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11 Flashiest Brazilians in World Football History

Thomas AtzenhofferCorrespondent IIOctober 12, 2016

11 Flashiest Brazilians in World Football History

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    Brazil are one of World Football's proudest nations and are the most decorated National Team in the history of the game.

    Along with their national team abilities, the nation have developed a knack for turning out players that not only have great skill, but have that "it" or "flair" factor about them on the pitch.

    From players during the 1950's to today's rising talents, we examine the best of the best from the "Samba" nation.


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    He may be young, but Santos star Neymar continues grow into his skills as an all flair forward in the Brazilian Serie A.

    Sometimes his desire for flair and making a show of things can get the better of him as he continues to develop, but he is set to become one of the greatest if he continues on his current path.

Luis Fabiano

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    Another forward on the list, Luis Fabiano is one of the most prolific Brazilian strikers of the 21st century to date.

    His skills on the ball as well as in the air have seen him score amazing goals with at times unmatched ability all while providing that technical and flair touch to all he does.

Djalma Santos

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    Djaima Santos was a great defender and a marauding creative attacker.

    His play helped to redefine the role of a wingback in football, and pushed the ability to straddle both sides of the game with unmatched flair filled endeavor.


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    Although his career has not yet ended, the reign of Kaka at AC Milan will forever be his greatest period of play.

    The Brazilian midfielder was creative, full of flair and in addition to his ability to set up his teammates, he could score with the best of his national compatriots while in his prime.


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    Brazilian midfielder Zico had all the tools of the trade. He could pass, was masterful from a set piece and could lift his side with flair at any moment of need.

    Regarded as one of the greatest players of the 1980's, Zico never was able to represent his nation in a World Cup, which perhaps has hampered his reputation at least slightly.

    However, his ability to finish a goal and pass with unmatched precision will never be forgotten.


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    If not for two other forwards yet to be named in Brazilian history, Tostao would be the greatest of all time.

    His skill both at passing the ball and in scoring saw him rise to become perhaps the best center forward in his nations history.

    Had he not retired at the age of 26 and arguably at the top of his career he could have been the best of all time.


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    The original flair midfielder and set piece genius of Brazil, Didi was one of the biggest influences in the game for more current Brazilian star, Ronaldinho.

    Not only did he pioneer the abilities of a midfielder on the international stage with his nation, but also as one of the first of his countrymen to take his abilities to Europe.

    During his time with Real Madrid, he exuded Brazilian flair through every touch of the ball, despite his short lived tenure in the Spanish capital.


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    Possessing a career list of accolades and awards too long to list in a concise manner, Ronaldo is arguably the greatest out and out striker in his nations history.

    He also is the most full of flair striker that Brazil is yet to produce. During a club career that saw him play on either side of two of the world's greatest rivalries, as well as in the most recent hay-day of his national team, Ronaldo was a flair forward of the highest quality.


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    During the mid 2000's there was not a better player on the ball than Ronaldinho.

    His career path to world prominence began when he was noticed in Europe at Paris Saint Germain, but his exploits at FC Barcelona will forever be his claim to fame.

    He still continues his playing career in Brazil and can still break out a piece of magic on a given day.


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    During the 1950's Garrincha was the man with the feet of flair for the Brazilian national team as well as around the world.

    The part he played in his nation's 1958 and 1962 World Cup performances will forever be immortalized in Brazil's history.

    Without a doubt, Garrincha was the original creative and flair filled Brazilian midfield maestro.


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    There is no doubting that Pele will forever be known as the most prominent Brazilian footballer in history.

    Few players could ever dare to scratch the surface of the amount of weight his name still carries in the game today.

    Aside from his insane ability to score, he also was known for his trickery on and off the ball as a player that flashed his talents all over the pitch.

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