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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 top 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 popular, 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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    the people's #1 & most listed Forward, Midfielder

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    often listed & added by rebelr19 Midfielder

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    Forward, Midfielder

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    Forward

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    Forward, Midfielder

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    Forward, Midfielder

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    Defender, Sweeper

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    Forward, Midfielder

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    Forward, Midfielder

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    often listed Defender

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    Midfielder

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    Midfielder

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    Midfielder

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    Forward

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    Midfielder

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks

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  21. 21
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    ranked low on reranks Forward

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    Playmaker, Midfielder

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    Goalkeeper

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    Midfielder

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    Midfielder

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    Forward

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Midfielder

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    Forward, Inside forward

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    Forward, Midfielder

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    Forward, Midfielder

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    Goalkeeper

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    Forward

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    Goalkeeper

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    + 2288
    - 1977

    Forward, Midfielder

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    - 1960

    Forward, Midfielder

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    Midfielder

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    Forward, Midfielder

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    Defender, Sweeper, Midfielder

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    Forward, Midfielder

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    Right Wing, Midfielder

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    Playmaker, Forward, Midfielder

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    Goalkeeper

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    ranked low on reranks Goalkeeper

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    Defender, Forward, Midfielder

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    Forward, Midfielder

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    Forward

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