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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
44,225 18,509
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

2
29,866 13,305
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

3
10,241 4,522
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

4
32,048 14,482
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

5
12,480 5,611
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

6
39,457 18,414
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

7
114,009 53,943
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

8
155,000 75,255
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

9
32,381 15,525
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

10
19,532 9,495
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

11
26,516 13,002
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

12
11,343 5,684
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

13
8,180 4,084
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Arminius added Midfielder

14
88,647 47,055
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

15
9,793 5,042
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
QusaiK.Morbiwalla added Winger, Forward, Midfielder

16
10,112 5,232
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Forward, Midfielder

17
9,550 4,948
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

18
23,469 12,562
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

19
175,210 96,067
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Forward

20
7,478 3,914
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
FrancisLanceDavid added Forward

21
101,264 56,212
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

22
2,759 1,414
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pund888 added Midfielder

23
5,507 2,973
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

24
26,494 15,142
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

25
10,903 6,193
Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

26
5,909 3,297
Philipp Lahm is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

27
84,979 50,471
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Midfielder

28
7,151 4,203
Francesco Totti is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Playmaker, Forward, Midfielder

29
9,414 5,823
Iker Casillas is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

30
7,154 4,395
Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

31
40,304 25,850
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

32
7,271 4,541
Didier Drogba is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

33
8,407 5,309
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

34
5,247 3,274
Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

35
5,073 3,267
Samuel Eto'o is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

36
5,402 3,487
Arjen Robben is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Winger, Forward, Midfielder

37
4,367 2,850
Isco is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

38
2,445 1,558
Marcelo Vieira is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

39
8,291 5,615
Ryan Giggs is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

40
3,571 2,375
David Villa is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

41
4,159 2,800
Frank Lampard is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
talbotrr added Midfielder

42
3,785 2,567
Bastian Schweinsteiger is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Playmaker, Midfielder

43
2,783 1,889
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
AbdielJoseph added Forward

44
6,890 4,883
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

45
7,665 5,469
Luís Figo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

46
9,745 6,989
Gerd Müller is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

47
3,463 2,447
Hugo Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

48
3,504 2,497
Robin van Persie is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

49
3,319 2,359
Petr Čech is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Goalkeeper

50
5,463 3,986
Peter Schmeichel is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper