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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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Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
alyndavies added Forward and Midfielder from Lanús, Argentina

Nationality: Argentina

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#366 of 2,835 The Most Influential People of All Time #1 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #15 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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Alessandro Del Piero is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Forward from Conegliano, Italy

Nationality: Italy

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#56 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #616 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #153 of 343 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

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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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#32 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #810 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #29 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players

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Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
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Peter Schmeichel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Goalkeeper from Gladsaxe Municipality, Denmark

Nationality: Poland, Denmark

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#49 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #144 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #6 of 230 The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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Dennis Bergkamp is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Forward from Amsterdam, Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands

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#44 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #381 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #1 of 117 The Best Arsenal Players Of All Time

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Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 7 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) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Forward and Midfielder from Les Ulis, France

Nationality: France

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#16 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #1,130 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #1,470 of 1,471 The Greatest Minds of All Time

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Luís Figo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Midfielder from Lisbon, Portugal

Nationality: Portugal

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#38 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #801 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #8 of 49 The Best Real Madrid Midfielders Of All Time

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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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#98 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #991 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #1 of 107 The Best Soccer Players from Czech Republic

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Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Defender and Midfielder from Garça, Brazil

Nationality: Brazil, Spain

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#15 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #1,219 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #31 of 464 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

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Gabriel Batistuta is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Forward from Reconquista, Argentina

Nationality: Argentina

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#73 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #1,200 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #42 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players

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Ryan Giggs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Forward and Midfielder from Cardiff, United Kingdom

Nationality: Wales

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#24 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #1,285 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #103 of 154 Who's the Best Player in the Premier League?

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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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#33 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #348 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #8 of 136 The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

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Eric Cantona is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Forward and Midfielder from Marseille, France

Nationality: France

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#64 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #1,537 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #22 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players

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Hristo Stoichkov is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Forward and Midfielder from Plovdiv, Yuzhen tsentralen, Bulgaria

Nationality: Bulgaria

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Salvatore Schillaci is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Forward from Palermo, Italy

Nationality: Italy

18
Oleg Salenko is listed (or ranked) 18 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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#590 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #15 of 93 The Best Soccer Players from Russia

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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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#19 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #767 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #171 of 535 The Best Current Soccer Players

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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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Lothar Matthäus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Defender and Sweeper from Erlangen, Germany

Nationality: West Germany, Germany

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#51 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #114 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #55 of 464 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

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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: United Kingdom

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#93 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #1,672 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #108 of 154 Who's the Best Player in the Premier League?

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Rivaldo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Forward and Midfielder from Paulista, Brazil

Nationality: Brazil

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#50 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #1,302 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #121 of 343 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

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Oliver Kahn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of the '90s
Goalkeeper from Karlsruhe, Germany

Nationality: West Germany, Germany

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#58 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #218 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #5 of 230 The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time

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Paul Scholes is listed (or ranked) 25 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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#61 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #1,821 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #29 of 262 The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom