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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
125,731 97,666
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

2
19,993 34,199
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

3
23,174 37,466
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

4
174,223 95,612
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Forward

5
100,682 56,008
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

6
154,245 74,733
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

7
113,465 53,517
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

8
88,189 46,752
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

9
84,616 50,348
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Midfielder

10
49,151 49,155
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

11
40,000 25,777
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

12
17,516 17,463
Zico is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Playmaker, Midfielder

13
13,697 22,525
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Forward, Midfielder

14
11,978 13,001
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Right Wing, Midfielder

15
31,551 26,185
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Sweeper

16
39,167 18,014
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

17
10,653 10,827
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

18
14,555 14,842
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

19
21,477 17,765
George Best is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

20
4,848 9,473
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

21
3,241 8,142
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

22
7,228 10,687
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

23
26,352 15,035
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

24
5,703 8,316
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

25
29,656 12,840
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

26
26,304 12,716
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

27
11,055 11,270
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

28
32,184 15,099
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

29
19,359 9,177
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

30
31,826 14,031
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

31
4,040 6,650
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

32
23,257 12,327
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

33
2,870 6,228
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

34
44,008 17,828
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

35
12,308 5,190
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

36
9,921 4,123
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

37
5,210 5,936
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

38
6,820 4,826
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

39
11,212 5,350
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

40
1,751 5,061
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

41
9,437 4,600
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

42
2,912 4,214
Didi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

43
8,055 3,742
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Arminius added Midfielder

44
9,989 4,903
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Forward, Midfielder

45
8,806 7,743
Romário is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

46
4,225 5,437
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

47
8,332 5,235
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

48
2,599 1,133
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pund888 added Midfielder

49
10,768 6,116
Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

50
9,636 4,742
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
QusaiK.Morbiwalla added Winger, Forward, Midfielder