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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.

list ordered by

1
125,009 96,671
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

2
172,819 94,690
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Forward

3
22,865 36,249
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

4
153,226 73,825
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

5
99,703 55,540
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

6
112,740 52,790
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

7
87,583 46,473
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

8
84,001 50,089
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Midfielder

9
19,738 33,514
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

10
48,873 48,734
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

11
39,488 25,626
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

12
17,333 17,198
Zico is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Playmaker, Midfielder

13
13,553 22,249
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Forward, Midfielder

14
38,818 17,777
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

15
31,284 26,027
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Sweeper

16
14,350 14,663
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

17
21,266 17,596
George Best is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

18
7,122 10,480
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

19
26,155 14,898
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

20
29,422 12,707
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

21
11,805 12,798
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Right Wing, Midfielder

22
10,425 10,690
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

23
26,091 12,578
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

24
31,953 14,895
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

25
19,177 9,046
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

26
31,567 13,898
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

27
4,729 9,320
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

28
3,154 7,990
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

29
5,602 8,167
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

30
10,903 11,188
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

31
23,027 12,233
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

32
43,789 17,624
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

33
12,155 5,079
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

34
9,739 3,986
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

35
3,957 6,534
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

36
2,803 6,119
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

37
5,140 5,823
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

38
11,083 5,238
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

39
6,718 4,752
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

40
9,304 4,477
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

41
8,718 7,678
Romário is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

42
9,855 4,771
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Forward, Midfielder

43
7,936 3,634
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Arminius added Midfielder

44
2,866 4,117
Didi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

45
4,167 5,358
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

46
1,714 4,962
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

47
8,240 5,175
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

48
10,618 6,059
Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

49
2,431 1,061
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pund888 added Midfielder

50
9,481 4,647
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
QusaiK.Morbiwalla added Winger, Forward, Midfielder