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Best Brazil XI of all time

Tue 25 May 2021 | 10:30

In this article, we are going to review one of the most important nations in football and pick the Best Brazil XI of all time.

Talking about Brazil unconsciously reminds us of the name of football. The country in which football has always been a fundamental part of life and Brazilian people continue to love this sport unconditionally.

Many footballers whose names are among the greats, have served Brazil as their national team so without a doubt, we can consider Brazil as one of the best national teams in the football world and the players of Brazil's national team among the greatest players in the history of this sport.

Here, we want to list the best team of Brazil and reveal those who we think are the Brazil best 11 of all time.

Brazil Best XI of All Time

Unfortunately, there are a lot of great footballers in Brazil's history that we left out because of the limitation. Nonetheless, here is the list! Tune in and enjoy.

Gilmar (Goalkeeper)

Gylmar dos Santos Neves was a Brazilian footballer whose name is among the Brazil football players-All time Best Xi.

Born on 22 August 1930 in Santos, Brazil, Gilmar started his professional debut in 1951 as a goalkeeper with Corinthians where he stayed for the next 10 years. Then he joined Santos in 1961, appeared in 752 matches. Regarded as one of the greatest Brazilian goalkeepers of all time, Gilmar had excellent reflexes and a high ability to inspire a sense of calm and confidence in his defenders.Gilmar played for Brazil's national team from 1953 to 1969. He played there 104 times, allowing only 95 goals, and won many trophies including FIFA World Cup in 1958 and 1962.

It might be interesting for you to know that Gilmar was the starting goalkeeper for Pelé and he's famous around the world as "Pelé's goalkeeper." He was a gentle player who is remembered for his sober style on the pitch and his peaceful personality.

Gylmar dos Santos Nevesdied on 25 August 2013 at the age of 83 and he will be remembered as one of the

Best Brazil XI of all time

.

Cafu (Right-back)

Former Brazillian Right back Marcos Evangelista de Morais, commonly known as Cafu, is the next footballer in the Best Brazil XI of all time list. He is the most capped Brazillian player ever who appeared in over 150 matches on Canarinho's side. Cafu participated in four world cups, winning the title twice, and became the only footballer to play in three of the competition's finals. He also won two Copa América and one FIFA Confederations Cup with his country.

At club level, he played with clubs such as

Roma

,

Milan

, and

São Paulo

, making more than 500 appearances throughout his spells in those teams. He won several domestic and international club tournaments such as Serie A, Campeonato Paulista, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, etc.

Viewed as one of the bests of his generation, he was a great right-back who was versatile enough to play as a center-back or even a right-winger. He had a very solid defensive skill and an offensive mind. His stamina, pace, distribution, and tactical intelligence are praised as well.

Roberto Carlos (Left-back)

Regarded as a part of one of the greatest generations of Brazilian players, Roberto Carlos undoubtedly belongs to

Brazil football players-All time Best XI

. When it comes to the role of a left-back and the best players that have played that role, Roberto Carlos’ name is one of the first that comes to mind. He is called Bullet Man due to his exceptional pace and powerful left-footed shots.

Carlos who was originally a forward brought his attacking sensibilities to the role of the left-back. During his professional career, he won many honors such as winning 3 Champions League and 4 La Liga titles and represented his country in 3 different World Cups, being runners-up in the 1998 World Cup and winning the competition in 2002. He is also the second most capped Brazilian player of all time with 125 caps. Carlos was also runner-up for the FIFA Player of the Year award in 1997 and Ballon d’Or in 2002.

Carlos Alberto Torres (Center-back)

One of the two center-back positions among the

Best Brazil XI of all time

belongs to Carlos Alberto Torres, one of the best defenders in the world.He was a member of the World Team of the 20th Century and respected and praised by many and the football legend Pele named him in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players. At the club level, he spent most of his career with Santos and is often regarded as the best player of the club. Torres made 445 appearances with them. He also had spells in clubs such as Fluminense,

Flamengo

,

New York Cosmos

, and California Surf.

With Brazil, he played 53 games within 13 years. He served his national team as a captain in the 1970 World Cup and it's worth mentioning that the goal he scored in the final, considered one of the greatest goals in the history of the tournament. A composed central defender, Torres was best known for his good ball skills, leadership, and defensive capabilities.

known as "O Capitão do Tri", Alberto Torres was an inductee to the Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame, and a member of the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame as well.

Domingos da Guia (Center-back)

The other center-back that made it among the Brazil all-time XI is one of the best Brazilian defenders of all time, Domingos da Guia.

Born on November 19, 1912, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Domingos Antônio da Guia started football from a very young age.Da Guia began his senior career with Bangu in 1929 when he was just 17 and he had 57 appearances with the club. He also had spells in clubs such as

Vasco da Gama

, Nacional, Vasco da Gama,Boca Juniors, Flamengo, and Corinthians. At the club level, he had 417 appearances.

At the international level, Da Guia joined Brazil's national team in 1931.He played in four matches for Brazil in the 1938 FIFA World Cup finals. During 15 years with the national team, he established himself as a star and appeared in 30 games.Da Guia passed away on May 18, 2000, at the age of 87 in Brazil and his name will be always among

Brazil’s Greatest XI

.

Didi (Central Midfielder)

The next place in our list of the Best Brazil XI of all time belongs to former Brazilian player Waldyr Pereira best known as Didi.

Born on 8 October 1928 in Campos dos Goytacazes, RJ, Brazil, Didi started playing football in the streets. He played for Americano de Campos, Lençoense, and Madureira at the beginning of his professional career.He played in three FIFA World Cups, winning the last two, and was awarded the Golden Ball, given to the best player in the competition.

Didi who was an elegant player is considered one of the best midfielders of his generation and one of the greatest players in the history of football.known as the "Ethiopian Prince", Didi was recognized for his range of passing, agility, and technique.His greatest accomplishment came at the FIFA World Cup in 1958, where he was a tournament player. He masterminded the first of his two FIFA World Cup victories for Brazil from midfield He has scored 20 goals in 68 international matches, including a handful using his signature free-kicks.

During his debut with the Brazilian national team, Didi received several titles and awards including FIFA World Cup, Copa Oswaldo Cruz, Pan American Games, and Atlantic Cup.

Zico (Central Midfielder)

Arthur Antunes Coimbra, better known as Zico, is the next individual in our list of the Best Brazil XI of all time.He is one of the best Brazilian players in history and is known for many as The White Pelé.Born on 3 March 1953 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, He was known as ‘Arthurzico’ means "Little Arthur" which was given to him as a child by his family. But over the following two decades, he would come to be internationally recognized with the shortened, four-letter version of the nickname. Zico started his senior career in 1971 after playing in Flamengo for nearly four years. He continued with Flamengo appearing in 212 matches, scoring 123 goals. During the next years, he played for

Udinese

, Flamengo, and

Kashima Antlers

.

Zico was an innovative player who was gifted with outstanding technical skills, an eye for goal, and excellent vision, who is deemed to be the 70s and 80s’ most skilled finisher and best passer. He was also a set-piece specialist, who was famous for his ability to bend the ball and scored from dead-ball situations and is considered to be one of the greatest free-kick takers of all time that scored the most goals from direct free-kicks, with 101 goals.

Zico joined Brazil's national team in 1976 and for almost 10 years he appeared in 71 matches and scored 48 goals. He won many trophies and honors during his international career including FIFA World Cup Third place in 1978 and Copa América Third place in 1979.After his retirement in 1999, he started his coaching career and has managed many teams till now.

Rivaldo (Central Attacking Midfielder)

Rivaldo Vítor Borba Ferreira known as the legendary Rivaldo is a former competent footballer from Brazil who is the seventh-highest scorer for the Brazilian football team. Nicknamed as the Complete Package, he is one of the most popular players of Brazil and his name is undoubtedly among the

Best Brazil XI of all time

.Regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, he is an inductee to the Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame.

Born on 19 April 1972 in Recife, Brazil and like many other Brazilian football players, Rivaldo started playing football from a very young age. He Played for Paulistano and Santa Cruz as his young career before he started his senior career in 1991. From that year till 2015 when he finally retired from playing football he played for different teams and clubs for more than two decades.

He is one of the Richest Soccer Players who was born in Brazil. He also has a position among the list of most popular Soccer players. With Brazil, Rivaldo won the 2002 World Cup, the 1999 Copa America, and the 1997 Confederations Cup.Currently, he is working as the president of the Mogi Mirim Sports Club in Brazil.Rivaldo is considered as one of the best footballers of his generation, one of the best Brazilian footballers of all time, and undeniably one of Brazil’s Greatest XI.

Garrincha (Right Winger)

The next player in the list of Best Brazil XI of all time is the former Brazilian right-winger Manuel Francisco dos Santos Garrincha who is known as Garrincha which means "little bird" in Portuguese.

At club level, he played with several Brazillian clubs and made more than 600 appearances. He spent most of his career playing for Botafogo, winning numerous titles with them. As a Brazillian international, Garrincha played 50 matches with Canarinho and netted 12 times. He attended three World Cups two of which Brazil became champions. Garrincha was a key factor in Brazil's World Cup victories and he is the first footballer to win the Golden Ball, Golden Boot, and the World Cup.

Known for his ball control, he is regarded as a great dribbler who used feints a lot, and also his powerful shots with both feet were lethal as well. Although he seemed to have become a forgotten hero during the last years of his life and he passed away while he was just 50 years, he undoubtedly will be remembered by the Brazilian and all the football lovers as one of Brazil’s Greatest XI.

Pele (Left Winger)

The legendary Brazillian forward Edson Arantes do Nascimento or widely known as Pele, is the next footballer among the Best Brazil XI of all time. He is considered as one of the greats in football, named as the FIFA Player of the Century along with Maradona, named amongst the 100 most important people of the 20th century by Time, and also is one of the world cup top scorers of all time with 12 goals.

It's worth mentioning that Pele is the all-time goalscorer for Brazil and Santos's all-time top goalscorer too. He spent most of his club career with Santos making almost 500 appearances for them then, played only two years at New York Cosmos, and retired. In his international career, he played for Brazil for more than 14 years. He won three FIFA World Cup titles with them throughout his spell. In total, he represents Brazil in 92 games, scoring 77 goals.

Pelé has been praised as a complete forward and a prolific goalscorer. He is known for connecting the phrase "The Beautiful Game" with football. Despite being an amazing goalscorer, he was also a solid playmaker with vision and passing ability. So in general, we can state that he is one of the bests and at some point, the best!

Ronaldo (Striker)

Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima is a former Brazillian footballer who played as a striker. He is the second-highest top scorer in the World cup and one of the Best Brazil XI of all time.He had played for several big and famous clubs such as

Barcelona

,

Real Madrid

, Inter Milan, and A.C. Milan. And of course, he played for Brazil as well.

His vision, passing, crossing ability, techniques, or in total, greatness gave him so many achievements which for example we can mention Ballon d'Or, the Golden Shoe, the Golden Ball, and the silver ball. As one of the greatest players of all time, he was inducted in several halls of fame and now continues his career as the president of La Liga club Real Valladolid.

Born on 18 September 1976 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he started his professional career at the age of 17 and he made his debut for Brazil in a friendly match in Recife against Argentina on 23 March 1994. He was a part of the squad that won the 1994 FIFA World Cup but he did not play in that tournament. He went on to make 98 appearances for Brazil and score 62 goals, making him Brazil's third-highest goalscorer.

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