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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
125,046 96,725
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

2
172,896 94,740
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Forward

3
22,885 36,303
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

4
153,278 73,881
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

5
99,757 55,557
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

6
112,780 52,826
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

7
87,615 46,495
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

8
84,035 50,111
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Midfielder

9
19,752 33,528
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

10
48,883 48,767
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

11
39,511 25,632
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

12
13,561 22,260
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Forward, Midfielder

13
17,340 17,207
Zico is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Playmaker, Midfielder

14
38,837 17,786
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

15
31,298 26,029
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Sweeper

16
14,363 14,668
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

17
26,162 14,911
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

18
21,274 17,602
George Best is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

19
11,819 12,803
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Right Wing, Midfielder

20
29,436 12,715
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

21
7,128 10,488
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

22
10,436 10,691
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

23
26,099 12,587
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

24
31,962 14,907
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

25
19,187 9,053
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

26
4,736 9,322
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

27
3,160 7,992
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

28
31,581 13,904
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

29
5,606 8,169
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

30
10,912 11,189
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

31
23,036 12,236
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

32
43,796 17,635
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

33
12,164 5,082
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

34
9,747 3,989
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

35
3,961 6,537
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

36
2,805 6,121
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

37
5,142 5,826
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

38
11,087 5,242
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

39
6,720 4,755
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

40
9,308 4,482
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

41
8,721 7,681
Romário is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

42
7,940 3,636
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Arminius added Midfielder

43
9,860 4,774
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Forward, Midfielder

44
2,870 4,118
Didi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

45
1,715 4,965
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

46
4,168 5,359
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

47
8,241 5,177
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

48
10,621 6,061
Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

49
2,436 1,063
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pund888 added Midfielder

50
9,482 4,652
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
QusaiK.Morbiwalla added Winger, Forward, Midfielder