Who are the best Brazilian players who have played in the Premier League? Sky Sports take a look…
Manchester City 2017–present
This is one of the most difficult decisions with Liverpool’s Ederson and Alisson, the most prominent goalkeepers in England at the moment.
They shared the golden glove this season with 20 clean sheets apiece as Ederson lifted his fourth Premier League title since joining City in 2017. He has been part of 91 shutouts in 182 appearances, one of two, while Alisson he also has an impressive 64 in 136. starts, plus that goal against West Brom.
Any goalkeeper would be worthy of this starting position.
Rafael da Silva
Manchester United, 2008-2015
He signed for United with his twin brother Fabio, but made a bigger impression during seven seasons at the club.
Rafael became the heir to Gary Neville’s throne as a right-back by winning three Premier League titles and one League Cup. Rafael is also fondly remembered by United fans for his ruffled finish to a 2-1 win over rivals Liverpool at Anfield.
Chelsea 2011-2014 and 2016-2019, Arsenal 2019-2021
Often criticized for his haphazard defending, Luiz still played a key role in securing major honors with Chelsea and the FA Cup at Arsenal.
In his first spell with the Blues, Luiz won the Champions League and FA Cup double, as well as the Europa League, before moving to PSG on a £50m deal, a world record transfer for a defender.
On his return for £34m, he won the Premier League with Antonio Conte and the FA Cup once more, a trophy he lifted for a third time at Arsenal in 2020.
The best free agent signing in Premier League history? The 37-year-old has shown his class and experience since he joined Chelsea two years ago from Paris Saint Germain.
Silva has helped the club win the Champions League and the European Super Cup, and it’s no wonder Chelsea were keen to keep him by extending his stay for another year in January. A defender of Rolls-Royce.
He announced himself with the winning goal on his Community Shield debut and never looked back having signed after winning the 2002 World Cup with Brazil.
The defensive midfielder was part of the 2003/04 Invincibles and flourished alongside Patrick Vieira, going on to make 170 Premier League appearances and playing in the 2006 Champions League final.
Silva also won the FA Cup twice with Arsenal, scoring the first goal at the Emirates Stadium and the club’s fastest after 21 seconds.
After signing from AS Monaco on a £43m deal four years ago, Fabinho has played a major role in Liverpool’s golden age under Jurgen Klopp, winning the Premier League, the Champions League, the Club World Cup of FIFA and the UEFA Super Cup in his 170 appearances for the club.
He has featured as a centre-back, but it is in midfield that he has really shown his quality and leadership, even contributing a flurry of goals over the Christmas period last season. The 28-year-old will remain a mainstay at Liverpool after signing a further five-year contract extension in 2021.
Manchester City 2013-2022
Granted, this team’s central midfield doesn’t look too exciting, but how could we leave out Fernandinho?
He has been vital in transforming City, a mainstay who lifted five Premier League titles, one FA Cup and six League Cups. The feisty Brazilian has also contributed some goals, scoring 20 in 264 appearances, so perhaps this midfield isn’t as boring as it seems…
Liverpool 2013-2018, Aston Villa 2022-present
It’s time for some flair and who else to provide it than the Brazilian magician.
Coutinho quickly became a Liverpool favorite for his entertaining style and impressive long-range goals, but there will always be a case that he should have stayed at the club rather than go to Barcelona. Liverpool, however, benefited from their £142m sale to Barcelona, having signed him for just £8m, which helped pave the way for the success they now enjoy.
After joining Aston Villa last season on loan, Coutinho showed glimpses of his former form by scoring ten goals and is set to continue lighting up the Premier League.
Middlesbrough1995-1997, 1999-2000, 2002-2004
Juninho was a pioneer of the Samba Nation in the Premier League. Isaias was the first Brazilian to move to England with Coventry City for £500,000 in 1995, but Juninho made a significant impact when he joined Middlesbrough later that year from Sao Paulo for £4.75m.
The talented attacking midfielder helped Boro to two cup finals in 1997, but both ended in defeat and the club was also relegated. Despite that, Juninho was named as the Premier League Player of the Year. After leaving for Atlético de Madrid, he returned on loan in 1999 before re-signing for good in 2002, winning the League Cup.
Roberto Firmino is the highest-scoring Brazilian in Premier League history and a third of Liverpool’s famed attacking trio alongside Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, which was disbanded this summer.
Together, they scored 144 goals in 105 Premier League games, while Firmino’s record is 71 goals and 46 assists in 231 Premier League games. Jurgen Klopp describes him as the ‘engine’ of the team despite playing up front, known for his work-rate to press and win back possession.
Manchester City 2017–present
Jesus, the second-highest scoring Brazilian in the top flight with 58 goals, has won the Premier League four times and has scored 95 times in 236 games for City.
He has had to deal with a significant amount of rotation, playing just 51 per cent of City’s available minutes over the last five seasons, but Jesus has averaged a goal every 160 minutes in the Premier League. Of the players who have scored at least 15 times in the competition since then, only six boast a higher goal rate. At Arsenal, he will have the opportunity to be the main starter.
On the bench…
Allison -Liverpool 2018-present
raphinha – Leeds 2020-present
ramires -Chelsea 2010-2016
Alex -Chelsea 2004-2012
Oscar -Chelsea 2012-2017
Richarlison – Everton 2018-present
lucas leiva -Liverpool 2007-2017
James says… Thiago Silva from CFC for me. He’s been rock solid alongside Rudiger. His stats speak for themselves. At 37 years old, to have performances like this in arguably the best league in the world is impressive. Wherever he’s been, it’s been amazing
Josh says… Fernandhino has to become the best Brazilian to have played in the Premier League, consistently solid every week and absolutely vital to the team, versatile, willing and able to play in any position, still performing at the highest level of football at the age 37…legend
Romelu says… Coutinho was a magician while he was at Liverpool, he loved watching it.
Rafaeloki says… Gabriel Jesús for me is the best Brazilian in PL; proven winner and with good numbers taking into account the fact that he did not play regularly in Man City, sometimes he played away. His big move to Arsenal will go a long way in showing what he can offer as a leading centre-forward.
Lee says… ramires! What a player, who never stopped running, will never forget that famous play at the Camp Nou in the Champions League semi-final! He also loved Willian!
robert says… Alisson to me: Mr. Reliable in 1v1 situations and an excellent leader on and off the field. I think he is more important for the Liverpool defense than Van Dijk. And he can score a goal when he counts!
louis says… It was a pleasure to see David Luiz at his best at Chelsea, he could do anything, win the ball in the air, he was a great passer and fired like a rocket when needed. You can’t argue with their trophy cabinet, Premier League, FA cup, Champions League and Europa League either.
Lucrezia says… Obviously not the best, but my favorite is Rafael Da Silva. Heart on his sleeve, 100% in every game and he always wanted to play as a striker. I could do with some of those at United now. He was sold too soon and I don’t think we’ve had a better right-back since.
Jake says… There is only one correct answer, and it’s Juninho!