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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
125,650 97,552
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

2
174,070 95,508
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Forward

3
19,967 34,057
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

4
23,146 37,333
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

5
100,580 55,945
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

6
154,125 74,638
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

7
113,384 53,435
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

8
88,126 46,710
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

9
84,543 50,317
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Midfielder

10
49,120 49,104
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

11
39,940 25,760
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

12
17,496 17,420
Zico is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Playmaker, Midfielder

13
13,679 22,494
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Forward, Midfielder

14
31,520 26,160
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Sweeper

15
11,962 12,972
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Right Wing, Midfielder

16
39,129 17,991
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

17
10,613 10,816
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

18
14,534 14,817
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

19
21,452 17,740
George Best is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

20
4,835 9,450
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

21
3,232 8,122
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

22
7,218 10,665
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

23
5,692 8,294
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

24
26,331 15,023
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

25
29,631 12,829
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

26
26,285 12,703
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

27
32,158 15,079
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

28
11,044 11,260
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

29
19,345 9,165
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

30
31,796 14,022
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

31
4,034 6,636
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

32
23,228 12,317
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

33
43,986 17,811
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

34
2,864 6,214
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

35
12,290 5,182
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

36
9,904 4,106
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

37
5,200 5,925
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

38
11,193 5,341
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

39
6,807 4,819
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

40
1,746 5,050
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

41
2,908 4,202
Didi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

42
9,423 4,593
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

43
8,043 3,733
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Arminius added Midfielder

44
9,970 4,893
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Forward, Midfielder

45
8,798 7,737
Romário is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

46
8,325 5,226
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

47
4,219 5,426
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

48
2,581 1,128
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pund888 added Midfielder

49
10,752 6,108
Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

50
9,622 4,734
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
QusaiK.Morbiwalla added Winger, Forward, Midfielder