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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
124,985 96,638
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

2
22,856 36,199
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

3
172,764 94,661
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Forward

4
153,185 73,791
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

5
112,712 52,770
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

6
99,669 55,534
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

7
87,563 46,454
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

8
83,984 50,073
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Midfielder

9
19,728 33,505
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

10
48,861 48,710
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

11
39,472 25,621
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

12
17,325 17,191
Zico is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Playmaker, Midfielder

13
13,548 22,241
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Forward, Midfielder

14
38,805 17,773
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

15
31,275 26,023
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Sweeper

16
14,347 14,657
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

17
7,117 10,475
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

18
21,258 17,594
George Best is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

19
26,151 14,893
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

20
29,412 12,702
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

21
11,803 12,793
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Right Wing, Midfielder

22
26,086 12,575
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

23
10,418 10,687
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

24
31,943 14,892
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

25
19,169 9,043
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

26
31,559 13,893
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

27
4,727 9,317
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

28
3,153 7,987
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

29
10,900 11,187
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

30
5,602 8,163
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

31
23,020 12,233
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

32
43,780 17,621
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

33
12,149 5,078
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

34
9,731 3,985
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

35
3,957 6,531
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

36
2,803 6,116
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

37
5,140 5,820
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

38
11,079 5,236
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

39
6,715 4,750
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

40
9,296 4,475
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

41
8,716 7,676
Romário is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

42
9,851 4,768
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Forward, Midfielder

43
7,933 3,632
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Arminius added Midfielder

44
2,865 4,115
Didi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

45
4,167 5,355
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

46
1,714 4,959
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

47
8,237 5,173
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

48
10,611 6,058
Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

49
9,475 4,645
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
QusaiK.Morbiwalla added Winger, Forward, Midfielder

50
2,424 1,059
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pund888 added Midfielder