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

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.

list ordered by

1
59,989 48,429
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pelé Forward, Midfielder

2
83,164 46,770
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Lionel Messi Forward

3
64,324 32,354
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cristiano Ronaldo Forward, Midfielder

4
50,019 24,946
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

5
17,862 17,553
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Kaká Midfielder

6
50,626 31,802
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Diego Maradona Forward, Midfielder

7
42,785 25,417
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldo Forward

8
42,840 28,022
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Zinedine Zidane Midfielder

9
13,934 20,290
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Paolo Maldini Defender

10
13,411 5,292
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Neymar Forward

11
6,926 10,011
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ruud Gullit Defender, Forward, Midfielder

12
13,339 20,211
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

13
27,605 18,485
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Johan Cruyff Forward, Midfielder

14
13,958 8,190
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrea Pirlo Midfielder

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15
16,276 7,693
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianluigi Buffon Goalkeeper

16
10,546 9,833
Zico is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Zico Playmaker, Midfielder

17
16,740 8,755
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrés Iniesta Midfielder

18
25,060 20,212
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franz Beckenbauer Defender, Sweeper

19
14,969 11,892
George Best is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Best Midfielder

20
10,619 9,909
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

21
3,356 4,377
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Weah Forward

The Best Soccer Players from Australia

22
7,962 7,433
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ferenc Puskás Forward, Inside forward

23
9,194 8,929
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Garrincha Right Wing, Midfielder

24
7,412 7,059
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Eusébio Forward

25
13,721 6,800
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

26
3,433 4,324
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

27
13,341 7,666
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Xavi Midfielder

28
3,467 5,678
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franco Baresi Defender

The Best Soccer Players from Spain

29
2,041 2,062
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

30
2,049 4,159
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Giuseppe Meazza Forward, Inside forward

31
2,625 3,602
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Frank Rijkaard Defender, Midfielder

32
6,369 5,247
Romário is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Romário Forward

33
1,884 3,289
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianni Rivera Midfielder

34
1,567 1,856
Didi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Didi Midfielder

35
3,966 2,802
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cafu Defender

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36
10,377 6,356
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Carlos Defender, Midfielder

37
2,710 3,079
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Clarence Seedorf Midfielder

38
1,231 2,579
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Donadoni Midfielder

39
2,260 2,608
Roberto Rivelino is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Rivelino Midfielder

40
4,071 2,215
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Carles Puyol Defender

41
14,760 10,124
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Thierry Henry Forward, Midfielder

42
12,022 7,842
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
David Beckham Midfielder

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43
5,232 3,539
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Raúl Forward, Midfielder

44
5,027 2,885
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Manuel Neuer Goalkeeper

45
2,822 1,500
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
FrancisLanceDavid added Robert Lewandowski Forward

46
5,760 4,070
Ryan Giggs is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ryan Giggs Forward, Midfielder

47
8,009 5,581
Gerd Müller is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gerd Müller Forward

48
2,945 1,709
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Gareth Bale Forward, Midfielder

49
2,024 1,133
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Luka Modrić Midfielder

50
1,480 806
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Arminius added Toni Kroos Midfielder