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List Rules Any current or former professional soccer players from around the world are eligible.

List of the greatest soccer players of all time is ranked by soccer (football) 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 who deserve to be in the top 10 in football history.

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1
37,233 33,076
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pelé Forward, Midfielder

2
53,474 31,252
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Lionel Messi Forward

3
35,305 21,439
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Diego Maradona Forward, Midfielder

4
9,115 12,623
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Paolo Maldini Defender

5
10,834 14,841
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

6
8,602 7,324
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

7
7,749 6,724
Zico is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Zico Playmaker, Midfielder

8
6,404 5,294
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ferenc Puskás Forward, Inside forward

9
7,582 6,501
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Garrincha Right Wing, Midfielder

10
22,360 14,530
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Johan Cruyff Forward, Midfielder

11
22,309 16,903
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franz Beckenbauer Defender, Sweeper

12
4,580 6,025
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ruud Gullit Defender, Forward, Midfielder

13
12,211 9,129
George Best is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Best Midfielder

14
28,930 17,388
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

The Best Current Soccer Players

15
9,043 9,047
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Kaká Midfielder

16
5,942 4,997
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Eusébio Forward

17
27,977 18,485
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldo Forward

18
2,913 4,017
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franco Baresi Defender

19
1,643 2,757
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Giuseppe Meazza Forward, Inside forward

20
33,935 22,666
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cristiano Ronaldo Forward, Midfielder

21
29,695 22,714
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Zinedine Zidane Midfielder

The Best Athletes of All Time

22
1,472 2,105
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianni Rivera Midfielder

23
2,252 2,784
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Weah Forward

24
2,009 2,400
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Frank Rijkaard Defender, Midfielder

25
2,511 2,908
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

26
5,368 4,062
Romário is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Romário Forward

27
966 1,116
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Tostão Winger, Forward, Midfielder

28
904 894
Didi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Didi Midfielder

The Best Soccer Players of the '90s

29
990 1,571
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Donadoni Midfielder

30
1,831 1,718
Roberto Rivelino is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Rivelino Midfielder

31
11,770 6,189
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianluigi Buffon Goalkeeper

32
681 887
Juan Alberto Schiaffino is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Juan Alberto Schiaffino Forward, Inside forward

33
9,963 6,403
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrea Pirlo Midfielder

34
2,190 2,139
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Clarence Seedorf Midfielder

35
597 707
Gérson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gérson Playmaker, Midfielder

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36
957 914
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

37
674 791
Vavá is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Vavá Forward

38
528 643
Djalma Santos is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Djalma Santos Defender

39
659 798
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zanzarlad added Luigi Riva Forward - One of the top Italian players of all times, hard to believe he is not on the list,Italians should be ashamed for this ,you idiots!!!

40
2,867 2,053
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cafu Defender

41
1,087 1,218
Paulo Roberto Falcão is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

42
9,428 5,610
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

The Sexiest Female Soccer Players

43
11,698 7,862
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrés Iniesta Midfielder

44
555 662
Sandro Mazzola is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Sandro Mazzola Forward, Inside forward, Midfielder

45
10,320 7,069
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Xavi Midfielder

46
7,272 4,997
Gerd Müller is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gerd Müller Forward

47
3,006 1,961
Lev Yashin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Lev Yashin Goalkeeper

48
4,814 3,758
Roberto Baggio is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Baggio Forward, Midfielder

49
8,366 6,004
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Carlos Defender, Midfielder

50
1,178 1,037
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Forward, Midfielder