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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
124,422 95,801
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pelé Forward, Midfielder

2
171,648 93,799
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Lionel Messi Forward

3
152,228 73,020
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cristiano Ronaldo Forward, Midfielder

4
22,608 35,302
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Paolo Maldini Defender

5
112,125 52,174
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

6
98,869 55,325
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Diego Maradona Forward, Midfielder

7
87,100 45,986
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldo Forward

8
83,523 49,625
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Zinedine Zidane Midfielder

9
48,672 48,131
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Kaká Midfielder

10
19,570 33,222
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

11
39,068 25,525
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Johan Cruyff Forward, Midfielder

12
13,462 22,001
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ruud Gullit Defender, Forward, Midfielder

13
38,526 17,588
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrés Iniesta Midfielder

14
17,175 17,012
Zico is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Zico Playmaker, Midfielder

15
7,050 10,244
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Weah Forward

16
31,067 25,907
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franz Beckenbauer Defender, Sweeper

17
29,186 12,566
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianluigi Buffon Goalkeeper

18
31,753 14,640
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
David Beckham Midfielder

19
25,970 14,741
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrea Pirlo Midfielder

20
21,077 17,457
George Best is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Best Midfielder

21
25,878 12,467
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Xavi Midfielder

22
19,011 8,914
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Carlos Defender, Midfielder

23
14,184 14,538
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

24
31,362 13,713
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

25
11,685 12,680
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Garrincha Right Wing, Midfielder

26
10,259 10,621
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Eusébio Forward

27
3,113 7,871
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Giuseppe Meazza Forward, Inside forward

28
4,672 9,210
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franco Baresi Defender

29
22,847 12,126
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Thierry Henry Forward, Midfielder

30
43,587 17,409
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Neymar Forward

31
10,788 11,110
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ferenc Puskás Forward, Inside forward

32
12,034 4,958
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Carles Puyol Defender

33
5,542 8,024
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

34
9,536 3,873
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Luka Modrić Midfielder

35
5,109 5,736
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

36
3,916 6,453
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Frank Rijkaard Defender, Midfielder

37
2,778 6,038
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianni Rivera Midfielder

38
10,981 5,161
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Manuel Neuer Goalkeeper

39
9,203 4,377
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Sergio Ramos Defender, Midfielder

40
9,772 4,668
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Gareth Bale Forward, Midfielder

41
8,657 7,626
Romário is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Romário Forward

42
6,637 4,697
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cafu Defender

43
7,854 3,554
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Arminius added Toni Kroos Midfielder

44
4,126 5,288
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Clarence Seedorf Midfielder

45
8,170 5,125
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Raúl Forward, Midfielder

46
2,834 4,050
Didi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Didi Midfielder

47
1,707 4,889
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Donadoni Midfielder

48
10,527 6,005
Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Steven Gerrard Midfielder

49
9,364 4,576
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
QusaiK.Morbiwalla added Luis Suárez Winger, Forward, Midfielder

50
2,304 996
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pund888 added Eden Hazard Midfielder