Pele and the first Golden Generation of Brazil established the nation as the football powerhouse of its time. Other major pillars surrounding Pele included (Garrincha, Zito, Alberto Torres, Jairzinho, Tostão, Gérson and Rivelino). This Brazilian generation won two consecutive World Cups and three of four.
This first golden generation, which arguably is one of if not the best generation of world football, gave rise to the beautiful term of "Samba Football". This is the football equivalent of playing the sport while dancing with the ball. The more colloquial term has been coined "Jogo Bonito".
Ronaldo and the Second Golden generation rekindled some of the Brazilian magic from the first golden generation. In 1994 they won led by Romario, Bebeto, Dunga, and Jorginho. And in 2002, you had the famous three Rs (Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho). The great Cafu was part of both World Cup Title teams.
Sustained droughts. From the first golden era to the second golden era, there was 24 years that passed by without a title. And then from the last title in 2002, it has been 20 years since they won. Both droughts (one that has broken and the other still ongoing) highlights that Brazil has very much to thank the first golden era for its resonance as "the" football powerhouse. Other major championships: They have won 9 Copa Americas with 12 runner ups.
The Neymar generation (still being written). Neymar will end up as the leading goal scorer for Brazil in all competitions, and one of the Top 3 most capped players. Neymar had good talent around him, but never to the likes of what they had in the golden era.