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List Rules Any current or former professional soccer players from around the world are eligible.

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
59,423 48,016
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pelé Forward, Midfielder

2
82,466 46,322
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Lionel Messi Forward

3
63,486 32,117
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cristiano Ronaldo Forward, Midfielder

4
49,522 24,783
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

5
50,262 31,600
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Diego Maradona Forward, Midfielder

6
42,532 27,839
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Zinedine Zidane Midfielder

7
42,418 25,281
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldo Forward

8
17,607 17,313
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Kaká Midfielder

9
13,866 20,170
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Paolo Maldini Defender

10
13,139 5,193
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Neymar Forward

11
6,875 9,921
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ruud Gullit Defender, Forward, Midfielder

12
13,287 20,133
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

13
27,508 18,435
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Johan Cruyff Forward, Midfielder

14
13,870 8,144
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrea Pirlo Midfielder

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15
10,500 9,768
Zico is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Zico Playmaker, Midfielder

16
16,174 7,652
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianluigi Buffon Goalkeeper

17
16,597 8,720
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrés Iniesta Midfielder

18
25,008 20,165
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franz Beckenbauer Defender, Sweeper

19
14,893 11,857
George Best is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Best Midfielder

20
10,583 9,861
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

21
3,316 4,324
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Weah Forward

The Best Soccer Players from Australia

22
7,933 7,404
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ferenc Puskás Forward, Inside forward

23
9,172 8,896
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Garrincha Right Wing, Midfielder

24
7,380 7,033
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Eusébio Forward

25
13,602 6,769
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

26
3,407 4,298
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

27
2,016 2,030
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

28
3,456 5,648
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franco Baresi Defender

The Best Soccer Players from Spain

29
13,250 7,651
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Xavi Midfielder

30
2,037 4,132
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Giuseppe Meazza Forward, Inside forward

31
2,613 3,577
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Frank Rijkaard Defender, Midfielder

32
6,355 5,225
Romário is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Romário Forward

33
1,876 3,264
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianni Rivera Midfielder

34
1,555 1,830
Didi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Didi Midfielder

35
3,935 2,789
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cafu Defender

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36
10,326 6,350
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Carlos Defender, Midfielder

37
2,692 3,066
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Clarence Seedorf Midfielder

38
1,226 2,559
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Donadoni Midfielder

39
2,253 2,592
Roberto Rivelino is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Rivelino Midfielder

40
14,696 10,119
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Thierry Henry Forward, Midfielder

41
4,019 2,210
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Carles Puyol Defender

42
11,934 7,828
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
David Beckham Midfielder

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43
5,204 3,530
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Raúl Forward, Midfielder

44
4,985 2,866
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Manuel Neuer Goalkeeper

45
7,995 5,568
Gerd Müller is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gerd Müller Forward

46
2,784 1,482
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
FrancisLanceDavid added Robert Lewandowski Forward

47
5,727 4,061
Ryan Giggs is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ryan Giggs Forward, Midfielder

48
2,900 1,693
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Gareth Bale Forward, Midfielder

49
1,986 1,123
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Luka Modrić Midfielder

50
807 1,245
Djalma Santos is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Djalma Santos Defender