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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 who deserve to be in the top 10 in football history.

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1
35,364 31,409
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pelé Forward, Midfielder

2
50,824 29,815
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Lionel Messi Forward

3
33,587 20,527
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Diego Maradona Forward, Midfielder

4
10,332 13,782
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

5
8,569 11,653
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Paolo Maldini Defender

6
7,358 6,226
Zico is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Zico Playmaker, Midfielder

7
4,284 5,363
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ruud Gullit Defender, Forward, Midfielder

8
7,235 5,973
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Garrincha Right Wing, Midfielder

9
8,522 8,222
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Kaká Midfielder

10
8,190 6,816
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

11
21,453 13,788
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Johan Cruyff Forward, Midfielder

12
5,604 4,565
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Eusébio Forward

13
11,718 8,626
George Best is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Best Midfielder

14
6,071 4,873
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ferenc Puskás Forward, Inside forward

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15
21,786 16,294
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franz Beckenbauer Defender, Sweeper

16
27,553 16,508
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

17
26,919 17,951
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldo Forward

18
2,704 3,620
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franco Baresi Defender

19
1,503 2,424
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Giuseppe Meazza Forward, Inside forward

20
32,120 21,784
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cristiano Ronaldo Forward, Midfielder

21
28,681 22,467
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Zinedine Zidane Midfielder

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22
1,355 1,914
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianni Rivera Midfielder

23
2,083 2,548
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Weah Forward

24
905 1,354
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Donadoni Midfielder

25
1,859 2,192
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Frank Rijkaard Defender, Midfielder

26
798 751
Didi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Didi Midfielder

27
616 741
Juan Alberto Schiaffino is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Juan Alberto Schiaffino Forward, Inside forward

28
869 968
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Tostão Winger, Forward, Midfielder

The Best Soccer Players from Portugal

29
2,333 2,678
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

30
616 664
Vavá is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Vavá Forward

31
2,059 1,979
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Clarence Seedorf Midfielder

32
854 773
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

33
5,147 3,894
Romário is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Romário Forward

34
1,714 1,559
Roberto Rivelino is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Rivelino Midfielder

35
532 581
Gérson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gérson Playmaker, Midfielder

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36
9,486 6,214
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrea Pirlo Midfielder

37
11,212 6,000
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianluigi Buffon Goalkeeper

38
598 693
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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!!!

39
2,679 1,963
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cafu Defender

40
457 533
Djalma Santos is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Djalma Santos Defender

41
1,010 1,096
Paulo Roberto Falcão is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

42
9,050 5,434
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

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43
506 542
Sandro Mazzola is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Sandro Mazzola Forward, Inside forward, Midfielder

44
11,275 7,763
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrés Iniesta Midfielder

45
10,007 6,979
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Xavi Midfielder

46
7,083 4,943
Gerd Müller is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gerd Müller Forward

47
2,865 1,901
Lev Yashin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Lev Yashin Goalkeeper

48
704 832
Kevin Keegan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Kevin Keegan Forward, Center Forward, Midfielder

49
1,090 951
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Forward, Midfielder

50
4,661 3,690
Roberto Baggio is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Baggio Forward, Midfielder