List of Famous Football Players People

List of Famous Football Players

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List of famous football players, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top football players in the world? This includes the most prominent football players, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable football players is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic football players were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned football players.

David Beckham and Diego Maradona are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

From reputable, prominent, and well known football players to the lesser known football players of today, these are some of the best professionals in the football player field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous football players ever?" and "What are the names of famous football players?" then you're in the right place. (374 items)


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    David Robert Joseph Beckham OBE, is an English former professional footballer. He played for Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, Milan, LA Galaxy, Paris Saint-Germain, and the England national team for which he holds the appearance record for an outfield player. He was the first English ...more

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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Leytonstone, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Soccer Player, Model, Actor, Athlete
    • Credits: Goal!, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Sport Relief 2010, Victoria Beckham: Coming to America, 2009 Teen Choice Awards, + more
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    Reginald Alfred "Reggie" Bush, Jr. is an American football running back for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Southern California, where he earned consensus All-American honors twice, and was recognized as the top college player ...more

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    • Age: age 30
    • Birthplace: Spring Valley, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Producer, Athlete, Footballer, American football player
    • Credits: Jim Rome Is Burning
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    Antonio Ramiro "Tony" Romo is an American football quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He played college football for Eastern Illinois University, an NCAA Division I-AA school. At Eastern Illinois, Romo won the Walter Payton Award in 2002, and led the Panthers football ...more

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    • Age: age 35
    • Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Athlete, American football player
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    Diego Armando Maradona Franco is an Argentine former footballer. He has served as a manager and coach at other clubs as well as for the national team of Argentina. Many experts, football critics, former players, current players and football fans regard Maradona as the greatest football player of all ...more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Lanús, Argentina
    • Profession: Talk show host, Manager, Coach, Footballer
    • Credits: ¡Qué linda es mi familia!, Tifosi, Drei zum Verlieben, Supermingo, De Zurda, + more
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    Wayne Mark Rooney is an English professional footballer who plays for and captains both Manchester United and the England national team. He has played much of his career as a forward, but he has also been used in various midfield roles. Aged nine, Rooney joined the youth team of Everton, for whom he ...more

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    • Age: age 30
    • Birthplace: Croxteth, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Soccer Player, Footballer
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    Vyacheslav Malafeev
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    Vyacheslav Aleksandrovich Malafeev is a Russian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Russian Premier League team Zenit Saint Petersburg. He is a one-club man, having spent all 14 of his professional seasons with Zenit.more

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    • Age: age 36
    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
    • Profession: Footballer
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    Ian Roberts
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    Ian Roberts is an Australian actor, model and former professional rugby league footballer of the 1980s and 1990s. A New South Wales State of Origin and Australian international representative forward, he played club football with the South Sydney Rabbitohs, Wigan Warriors, Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles and ...more

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    • Age: age 50
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Rugby Player, Model, Actor
    • Credits: Puppet Master X: Axis Rising, Little Fish, Saltwater, Transient, The Cut, + more
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    Justin Fashanu
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    Justinus Soni "Justin" Fashanu was an English footballer who played for a variety of clubs between 1978 and 1997. He was known by his early clubs to be gay, and came out to the press later in his career, becoming the first and one of only two English professional footballers to be openly gay. He was ...more

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    • Age: Died at 37 (1961-1998)
    • Birthplace: Hackney Central, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Footballer
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    Zinedine Yazid Zidane, nicknamed "Zizou", is a former French footballer and current coach of Real Madrid Castilla. He played as an attacking midfielder for the French national team, Juventus and Real Madrid. Renowned for his elegance, vision and technique, Zidane was named the best European footballer ...more

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    • Age: age 43
    • Birthplace: Marseille, France
    • Profession: Actor, Footballer
    • Credits: Goal!, Goal II: Living the Dream, Asterix at the Olympic Games, Substitute, 9 - Un chiffre, + more
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    Luís Figo
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    Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo, OIH, is a Portuguese retired footballer. He played as a winger for Sporting CP, FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Internazionale before retiring on 31 May 2009. He won 127 caps for the Portugal national football team. Renowned for his creativity and having the ability to ...more

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    • Age: age 43
    • Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
    • Profession: Footballer
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    Paris Jackson is a professional Canadian football slotback who is currently a member of the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League. He was originally drafted sixth overall by the BC Lions in the 2003 CFL Draft and signed with the team on August 30, 2003. He played college football for the Utah ...more

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    • Age: age 35
    • Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
    • Profession: Footballer
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    Vinnie Jones
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    Vincent Peter "Vinnie" Jones is a British actor and former professional footballer who played as a midfielder from 1984 to 1999 notably for Wimbledon, Leeds United, Sheffield United and Chelsea. Born in Watford, Hertfordshire, Jones represented and captained the Welsh national football team, having ...more

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    • Age: age 50
    • Birthplace: England, Watford
    • Profession: Actor, Footballer, Singer
    • Credits: X-Men: The Last Stand, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Elementary, + more
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    Alex Ferguson
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    Sir Alexander Chapman "Alex" Ferguson, CBE, is a Scottish former football manager and player who managed Manchester United from 1986 to 2013. His time at the club has led to Ferguson being regarded as one of the most successful, admired and respected managers in the history of the game. Ferguson managed ...more

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    • Age: age 74
    • Birthplace: Govan, Glasgow, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Manager, Coach, Footballer
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    Hank Baskett
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    Henry Randall "Hank" Baskett III is a former American football wide receiver who played in the National Football League for the Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts. A native of Clovis, New Mexico, Baskett played college football for the University of New Mexico. As a college ...more

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    • Age: age 33
    • Birthplace: Clovis, New Mexico, United States of America
    • Profession: Footballer, American football player
    • Credits: Kendra, The Hungover Games, Kendra on Top
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    Miles Austin
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    Miles Jonathon Austin III is an American football wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. He was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2006 and has also played for the Cleveland Browns. He played college football at Monmouth.more

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    • Age: age 31
    • Birthplace: Summit, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Footballer, American football player
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    Thierry Henry
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    Thierry Daniel Henry is a retired French professional footballer, who played as a forward. He played for Monaco, Juventus, Barcelona, New York Red Bulls and spent eight years at Arsenal where he is the club's all time record goalscorer. At international level he represented France and is his country's ...more

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    • Age: age 38
    • Birthplace: Les Ulis, France
    • Profession: Footballer
    • Credits: Goal II: Living the Dream, Substitute, 9 - Un chiffre, un homme
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    Gary Neville
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    Gary Alexander Neville is an English football coach and former player who currently serves as a coach for the England national football team, and as co-owner of Salford City. Since retiring from football in the middle of the 2010–11 season, Neville has gone into punditry and is a commentator for Sky ...more

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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Bury, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Footballer
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    Djibril Cissé
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    Djibril Cissé is a French footballer who plays as a striker for SC Bastia in Ligue 1. He is well known for his speed and acceleration. Since 2005, he has been Lord of the Manor of Frodsham. Cissé started his career at AC Arles in 1989 at the age of eight. After seven years at the club, he had a ...more

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    • Age: age 34
    • Birthplace: Arles, France
    • Profession: Footballer
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    Pele, is almost universally regarded as the greatest player in the history of football. Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento in the Minas Gerais region of Brazil, Pele emerged on to the international stage at the 1958 World Cup, at the age of just 17. He went on to win three winners medals in football's ...more

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    • Age: age 75
    • Birthplace: Três Corações, Brazil
    • Profession: Actor, Footballer
    • Credits: Escape to Victory, Hot Shot, Os Trapalhões e o Rei do Futebol, Pelé: The Master and His Method
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    George Best was a Northern Irish footballer who played as a winger for Manchester United and the Northern Ireland national team. In 1968 he won the European Cup with United, and was named the European Footballer of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year. He is described by the Irish Football ...more

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    • Age: Died at 59 (1946-2005)
    • Birthplace: Belfast, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Footballer
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