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

List of the greatest soccer players of all time is ranked by soccer (football) 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.

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1
37,385 33,235
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pelé Forward, Midfielder

2
53,698 31,394
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Lionel Messi Forward

3
35,458 21,519
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Diego Maradona Forward, Midfielder

4
10,881 14,971
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

5
22,443 14,606
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Johan Cruyff Forward, Midfielder

6
9,167 12,731
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Paolo Maldini Defender

7
8,647 7,379
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

8
6,442 5,342
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ferenc Puskás Forward, Inside forward

9
7,792 6,773
Zico is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Zico Playmaker, Midfielder

10
22,357 16,969
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franz Beckenbauer Defender, Sweeper

11
29,044 17,464
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

12
7,625 6,559
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Garrincha Right Wing, Midfielder

13
9,099 9,142
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Kaká Midfielder

14
12,250 9,169
George Best is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Best Midfielder

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15
5,971 5,040
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Eusébio Forward

16
4,609 6,107
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ruud Gullit Defender, Forward, Midfielder

17
28,058 18,553
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldo Forward

18
2,931 4,063
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franco Baresi Defender

19
1,659 2,803
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Giuseppe Meazza Forward, Inside forward

20
34,081 22,762
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cristiano Ronaldo Forward, Midfielder

21
29,791 22,728
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Zinedine Zidane Midfielder

The Best Current Female Soccer Players

22
11,851 6,198
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianluigi Buffon Goalkeeper

23
1,477 2,126
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianni Rivera Midfielder

24
2,529 2,938
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

25
2,027 2,425
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Frank Rijkaard Defender, Midfielder

26
2,265 2,814
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Weah Forward

27
5,383 4,077
Romário is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Romário Forward

28
1,842 1,728
Roberto Rivelino is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Rivelino Midfielder

The Best Female Soccer Players of All Time

29
975 1,130
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Tostão Winger, Forward, Midfielder

30
10,037 6,412
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrea Pirlo Midfielder

31
915 912
Didi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Didi Midfielder

32
683 902
Juan Alberto Schiaffino is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Juan Alberto Schiaffino Forward, Inside forward

33
996 1,624
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Donadoni Midfielder

34
2,200 2,151
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Clarence Seedorf Midfielder

35
601 720
Gérson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gérson Playmaker, Midfielder

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36
966 925
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

37
677 803
Vavá is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Vavá Forward

38
2,889 2,060
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cafu Defender

39
664 808
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zanzarlad added Luigi Riva Forward - One of the top Italian players of all times, hard to believe he is not on the list,Italians should be ashamed for this ,you idiots!!!

40
534 652
Djalma Santos is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Djalma Santos Defender

41
9,469 5,621
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

42
1,092 1,231
Paulo Roberto Falcão is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

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43
11,739 7,867
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrés Iniesta Midfielder

44
556 673
Sandro Mazzola is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Sandro Mazzola Forward, Inside forward, Midfielder

45
10,353 7,075
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Xavi Midfielder

46
7,289 5,002
Gerd Müller is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gerd Müller Forward

47
3,016 1,969
Lev Yashin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Lev Yashin Goalkeeper

48
4,832 3,762
Roberto Baggio is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Baggio Forward, Midfielder

49
8,387 6,009
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Carlos Defender, Midfielder

50
768 954
Kevin Keegan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Kevin Keegan Forward, Center Forward, Midfielder