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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
124,386 95,747
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pelé Forward, Midfielder

2
171,577 93,739
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Lionel Messi Forward

3
152,169 72,964
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cristiano Ronaldo Forward, Midfielder

4
22,603 35,251
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Paolo Maldini Defender

5
112,088 52,144
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

6
98,820 55,308
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Diego Maradona Forward, Midfielder

7
87,071 45,964
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldo Forward

8
83,489 49,609
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Zinedine Zidane Midfielder

9
48,661 48,098
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Kaká Midfielder

10
19,560 33,205
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

11
39,047 25,516
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Johan Cruyff Forward, Midfielder

12
13,458 21,986
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ruud Gullit Defender, Forward, Midfielder

13
38,509 17,576
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrés Iniesta Midfielder

14
17,170 17,000
Zico is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Zico Playmaker, Midfielder

15
7,045 10,232
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Weah Forward

16
31,057 25,901
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franz Beckenbauer Defender, Sweeper

17
29,178 12,558
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianluigi Buffon Goalkeeper

18
31,741 14,630
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
David Beckham Midfielder

19
25,963 14,735
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrea Pirlo Midfielder

20
21,066 17,451
George Best is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Best Midfielder

21
25,868 12,460
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Xavi Midfielder

22
19,006 8,910
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Carlos Defender, Midfielder

23
14,176 14,535
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

24
31,353 13,707
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

25
11,678 12,678
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Garrincha Right Wing, Midfielder

26
10,252 10,618
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Eusébio Forward

27
3,109 7,870
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Giuseppe Meazza Forward, Inside forward

28
4,668 9,208
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franco Baresi Defender

29
22,835 12,122
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Thierry Henry Forward, Midfielder

30
43,575 17,400
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Neymar Forward

31
10,780 11,108
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ferenc Puskás Forward, Inside forward

32
12,025 4,954
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Carles Puyol Defender

33
5,535 8,021
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

34
9,523 3,866
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Luka Modrić Midfielder

35
5,105 5,731
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

36
3,914 6,450
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Frank Rijkaard Defender, Midfielder

37
2,778 6,034
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianni Rivera Midfielder

38
10,978 5,154
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Manuel Neuer Goalkeeper

39
9,199 4,368
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Sergio Ramos Defender, Midfielder

40
9,765 4,663
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Gareth Bale Forward, Midfielder

41
8,655 7,625
Romário is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Romário Forward

42
6,633 4,696
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cafu Defender

43
7,849 3,549
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Arminius added Toni Kroos Midfielder

44
4,123 5,285
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Clarence Seedorf Midfielder

45
8,164 5,124
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Raúl Forward, Midfielder

46
2,832 4,048
Didi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Didi Midfielder

47
1,705 4,885
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Donadoni Midfielder

48
10,522 6,002
Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Steven Gerrard Midfielder

49
2,297 993
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pund888 added Eden Hazard Midfielder

50
9,357 4,572
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