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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.

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
126,396 98,114
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

2
176,461 96,632
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Forward

3
102,134 56,431
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

4
155,823 76,037
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

5
114,737 54,632
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

6
23,318 37,878
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

7
85,348 50,582
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Midfielder

8
20,105 34,672
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

9
89,182 47,601
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

10
40,594 25,947
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

11
49,345 49,419
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

12
17,677 17,642
Zico is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Playmaker, Midfielder

13
31,765 26,317
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Sweeper

14
10,831 10,938
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

15
12,076 13,149
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Right Wing, Midfielder

16
39,838 19,102
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

17
14,699 14,972
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

18
13,767 22,657
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Forward, Midfielder

19
26,692 15,301
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

20
21,670 17,884
George Best is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

21
11,185 11,374
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

22
4,893 9,577
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

23
7,271 10,792
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

24
5,755 8,423
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

25
26,776 13,611
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

26
3,272 8,243
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

27
32,674 16,224
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

28
30,173 14,250
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

29
4,081 6,730
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

30
32,372 15,400
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

31
19,772 10,116
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

32
23,708 13,100
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

33
2,897 6,306
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

34
44,475 19,922
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

35
5,258 6,034
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

36
10,845 5,111
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

37
12,708 6,297
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

38
6,980 4,962
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

39
2,937 4,268
Didi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

40
8,906 7,807
Romário is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

41
1,766 5,121
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

42
8,508 5,398
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

43
4,273 5,488
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

44
11,068 6,342
Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

45
11,494 6,295
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

46
7,285 4,316
Francesco Totti is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Playmaker, Forward, Midfielder

47
8,397 5,686
Ryan Giggs is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

48
9,527 5,925
Iker Casillas is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

49
7,366 4,648
Didier Drogba is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

50
10,272 5,814
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Forward, Midfielder