Brazil and football go hand-in-hand. No other nation has produced the flair, passion and sheer magic as that of Brazilian football. Some of the most iconic names in the sport are Brazilian born and bred. Whilst other countries come close, no others produce such star power and wonder. The Brazilian national teams of 1958, 1970 and 1982 have gone down as the greatest sides of all time, so without further ado, here are just a few of Brazil’s best:
His nickname was the ‘Black Diamond’ and he was one of the most significant players of the start of the 20th century. He only played in two World Cups due to the outbreak of world war, but was famed for his bicycle kicks, bringing them to the attention of a much wider audience and being a top goal-scorer. If you want to emulate the greats, then try out some new ways to train with Soccer Drill Videos from https://www.sportplan.net/drills/Soccer/drills.jsp
Part of the World Cup winning side of 2002, Ronaldinho enjoyed his great club success in Spain at FC Barcelona. For a while, he was the best player on the planet. His 5 years with Barcelona saw 2 league titles and a Champions League win.
After playing second fiddle to the likes of Rivaldo and Ronaldo during 2002, the 2006 World Cup was his main stage. Sadly, it wasn’t meant to be that year. He was voted FIFA World Player of the Year both in 2004 and 2005. His pace was not to last however and by the age of 30, he made a return to Brazil to play for Atletico Mineiro, with whom he was voted Best Player of the Championship in 2012.
Another key player of the 1982 World Cup squad that thrilled and inspired the world with its sexy football. They might not have won the contest, but they did light up the world, capturing the imagination of a whole generation across the globe. Falcao scored three times and was one of the clear stars of the tournament. He was playing for Roma in Italy at the time, helping them achieve 2 Coppad’Italia titles and a Serie A win in the ’82-’83 season.
A troubled player, who could have achieved even more than he did were it not for injuries. Ronaldo had scored more than 200 goals by the age of 21, been part of a World Cup winning side in 1994 and named FIFA World Player of the Year twice already. By the time France ’98 came around, he scored 4 goals and won the Golden Ball. Not all good memories though, as Ronaldo experienced a fit before the final which badly effected his performance.
Thankfully, he got his moment of glory in the 2002 World Cup, scoring 8 goals and helping Brazil to win a fifth crown. During 2006, even though not having the best tournament, he further added to his goal tally, making him the tournament’s greatest goal scorer of all time.
No talk of Brazilian football is complete without Pele. He has gone down in history as the most complete and all-rounded footballer ever. Beating players one-to-one, his eye for a pass, his strength in the air and his knack of finishing what he started with a goal is second to none.
Three world cup titles, with the 1958 triumph seeing him score a hat trick in the semi and 2 more in the final, aged only 17! Pele remains the country’s highest ever goal scorer, with a whopping 77 goals in 92 matches. His club achievements were equally as amazing.