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The Best Soccer Players of the '90s 

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Updated May 10, 2020 165.5k votes 13.9k voters 134.3k views 203 items

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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Peter Schmeichel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Goalkeeper from Gladsaxe Municipality, Denmark

Nationality: Poland, Denmark

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Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Midfielder from Marseille, France

Nationality: France

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3
Alessandro Del Piero is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Forward from Conegliano, Italy

Nationality: Italy

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#609 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #56 of 1,419 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #154 of 343 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

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Roberto Baggio is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Forward and Midfielder from Caldogno, Italy

Nationality: Italy

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5
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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7
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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#801 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #38 of 1,419 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #9 of 49 The Best Real Madrid Midfielders Of All Time

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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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10
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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11
Gabriel Batistuta is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
12
Salvatore Schillaci is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Forward from Palermo, Italy

Nationality: Italy

13
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

14
Romário is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Forward from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Nationality: Brazil

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15
Ryan Giggs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Forward and Midfielder from Cardiff, United Kingdom

Nationality: Wales

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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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17
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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18
Gheorghe Hagi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
19
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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Jari Litmanen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Forward and Midfielder from Lahti, Finland

Nationality: Finland

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21
Alan Shearer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Forward from Gosforth, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

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22
Paul Scholes is listed (or ranked) 22 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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#1,836 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #60 of 1,419 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #10 of 262 The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom

23
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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#80 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #52 of 1,419 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #55 of 464 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

24
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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25
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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