5 Players with Most Caps for the Brazil National Football Team
Seleção is one of the most successful national teams in the world. Brazil won the FIFA World Cup on five, FIFA Confederations Cup on four, and Copa America on nine occasions. All that couldn’t be done without amazing players that played for the national team. Here is the list of the five players with most caps for Brazil throughout history.
Cafu tops the list with 142 appearances, and the chances are nobody will take his spot anytime soon. It is worth noting that he won two world cups with Brazil, in 1994 and 2002. Cafy debuted for the national team in 1990 and played until 2006.
The right-back also had a long and successful playing career. He started in Sao Paulo and moved to Zaragoza in 1995. Cafu returned to Brazil to play for Palmeiras that year but moved to Italy a couple of years later. Pele named him one of the 100 greatest living players in the official FIFA 100 list.
Cafu was the right-back, and Roberto Carlos was in charge of playing as Brazil’s left-back for over a decade. He debuted for the national team in 1992 and became a world champion with Selecao in 2002. Carlos also won Copa America on two occasions, and FIFA Confederations Cup once.
During his playing career, the left-back was a member of Palmeiras, Inter, and Real Madrid. He won three UCLs and four domestic leagues with the Spanish team. That made Carlos one of the reasons why Real Madrid is the most successful club in La Liga (33 titles).
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Although Brazil was always proud of his attackers, it seems that full-backs were more constant in the national team. The third spot is reserved for Dani Alves, who played for Selecao on 118 occasions.
Alves is still an active player, and he plays for Sao Paulo. Throughout his career, he was a member of Bahia, Sevilla, Barcelona, Juventus, and Paris Saint Germain.
The central defender started his senior career in Guara only to move to Internacional in 1997. It was three years later when he became a member of the national team. Lucio played for Brazil on 105 occasions and won the FIFA World Cup and two FIFA Confederations Cup.
Dunga believed Lucio is a true leader, which is why he appointed him as captain in 2006. The defender remained the captain until 2011, which is when Robinho replaced him.
Neymar shares the fifth spot with Claudio Taffarel with 101 caps at the moment. However, the forward will surely continue playing for Brazil in the coming years, especially since many consider him one of the best players in the world.
The forward debuted for Brazil in 2010 and won the Summer Olympics gold medal and FIFA Confederations Cup with the national team. Neymar won multiple competitions with the clubs he played, which is probably the reason why Barcelona wants him back. When he was the part of the squad, Barca won UEFA Champions League, FIFA World Cup, La Liga, and Copa Del Rey.