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

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
122,370 93,182
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pelé Forward, Midfielder

2
168,158 91,375
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Lionel Messi Forward

3
149,083 70,750
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cristiano Ronaldo Forward, Midfielder

4
110,002 50,549
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

5
81,753 48,364
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Zinedine Zidane Midfielder

6
96,402 54,359
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Diego Maradona Forward, Midfielder

7
85,318 44,760
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldo Forward

8
47,777 46,477
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Kaká Midfielder

9
21,784 33,561
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Paolo Maldini Defender

10
18,951 32,519
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

11
37,468 17,041
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrés Iniesta Midfielder

12
13,010 21,252
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ruud Gullit Defender, Forward, Midfielder

13
30,927 13,722
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
David Beckham Midfielder

14
37,909 25,166
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Johan Cruyff Forward, Midfielder

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15
25,123 12,054
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Xavi Midfielder

16
25,344 14,351
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrea Pirlo Midfielder

17
28,331 12,211
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianluigi Buffon Goalkeeper

18
16,644 16,522
Zico is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Zico Playmaker, Midfielder

19
18,352 8,597
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Carlos Defender, Midfielder

20
30,596 13,173
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

21
20,615 17,073
George Best is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Best Midfielder

The Best Soccer Players of the '90s

22
30,358 25,575
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franz Beckenbauer Defender, Sweeper

23
6,734 9,746
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Weah Forward

24
11,554 4,624
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Carles Puyol Defender

25
22,243 11,779
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Thierry Henry Forward, Midfielder

26
42,875 16,763
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Neymar Forward

27
13,763 14,185
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

28
8,831 3,555
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Luka Modrić Midfielder

The Best Soccer Players from Australia

29
2,963 7,475
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Giuseppe Meazza Forward, Inside forward

30
10,460 10,823
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ferenc Puskás Forward, Inside forward

31
5,335 7,675
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

32
11,360 12,339
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Garrincha Right Wing, Midfielder

33
9,775 10,403
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Eusébio Forward

34
4,511 8,840
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franco Baresi Defender

35
4,945 5,399
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

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36
8,862 3,982
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Sergio Ramos Defender, Midfielder

37
10,614 4,856
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Manuel Neuer Goalkeeper

38
9,379 4,361
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Gareth Bale Forward, Midfielder

39
7,468 3,274
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Arminius added Toni Kroos Midfielder

40
3,741 6,173
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Frank Rijkaard Defender, Midfielder

41
2,659 5,774
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianni Rivera Midfielder

42
8,376 7,439
Romário is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Romário Forward

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6,350 4,531
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cafu Defender

44
3,959 5,082
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Clarence Seedorf Midfielder

45
7,913 4,964
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Raúl Forward, Midfielder

46
2,699 3,844
Didi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Didi Midfielder

47
1,624 4,653
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Donadoni Midfielder

48
8,984 4,337
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
QusaiK.Morbiwalla added Luis Suárez Winger, Forward, Midfielder

49
5,055 2,395
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Thiago Silva Defender, Midfielder

50
10,215 5,826
Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Steven Gerrard Midfielder