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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 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.
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  1. 51
    Up 460
    Down 367

    1929

    open
  2. 52
    Up 3557
    Down 2886

    1978

    open
  3. 53
    Up 382
    Down 277

    1970

    open
  4. 54
    Up 327
    Down 237

    1941

    open
  5. 55
    Up 642
    Down 503

    added by talbotrr 1978

    open
  6. 56
    Up 363
    Down 261

    1969

    open
  7. 57
    Up 286
    Down 166

    1983

    open
  8. 58
    Up 337
    Down 267

    1964

    open
  9. 59
    Up 653
    Down 559

    1981

    open
  10. 60
    Up 375
    Down 276

    1976

    open
  11. 61
    Up 305
    Down 195

    1992

    open
  12. 62
    Up 339
    Down 272

    1973

    open
  13. 63
    Up 423
    Down 324

    1965

    open
  14. 64
    Up 685
    Down 565

    1976

    open
  15. 65
    Up 686
    Down 605

    1970

    open
  16. 66
    Up 322
    Down 253

    1976

    open
  17. 67
    Up 344
    Down 285

    added by Pandamorderen 1964

    open
  18. 68
    Up 394
    Down 336

    1976

    open
  19. 69
    Up 346
    Down 241

    1982

    open
  20. 70
    Up 502
    Down 411

    1988

    open
  21. 71
    Up 282
    Down 199

    1973

    open
  22. 72
    Up 202
    Down 121

    1954

    open
  23. 73
    Up 225
    Down 163

    1972

    open
  24. 74
    Up 279
    Down 196

    1984

    open
  25. 75
    Up 370
    Down 305

    1958

    open
  26. 76
    Up 649
    Down 658

    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1985

    open
  27. 77
    Up 315
    Down 230

    1973

    open
  28. 78
    Up 402
    Down 326

    1984

    open
  29. 79
    Up 341
    Down 240

    1981

    open
  30. 80
    Up 268
    Down 198

    1966

    open
  31. 81
    Up 414
    Down 384

    1978

    open
  32. 82
    Up 220
    Down 162

    1942

    open
  33. 83
    Up 343
    Down 275

    added by WilliamASalazar 1976

    open
  34. 84
    Up 163
    Down 98

    1946

    open
  35. 85
    Up 349
    Down 312

    1981

    open
  36. 86
    Up 276
    Down 248

    1976

    open
  37. 87
    Up 231
    Down 199

    1966

    open
  38. 88
    Up 256
    Down 240

    1960

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  39. 89
    Up 176
    Down 122

    1986

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  40. 90
    Up 144
    Down 86

    1953

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  41. 91
    Up 251
    Down 214

    1979

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  42. 92
    Up 166
    Down 131

    1956

    open
  43. 93
    Up 371
    Down 342

    1984

    open
  44. 94
    Up 156
    Down 127

    1944

    open
  45. 95
    Up 316
    Down 323

    1951

    open
  46. 96
    Up 101
    Down 69

    1989

    open
  47. 97
    Up 153
    Down 119

    1952

    open
  48. 98
    Up 178
    Down 146

    1966

    open
  49. 99
    Up 314
    Down 320

    1987

    open
  50. 100
    Up 359
    Down 381

    1983

    open
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