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List Rules Any current or former professional soccer players from around the world are eligible.

Ranker Video The Best Soccer Players Of All Time

Whether you call it soccer or football, this extensive list of the greatest soccer players of all time is ranked by fans worldwide. Who are the best soccer players ever? The goal is to determine the greatest footballers to ever play the game. The list establishes individual rankings of specific soccer players and helps answer the question, "Who is the best soccer player in the world?" This list includes some of the most famous soccer players in the world, but fame doesn't necessarily determine talent.

Though many more people are exposed to top soccer players during major international events like the Olympics or the World Cup (or even UEFA's European tournaments), there are numerous soccer/football leagues around the world made up of thousands of professional athletes. Any of these good soccer players are eligible for the list, even if they are mainly well known in certain regions or nations. In America, other than that nation's own Major League Soccer league, the English Premier League and its athletes are most likely to be popular, recognizable, and familiar - though the marriage of David Beckham to Posh Spice makes all the people he plays with more recognizable to American fans.

Vote up the world's best soccer players in the world who deserve to be in the top 10 in football history.

1
123,332 94,160
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pelé Forward, Midfielder

2
169,576 92,305
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Lionel Messi Forward

3
150,502 71,532
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cristiano Ronaldo Forward, Midfielder

4
110,971 51,121
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

5
97,349 54,836
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Diego Maradona Forward, Midfielder

6
86,136 45,155
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldo Forward

7
82,551 48,839
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Zinedine Zidane Midfielder

8
48,232 47,112
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Kaká Midfielder

9
22,135 33,875
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Paolo Maldini Defender

10
19,232 32,801
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

11
13,240 21,563
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ruud Gullit Defender, Forward, Midfielder

12
37,967 17,270
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrés Iniesta Midfielder

13
31,324 14,132
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
David Beckham Midfielder

14
38,382 25,344
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Johan Cruyff Forward, Midfielder

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15
16,918 16,702
Zico is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Zico Playmaker, Midfielder

16
25,485 12,246
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Xavi Midfielder

17
28,689 12,367
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianluigi Buffon Goalkeeper

18
25,604 14,538
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrea Pirlo Midfielder

19
18,662 8,715
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Carlos Defender, Midfielder

20
30,698 25,690
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franz Beckenbauer Defender, Sweeper

21
6,875 9,927
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Weah Forward

The Best Soccer Players of the '90s

22
30,947 13,448
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

23
20,789 17,266
George Best is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Best Midfielder

24
22,508 11,942
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Thierry Henry Forward, Midfielder

25
13,949 14,349
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

26
11,798 4,756
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Carles Puyol Defender

27
43,228 17,069
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Neymar Forward

28
9,208 3,684
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Luka Modrić Midfielder

The Best Soccer Players from Australia

29
9,994 10,484
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Eusébio Forward

30
10,601 10,965
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ferenc Puskás Forward, Inside forward

31
3,019 7,655
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Giuseppe Meazza Forward, Inside forward

32
11,491 12,486
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Garrincha Right Wing, Midfielder

33
5,412 7,855
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

34
4,567 9,000
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franco Baresi Defender

35
5,012 5,574
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

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36
9,024 4,172
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Sergio Ramos Defender, Midfielder

37
10,792 4,994
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Manuel Neuer Goalkeeper

38
3,807 6,309
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Frank Rijkaard Defender, Midfielder

39
7,669 3,403
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Arminius added Toni Kroos Midfielder

40
2,715 5,894
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianni Rivera Midfielder

41
8,513 7,526
Romário is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Romário Forward

42
9,560 4,518
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Gareth Bale Forward, Midfielder

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6,492 4,597
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cafu Defender

44
4,031 5,173
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Clarence Seedorf Midfielder

45
8,025 5,032
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Raúl Forward, Midfielder

46
2,768 3,934
Didi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Didi Midfielder

47
1,663 4,753
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Donadoni Midfielder

48
10,351 5,913
Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Steven Gerrard Midfielder

49
7,002 3,372
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
FrancisLanceDavid added Robert Lewandowski Forward

50
9,163 4,446
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
QusaiK.Morbiwalla added Luis Suárez Winger, Forward, Midfielder