Brazil is home to the greatest ever soccer players. Their footballing history is rich and decorated, with the Pele Golden era between 1958 and 1970. They however enjoyed a 22 year dry spell in the absence of Pele, with no trophies and plenty of frustrations in the hands of Argentina and Italy. They however returned to winning ways between 1994 and 2002, with Ronaldo and Ronaldinho leading the team. They won two world cups during that time. They have since not won a major trophy since 2005, their last being The Confederations Cup. They are however, the best footballing nation in the world, record-wise. Here are some of the top 10 richest football players in Brazil in 2018.
There is one Brazilian player who has over the years remained consistent enough to keep his spot in the Brazilian national team. Brazil being one of the best teams in the world, you can imagine how talented you should be to make the team, leave alone be among the starting eleven. Hulk is a very good midfielder; he has avoided the English premier league like a plague and for a good reason. he is making money where very few do, and he is doing it quite easily.
9. Thiago Silva
Thiago Silva, the second most expensive defender, is renowned for being one of the highest rated defenders in football history. Having signed with French club Paris St. Germain, he won 4 consecutive league titles for his club. He is a strong defender with impeccable aerial capability and having captained his country and club makes him a player of true leadership. Silva is universally praised for being one of the greatest defenders.
8. Oscar Emboaba
Oscar might be leaving for China by the end of 2016, for a reported $70 million transfer fee from Chelsea. That said, he is currently at Chelsea FC, warming the reserve team bench at Stamford Bridge. He is a prolific midfielder for both club and country, having won the Olympic gold with the national side in 2016, the English Premier League with Chelsea in 2014.
7. Robin ho
Robinho plays for Atletico Mineiro as a forward. He is known for his ball control, attacking instinct and dribbling. Teenager Robinho was picked by Brazil legend Pele and started training at Santos Football Club. Known for his attacking skills, ball control and impressive footwork’s he portrays capability of playing at different positions out on the field. From time to time he plays poorly out in the field but despite that he creates goals for his fellow teammates as well as scoring them.
6. Dani Alves
Juventus star right back is famously known for his great pace on the field with the capability of overlapping opponents on runs. This, in particular, makes him able to play as a midfielder too. He promoted respect and inclusion of the disabled making him an ambassador for the Special Olympics. He is also a strong anti-racism activist. Once during a game, a fan threw him a banana as a racist gesture, he ate it.
5. Ricardo Kaka
He is one amongst the top 10 richest football players in Brazil in 2018. Kaka plays as an attacking midfielder for Orlando City SC in Major League Soccer and the Brazil national team. Kaka has the capability of gliding swiftly past his opponents providing defense splitting passes as well as scoring goals. He began playing football at age eight where he played for a local club back in his home country Brazil. The footballer would also play tennis in his hay day until when he signed with his first football club. Strong, agile, highly skilful he was but was very prone to injuries which affected his physique, but it would not stop him from creating goal scoring chances for his teammates as well as scoring them. Accurate shots he had which enabled him to score in and out of the football field making him a crucial selection for penalty kicks.
4. David Luiz
Chelsea and Brazil full-back David Luiz is one of the best defenders ever to play for Brazil. He is known to defend and attack in equal measure. He has a killer right leg and is also a dead ball specialist. He enjoyed a spell with French giants PSG, winning the Ligue 1 twice, before returning to the club that gave him the Champions League and Europa League in succession. He made the 2014 FIFA Team of the Year in 2014. His endurance and team spirit saw him break the English transfer record for a defender (50 million pounds) when Chelsea sold him to PSG, and later bought him back for 32 Million pounds)
3. Willian Borges
Willian currently plays for Chelsea at an attacking midfielder alongside fellow countrymen Oscar and David Luiz. He joined Chelsea from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala, having snubbed Tottenham even after they had agreed on a transfer deal. I bet Russian billionaire and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich had a hand in the twist of the tale. He is an important first team player and has been linked to a move outside the premier league. China money is fast coming, and given high profile managers are moving there, maybe Willian will also be lured all the way to Asia.
Ronaldinho is the current club ambassador for Spanish club FC Barcelona after signing for them. Throughout his career, Ronaldinho is known for his accurate finishing skills with either of his feet. Acceleration, agility, ball control and his pace were some of the attributes that made him beat players across the field with so much ease. When the ball is in his possession he is widely known to embarrass people out on the field too. His skills are by nature which he learned by watching videos from his idols during his day. He can score goals from any part of the field as well as creating goal scoring chances to his players too.
1. Neymar Jr
Neymar Jr., plays as a forward for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Brazil national team. He has the best goals per match conversion ratio at 50 goals on 74 appearances. He was a key player in Brazil’s victories at the 2011 South American Youth Championship. Neymar is a great player on the field, with the ability to switch feet at a moment’s notice. He scored the winning penalty at the 2014 Olympics in Rio, gifting Brazil with the elusive Olympic gold. He is yet to win the World Cup with the national side, but his club record is very much decorated. He is currently the Brazil national team skipper.
These above are the top 10 richest football players in Brazil in 2018. Brazilians know how to play football. That statement may sound cliché but it is as accurate as they come. They have made a name for themselves internationally, and it is no surprise the star studded national team keeps on winning. Pele set the ground running for Brazil, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Cafu laid the benchmark and Neymar, Willian, Silva and Oscar are keeping the light shining on the mecca of soccer .