The Greatest Soccer Players of All Time Football Players (Soccer)
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The Greatest Soccer Players of All Time

List Criteria: Any current or former professional soccer players from around the world are eligible.

This list focuses on the 'best' and 'greatest' players based on team achievements, individual awards and impact on the game. Making a list there is always some bias, therefore there will never the ultimate list, but after 20+ years watching the game this is my conclusion of what I believe are truly the 50 best players the world has witnessed. It is very hard to rank players in different positions at different eras, therefore impact and influence as well as popularity played a bigger role when deciding. Also no "if's'' were applied, merely what the players did on the pitch during their careers was put into consideration.

note: Talent and individual ability is not as important since 'all' players in this list share outstanding talent and ability in different areas and different ways.
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  1. 1
    Forward More
    #3 on the original list
    The Best soccer player the world has ever seen and will probably ever see
  2. 2
    Forward, Midfielder More
    #2 on the original list
    Most successful footballer ever
  3. 3
    Forward, Midfielder More
    #4 on the original list
    Bigger heart than any other player
  4. 4
    Midfielder More
    #1 on the original list
    Greatest midfielder ever, team leader, superb technical ability, and a gifted mind at reading ... more
  5. 5
    Forward, Midfielder More
    #9 on the original list
    The Creator of “total football”
  6. 6
    Forward More
    #5 on the original list
    Best Striker Ever
  7. 7
    Defender, Sweeper More
    #8 on the original list
    Perhaps the most important German player to date,  Beckenbauer R evolutionized the role ... more
  8. 8
    Midfielder More
    #28 on the original list
  9. 9
    Right Wing, Midfielder More
    #41 on the original list
    One of the most underrated and badly marketed players ever. Garrincha's ability will never be ... more
  10. 10
    #20 on the original list
  11. 11
    Forward More
    #13 on the original list
  12. 12
    Forward, Midfielder More
    #7 on the original list
    Seen as the most complete player of the modern era, CR7 is a pure athlete
  13. 13
    Forward, Midfielder More
    #6 on the original list
    Had arguably two of the best years the game has seen, but lacked consistency. The first true ... more
  14. 14
    Forward, Inside forward More
    #22 on the original list
  15. 15
    Forward More
    #18 on the original list
  16. 16
    Forward More
    #34 on the original list
  17. 17
    Midfielder More
    #15 on the original list
    The brain of arguably the greatest barcelona & spanish team.
  18. 18
    Midfielder More
    #12 on the original list
    Some say Maradona: Good, Pele: Better, Geroge: Best
  19. 19
    Playmaker, Midfielder More
    #16 on the original list
  20. 20
    Midfielder More
    #14 on the original list
    Scored the goal in the final for the first Spanish World Cup, Best player in Euro 2012, key ... more
  21. 21
    Defender More
    #21 on the original list
  22. 22
    Defender More
    #60 on the original list
  23. 23
    Goalkeeper More
    #52 on the original list
  24. 24
    Forward, Midfielder More
    #32 on the original list
  25. 25
    Forward, Midfielder More
    #66 on the original list

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