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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
44,213 18,366
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

2
29,844 13,201
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

3
10,192 4,449
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

4
32,023 14,389
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

5
12,465 5,530
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

6
39,430 18,343
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

7
113,961 53,878
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

8
32,364 15,451
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

9
154,920 75,184
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

10
19,516 9,433
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

11
26,497 12,943
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

12
11,328 5,618
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

13
8,166 4,018
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Arminius added Midfielder

14
9,771 4,982
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
QusaiK.Morbiwalla added Winger, Forward, Midfielder

15
9,543 4,880
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

16
10,094 5,170
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Forward, Midfielder

17
88,602 47,009
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

18
7,458 3,859
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
FrancisLanceDavid added Forward

19
23,447 12,510
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

20
2,739 1,361
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pund888 added Midfielder

21
175,106 96,021
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Forward

22
101,202 56,201
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

23
5,501 2,921
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

24
26,483 15,124
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

25
5,900 3,264
Philipp Lahm is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

26
10,890 6,179
Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

27
84,954 50,463
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Midfielder

28
7,141 4,190
Francesco Totti is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Playmaker, Forward, Midfielder

29
7,146 4,381
Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

30
9,404 5,813
Iker Casillas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

31
40,285 25,844
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

32
7,261 4,532
Didier Drogba is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

33
8,397 5,302
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

34
5,244 3,263
Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

35
5,067 3,260
Samuel Eto'o is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

36
5,396 3,479
Arjen Robben is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Winger, Forward, Midfielder

37
4,363 2,843
Isco is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

38
2,441 1,552
Marcelo Vieira is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

39
8,284 5,607
Ryan Giggs is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

40
3,565 2,368
David Villa is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

41
4,155 2,791
Frank Lampard is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
talbotrr added Midfielder

42
3,783 2,558
Bastian Schweinsteiger is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Playmaker, Midfielder

43
2,776 1,884
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
AbdielJoseph added Forward

44
6,885 4,878
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

45
7,658 5,464
Luís Figo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

46
9,740 6,984
Gerd Müller is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

47
3,460 2,442
Hugo Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

48
3,504 2,490
Robin van Persie is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

49
3,314 2,352
Petr Čech is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Goalkeeper

50
5,457 3,980
Peter Schmeichel is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper