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The Best Soccer Players of the '90s

Updated May 10, 2020 151.9k votes 15.1k voters 146.8k views164 items

List RulesThey 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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  • 1
    3,210
    3,150

    Zinedine Zidane

    Midfielder

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  • 2
    3,406
    3,216

    Ronaldo

    Forward

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  • 3
    2,428
    2,428

    More Alessandro Del Piero 

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  • 4
    1,597
    1,889

    Thierry Henry

    Forward, Midfielder

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  • 5
    1,637
    2,141

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  • 6
    2,460
    2,954

    Roberto Baggio

    Forward, Midfielder

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  • 7
    2,526
    1,848

    More Peter Schmeichel 

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  • 8
    1,490
    1,796

    Roberto Carlos

    Defender, Midfielder

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  • 9
    950
    1,056

    Hristo Stoichkov

    Forward, Midfielder

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  • 10
    1,349
    1,874

    Romário

    Forward

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  • 11
    1,314
    438
  • 12
    1,204
    1,665

    Luís Figo

    Midfielder
  • 13
    1,314
    468
  • 14
    677
    645

    Pavel Nedvěd

    Midfielder
  • 15
    1,847
    1,188
  • 16
    1,004
    1,443

    Gheorghe Hagi

    Midfielder

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    #18 of 49 The Best Real Madrid Midfielders Of All Time#29 of 108 The Best Real Madrid Players Of All Time, Ranked

  • 17
    1,648
    1,234

    Ryan Giggs

    Forward, Midfielder

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  • 18
    1,123
    1,687

    Eric Cantona

    Forward, Midfielder

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  • 19
    5,248
    2,590

    Jari Litmanen

    Forward, Midfielder

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  • 20
    901
    1,339

    Raúl

    Forward, Midfielder

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  • 21
    927
    1,383

    Rivaldo

    Forward, Midfielder
  • 22
    609
    557

    Paul Scholes

    Midfielder

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    #11 of 1,058 The Best Soccer Players from England#9 of 26 The Best Athletes Who Wore #18

  • 23
    861
    1,305

    Lothar Matthäus

    Defender, Sweeper

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  • 24
    1,363
    171
  • 25
    1,816
    746

    Kari Laukkanen

    Goalkeeper