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The Best Soccer Players of the '90s

Updated May 10, 2020 156.0k votes 14.9k voters 143.0k 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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  • Zinedine Zidane1
    3,265
    3,140

    Zinedine Zidane

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceMarseille, France

    NationalityFrance

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  • Ronaldo2
    3,421
    3,240

    Ronaldo

    Forward

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

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  • Dennis Bergkamp3
    1,670
    2,151

    BirthplaceAmsterdam, Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

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    #2 of 75 The Best Dutch Soccer Players from the Netherlands, Ranked#1 of 117 The Best Arsenal Players Of All Time

  • Roberto Baggio4
    2,555
    3,051

    Roberto Baggio

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceCaldogno, Italy

    NationalityItaly

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    #737 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time#8 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players

  • Alessandro Del Piero5
    2,539
    2,476

    BirthplaceConegliano, Italy

    NationalityItaly

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  • Thierry Henry6
    1,618
    1,905

    Thierry Henry

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceLes Ulis, France

    NationalityFrance

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  • Peter Schmeichel7
    2,582
    1,912

    BirthplaceGladsaxe Municipality, Denmark

    NationalityPoland, Denmark

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    #4 of 188 The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time#9 of 102 Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked

  • Roberto Carlos8
    1,514
    1,806

    Roberto Carlos

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceGarça, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

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  • Romário9
    1,355
    1,904

    Romário

    Forward

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

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    #7 of 138 The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time#10 of 21 The Best Short Male Athletes

  • Salvatore Schillaci10
    1,330
    413

    BirthplacePalermo, Italy

    NationalityItaly

  • Luís Figo11
    1,219
    1,696

    Luís Figo

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceLisbon, Portugal

    NationalityPortugal

  • Oleg Salenko12
    1,335
    458

    BirthplaceSaint Petersburg, Russia

    NationalityUkraine, Russia, Soviet Union

  • Pavel Nedvěd13
    688
    675

    Pavel Nedvěd

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceSeverozápad, Cheb, Czech Republic

    NationalityCzech Republic

  • Gabriel Batistuta14
    1,859
    1,228

    BirthplaceReconquista, Argentina

    NationalityArgentina

  • Hristo Stoichkov15
    841
    1,068

    Hristo Stoichkov

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplacePlovdiv, Yuzhen tsentralen, Bulgaria

    NationalityBulgaria

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    #62 of 1,294 The Best Soccer Players of All Time#1 of 114 The Best FC Barcelona Players Of All Time, Ranked

  • Gheorghe Hagi16
    1,015
    1,479

    Gheorghe Hagi

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceSăcele, Constanța, Romania

    NationalityRomania

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    #26 of 49 The Best Real Madrid Midfielders Of All Time#28 of 108 The Best Real Madrid Players Of All Time, Ranked

  • Ryan Giggs17
    1,669
    1,280

    Ryan Giggs

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceCardiff, United Kingdom

    NationalityWales

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    #12 of 200 The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom#12 of 15 The 15 Craziest Victims of the Streisand Effect

  • Jari Litmanen18
    5,304
    2,619

    Jari Litmanen

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceLahti, Finland

    NationalityFinland

  • Eric Cantona19
    1,136
    1,727

    Eric Cantona

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceEurope, Metropolitan France, France, Bouches-du-Rhône, Marseille

    NationalityFrance

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    #49 of 222 The Best French Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time#24 of 28 Famous Athletes Convicted of Assault

  • Rivaldo20
    933
    1,416

    Rivaldo

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplacePaulista, Brazil

    NationalityBrazil

  • Raúl21
    909
    1,375

    Raúl

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceMadrid, Spain

    NationalitySpain

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    #174 of 356 The Best Current Soccer Players#3 of 54 The Best Real Madrid Forwards Of All Time

  • Paul Scholes22
    622
    585

    Paul Scholes

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceSalford, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

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    #12 of 1,058 The Best Soccer Players from England#12 of 26 The Best Athletes Who Wore #18

  • Lothar Matthäus23
    865
    1,341

    Lothar Matthäus

    Defender, Sweeper

    BirthplaceErlangen, Germany

    NationalityWest Germany, Germany

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    #53 of 452 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time#9 of 31 The Best Bayern Munich Defenders Of All Time

  • Trifon Ivanov24
    1,378
    164

    BirthplaceVeliko Tarnovo, Severen tsentralen, Bulgaria

    NationalityBulgaria

  • Antti Sumiala25
    1,864
    754

    BirthplacePori, Finland

    NationalityFinland