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List of famous footballers, with photos, bios, and other information. Who are the top footballers in the world? This includes the most prominent and best footballers, living and dead, both in Europe and abroad. This list of notable footballers is ordered by their level of prominence, and you can sort the info by column.

Known as soccer players in America, some of the most popular footballers are also on the best soccer goalies of all time, the best current female soccer players, and the best Brazilian footballers.

Famous football players names include David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo, and of course, Lionel Messi. From reputable, prominent, and well known footballers to the lesser known footballers of today, these are the top best professionals in this field.

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Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Footballers
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Lionel Andrés "Leo" Messi Cuccittini is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team. He is a forward and serves as captain for Argentina. By the age of 21, Messi had received Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations. ...more

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Age: 28

Birthplace: Rosario, Argentina

Profession: Footballer

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#12 on Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

#3 on The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

#53 on The Funniest Professional Athletes

#4 on The Athletes That Millennials Love the Most

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David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Footballers
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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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Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Footballers
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Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, GOIH, known as Cristiano Ronaldo, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid C.F. and the Portugal national team. He is a forward and serves as captain for Portugal. By the age of 22, Ronaldo had received Ballon d'Or and FIFA ...more

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Age: 30

Birthplace: Santo António, Portugal

Profession: Footballer

Credits: Cristiano Ronaldo: World at His Feet, Ronaldo: Tested to the Limit, House Keeping, The New 7 Wonders of the World

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#47 on Celebrities Whose Lives You Want

#23 on Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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

#78 on The Funniest Professional Athletes

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Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Footballers
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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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Neymar is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Footballers
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Neymar


Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, commonly known as Neymar or Neymar Jr., is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona and is the captain for the Brazil national team. He plays as a forward or winger. At the age of 19, Neymar won the 2011 South American Footballer of ...more

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Age: 23

Birthplace: Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil

Profession: Footballer

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#11 on The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

#61 on The Athletes That Millennials Love the Most

#27 on The Best Hispanic Athletes

#8 on Coolest Soccer Players

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Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Footballers
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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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Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Footballers
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Zlatan Ibrahimović is a Swedish professional footballer who plays as a striker for French club Paris Saint-Germain and the Swedish national team for which he is captain. Ibrahimović started his career at Malmö FF in the late 1990s before being signed by Ajax, where made a name for himself under ...more

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Age: 34

Birthplace: Malmö Municipality, Sweden

Profession: Footballer

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

#55 on The Funniest Professional Athletes

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

#5 on Coolest Soccer Players

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Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Footballers
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Paolo Cesare Maldini is an Italian former footballer who played as a left back or central defender, being adept with either foot although naturally right-footed. He spent all 25 seasons of his career at Serie A club Milan, before retiring at the age of 41 in 2009, becoming a symbol and a legend of ...more

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Age: 47

Birthplace: Milan, Italy

Profession: Footballer

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#7 on The Best Athletes of All Time

#1 on The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

#1 on The Best Soccer Players of the '90s

#1 on Who is the Biggest AC Milan Legend?

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