El Mercurio reporta que Elías Figueroa y Marcelo Salas aparecieron enntre los 40 mejores jugadores de la historia del fútbol en Sudamérica en el Siglo XX, según un ranking publicado por la Federación de Historia y Estadísticas (IFFHS).

El Ranking de los 40 mejores es el siguiente:

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				<td colspan="4" align="right"><i>points </i>
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				<td align="right">1.</td>
				<td>Edson Arantes do Nascimento<i> Pel&eacute;</i></td>
				<td>Brasil</td>
				<td align="right">220</td>
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				<td align="right">2.</td>
				<td>Diego Armando Maradona</td>
				<td>Argentina</td>
				<td align="right">193</td>
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				<td align="right">3.</td>
				<td>Alfredo Di St&eacute;fano</td>
				<td>Argentina
				</td>
				<td align="right">161</td>
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				<td align="right">4.</td>
				<td>Manoel dos Santos<i> Garrincha</i></td>
				<td>Brasil</td>
				<td align="right">142</td>
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				<td align="right">5.</td>
				<td>Jos&eacute; Manuel Moreno</td>
				<td>Argentina
				</td>
				<td align="right">82</td>
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				<td align="right">6.</td>
				<td>Juan Alberto Schiaffino</td>
				<td>Uruguay</td>
				<td align="right">52</td>
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				<td align="right">7.</td>
				<td>Arthur Antunes Coimbra <i>Zico</i></td>
				<td>Brasil</td>
				<td align="right">51</td>
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				<td align="right">8.</td>
				<td>Arsenio Pastor Erico</td>
				<td>Paraguay</td>
				<td align="right">42</td>
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				<td align="right">&nbsp;</td>
				<td><b>El&iacute;as Ricardo Figueroa</b></td>
				<td><b>Chile</b></td>
				<td align="right"><b>42</b></td>
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				<td align="right">10.</td>
				<td>Thomas So&atilde;res da Silva <i>Zizinho</i></td>
				<td>Brasil</td>
				<td align="right">40</td>
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				<td align="right">11.</td>
				<td>Luis Alberto Cubilla</td>
				<td>Uruguay</td>
				<td align="right">25</td>
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				<td align="right">12.</td>
				<td>Adolfo Pedernera</td>
				<td>Argentina</td>
				<td align="right">24</td>
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				<td align="right">13.</td>
				<td>Arthur Friedenreich</td>
				<td>Brasil</td>
				<td align="right">21</td>
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				<td align="right">&nbsp;</td>
				<td>Eduardo Gon&ccedil;alves de Andrade <i>Tost&atilde;o</i></td>
				<td>Brasil</td>
				<td align="right">21</td>
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				<td align="right">&nbsp;</td>
				<td>Obdulio Jacinto Varela</td>
				<td>Uruguay</td>
				<td align="right">21</td>
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				<td align="right">16.</td>
				<td>Enrique Omar Sivori</td>
				<td>Argentina</td>
				<td align="right">19</td>
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				<td align="right">17.</td>
				<td>Te&oacute;filo Cubillas</td>
				<td>Peru</td>
				<td align="right">17</td>
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				<td align="right">&nbsp;</td>
				<td>Valdir Pereira<i> Didi</i>
				</td>
				<td>Brasil</td>
				<td align="right">17</td>
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				<td align="right">&nbsp;</td>
				<td>Willington Ortiz</td>
				<td>Colombia
				</td>
				<td align="right">17</td>
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				<td align="right">20.</td>
				<td>Alberto Spencer
				</td>
				<td>Ecuador</td>
				<td align="right">16</td>
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				<td align="right">&nbsp;</td>
				<td>H&eacute;ctor Scarone</td>
				<td>Uruguay</td>
				<td align="right">16</td>
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				<td align="right">&nbsp;</td>
				<td>Jos&eacute; Leandro Andrade</td>
				<td>Uruguay</td>
				<td align="right">16</td>
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				<td align="right">23.</td>
				<td>Mario Alberto Kempes</td>
				<td>Argentina</td>
				<td align="right">15</td>
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				<td align="right">24.</td>
				<td>Enzo Francescoli</td>
				<td>Uruguay</td>
				<td align="right">13</td>
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				<td align="right">&nbsp;</td>
				<td><i>Le&ocirc;nidas</i> da Silva
				</td>
				<td>Brasil</td>
				<td align="right">13</td>
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				<td align="right">26.</td>
				<td>&Aacute;ngel Amadeo Labruna</td>
				<td>Argentina</td>
				<td align="right">12</td>
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				<td align="right">&nbsp;</td>
				<td>Jos&eacute; Nasazzi</td>
				<td>Uruguay</td>
				<td align="right">12</td>
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				<td align="right">&nbsp;</td>
				<td><i>N&iacute;lton</i> dos <i>Santos</i></td>
				<td>Brasil</td>
				<td align="right">12</td>
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				<td align="right">&nbsp;</td>
				<td><i>Ronaldo</i> Lu&iacute;s Naz&aacute;rio de Lima
				</td>
				<td>Brasil</td>
				<td align="right">12</td>
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				<td align="right">30.</td>
				<td><i>Rom&aacute;rio</i> de Souza Faria</td>
				<td>Brasil</td>
				<td align="right">11</td>
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				<td align="right">31.</td>
				<td><b>Jos&eacute; Marcelo Salas</b></td>
				<td><b>Chile</b></td>
				<td align="right"><b>10</b></td>
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				<td align="right">&nbsp;</td>
				<td>Paulo Roberto Falc&atilde;o</td>
				<td>Brasil</td>
				<td align="right">10</td>
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				<td align="right">&nbsp;</td>
				<td>Roberto Rivelino</td>
				<td>Brasil</td>
				<td align="right">10</td>
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				<td align="right">34.</td>
				<td><i>Ademir</i> da Guia
				</td>
				<td>Brasil</td>
				<td align="right">9</td>
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				<td align="right">35.</td>
				<td>Daniel Alberto Passarella</td>
				<td>Argentina
				</td>
				<td align="right">8</td>
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				<td align="right">&nbsp;</td>
				<td>H&eacute;ctor Chumpitaz</td>
				<td>Peru</td>
				<td align="right">8</td>
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				<td align="right">37.</td>
				<td><i>Lu&iacute;s</i> Edmundo <i>Pereira</i></td>
				<td>Brasil</td>
				<td align="right">7</td>
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				<td align="right">&nbsp;</td>
				<td>Pedro Virgilio Rocha</td>
				<td>Uruguay</td>
				<td align="right">7</td>
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				<td align="right">39.</td>
				<td>Carlos Alberto Valderrama</td>
				<td>Colombia</td>
				<td align="right">6</td>
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				<td align="right">40.</td>
				<td><i>Carlos Alberto</i> Torres
				</td>
				<td>Brasil</td>
				<td align="right">5</td>
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				<td align="right">&nbsp;</td>
				<td><b>Iv&aacute;n Luis Zamorano</b></td>
				<td><b>Chile</b></td>
				<td align="right"><b>5</b></td>
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				<td align="right">&nbsp;</td>
				<td><b>Leonel S&aacute;nchez</b></td>
				<b></b>
				<td><b>Chile</b></td>
				<b></b>
				<td align="right"><b>5</b></td>
				<b></b>
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			<b></b>
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				<b></b>
				<td align="right">43.</td>
				<td><i>Domingos</i> Ant&ocirc;nio da Gu&iacute;a
				</td>
				<td>Brasil</td>
				<td align="right">4</td>
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				<td align="right">&nbsp;</td>
				<td><i>Ademir</i> Marques de <i>Menezes</i>
				</td>
				<td>Brasil</td>
				<td align="right">4</td>
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				<td align="right">&nbsp;</td>
				<td>Pedro Cea</td>
				<td>Uruguay</td>
				<td align="right">4</td>
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				<td align="right">&nbsp;</td>
				<td>Raimundo Orsi</td>
				<td>Argentina
				</td>
				<td align="right">4</td>
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