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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
44,275 18,725
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

2
29,923 13,451
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

3
10,355 4,614
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

4
32,107 14,619
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

5
12,519 5,725
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

6
39,524 18,510
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

7
114,110 54,030
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

8
155,114 75,384
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

9
32,421 15,632
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

10
19,569 9,597
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

11
26,556 13,095
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

12
11,370 5,790
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

13
88,717 47,138
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

14
8,201 4,194
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Arminius added Midfielder

15
9,830 5,137
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
QusaiK.Morbiwalla added Winger, Forward, Midfielder

16
10,132 5,334
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Forward, Midfielder

17
23,500 12,651
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

18
175,417 96,140
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Forward

19
9,569 5,054
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

20
101,378 56,240
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

21
7,500 4,000
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
FrancisLanceDavid added Forward

22
2,791 1,482
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pund888 added Midfielder

23
26,515 15,164
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

24
5,520 3,032
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

25
10,925 6,214
Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

26
5,925 3,316
Philipp Lahm is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

27
85,030 50,477
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Midfielder

28
7,175 4,217
Francesco Totti is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Playmaker, Forward, Midfielder

29
9,430 5,836
Iker Casillas is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

30
7,171 4,412
Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

31
40,344 25,856
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

32
7,289 4,555
Didier Drogba is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

33
8,427 5,319
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

34
5,258 3,290
Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

35
5,085 3,280
Samuel Eto'o is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

36
5,414 3,502
Arjen Robben is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Winger, Forward, Midfielder

37
4,378 2,865
Isco is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

38
2,449 1,575
Marcelo Vieira is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

39
8,304 5,625
Ryan Giggs is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

40
3,581 2,385
David Villa is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

41
4,172 2,810
Frank Lampard is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
talbotrr added Midfielder

42
3,796 2,578
Bastian Schweinsteiger is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Playmaker, Midfielder

43
6,902 4,889
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

44
2,793 1,899
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
AbdielJoseph added Forward

45
9,761 6,995
Gerd Müller is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

46
7,676 5,478
Luís Figo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

47
3,470 2,458
Hugo Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

48
3,513 2,507
Robin van Persie is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

49
3,327 2,369
Petr Čech is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Goalkeeper

50
5,471 3,996
Peter Schmeichel is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper