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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
125,689 97,610
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

2
174,146 95,562
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Forward

3
19,978 34,122
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

4
23,156 37,401
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

5
100,629 55,980
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

6
154,193 74,684
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

7
113,423 53,477
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

8
88,163 46,730
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

9
84,584 50,330
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Midfielder

10
49,135 49,130
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

11
39,975 25,769
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

12
17,506 17,444
Zico is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Playmaker, Midfielder

13
13,688 22,511
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Forward, Midfielder

14
31,537 26,173
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Sweeper

15
11,967 12,990
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Right Wing, Midfielder

16
39,149 18,003
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

17
10,634 10,822
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

18
14,544 14,832
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

19
21,467 17,755
George Best is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

20
4,842 9,463
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

21
3,236 8,136
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

22
7,223 10,680
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

23
5,698 8,310
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

24
26,345 15,031
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

25
29,648 12,835
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

26
26,300 12,709
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

27
32,178 15,092
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

28
11,052 11,267
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

29
19,356 9,172
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

30
31,814 14,029
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

31
4,036 6,646
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

32
23,246 12,321
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

33
44,001 17,821
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

34
2,868 6,223
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

35
12,302 5,185
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

36
9,916 4,114
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

37
5,206 5,932
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

38
11,206 5,347
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

39
6,815 4,824
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

40
1,749 5,059
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

41
2,910 4,212
Didi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

42
9,432 4,598
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

43
8,052 3,739
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Arminius added Midfielder

44
9,984 4,898
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Forward, Midfielder

45
8,802 7,743
Romário is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

46
4,221 5,435
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

47
8,329 5,233
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

48
2,596 1,131
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pund888 added Midfielder

49
10,764 6,113
Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

50
9,632 4,740
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
QusaiK.Morbiwalla added Winger, Forward, Midfielder