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The Best Soccer Players of the '90s 

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List Rules They must have played professional soccer in the 90s and are only ranked by how good they played in that era.

Who are the best soccer players of the ‘90s? Soccer is an beloved world sport with international stars such as Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, and Paolo Maldini. Even if you don’t follow the sport, you may have heard of these top soccer players of the ‘90s. But who do you think is the best soccer player between the years of 1990 to 2000?

If you enjoy watching soccer, then you definitely need to check out highlight reels and replays of some of these famous footballers. Even though some of them may be off the field now, the players on this list represent the best of that era. In fact, some of them could probably still beat active roster players on the field right now.

Who do you think is the best soccer player from that era? Vote up the ones you think deserve that top distinction or add player you think should be in contention for being among the top soccer players of the ‘90s.

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Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Midfielder from Marseille, France

Nationality: France

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Peter Schmeichel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Goalkeeper from Gladsaxe Municipality, Denmark

Nationality: Poland, Denmark

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Roberto Baggio is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Forward and Midfielder from Caldogno, Italy

Nationality: Italy

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Alessandro Del Piero is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Forward from Conegliano, Italy

Nationality: Italy

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Dennis Bergkamp is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Forward from Amsterdam, Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands

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Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Paul Nathan added Forward from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Nationality: Brazil

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Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Forward and Midfielder from Les Ulis, France

Nationality: France

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Luís Figo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Midfielder from Lisbon, Portugal

Nationality: Portugal

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Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Defender and Midfielder from Garça, Brazil

Nationality: Brazil, Spain

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Pavel Nedvěd is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Ari Aries added Midfielder from Severozápad, Cheb, Czech Republic

Nationality: Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia

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Salvatore Schillaci is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Forward from Palermo, Italy

Nationality: Italy

12
Gabriel Batistuta is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
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Oleg Salenko is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Derrick added Forward from Saint Petersburg, Russia

Nationality: Ukraine, Russia, Soviet Union

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Ryan Giggs is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Forward and Midfielder from Cardiff, United Kingdom

Nationality: Wales

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Romário is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Forward from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Nationality: Brazil

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Eric Cantona is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Forward and Midfielder from Marseille, France

Nationality: France

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Hristo Stoichkov is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Forward and Midfielder from Plovdiv, Yuzhen tsentralen, Bulgaria

Nationality: Bulgaria

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Jari Litmanen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Forward and Midfielder from Lahti, Finland

Nationality: Finland

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Raúl is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Forward and Midfielder from Madrid, Spain

Nationality: Spain

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Gheorghe Hagi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
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Paul Scholes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
bigcraig added Midfielder from Salford, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

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Alan Shearer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Forward from Gosforth, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

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Lothar Matthäus is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Defender and Sweeper from Erlangen, Germany

Nationality: West Germany, Germany

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Rivaldo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Forward and Midfielder from Paulista, Brazil

Nationality: Brazil

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Oliver Kahn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Goalkeeper from Karlsruhe, Germany

Nationality: West Germany, Germany

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