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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
125,066 96,752
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

2
172,941 94,756
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Forward

3
22,891 36,332
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

4
153,306 73,894
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

5
99,769 55,566
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

6
112,797 52,834
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

7
87,627 46,500
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

8
84,045 50,112
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Midfielder

9
19,755 33,536
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

10
48,887 48,772
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

11
39,519 25,634
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

12
13,566 22,266
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Forward, Midfielder

13
17,342 17,210
Zico is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Playmaker, Midfielder

14
38,844 17,787
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

15
31,300 26,031
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Sweeper

16
14,366 14,669
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

17
26,168 14,913
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

18
21,276 17,604
George Best is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

19
11,820 12,806
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Right Wing, Midfielder

20
29,440 12,717
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

21
7,130 10,491
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

22
10,438 10,692
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

23
26,102 12,588
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

24
31,965 14,909
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

25
19,192 9,054
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

26
4,736 9,325
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

27
3,162 7,994
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

28
31,584 13,907
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

29
5,607 8,172
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

30
10,913 11,192
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

31
23,039 12,237
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

32
43,799 17,638
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

33
12,164 5,085
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

34
9,750 3,990
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

35
3,962 6,539
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

36
2,805 6,122
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

37
5,142 5,828
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

38
11,089 5,244
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

39
6,723 4,756
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

40
9,309 4,483
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

41
8,723 7,683
Romário is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

42
7,942 3,636
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Arminius added Midfielder

43
9,861 4,775
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Forward, Midfielder

44
2,871 4,120
Didi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

45
1,716 4,965
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

46
4,169 5,359
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

47
8,242 5,177
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

48
10,624 6,061
Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

49
2,439 1,064
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pund888 added Midfielder

50
9,485 4,653
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
QusaiK.Morbiwalla added Winger, Forward, Midfielder