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The Best Soccer Players of All Time

List Criteria: Any current or former professional soccer players from around the world are eligible.

List of the greatest soccer players of all time is ranked by soccer (football) fans worldwide. Who are the best soccer players ever? The goal is to determine the greatest footballers to ever play the game. The list establishes individual rankings of specific soccer players and helps answer the question, "Who is the best soccer player in the world?" This list includes some of the most famous soccer players in the world, but fame doesn't necessarily determine talent.

Though many more people are exposed to top soccer players during major international events like the Olympics or the World Cup (or even UEFA's European tournaments), there are numerous soccer/football leagues around the world made up of thousands of professional athletes. Any of these soccer players are eligible for the list, even if they are mainly well known in certain regions or nations. In America, other than that nation's own Major League Soccer league, the English Premier League and its athletes are most likely to be popular, recognizable, and familiar - though the marriage of David Beckham to Posh Spice makes all the people he plays with more recognizable to American fans.

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  1. 1
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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Forward, Midfielder

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  2. 2
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    Forward

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  3. 3
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    often listed & added by rebelr19
    Midfielder

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  4. 4
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    Forward, Midfielder

    ) open
  5. 5
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    - 7550

    Forward

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  6. 6
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    - 6421

    ranked low on reranks
    Forward, Midfielder

    ) open
  7. 7
    + 13722
    - 8997

    Forward, Midfielder

    ) open
  8. 8
    + 15775
    - 9665

    Defender, Sweeper

    ) open
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    + 11424
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    Forward, Midfielder

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  10. 10
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    Forward, Midfielder

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    - 2169
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    Midfielder

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    Defender, Midfielder

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  15. 15
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    - 3982
    ) open
  16. 16
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    Midfielder

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    Midfielder

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    Midfielder

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    ranked low on reranks
    Forward

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  23. 23
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    Playmaker, Midfielder

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    ranked low on reranks
    Goalkeeper

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    Forward

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
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    Forward, Inside forward

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    Midfielder

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    Forward, Midfielder

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    Forward, Midfielder

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    + 2638
    - 2093

    Forward

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    + 4053
    - 3331

    Goalkeeper

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  34. 34
    + 2452
    - 1920

    Goalkeeper

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    + 1822
    - 1360

    Defender, Sweeper, Midfielder

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  36. 36
    + 2541
    - 2204

    Forward, Midfielder

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    + 1765
    - 1492

    Forward, Midfielder

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    - 1827

    Right Wing, Midfielder

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    + 2926
    - 2229

    Forward, Midfielder

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  40. 40
    + 2548
    - 1966

    Forward, Midfielder

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    + 3907
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    Midfielder

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    + 1590
    - 892

    ranked low on reranks
    Goalkeeper

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    + 2364
    - 1914
    ) open
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    + 1523
    - 1043
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    - 1458

    Playmaker, Forward, Midfielder

    ) open
  46. 46
    + 1539
    - 1095

    Defender, Forward, Midfielder

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  47. 47
    + 2475
    - 1982
    ) open
  48. 48
    + 1501
    - 983

    ranked low on reranks
    Winger, Forward, Midfielder

    ) open
  49. 49
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    - 1580
    ) open
  50. 50
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    - 3646
    ) open
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