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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
125,113 96,799
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

2
22,906 36,396
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

3
173,038 94,803
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Forward

4
153,381 73,938
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

5
99,814 55,586
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

6
112,844 52,853
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

7
19,769 33,558
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

8
84,083 50,120
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Midfielder

9
87,664 46,514
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

10
48,904 48,795
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

11
39,546 25,648
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

12
13,574 22,290
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Forward, Midfielder

13
17,352 17,226
Zico is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Playmaker, Midfielder

14
38,865 17,802
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

15
31,316 26,042
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Sweeper

16
14,378 14,680
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

17
7,135 10,507
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

18
11,831 12,816
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Right Wing, Midfielder

19
10,449 10,704
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

20
21,290 17,613
George Best is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

21
26,177 14,925
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

22
29,449 12,730
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

23
26,113 12,598
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

24
31,978 14,920
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

25
19,203 9,060
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

26
3,164 8,004
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

27
4,737 9,336
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

28
31,597 13,914
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

29
5,611 8,182
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

30
10,922 11,199
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

31
23,053 12,241
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

32
43,815 17,650
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

33
12,175 5,090
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

34
9,760 3,998
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

35
3,965 6,548
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

36
2,805 6,134
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

37
5,146 5,837
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

38
11,097 5,251
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

39
6,730 4,763
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

40
9,318 4,491
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

41
8,734 7,689
Romário is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

42
9,869 4,784
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Forward, Midfielder

43
7,947 3,647
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Arminius added Midfielder

44
2,874 4,130
Didi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

45
1,716 4,977
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

46
4,170 5,370
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

47
8,247 5,183
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

48
10,635 6,066
Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

49
9,497 4,659
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
QusaiK.Morbiwalla added Winger, Forward, Midfielder

50
2,444 1,073
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pund888 added Midfielder