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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.

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
126,349 98,033
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

2
176,360 96,581
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Forward

3
102,077 56,383
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

4
155,750 75,979
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

5
114,675 54,599
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

6
23,299 37,826
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

7
20,088 34,622
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

8
85,300 50,548
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Midfielder

9
89,124 47,578
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

10
40,560 25,919
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

11
49,332 49,368
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

12
17,662 17,620
Zico is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Playmaker, Midfielder

13
31,747 26,302
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Sweeper

14
10,816 10,926
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

15
12,061 13,140
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Right Wing, Midfielder

16
39,813 19,092
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

17
14,681 14,966
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

18
13,761 22,645
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Forward, Midfielder

19
26,681 15,286
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

20
21,656 17,875
George Best is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

21
11,170 11,369
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

22
4,886 9,573
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

23
7,267 10,785
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

24
5,749 8,415
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

25
26,763 13,606
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

26
3,267 8,236
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

27
32,658 16,217
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

28
30,170 14,244
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

29
4,079 6,725
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

30
32,359 15,391
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

31
19,765 10,112
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

32
23,697 13,095
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

33
2,896 6,300
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

34
44,469 19,904
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

35
5,256 6,025
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

36
10,840 5,100
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

37
6,974 4,957
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

38
12,701 6,293
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

39
2,936 4,263
Didi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

40
8,900 7,803
Romário is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

41
1,765 5,115
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

42
8,498 5,394
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

43
4,271 5,482
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

44
11,060 6,337
Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

45
11,489 6,291
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

46
7,283 4,311
Francesco Totti is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Playmaker, Forward, Midfielder

47
8,390 5,680
Ryan Giggs is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

48
9,523 5,922
Iker Casillas is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

49
7,362 4,643
Didier Drogba is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

50
10,266 5,804
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Forward, Midfielder