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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.

1
122.385 93.196
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pelé Forward, Midfielder

2
168.187 91.389
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Lionel Messi Forward

3
149.106 70.762
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cristiano Ronaldo Forward, Midfielder

4
110.019 50.559
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

5
96.417 54.367
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Diego Maradona Forward, Midfielder

6
81.772 48.365
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Zinedine Zidane Midfielder

7
85.329 44.766
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldo Forward

8
47.784 46.486
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Kaká Midfielder

9
21.788 33.563
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Paolo Maldini Defender

10
18.952 32.523
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

11
37.472 17.044
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrés Iniesta Midfielder

12
13.010 21.257
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ruud Gullit Defender, Forward, Midfielder

13
30.935 13.726
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
David Beckham Midfielder

14
37.916 25.167
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Johan Cruyff Forward, Midfielder

The Best Current Soccer Players

15
25.123 12.058
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Xavi Midfielder

16
25.348 14.351
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrea Pirlo Midfielder

17
28.336 12.212
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianluigi Buffon Goalkeeper

18
16.647 16.524
Zico is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Zico Playmaker, Midfielder

19
18.354 8.598
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Carlos Defender, Midfielder

20
30.601 13.175
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

21
20.617 17.077
George Best is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Best Midfielder

The Best Athletes of All Time

22
30.360 25.577
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franz Beckenbauer Defender, Sweeper

23
6.734 9.749
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Weah Forward

24
11.555 4.626
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Carles Puyol Defender

25
22.245 11.782
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Thierry Henry Forward, Midfielder

26
42.876 16.769
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Neymar Forward

27
13.764 14.187
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

28
8.835 3.556
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Luka Modrić Midfielder

Coolest Soccer Players

29
2.964 7.478
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Giuseppe Meazza Forward, Inside forward

30
10.461 10.826
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ferenc Puskás Forward, Inside forward

31
5.337 7.676
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

32
11.361 12.342
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Garrincha Right Wing, Midfielder

33
9.778 10.404
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Eusébio Forward

34
4.511 8.843
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franco Baresi Defender

35
4.945 5.402
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

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36
8.865 3.983
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Sergio Ramos Defender, Midfielder

37
10.617 4.858
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Manuel Neuer Goalkeeper

38
9.382 4.362
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Gareth Bale Forward, Midfielder

39
7.469 3.276
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Arminius added Toni Kroos Midfielder

40
3.741 6.175
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Frank Rijkaard Defender, Midfielder

41
2.659 5.776
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianni Rivera Midfielder

42
8.376 7.441
Romário is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Romário Forward

The Sexiest Female Soccer Players

43
6.352 4.531
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cafu Defender

44
3.960 5.083
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Clarence Seedorf Midfielder

45
7.915 4.964
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Raúl Forward, Midfielder

46
2.700 3.845
Didi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Didi Midfielder

47
1.624 4.655
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Donadoni Midfielder

48
5.057 2.396
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Thiago Silva Defender, Midfielder

49
8.986 4.337
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
QusaiK.Morbiwalla added Luis Suárez Winger, Forward, Midfielder

50
10.217 5.828
Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Steven Gerrard Midfielder