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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.

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1
51,851 42,838
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pelé Forward, Midfielder

2
72,321 41,203
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Lionel Messi Forward

3
53,075 27,664
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cristiano Ronaldo Forward, Midfielder

4
42,168 22,352
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

5
44,891 28,777
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Diego Maradona Forward, Midfielder

6
37,595 25,499
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Zinedine Zidane Midfielder

7
37,266 23,029
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldo Forward

8
13,891 13,792
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Kaká Midfielder

9
12,877 18,530
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Paolo Maldini Defender

10
6,082 8,548
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ruud Gullit Defender, Forward, Midfielder

11
12,583 18,618
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

12
26,094 17,487
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Johan Cruyff Forward, Midfielder

13
14,063 11,079
George Best is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Best Midfielder

14
24,229 19,376
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franz Beckenbauer Defender, Sweeper

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15
9,648 8,939
Zico is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Zico Playmaker, Midfielder

16
12,422 7,465
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrea Pirlo Midfielder

17
14,612 7,120
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianluigi Buffon Goalkeeper

18
9,975 9,188
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

19
9,197 3,888
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Neymar Forward

20
7,493 6,863
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ferenc Puskás Forward, Inside forward

21
8,712 8,280
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Garrincha Right Wing, Midfielder

Coolest Soccer Players

22
7,036 6,564
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Eusébio Forward

23
2,940 3,767
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Weah Forward

24
14,562 8,317
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrés Iniesta Midfielder

25
3,097 3,847
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

26
11,941 6,315
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

27
3,319 5,239
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franco Baresi Defender

28
6,063 4,899
Romário is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Romário Forward

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29
1,910 3,722
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Giuseppe Meazza Forward, Inside forward

30
2,430 3,223
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Frank Rijkaard Defender, Midfielder

31
1,600 1,628
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

32
12,144 7,415
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Xavi Midfielder

33
1,740 2,909
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianni Rivera Midfielder

34
3,630 2,557
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cafu Defender

35
1,323 1,527
Didi is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Didi Midfielder

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36
2,558 2,806
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Clarence Seedorf Midfielder

37
1,163 2,275
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Donadoni Midfielder

38
2,134 2,349
Roberto Rivelino is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Rivelino Midfielder

39
9,611 6,228
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Carlos Defender, Midfielder

40
7,795 5,366
Gerd Müller is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gerd Müller Forward

41
13,923 9,967
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Thierry Henry Forward, Midfielder

42
4,811 3,371
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Raúl Forward, Midfielder

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43
1,112 1,742
Tostão is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Tostão Winger, Forward, Midfielder

44
5,390 3,866
Ryan Giggs is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ryan Giggs Forward, Midfielder

45
785 1,440
Juan Alberto Schiaffino is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Juan Alberto Schiaffino Forward, Inside forward

46
3,362 2,324
Lev Yashin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Lev Yashin Goalkeeper

47
5,169 4,082
Roberto Baggio is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Baggio Forward, Midfielder

48
744 1,226
Gérson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gérson Playmaker, Midfielder

49
1,271 1,722
Paulo Roberto Falcão is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

50
714 1,090
Djalma Santos is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Djalma Santos Defender