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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
125,069 96,750
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

2
172,950 94,755
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
153,312 73,895
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

5
99,766 55,567
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

6
112,799 52,830
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

7
87,629 46,496
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

8
84,048 50,108
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Midfielder

9
19,756 33,537
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

10
48,888 48,769
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

11
39,520 25,635
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

12
13,567 22,267
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Forward, Midfielder

13
17,342 17,212
Zico is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Playmaker, Midfielder

14
38,846 17,787
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

15
31,301 26,031
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Sweeper

16
14,366 14,670
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

17
26,169 14,913
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

18
21,276 17,605
George Best is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

19
11,821 12,807
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Right Wing, Midfielder

20
29,440 12,718
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

21
7,130 10,493
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

22
10,438 10,693
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

23
26,103 12,588
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

24
31,966 14,909
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

25
19,193 9,054
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

26
4,736 9,326
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

27
3,162 7,995
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

28
31,585 13,907
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

29
5,607 8,173
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

30
10,914 11,192
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

31
23,041 12,237
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

32
43,801 17,639
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

33
12,166 5,085
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

34
9,752 3,990
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

35
3,962 6,540
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

36
2,805 6,123
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

37
5,142 5,829
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

38
11,090 5,244
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

39
6,723 4,757
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

40
9,310 4,483
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

41
8,723 7,684
Romário is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

42
7,943 3,636
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Arminius added Midfielder

43
9,862 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 4,121
Didi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

45
1,716 4,966
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

46
4,169 5,360
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
10,625 6,061
Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

49
2,440 1,064
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pund888 added Midfielder

50
9,486 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