Best Soccer Players of All Time Football Players (Soccer)

Best Soccer Players of All Time

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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 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 recognizable and familiar, though the marriage of David Beckham to Posh Spice makes all the people he plays with more recognizable to American fans.

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

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    the people's #1 &often listed
    Pelé

    1940 More
    100
  2. 2
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    1987 More
    99
    added by: rebelr19
  3. 3
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    Ronaldo

    1976 More
    99
  4. 4
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    Diego Maradona

    1960 More
    98
  5. 5
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    most listed &ranked high on reranks
    Zinedine Zidane

    1972 More
    96
  6. 6
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    Ronaldinho

    1980 More
    93
  7. 7
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    Johan Cruijff

    1947 More
    88
  8. 8
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    Cristiano Ronaldo

    1985 More
    88
  9. 9
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    1945 More
    83
  10. 10
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    Thierry Henry

    1977 More
    79
  11. 11
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    1946 More
    74
  12. 12
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    often listed
    Paolo Maldini

    1968 More
    73
  13. 13
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    1984 More
    73
  14. 14
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    Xavi

    1980 More
    73
  15. 15
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    Marco van Basten

    1964 More
    72
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    Zico

    1953 More
    71
  17. 17
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    Luís Figo

    1972 More
    71
  18. 18
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    Dennis Bergkamp

    1969 More
    71
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    Andrea Pirlo

    1979 More
    70
  20. 20
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    Gerd Müller

    1945 More
    70
  21. 21
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    1973 More
    70
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    1981 More
    70
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    Eric Cantona

    1966 More
    69
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    Kaká

    1982 More
    69
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    Alfredo Di Stéfano

    1926 More
    69
  26. 26
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    Gianluigi Buffon

    1978 More
    68
  27. 27
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    1975 More
    68
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    1927 More
    68
  29. 29
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    Michel Platini

    1955 More
    68
  30. 30
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    Steven Gerrard

    1980 More
    67
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    often listed
    Romário

    1966 More
    66
  32. 32
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Roberto Baggio

    1967 More
    66
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    Rivaldo

    1972 More
    66
  34. 34
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Eusébio

    1942 More
    65
  35. 35
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    Raúl

    1977 More
    64
  36. 36
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    Ryan Giggs

    1973 More
    64
  37. 37
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    Alessandro Del Piero

    1974 More
    64
  38. 38
    Up 1325
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    1978 More
    63
  39. 39
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    Roberto Carlos

    1982 More
    63
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    1963 More
    63
  41. 41
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    often listed
    Oliver Kahn

    1969 More
    62
  42. 42
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    62
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    1981 More
    61
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Garrincha

    1933 More
    61
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Bobby Charlton

    1937 More
    61
  46. 46
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    Sócrates

    1954 More
    60
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Francesco Totti

    1976 More
    60
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    Paul Scholes

    1974 More
    59
    added by: arman_gharavi
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Lothar Matthäus

    1961 More
    58
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    1981 More
    58
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