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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.

1
123,338 94,160
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pelé Forward, Midfielder

2
169,584 92,307
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Lionel Messi Forward

3
150,508 71,533
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cristiano Ronaldo Forward, Midfielder

4
110,978 51,121
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

5
97,355 54,833
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Diego Maradona Forward, Midfielder

6
86,140 45,152
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldo Forward

7
82,556 48,837
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Zinedine Zidane Midfielder

8
48,239 47,111
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Kaká Midfielder

9
22,134 33,879
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Paolo Maldini Defender

10
19,231 32,804
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

11
13,240 21,565
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ruud Gullit Defender, Forward, Midfielder

12
37,969 17,272
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrés Iniesta Midfielder

13
31,330 14,130
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
David Beckham Midfielder

14
38,386 25,344
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Johan Cruyff Forward, Midfielder

The Best Current Soccer Players

15
16,919 16,704
Zico is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Zico Playmaker, Midfielder

16
25,489 12,248
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Xavi Midfielder

17
28,696 12,367
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianluigi Buffon Goalkeeper

18
25,610 14,538
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrea Pirlo Midfielder

19
18,666 8,716
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Carlos Defender, Midfielder

20
30,701 25,691
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franz Beckenbauer Defender, Sweeper

21
6,875 9,931
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Weah Forward

The Best Athletes of All Time

22
30,952 13,450
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

23
20,792 17,267
George Best is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Best Midfielder

24
22,512 11,943
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Thierry Henry Forward, Midfielder

25
13,949 14,351
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

26
11,802 4,756
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Carles Puyol Defender

27
43,231 17,071
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Neymar Forward

28
9,212 3,685
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Luka Modrić Midfielder

Coolest Soccer Players

29
9,995 10,486
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Eusébio Forward

30
10,601 10,967
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ferenc Puskás Forward, Inside forward

31
3,019 7,657
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Giuseppe Meazza Forward, Inside forward

32
11,493 12,487
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Garrincha Right Wing, Midfielder

33
5,414 7,856
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

34
4,567 9,002
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franco Baresi Defender

35
5,013 5,575
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

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36
9,027 4,173
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Sergio Ramos Defender, Midfielder

37
10,794 4,996
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Manuel Neuer Goalkeeper

38
3,809 6,310
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Frank Rijkaard Defender, Midfielder

39
7,673 3,404
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Arminius added Toni Kroos Midfielder

40
2,715 5,896
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianni Rivera Midfielder

41
8,514 7,528
Romário is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Romário Forward

42
9,563 4,519
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Gareth Bale Forward, Midfielder

The Sexiest Female Soccer Players

43
6,493 4,599
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cafu Defender

44
4,032 5,174
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Clarence Seedorf Midfielder

45
8,027 5,033
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Raúl Forward, Midfielder

46
2,769 3,935
Didi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Didi Midfielder

47
1,664 4,755
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Donadoni Midfielder

48
10,354 5,913
Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Steven Gerrard Midfielder

49
7,003 3,374
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
FrancisLanceDavid added Robert Lewandowski Forward

50
9,165 4,447
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
QusaiK.Morbiwalla added Luis Suárez Winger, Forward, Midfielder