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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
125,628 97,507
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

2
174,027 95,472
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Forward

3
23,129 37,296
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

4
19,956 34,023
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

5
154,096 74,606
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

6
100,541 55,934
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

7
113,366 53,403
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

8
88,106 46,696
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

9
84,525 50,309
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Midfielder

10
49,110 49,091
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

11
39,921 25,755
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

12
17,490 17,413
Zico is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Playmaker, Midfielder

13
13,675 22,487
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Forward, Midfielder

14
31,504 26,159
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Sweeper

15
39,108 17,987
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

16
11,953 12,968
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Right Wing, Midfielder

17
10,609 10,812
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

18
14,527 14,812
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

19
21,444 17,735
George Best is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

20
7,213 10,661
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

21
4,830 9,446
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

22
29,623 12,825
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

23
26,320 15,019
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

24
3,229 8,118
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

25
5,689 8,289
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

26
26,274 12,700
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

27
32,153 15,073
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

28
11,040 11,256
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

29
19,341 9,158
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

30
31,790 14,016
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

31
4,032 6,632
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

32
23,221 12,313
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

33
43,982 17,803
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

34
2,863 6,210
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

35
12,286 5,178
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

36
9,894 4,102
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

37
5,196 5,922
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

38
11,189 5,336
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

39
6,806 4,816
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

40
1,743 5,047
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

41
9,419 4,587
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

42
2,907 4,198
Didi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

43
8,037 3,732
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Arminius added Midfielder

44
9,965 4,889
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Forward, Midfielder

45
8,795 7,734
Romário is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

46
8,322 5,223
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

47
4,219 5,423
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

48
2,577 1,126
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pund888 added Midfielder

49
10,746 6,104
Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

50
9,615 4,730
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
QusaiK.Morbiwalla added Winger, Forward, Midfielder