There is not always a clear consensus best player in a sport, but Falcão is as close as it gets for futsal. Born Alessandro Rosa Vieira, the Brazilian "Falcão" is a futsal legend. Falcão has the most goals in men's international futsal matches (401), most goals in FIFA Futsal World Cup matches (48), and has won the "Best Futsal Player of the World" award four times (2004, 2006, 2011, and 2012).
Falcão excels in almost all phases of the sport. He can dribble, pass, and shoot as well as anyone. Falcão retired from futsal in 2016 after a lengthy career.
Manoel Tobias da Cruz Júnior, more commonly known as Manoel Tobias, is widely considered to be the world's second best futsal player of all time, right behind his fellow Brazilian, Falcão.
When the UMBRO Futsal Awards began giving out a "Best Player of the World" award in 2000, Manoel Tobias won it three years in a row. He also has two FIFA World Cup Golden Ball and Golden Shoe awards to his name from the 1996 and 2000 tournaments. Manoel Tobias scored 278 goals in just over 300 appearances for Brazil on the international stage before retiring in 2004.
Ricardinho, born Ricardo Filipe da Silva Braga, broke the record for number of Best Player of the World awards won by a single player in 2018, earning his fifth. He won the award in 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. Ricardinho is also sometimes referred to as "O Mágico," which translates to "the Magician," due to his silky touch and incredible skill on the ball.
Ricardinho led Portugal to a UEFA Futsal Championship victory in 2018, the nation's first European title in men's futsal. His professional career began in 2002, and he currently plays for Inter Movistar in Madrid.
In an attacking heavy sport like futsal, it is rare that a defender is recognized as one of the best in the game. This is not the case with Kike Boned.
Kike Boned, also known as Kike and whose full name is Enrique Boned Guillot, played as a defender for the Spanish national futsal team. Boned was named Best Player of the World in 2009 and the UEFA Futsal Championship Golden Player in 2012.
Kike helped lead Spain to two Futsal World Cups in 2000 and 2004. He has also won five UEFA Futsal Championships and is widely considered to be the greatest defender in futsal history.
Sergio Lozano, whose real name is Sergio Lozano Martinez, is a Spanish futsal player who won the Best Futsal Player of the World award in 2013. He has helped the Spanish national team to a 2014 UEFA Futsal Championship victory and a runners-up finish at the 2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup.
Lozano began his career with Arganda in 2001 and worked his way up to traditional power Barcelona by 2012. At Barcelona, Lozano already has more than 50 goals in less than 50 appearances.
Lozano plays as an ala, or pivot, in a futsal formation. His main role is distributing quick passes and scoring goals.
Leo Higuita is widely considered to be the best goalkeeper in futsal history. He has won the Best Goalkeeper in the World award four times (in 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2019).
Higuita helped lead his club team, AFC Kairat, to UEFA Futsal Champions League glory in the 2012-13 and 2014-15 seasons. Kairat were also UEFA Futsal Champions League runners-up in the 2018-19 season and winners of the Intercontinental Futsal Cup in 2014.
Higuita was born in Brazil, but immigrated to Kazakhstan and represents the Kazakhstan national futsal team in international competitions.
Despite his position as a goalkeeper, Higuita is also known to score goals occasionally.
Flávio Sérgio Viana is a Brazilian futsal player and one of the most accomplished players in futsal history. He goes by the name "Schumacher" in honor of the legendary German soccer goalkeeper Harald Schumacher.
Schumacher won the 2008 Best Player of the World award and was part of some legendary club and international teams.
With Schumacher, Brazil were runners-up at the 2000 FIFA Futsal World Championship, third place finishers at the 2004 FIFA Futsal World Championship, and winners of the 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup.
Schumacher has also won five Intercontinental Futsal Cups and three UEFA Futsal Champions League tournaments.
Javi Rodriguez, whose full name is Javi Rodriguez Nebreda, is a Spanish futsal winger. Rodriguez enjoyed a long and successful career as a player (from 1991 to 2015) before becoming a professional manager in 2018.
As a player, Rodriguez contributed to teams that won three UEFA Futsal Cups, four UEFA Futsal Championships, and two FIFA Futsal World Cups.
Individually, Javi Rodriguez won a Best Futsal Player of the World award in 2005, the 2010 UEFA Futsal Championship Golden Player, and was the 2010 UEFA Futsal Championship joint-top scorer. He also has two "best right midfielder" awards in 2001 and 2004.
Vladislav Nailyevich Shayakhmetov, more commonly known by his family name of Shayakhmetov, is a Russian futsal player who won the Best Futsal Player of the World award in 2007.
Shayakhmetov won many domestic trophies with various Russian futsal clubs, including MFK Viz-Sinara and MFK Dinamo.
While Shayakhmetov is undoubtedly a talented player, his national teams have historically struggled to win big competitions. During his time with the Russian national futsal team, Shayakhmetov finished second in the 2005 UEFA European Futsal Cup, third in the 2007 UEFA European Futsal Cup, and only made it to the semifinals at the 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup.
At 36 years old, Italian goalkeeper Stefano Mammarella's career will be coming to an end sooner rather than later, but that doesn't mean he hasn't had an astonishing career.
Mammarella has won the Best Goalkeeper of the World award three times: in 2011, 2012, and 2014. He was also recognized as the best goalkeeper at the 2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup in 2012.
Mammarella plays club futsal at Società Sportiva Dilettantistica Acqua e Sapone Calcio a 5, better known as Acqua e Sapone. He won the 2010-11 UEFA Futsal Champions League while playing for AS Montesilvano and began his professional career in Chieti in 2003.