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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
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    Down 363

    1929

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  2. 52
    Up 3551
    Down 2881

    1978

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  3. 53
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    Down 275

    1970

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  4. 54
    Up 324
    Down 233

    1941

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  5. 55
    Up 638
    Down 498

    added by talbotrr 1978

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  6. 56
    Up 283
    Down 160

    1983

    open
  7. 57
    Up 359
    Down 258

    1969

    open
  8. 58
    Up 335
    Down 264

    1964

    open
  9. 59
    Up 650
    Down 551

    1981

    open
  10. 60
    Up 373
    Down 272

    1976

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  11. 61
    Up 337
    Down 268

    1973

    open
  12. 62
    Up 685
    Down 560

    1976

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  13. 63
    Up 420
    Down 322

    1965

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  14. 64
    Up 685
    Down 602

    1970

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  15. 65
    Up 321
    Down 250

    1976

    open
  16. 66
    Up 293
    Down 194

    1992

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  17. 67
    Up 343
    Down 284

    added by Pandamorderen 1964

    open
  18. 68
    Up 393
    Down 335

    1976

    open
  19. 69
    Up 343
    Down 239

    1982

    open
  20. 70
    Up 281
    Down 197

    1973

    open
  21. 71
    Up 499
    Down 410

    1988

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  22. 72
    Up 225
    Down 162

    1972

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  23. 73
    Up 276
    Down 193

    1984

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  24. 74
    Up 199
    Down 121

    1954

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  25. 75
    Up 366
    Down 304

    1958

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  26. 76
    Up 314
    Down 229

    1973

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  27. 77
    Up 644
    Down 655

    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1985

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  28. 78
    Up 399
    Down 324

    1984

    open
  29. 79
    Up 339
    Down 237

    1981

    open
  30. 80
    Up 220
    Down 161

    1942

    open
  31. 81
    Up 267
    Down 198

    1966

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  32. 82
    Up 408
    Down 381

    1978

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  33. 83
    Up 342
    Down 273

    added by WilliamASalazar 1976

    open
  34. 84
    Up 161
    Down 97

    1946

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  35. 85
    Up 344
    Down 311

    1981

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  36. 86
    Up 276
    Down 247

    1976

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  37. 87
    Up 255
    Down 239

    1960

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  38. 88
    Up 229
    Down 199

    1966

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  39. 89
    Up 173
    Down 120

    1986

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  40. 90
    Up 144
    Down 84

    1953

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  41. 91
    Up 249
    Down 213

    1979

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  42. 92
    Up 164
    Down 131

    1956

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  43. 93
    Up 369
    Down 340

    1984

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  44. 94
    Up 155
    Down 126

    1944

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  45. 95
    Up 315
    Down 322

    1951

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  46. 96
    Up 99
    Down 67

    1989

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  47. 97
    Up 151
    Down 119

    1952

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  48. 98
    Up 176
    Down 145

    1966

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  49. 99
    Up 311
    Down 320

    1987

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  50. 100
    Up 151
    Down 110

    1913

    open
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