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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    Edwin van der Sar

    1970 More
    58
  2. 52
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    1976 More
    58
  3. 53
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    Alan Shearer

    1970 More
    57
  4. 54
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    Ruud Gullit

    1962 More
    57
  5. 55
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    Down 418
    1978 More
    57
    added by: talbotrr
  6. 56
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    Gheorghe Hagi

    1965 More
    57
  7. 57
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    57
  8. 58
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    often listed
    Michael Laudrup

    1964 More
    57
    added by: Pandamorderen
  9. 59
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    often listed
    Cafu

    1970 More
    56
  10. 60
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    Andriy Shevchenko

    1976 More
    56
  11. 61
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    1969 More
    56
  12. 62
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    Clarence Seedorf

    1976 More
    55
  13. 63
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    Down 194
    1964 More
    55
  14. 64
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    Lev Yashin

    1929 More
    55
  15. 65
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    Michael Ballack

    1976 More
    55
    added by: WilliamASalazar
  16. 66
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    Fabio Cannavaro

    1973 More
    55
  17. 67
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    Alessandro Nesta

    1976 More
    55
  18. 68
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    Hugo Sánchez

    1958 More
    55
  19. 69
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    Mesut Özil

    1988 More
    54
  20. 70
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    Petr Čech

    1982 More
    54
  21. 71
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    Xabi Alonso

    1981 More
    54
  22. 72
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    Bobby Moore

    1941 More
    54
  23. 73
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    Miroslav Klose

    1978 More
    54
  24. 74
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    Carles Puyol

    1978 More
    54
  25. 75
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    Javier Zanetti

    1973 More
    54
  26. 76
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    Wayne Rooney

    1985 More
    53
  27. 77
    Up 173
    Down 137

    often listed
    George Weah

    1966 More
    53
  28. 78
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    Edgar Davids

    1973 More
    53
  29. 79
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    Pavel Nedvěd

    1972 More
    53
  30. 80
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    Patrick Vieira

    1976 More
    53
  31. 81
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    1951 More
    53
  32. 82
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    Bastian Schweinsteiger

    1984 More
    52
  33. 83
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    Diego Forlán

    1979 More
    52
  34. 84
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    Frank Rijkaard

    1962 More
    51
  35. 85
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    1984 More
    51
  36. 86
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    Franco Baresi

    1960 More
    51
  37. 87
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    Down 147

    often listed
    Hristo Stoichkov

    1966 More
    51
  38. 88
    Up 113
    Down 72
    1954 More
    51
  39. 89
    Up 139
    Down 116

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    Dino Zoff

    1942 More
    51
  40. 90
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    Philipp Lahm

    1983 More
    51
  41. 91
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    Claude Makélélé

    1973 More
    50
  42. 92
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    David Villa

    1981 More
    50
  43. 93
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    Fernando Torres

    1984 More
    50
  44. 94
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    Lilian Thuram

    1972 More
    50
  45. 95
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    Sergio Agüero

    1988 More
    50
    added by: AbdielJoseph
  46. 96
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    Cesc Fàbregas

    1987 More
    50
  47. 97
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    Down 100

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    Michael Owen

    1979 More
    50
  48. 98
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    David Silva

    1986 More
    50
  49. 99
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    Roy Keane

    1971 More
    50
  50. 100
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    Gianfranco Zola

    1966 More
    49
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