafogo, Corinthians, Flamengo or Santos. This illustrious player is famous for his intelligent playing thinking combined with excellent ball handling skills.

9 – Carlos Alberto

Alberto once took on the role of Brazil captain at the 1970 World Cup. Alberto paved the way for the trend of full-backs to attack later like Cafu, Roberto Carlos.

Alberto had an excellent performance on the way to Selcao to win the 1970 World Cup with the goal to tear Italy in the final.

8 – Ronaldinho

The crooked smile became the signature image of the former Brazilian football playerRonaldinho captivated the fans with his technical dribbling situations.

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Ronaldinho has magic feet.

He won 2 national championships, 1 Champions League with Barcelona. Ronaldinho has also been voted FIFA World Player of the Year twice.

In the national team shirt, Ronaldinho was a member of the Brazilian team that won the 2002 World Cup. Ronaldinho combined with Ronaldo and Rivaldo to form the famous 3R trio.

7 – Garrincha

Player Garrincha is one of the greatest football players in Brazilian history. Legendary Garrincha won 2 World Cup championships, 1 World Cup Golden Shoe 1962, World Cup Best Player 1962.

6 – Zico

FourFourTwo considers Zico the greatest Brazilian star to have never won the World Cup. Football king Pele once said: “The player who has the most similarities with me in terms of playing style is Zico”.


Former football player Zico.

Zico became the soul of Flamengo with 4 national championships, 1 Copa Libertadores and 1 FIFA Club World Cup

5 – Ronaldo

Ronaldo was a member of the Brazilian team that won the 1994 World Cup. R9 left a strong impression when playing sublime in the 1998 World Cup and the 2002 World Cup. Ronaldo combined with Ronaldinho and Rivaldo to form a terrifying attacking trio.


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R9 in the Brazilian shirt.

R9 has twice won the European Golden Ball, three times was named FIFA World Player of the Year.

At the club level, Ronaldo flourished with Barcelona with 47 goals in 51 matches. In the Nou Camp team shirt, Ronaldo won the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.

4 – Alfredo Di Stefano

Di Stefano’s talent and class are widely recognized by experts. “Di Stefano is one of the greatest players ever. He has great balance,” said manager Sir Alex Ferguson. “The most complete player in the history of world football,” commented former player Eusebio.

Di Stefano is an icon in Real Madrid’s shirt with 2 Golden Ball titles, 5 Champions League, 8 La Liga…

3 – Lionel Messi

The Argentine superstar possesses natural talent . Messi has the ability to create and score great goals. Barcelona is considered the place to help his talent step onto the big stage of world football.

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Messi won the World Cup 2022.

Messi won 10 La Liga titles, 4 Champions Leagues, 3 FIFA Club World Cups with Barcelona. At the national team level, the 35-year-old superstar won the World Cup 2022, Copa America 2021. Personally, Messi won 7 Golden Ball awards.

2. Diego Maradona

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Maradona and Pele. 

Legendary Maradona is considered a symbol of Napoli club and Argentina national team. Maradona was the main factor that led La Albiceleste to win the 1986 World Cup, second in the 1990 World Cup. At his peak, Maradona was voted the best player in the world next to Pele.

1. Pele

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Football King Pele.

Pele won the World Cup three times with the Brazilian national team (1958, 1962, 1970). TIME magazine listed Pele as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in the 20th century. At club level, the late samba football player helped Santos win the Copa Libertadores in 1962 and 1963.


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