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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
44,200 18,310
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

2
29,832 13,167
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

3
10,179 4,414
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

4
32,012 14,356
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

5
12,454 5,506
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

6
39,411 18,327
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

7
113,931 53,866
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

8
32,353 15,425
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

9
154,890 75,165
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

10
19,507 9,419
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

11
26,482 12,932
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

12
11,323 5,595
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

13
8,160 4,002
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Arminius added Midfielder

14
9,535 4,865
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

15
9,759 4,969
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
QusaiK.Morbiwalla added Winger, Forward, Midfielder

16
10,086 5,153
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Forward, Midfielder

17
88,587 47,000
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

18
7,453 3,845
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
FrancisLanceDavid added Forward

19
23,437 12,500
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

20
2,730 1,348
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pund888 added Midfielder

21
175,060 96,010
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Forward

22
101,184 56,190
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

23
5,495 2,912
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

24
26,479 15,118
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

25
5,896 3,258
Philipp Lahm is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

26
10,884 6,171
Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

27
84,944 50,457
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Midfielder

28
7,139 4,185
Francesco Totti is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Playmaker, Forward, Midfielder

29
7,142 4,376
Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

30
9,402 5,809
Iker Casillas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

31
40,274 25,841
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

32
7,257 4,526
Didier Drogba is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

33
8,394 5,298
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

34
5,241 3,254
Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

35
5,063 3,253
Samuel Eto'o is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

36
5,393 3,473
Arjen Robben is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Winger, Forward, Midfielder

37
4,361 2,836
Isco is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

38
2,437 1,547
Marcelo Vieira is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

39
8,280 5,603
Ryan Giggs is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

40
3,563 2,361
David Villa is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

41
4,150 2,786
Frank Lampard is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
talbotrr added Midfielder

42
3,782 2,552
Bastian Schweinsteiger is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Playmaker, Midfielder

43
2,774 1,880
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
AbdielJoseph added Forward

44
6,880 4,876
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

45
7,655 5,460
Luís Figo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

46
9,737 6,980
Gerd Müller is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

47
3,458 2,440
Hugo Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

48
3,503 2,487
Robin van Persie is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

49
3,313 2,350
Petr Čech is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Goalkeeper

50
5,455 3,977
Peter Schmeichel is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper