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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
124,319 95,652
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pelé Forward, Midfielder

2
171,453 93,639
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Lionel Messi Forward

3
22,576 35,149
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Paolo Maldini Defender

4
152,054 72,869
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cristiano Ronaldo Forward, Midfielder

5
112,020 52,090
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

6
98,715 55,288
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Diego Maradona Forward, Midfielder

7
87,014 45,924
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldo Forward

8
83,429 49,570
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Zinedine Zidane Midfielder

9
48,635 48,045
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Kaká Midfielder

10
19,544 33,182
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

11
39,000 25,508
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Johan Cruyff Forward, Midfielder

12
13,445 21,967
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ruud Gullit Defender, Forward, Midfielder

13
38,474 17,567
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrés Iniesta Midfielder

14
17,153 16,987
Zico is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Zico Playmaker, Midfielder

15
7,035 10,217
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Weah Forward

16
31,033 25,896
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franz Beckenbauer Defender, Sweeper

17
29,160 12,550
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianluigi Buffon Goalkeeper

18
31,721 14,607
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
David Beckham Midfielder

19
25,944 14,728
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrea Pirlo Midfielder

20
21,045 17,444
George Best is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Best Midfielder

21
25,844 12,454
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Xavi Midfielder

22
18,986 8,902
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Carlos Defender, Midfielder

23
14,161 14,526
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

24
31,332 13,699
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

25
11,663 12,668
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Garrincha Right Wing, Midfielder

26
10,238 10,611
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Eusébio Forward

27
3,105 7,860
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Giuseppe Meazza Forward, Inside forward

28
4,664 9,200
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franco Baresi Defender

29
22,819 12,116
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Thierry Henry Forward, Midfielder

30
43,555 17,388
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Neymar Forward

31
12,014 4,946
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Carles Puyol Defender

32
10,765 11,103
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ferenc Puskás Forward, Inside forward

33
5,529 8,013
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

34
9,509 3,860
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Luka Modrić Midfielder

35
5,101 5,722
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

36
3,907 6,444
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Frank Rijkaard Defender, Midfielder

37
2,775 6,028
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianni Rivera Midfielder

38
10,970 5,146
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Manuel Neuer Goalkeeper

39
9,189 4,361
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Sergio Ramos Defender, Midfielder

40
9,758 4,655
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Gareth Bale Forward, Midfielder

41
8,644 7,619
Romário is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Romário Forward

42
7,841 3,544
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Arminius added Toni Kroos Midfielder

43
6,623 4,691
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cafu Defender

44
4,119 5,279
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Clarence Seedorf Midfielder

45
8,153 5,120
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Raúl Forward, Midfielder

46
2,827 4,042
Didi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Didi Midfielder

47
1,703 4,879
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Donadoni Midfielder

48
10,515 5,999
Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Steven Gerrard Midfielder

49
2,292 988
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pund888 added Eden Hazard Midfielder

50
9,346 4,567
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