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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.

1
122,238 93,040
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pelé Forward, Midfielder

2
167,933 91,276
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Lionel Messi Forward

3
148,913 70,627
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cristiano Ronaldo Forward, Midfielder

4
109,855 50,491
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

5
81,635 48,312
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Zinedine Zidane Midfielder

6
96,269 54,308
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Diego Maradona Forward, Midfielder

7
85,215 44,723
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldo Forward

8
47,719 46,412
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Kaká Midfielder

9
21,758 33,522
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Paolo Maldini Defender

10
18,933 32,485
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

11
13,001 21,214
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ruud Gullit Defender, Forward, Midfielder

12
37,405 17,019
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrés Iniesta Midfielder

13
30,881 13,684
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
David Beckham Midfielder

14
37,852 25,152
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
25,309 14,332
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrea Pirlo Midfielder

16
25,080 12,039
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Xavi Midfielder

17
28,296 12,199
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianluigi Buffon Goalkeeper

18
16,625 16,503
Zico is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Zico Playmaker, Midfielder

19
18,327 8,582
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Carlos Defender, Midfielder

20
30,558 13,151
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

21
20,597 17,059
George Best is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Best Midfielder

The Best Soccer Players of the '90s

22
30,339 25,567
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franz Beckenbauer Defender, Sweeper

23
6,728 9,737
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Weah Forward

24
11,539 4,612
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Carles Puyol Defender

25
42,838 16,735
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Neymar Forward

26
22,219 11,773
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Thierry Henry Forward, Midfielder

27
13,744 14,178
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

28
8,799 3,542
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
2,961 7,467
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Giuseppe Meazza Forward, Inside forward

30
10,450 10,817
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ferenc Puskás Forward, Inside forward

31
5,327 7,666
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

32
11,349 12,333
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Garrincha Right Wing, Midfielder

33
9,766 10,398
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Eusébio Forward

34
4,508 8,833
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franco Baresi Defender

35
4,935 5,391
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

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36
8,852 3,960
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Sergio Ramos Defender, Midfielder

37
10,603 4,847
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Manuel Neuer Goalkeeper

38
9,361 4,345
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Gareth Bale Forward, Midfielder

39
7,456 3,262
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Arminius added Toni Kroos Midfielder

40
3,737 6,165
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Frank Rijkaard Defender, Midfielder

41
2,657 5,768
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianni Rivera Midfielder

42
8,368 7,434
Romário is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Romário Forward

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6,343 4,526
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cafu Defender

44
3,956 5,076
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Clarence Seedorf Midfielder

45
7,907 4,959
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Raúl Forward, Midfielder

46
2,698 3,838
Didi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Didi Midfielder

47
1,623 4,646
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Donadoni Midfielder

48
5,046 2,389
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Thiago Silva Defender, Midfielder

49
8,963 4,328
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
10,204 5,820
Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Steven Gerrard Midfielder