When it comes to world football, Brazil holds a spot that no other country can take. It has won the World Cup, the most prestigious football trophy, record 5 times.

The South American country is famous for producing football talents spanning across several generations. However, since 2002, its strength is seen to be on a steady decline as most of the world-class players had retired.

Here is a list of the most popular Brazilian footballers in the world.

Pele

The name Edson Arantes do Nascimento may not ring a bell but that’s the real name of Pele. He started showcasing his football talent in the Brazil’s streets at the age of 15. Two years later, he won the world cup with the national team.

Pele is famous for his unique football skills and unparalleled goal-scoring abilities which often left his opponents for dead. He is the only Brazilian player to have featured in 3 world cup winning teams and is still the top scorer in the country, in spite of hanging his boots some decades ago.

Ronaldo

Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima is one of Brazil’s most popular footballer and also one of the greatest football players in the world. The forward played 92 games for his nation and found the net 62 times. He also holds a record of scoring 15 goals in a single world cup.

He won the World Cup trophy in 1994 and 2002 with Brazil’s national team.

Kaka

Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite popularly kown as Kaka started playing football at a tender age of 8. Kaka got enrolled into a local football club before his talents brought him to national recognition.

He made great success in Europe with AC Milan before Real Madrid paid a record 89 million pounds for his services. Kaka won the World Cup just once in 2002.

Ronaldinho

Ronaldo de Assis Morriera aka Ronaldinho is unarguably one of the best football players to have graced the game. His exceptional dribbling abilities, goal-scoring finesse, and free kick specialty earned him a place amongst the top players. He also won the World Cup 2002 but failed to replicate his heroics in the 2006 tournament where his whole team performed abysmally.