Brazilian soccer players, also called football players, include Roberto Rivelino, Socrates, Cafu, Ronadinho and many more. Many Brazilian soccer stars have risen to prominence over the course of the sport in that nation’s history. Some have reached international stardom, while others are known throughout Brazil and the wider region of Central America and Latin America.
Roberto Rivelino played soccer for the national team of Brazil during the 1960s and 1970s. He led his team to victory in several key matches and was known for several techniques, including pinpoint passes and highly accurate free kicks. Rivelino first helped his Brazilian teammates achieve victories playing at the national level, then helped them rise to fame at the international level as well. Rivelino joined the Brazilian team at several World Cups and led his teammates to victory at the 1974 and 1978 World Cup tournaments.
Socrates, another prominent Brazilian player, emerged on the soccer scene in the 1970s and served as an iconic team leader through the end of the 1980s. Socrates was known for his strong playing skills as a midfielder. Socrates helped to score several goals in the 1986 World Cup that allowed the Brazilian team to capture the World Cup trophy and was awarded several honorary titles for his efforts, including the 1983 South American Footballer of the Year.