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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
37,435 33,285
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pelé Forward, Midfielder

2
53,787 31,430
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Lionel Messi Forward

3
35,509 21,547
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Diego Maradona Forward, Midfielder

4
10,897 15,002
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

5
9,179 12,759
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Paolo Maldini Defender

6
22,470 14,623
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Johan Cruyff Forward, Midfielder

7
8,656 7,400
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

8
22,371 16,985
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franz Beckenbauer Defender, Sweeper

9
29,079 17,478
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

10
7,801 6,793
Zico is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Zico Playmaker, Midfielder

11
6,451 5,358
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ferenc Puskás Forward, Inside forward

12
7,633 6,574
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Garrincha Right Wing, Midfielder

13
12,264 9,181
George Best is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Best Midfielder

14
9,113 9,169
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Kaká Midfielder

The Best Current Soccer Players

15
5,979 5,053
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Eusébio Forward

16
4,611 6,123
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ruud Gullit Defender, Forward, Midfielder

17
28,093 18,562
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldo Forward

18
2,935 4,078
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franco Baresi Defender

19
34,144 22,777
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cristiano Ronaldo Forward, Midfielder

20
1,661 2,821
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Giuseppe Meazza Forward, Inside forward

21
29,819 22,737
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Zinedine Zidane Midfielder

The Best Athletes of All Time

22
11,859 6,203
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianluigi Buffon Goalkeeper

23
1,482 2,131
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianni Rivera Midfielder

24
2,271 2,820
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Weah Forward

25
2,028 2,434
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Frank Rijkaard Defender, Midfielder

26
5,390 4,084
Romário is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Romário Forward

27
2,532 2,947
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

28
1,844 1,734
Roberto Rivelino is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Rivelino Midfielder

The Best Soccer Players of the '90s

29
10,041 6,418
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrea Pirlo Midfielder

30
977 1,134
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Tostão Winger, Forward, Midfielder

31
915 918
Didi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Didi Midfielder

32
684 906
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
998 1,629
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Donadoni Midfielder

34
2,202 2,156
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Clarence Seedorf Midfielder

35
602 723
Gérson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gérson Playmaker, Midfielder

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36
967 930
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

37
677 806
Vavá is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Vavá Forward

38
2,894 2,063
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cafu Defender

39
665 810
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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
534 656
Djalma Santos is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Djalma Santos Defender

41
9,477 5,624
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

42
1,093 1,234
Paulo Roberto Falcão is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

The Sexiest Female Soccer Players

43
11,751 7,868
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrés Iniesta Midfielder

44
10,358 7,077
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Xavi Midfielder

45
557 676
Sandro Mazzola is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Sandro Mazzola Forward, Inside forward, Midfielder

46
7,292 5,005
Gerd Müller is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gerd Müller Forward

47
3,018 1,971
Lev Yashin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Lev Yashin Goalkeeper

48
4,837 3,764
Roberto Baggio is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Baggio Forward, Midfielder

49
8,391 6,011
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Carlos Defender, Midfielder

50
768 956
Kevin Keegan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Kevin Keegan Forward, Center Forward, Midfielder