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List Rules Any current or former professional soccer players from around the world are eligible.

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
121.196 92.272
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pelé Forward, Midfielder

2
147.672 69.836
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cristiano Ronaldo Forward, Midfielder

3
166.501 90.558
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Lionel Messi Forward

4
108.960 50.104
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

5
84.550 44.425
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldo Forward

6
81.004 48.000
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Zinedine Zidane Midfielder

7
95.559 53.989
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Diego Maradona Forward, Midfielder

8
47.334 45.952
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Kaká Midfielder

9
21.608 33.324
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Paolo Maldini Defender

10
18.823 32.266
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

11
37.114 16.858
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrés Iniesta Midfielder

12
12.913 21.029
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ruud Gullit Defender, Forward, Midfielder

13
30.527 13.470
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
David Beckham Midfielder

14
37.637 25.049
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Johan Cruyff Forward, Midfielder

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15
25.147 14.221
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrea Pirlo Midfielder

16
24.881 11.946
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Xavi Midfielder

17
28.099 12.123
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianluigi Buffon Goalkeeper

18
16.506 16.399
Zico is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Zico Playmaker, Midfielder

19
18.166 8.504
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Carlos Defender, Midfielder

20
30.278 13.032
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

21
30.233 25.484
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franz Beckenbauer Defender, Sweeper

The Best Soccer Players of the '90s

22
20.499 16.987
George Best is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Best Midfielder

23
6.668 9.637
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Weah Forward

24
11.426 4.552
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Carles Puyol Defender

25
42.587 16.574
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Neymar Forward

26
22.071 11.721
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Thierry Henry Forward, Midfielder

27
13.681 14.127
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

28
8.579 3.498
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Luka Modrić Midfielder

The Best Soccer Players from Australia

29
2.944 7.413
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Giuseppe Meazza Forward, Inside forward

30
5.298 7.619
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

31
10.401 10.784
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ferenc Puskás Forward, Inside forward

32
9.724 10.357
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Eusébio Forward

33
11.289 12.294
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Garrincha Right Wing, Midfielder

34
4.495 8.788
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franco Baresi Defender

35
4.905 5.344
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

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36
8.760 3.894
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Sergio Ramos Defender, Midfielder

37
10.524 4.805
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Manuel Neuer Goalkeeper

38
9.269 4.297
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Gareth Bale Forward, Midfielder

39
7.366 3.220
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Arminius added Toni Kroos Midfielder

40
3.711 6.140
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Frank Rijkaard Defender, Midfielder

41
2.647 5.735
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianni Rivera Midfielder

42
8.331 7.412
Romário is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Romário Forward

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43
6.298 4.509
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cafu Defender

44
3.929 5.050
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Clarence Seedorf Midfielder

45
7.859 4.942
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Raúl Forward, Midfielder

46
2.680 3.813
Didi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Didi Midfielder

47
4.992 2.356
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Thiago Silva Defender, Midfielder

48
1.620 4.615
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Donadoni Midfielder

49
8.873 4.290
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
QusaiK.Morbiwalla added Luis Suárez Winger, Forward, Midfielder

50
6.795 3.271
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
FrancisLanceDavid added Robert Lewandowski Forward