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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 507
    Down 414

    1929

    open
  2. 52
    Up 361
    Down 205

    1983

    open
  3. 53
    Up 426
    Down 259

    1992

    open
  4. 54
    Up 371
    Down 279

    1941

    open
  5. 55
    Up 427
    Down 324

    1970

    open
  6. 56
    Up 388
    Down 311

    1964

    open
  7. 57
    Up 696
    Down 547

    added by talbotrr 1978

    open
  8. 58
    Up 737
    Down 598

    1976

    open
  9. 59
    Up 695
    Down 611

    1981

    open
  10. 60
    Up 398
    Down 309

    1969

    open
  11. 61
    Up 377
    Down 309

    1973

    open
  12. 62
    Up 409
    Down 313

    1976

    open
  13. 63
    Up 341
    Down 236

    1984

    open
  14. 64
    Up 399
    Down 277

    1982

    open
  15. 65
    Up 722
    Down 707

    1985

    open
  16. 66
    Up 455
    Down 361

    1984

    open
  17. 67
    Up 455
    Down 361

    1965

    open
  18. 68
    Up 564
    Down 457

    1988

    open
  19. 69
    Up 244
    Down 150

    1986

    open
  20. 70
    Up 720
    Down 646

    1970

    open
  21. 71
    Up 373
    Down 320

    added by Pandamorderen 1964

    open
  22. 72
    Up 423
    Down 377

    1976

    open
  23. 73
    Up 407
    Down 337

    1958

    open
  24. 74
    Up 462
    Down 415

    1978

    open
  25. 75
    Up 391
    Down 273

    1981

    open
  26. 76
    Up 347
    Down 293

    1976

    open
  27. 77
    Up 251
    Down 198

    1972

    open
  28. 78
    Up 305
    Down 233

    1973

    open
  29. 79
    Up 227
    Down 156

    1954

    open
  30. 80
    Up 165
    Down 96

    1989

    open
  31. 81
    Up 394
    Down 342

    1981

    open
  32. 82
    Up 190
    Down 124

    1946

    open
  33. 83
    Up 243
    Down 190

    1942

    open
  34. 84
    Up 291
    Down 229

    1966

    open
  35. 85
    Up 369
    Down 310

    added by WilliamASalazar 1976

    open
  36. 86
    Up 335
    Down 271

    1973

    open
  37. 87
    Up 306
    Down 273

    1976

    open
  38. 88
    Up 260
    Down 227

    1966

    open
  39. 89
    Up 285
    Down 243

    1979

    open
  40. 90
    Up 277
    Down 267

    1960

    open
  41. 91
    Up 428
    Down 409

    1983

    open
  42. 92
    Up 361
    Down 339

    1984

    open
  43. 93
    Up 270
    Down 215

    added by AbdielJoseph 1988

    open
  44. 94
    Up 328
    Down 286

    1983

    open
  45. 95
    Up 191
    Down 160

    1956

    open
  46. 96
    Up 359
    Down 350

    1987

    open
  47. 97
    Up 164
    Down 121

    1953

    open
  48. 98
    Up 281
    Down 238

    1986

    open
  49. 99
    Up 401
    Down 390

    1984

    open
  50. 100
    Up 204
    Down 180

    1973

    open
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