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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
62,315 50,049
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pelé Forward, Midfielder

2
86,336 48,316
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Lionel Messi Forward

3
67,373 34,002
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cristiano Ronaldo Forward, Midfielder

4
52,110 25,871
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

5
18,931 18,590
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Kaká Midfielder

6
52,291 32,614
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Diego Maradona Forward, Midfielder

7
44,309 26,100
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldo Forward

8
44,184 28,792
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Zinedine Zidane Midfielder

9
14,202 20,783
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Paolo Maldini Defender

10
14,502 5,699
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Neymar Forward

11
13,542 20,656
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

12
7,155 10,430
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ruud Gullit Defender, Forward, Midfielder

13
17,450 8,954
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrés Iniesta Midfielder

14
28,020 18,759
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Johan Cruyff Forward, Midfielder

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15
14,388 8,445
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrea Pirlo Midfielder

16
16,755 7,875
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianluigi Buffon Goalkeeper

17
10,772 10,094
Zico is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Zico Playmaker, Midfielder

18
25,294 20,430
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franz Beckenbauer Defender, Sweeper

19
15,220 12,106
George Best is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Best Midfielder

20
10,789 10,123
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

21
3,529 4,595
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
14,201 6,947
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

23
7,531 7,197
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Eusébio Forward

24
8,069 7,561
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ferenc Puskás Forward, Inside forward

25
9,298 9,065
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Garrincha Right Wing, Midfielder

26
3,529 4,458
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

27
13,703 7,748
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Xavi Midfielder

28
2,168 2,191
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

The Best Soccer Players from Spain

29
3,513 5,797
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franco Baresi Defender

30
2,092 4,265
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Giuseppe Meazza Forward, Inside forward

31
2,669 3,704
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Frank Rijkaard Defender, Midfielder

32
6,452 5,331
Romário is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Romário Forward

33
1,931 3,375
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianni Rivera Midfielder

34
10,635 6,386
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Carlos Defender, Midfielder

35
4,083 2,870
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cafu Defender

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36
1,611 1,931
Didi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Didi Midfielder

37
2,762 3,151
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Clarence Seedorf Midfielder

38
4,286 2,262
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Carles Puyol Defender

39
1,247 2,666
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Donadoni Midfielder

40
12,410 7,905
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
David Beckham Midfielder

41
14,994 10,168
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Thierry Henry Forward, Midfielder

42
2,287 2,691
Roberto Rivelino is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Rivelino Midfielder

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43
5,361 3,580
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Raúl Forward, Midfielder

44
5,228 2,942
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Manuel Neuer Goalkeeper

45
2,209 1,190
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Luka Modrić Midfielder

46
3,010 1,574
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
FrancisLanceDavid added Robert Lewandowski Forward

47
3,157 1,792
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Gareth Bale Forward, Midfielder

48
5,857 4,125
Ryan Giggs is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ryan Giggs Forward, Midfielder

49
8,083 5,634
Gerd Müller is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gerd Müller Forward

50
1,619 875
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Arminius added Toni Kroos Midfielder