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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
44,222 18,503
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

2
29,862 13,302
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

3
10,243 4,513
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

4
32,045 14,480
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

5
12,479 5,610
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

6
39,454 18,414
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

7
114,004 53,942
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

8
154,989 75,254
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

9
32,379 15,523
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

10
19,531 9,495
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

11
26,512 13,004
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

12
11,340 5,685
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

13
8,176 4,085
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Arminius added Midfielder

14
88,639 47,060
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

15
9,790 5,043
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
QusaiK.Morbiwalla added Winger, Forward, Midfielder

16
10,110 5,232
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Forward, Midfielder

17
9,549 4,948
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

18
23,467 12,565
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

19
175,194 96,068
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Forward

20
7,477 3,916
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
FrancisLanceDavid added Forward

21
101,264 56,211
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

22
2,757 1,417
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pund888 added Midfielder

23
5,505 2,976
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

24
26,493 15,139
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

25
5,908 3,299
Philipp Lahm is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

26
10,899 6,192
Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

27
84,977 50,470
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Midfielder

28
7,150 4,202
Francesco Totti is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Playmaker, Forward, Midfielder

29
7,154 4,393
Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

30
9,412 5,823
Iker Casillas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

31
40,301 25,849
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

32
7,269 4,541
Didier Drogba is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

33
8,405 5,309
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

34
5,247 3,274
Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

35
5,073 3,267
Samuel Eto'o is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

36
5,402 3,486
Arjen Robben is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Winger, Forward, Midfielder

37
4,366 2,849
Isco is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

38
2,444 1,558
Marcelo Vieira is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

39
8,291 5,614
Ryan Giggs is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

40
3,571 2,374
David Villa is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

41
4,158 2,799
Frank Lampard is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
talbotrr added Midfielder

42
3,785 2,566
Bastian Schweinsteiger is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Playmaker, Midfielder

43
2,782 1,889
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
AbdielJoseph added Forward

44
6,889 4,882
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

45
7,665 5,468
Luís Figo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

46
9,745 6,989
Gerd Müller is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

47
3,463 2,447
Hugo Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

48
3,504 2,497
Robin van Persie is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

49
3,319 2,359
Petr Čech is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Goalkeeper

50
5,463 3,986
Peter Schmeichel is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper