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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)
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Football Players
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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 ...more

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Age: 41

Birthplace: Leytonstone, London, United Kingdom

Profession: Soccer Player, Model, Actor, Athlete

Credits: The Class of 92, Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, Goal II: Living the Dream, David Beckham: Into the Unknown

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#24 on Athletes Who Should Get a Reality Show

#6 on Celebrities Whose Lives You Want

#10 on Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked

#35 on The Hottest Men Over 40

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Reggie Bush is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Football Players
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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: 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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#30 on The Best New Orleans Saints of All Time

#64 on The Best Miami Dolphins of All Time

#1 on The Best USC Trojans Players of All Time

#44 on The Best Detroit Lions of All Time

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Tony Romo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Football Players
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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 ...more

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Age: 35

Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States of America

Profession: Athlete, American football player

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#28 on The Best Dallas Cowboys of All Time

#54 on Athletes Who Should Get a Reality Show

#49 on The Best Quarterbacks of All Time

#20 on Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Football Players
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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: 55

Birthplace: Lanús, Argentina

Profession: Talk show host, Manager, Coach, Footballer

Credits: Hero: The Official Film of the 1986 FIFA World Cup, Loving Maradona, La noche del 10, Maradona by Kusturica

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#19 on The Best Athletes of All Time

#1 on Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

#1 on The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

#1 on The Best Hispanic Athletes

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Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Football Players
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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: 30

Birthplace: Croxteth, United Kingdom

Profession: Soccer Player, Footballer

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#65 on Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

#9 on Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked

#19 on Who's the Best Player in the Premier League?

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Vyacheslav Malafeev is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Football Players
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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: 36

Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Profession: Footballer

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Ian Roberts is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Football Players
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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 ...more

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Age: 50

Birthplace: England, London

Profession: Rugby Player, Model, Actor

Credits: Puppet Master X: Axis Rising, Little Fish, Saltwater, Transient The Cut, + more

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Justin Fashanu is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Football Players
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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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