Top Brazilian players in Premier League history
Until a couple of decades ago the English Premier League was not a favorable destination for Brazilian footballers, partly due to extreme difference between the weather conditions between the two countries and also because foreign players and coaches were not so welcomed in the English domestic leagues.
However, things have changed since the beginning of the 21st century as Brazilian stars have proved themselves in the world's most physical competition. Gilberto Silva was one of the first Brazilians with a highly successful career spell in the Premier League. he was a key member in Arsenal's golden era at between 2000 to 2007. A same time Juninho was a fan favorite at Middlesborough.
The impact of Brazilian superstars have increased in the past decade first with the emergence of Philipp Coutinho, Oscar and Ramires and later with high quality performances from the likes of Allison, David Luiz, Willian and Firmino.
Liverpool and Manchester City have dominated English Domestic competitions in the past five years and they both have enjoyed the brilliance of Brazilians on the field. Fernandinho, Ederson and Gabriel Jesus have been impressive for Manchester City and Allison and Firmino were key members of Liverpool in their Premier League and UCL title winning campaigns.
In the following article we go back through the history of English football to select the All-time best Brazilian footballers who played in premier league.
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In the following article we will present you with a list of the Top Brazilian players in Premier League history which includes Liverpool greats Coutinho, Allison and Firmino as well as Arsenal's Gilberto Silva.
Despite playing in his third season at English top division, Allison can be considered as one of the Top Brazilian players in Premier League history. Brought in with the money provided by the controversial departure of his compatriot, Coutinho from Liverpool, the charismatic goalkeeper has been irreplaceable for the Reds.
Allison was a key member of Jurgen Klopp's title winning Liverpool side in the 2019-20 season, performing at the highest level between the sticks. His influence has been clearer every time he has been absent due to injury, with his replacements costing Liverpool important points in the UCL and the Premier League.
Allison won the best goalkeeper award in his debut season at the Premier League to further stablish himself as one of the world best goalkeepers.
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Ederson is the second goalkeeper in the list of Premier League's best ever Brazilian players. He was brought in to replace the inconsistent Claudio Bravo in Guardiola's second season in charge of Manchester City.
Leaving aside his few erroneous mistakes, Ederson has been brilliant for City. His ability to play well with his feet came in handy for Guardiola in the historic 2018-19 season in which City won all the four domestic titles.
It is fair to say that Ederson and Allison have been the role models for future Brazilian goalkeepers and their accomplishments have paved the way for the next generation.
Gilberto Silva was a key member of Arsene Wenger's 2003-04 Arsenal side who made history by winning the Premier League title without a single defeat.
This still is not the only reason why Silva is considered among the All-time best Brazilian footballers who played in premier league. The Brazilian defensive midfielder was consistent throughout his long career in the Premier League.
Silva won three major titles with Arsenal and wrote his name into the club's history book by becoming the first goal scorer in Arsenal's much awaited new stadium, the Emirates. Silva had the best years of his career at Arsenal and during this time he even won the 2002 World Cup with Brazil National team.
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David Luiz is the only defender in our list of the Top Brazilian players in Premier League history. His Premier League career started in 2011 when he joined Chelsea. In his first of two spells with the Blues, Luiz played 81 games and scored 6 goals. He stayed with the club for three seasons and won the Uefa Champions League and UEFA Europa League.
Luiz returned to the Premier League and again joined Chelsea in 2016 after three seasons at PSG. In his second spell with the club he won the Premier League title. He stayed for another three seasons, playing 105 games and scoring 6 goals.
In 2019, Luiz signed for Arsenal and has been a regular starter in the 2019-20 and 20-21 seasons for the Gunners.
One of the Premier League's best ever Brazilian players, Fernandinho has been a key player for Pep Guardiola in the past few seasons. He joined City at 2013 and is currently spending his 8th season at the Premier League.
As of November 2020, Fernandinho has played 228 games for City in the Premier League. His most successful season was the 2018-19 season in which City won every possible domestic trophy in England.
Fernandinho has been a very important player for Manchester City. the club's manager Pep Guardiola has praised Fernandinho many times for his intelligence, ability in the air, and wide range of skills.
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Juninho Paulista is a very interesting case in our list of Top Brazilian players in Premier League history as he was the first Brazilian local hero in England top flight. Juninho first joined Middlesborough in 1995 and stayed till 1997.
After a brief spell at Atletico Madrid, Juninho was loaned to Middlesborough and this time he played 28 games and scored 4 goals in one season. Juninho's third spell with his beloved club was from 2002 to 2004 as he played 35 games and scored 11 goals.
One of the greatest Brazilian footballers in premier league history, Juninho became a hero with Middlesborough fans. He won the Football League Cup in the 2003–04 season and was chosen as Middlesborough Player of the Year in 97.
Willian has been one of the most consistent Brazilian players in Premier League's history. He first joined Chelsea in 2013 and has been a key member of the team ever since. In total, Willian has played 234 games in the Premier League, Registering 37 goals to his name.
Definitely one of the best Brazilian players in Premier League history, Willian has stayed with Chelsea despite strong interests from European giants. He has won many trophies with the Blues including 2 Premier League titles, One FA Cup and the Uefa Europa League in 2018-19. He was chosen as the club's best player in the 2015-16 season. Willian joined Arsenal at the beginning of the 2020-21 season.
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A wired case in the list of top Brazilian players in EPL history, Oscar was absolutely amazing in his six seasons at Chelsea, but decided to leave for the famous Chinese club, Shanghai SIPG when he was only 25 years old.
Oscar played a total of 131 games in the Premier Leage and scored 21 goals. He won two Premier League titles, one Football League Cup and the Uefa Europa League in 2012-13. Oscar had a habit of scoring super goals and he won two Chelsea goal of the year award in 2013 and 2015 for his goals against Juventus and QPR respectively.
However, leaving the premier League was not without consequences for the Brazilian midfielder as he has never been invited to Brazil national team again.
Another Chelsea player in our list of the best Brazilian players in Premier League history, Ramires is probably most famous for his beautiful chip goal against Barcelona in the Champions League.
Ramires joined Chelsea from Benfica at the beginning of the 2010-11 season. During his six seasons with the Blues, he played 160 games in the Premier League and scored 17 goals. Ramires was often used as a golden substitute, as he was able to change the course of the game with his incredible pace and shooting skills.
Ramires won a total of 5 trophies with Chelsea, including two Premier League titles. He left England in 2016 and joined Jiangsu Suning.
The most recent case among the top Brazilian players in EPL history, Roberto Firmino has been an integral part of Liverpool's golden period since 2017. Firmino has formed a lethal partnership with Muhammad Salah and Sadio Mane and the trio is known to be among the best in the history of the league.
Often praised for his work rate and ability to send the final pass, Firmino joined Liverpool in 2015 as one of Jurgen Klopp's first signings. He has played 183 games in the premier League, scoring 58 goals along the way.
Firmino has won all the important trophies with Liverpool. He has been described as the engine of Liverpool's fierce counter attacking system. Firmino was one of the key members of them team which ended the club's three-decades-long Premier League title drought in 2019-20 season.
Definitely one of the top Brazilian players in Premier League history, Phillip Coutinho was a hero in Mersey side before he decided to chase glory in FC Barcelona. His spell at the Premier League was highly successful but ill-fated.
Coutinho joined Liverpool in 2013 and went on become one of the greatest Brazilian footballers in premier league history. During his five seasons with the Reds, Coutinho registered 54 goals in 201 games across all competitions.
However, he literally went from hero to zero for the diehard Liverpool fans when he forced his way out of the club to join Barcelona in the winter of the 2017-18 season. Surprisingly, his departure benefited Liverpool the most as they were able to buy Allison and Virgin Van Dijk with his transfer money.
Without Coutinho, Liverpool went on the write one of the most prolific periods of the club's history. They won the 2018-19 UCL title by humiliating Coutinho and co. by four goals in the semi-final. And went on to win the much awaited Premier League title the following season.
Coutinho had a very disastrous first spell at Barcelona and was loaned to Bayern Munchen in the 2019-20 season. However, he tasted salvation as he won the UCL in his single season with the Bavarians, scoring two goals against his parent club, Barcelona in the 8-2 hammering of the Catalans in the quarter finals of the competition.
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The followings are some of the Top Brazilian players in Premier League history whose accomplishments were not as great as the eleven players we introduced in our article, but was good enough to be mentioned in an honorary list.
- Gabriel Jesus. Has been great whenever he has played for Pep Guardiola's Manchester City. A reliable replacement for Sergio Aguero.
- Lucas Leiva. Impressively performed for ten years as a Liverpool defender and was every manager's first choice including Jurgen Klopp's.
- Rafael. One of Alex Ferguson's favorite defenders, Rafael Joined the Red Devils in 2008 and won three Premier League titles in his 7 season spell at Old Trafford.
- Edu. Spent four seasons at Arsenal and was a member of the famous Invincibles as the gunners won the league without a defeat.
- Robinho. One of the first signings of the Abu Dhabi Group as Manchester City owners, Robinho scored on his debut for City and was impressive in his first year with the club.
- Sylvinho. The Brazilian left-back played two season at Arsenal and two seasons at Manchester City.
- Anderson. Joined Manchester United in 2007 and stayed for the next 8 seasons. His most memorable contribution was scoring a penalty in Manchester United UCL final win against Chelsea.
- Geovanni. Joined Manchester City in 2007 and had a bright start by scoring two goals in his first three games. He later joined Hall City and scored important winners against Arsenal and Tottenham.
- Heurelho Gomes. The Brazilian goalkeeper was prone to blunders every now and then, but spent more than a decade in the Premier League, playing for the likes of Tottenham and Watford.
So here it was! Our list of the Top Brazilian players in Premier League history. Which one is your favorite? Who should have been included in the list? Let us know in the comments below.