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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 3579
    Down 2906

    1978

    open
  2. 52
    Up 470
    Down 387

    1929

    open
  3. 53
    Up 353
    Down 214

    1992

    open
  4. 54
    Up 342
    Down 254

    1941

    open
  5. 55
    Up 665
    Down 514

    added by talbotrr 1978

    open
  6. 56
    Up 392
    Down 295

    1970

    open
  7. 57
    Up 310
    Down 181

    1983

    open
  8. 58
    Up 673
    Down 571

    1981

    open
  9. 59
    Up 353
    Down 288

    1964

    open
  10. 60
    Up 370
    Down 278

    1969

    open
  11. 61
    Up 701
    Down 576

    1976

    open
  12. 62
    Up 368
    Down 250

    1982

    open
  13. 63
    Up 382
    Down 288

    1976

    open
  14. 64
    Up 303
    Down 206

    1984

    open
  15. 65
    Up 347
    Down 286

    1973

    open
  16. 66
    Up 695
    Down 619

    1970

    open
  17. 67
    Up 528
    Down 424

    1988

    open
  18. 68
    Up 428
    Down 339

    1965

    open
  19. 69
    Up 353
    Down 297

    added by Pandamorderen 1964

    open
  20. 70
    Up 677
    Down 671

    1985

    open
  21. 71
    Up 401
    Down 347

    1976

    open
  22. 72
    Up 419
    Down 337

    1984

    open
  23. 73
    Up 234
    Down 174

    1972

    open
  24. 74
    Up 325
    Down 267

    1976

    open
  25. 75
    Up 360
    Down 247

    1981

    open
  26. 76
    Up 289
    Down 209

    1973

    open
  27. 77
    Up 429
    Down 392

    1978

    open
  28. 78
    Up 379
    Down 318

    1958

    open
  29. 79
    Up 204
    Down 130

    1986

    open
  30. 80
    Up 320
    Down 241

    1973

    open
  31. 81
    Up 204
    Down 135

    1954

    open
  32. 82
    Up 351
    Down 285

    added by WilliamASalazar 1976

    open
  33. 83
    Up 272
    Down 209

    1966

    open
  34. 84
    Up 223
    Down 171

    1942

    open
  35. 85
    Up 168
    Down 106

    1946

    open
  36. 86
    Up 366
    Down 320

    1981

    open
  37. 87
    Up 240
    Down 206

    1966

    open
  38. 88
    Up 283
    Down 255

    1976

    open
  39. 89
    Up 266
    Down 219

    1979

    open
  40. 90
    Up 261
    Down 248

    1960

    open
  41. 91
    Up 125
    Down 76

    1989

    open
  42. 92
    Up 151
    Down 97

    1953

    open
  43. 93
    Up 384
    Down 352

    1984

    open
  44. 94
    Up 239
    Down 193

    added by AbdielJoseph 1988

    open
  45. 95
    Up 170
    Down 140

    1956

    open
  46. 96
    Up 332
    Down 327

    1987

    open
  47. 97
    Up 380
    Down 389

    1983

    open
  48. 98
    Up 318
    Down 320

    1984

    open
  49. 99
    Up 289
    Down 264

    1983

    open
  50. 100
    Up 146
    Down 129

    1960

    open
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