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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
44,243 18,627
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

2
29,886 13,391
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

3
10,302 4,569
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

4
32,080 14,560
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

5
12,496 5,677
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

6
39,489 18,471
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

7
114,056 53,997
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

8
155,056 75,325
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

9
32,404 15,589
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

10
19,547 9,555
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

11
26,534 13,057
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

12
11,355 5,744
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

13
8,189 4,148
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Arminius added Midfielder

14
88,678 47,107
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

15
9,808 5,099
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
QusaiK.Morbiwalla added Winger, Forward, Midfielder

16
10,120 5,291
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Forward, Midfielder

17
9,558 5,009
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

18
23,481 12,617
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

19
175,298 96,113
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Forward

20
7,489 3,965
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
FrancisLanceDavid added Forward

21
101,328 56,223
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

22
2,775 1,455
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pund888 added Midfielder

23
5,511 3,021
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

24
26,503 15,151
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

25
5,916 3,305
Philipp Lahm is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

26
10,911 6,202
Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

27
85,005 50,476
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Midfielder

28
7,163 4,210
Francesco Totti is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Playmaker, Forward, Midfielder

29
9,421 5,830
Iker Casillas is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

30
7,160 4,404
Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

31
40,321 25,855
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

32
7,277 4,548
Didier Drogba is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

33
8,416 5,314
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

34
5,252 3,280
Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

35
5,078 3,274
Samuel Eto'o is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

36
5,407 3,493
Arjen Robben is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Winger, Forward, Midfielder

37
4,373 2,856
Isco is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

38
2,446 1,566
Marcelo Vieira is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

39
8,296 5,621
Ryan Giggs is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

40
3,576 2,379
David Villa is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

41
4,165 2,803
Frank Lampard is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
talbotrr added Midfielder

42
3,790 2,570
Bastian Schweinsteiger is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Playmaker, Midfielder

43
2,788 1,892
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
AbdielJoseph added Forward

44
6,894 4,886
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

45
9,752 6,992
Gerd Müller is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

46
7,668 5,474
Luís Figo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

47
3,464 2,452
Hugo Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

48
3,324 2,362
Petr Čech is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Goalkeeper

49
3,508 2,501
Robin van Persie is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

50
5,467 3,990
Peter Schmeichel is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper