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List Rules Any current or former professional soccer players from around the world are eligible.

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
61,921 49,786
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pelé Forward, Midfielder

2
85,882 47,965
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Lionel Messi Forward

3
51,768 25,672
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

4
66,794 33,833
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cristiano Ronaldo Forward, Midfielder

5
43,963 28,636
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Zinedine Zidane Midfielder

6
44,031 25,986
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldo Forward

7
51,993 32,496
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Diego Maradona Forward, Midfielder

8
18,759 18,383
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Kaká Midfielder

9
14,160 20,689
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Paolo Maldini Defender

10
14,311 5,635
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Neymar Forward

11
13,502 20,587
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

12
7,112 10,362
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ruud Gullit Defender, Forward, Midfielder

13
17,327 8,914
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrés Iniesta Midfielder

14
27,947 18,715
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Johan Cruyff Forward, Midfielder

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15
14,333 8,391
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrea Pirlo Midfielder

16
16,683 7,837
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianluigi Buffon Goalkeeper

17
10,729 10,047
Zico is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Zico Playmaker, Midfielder

18
15,172 12,070
George Best is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Best Midfielder

19
25,252 20,387
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franz Beckenbauer Defender, Sweeper

20
10,771 10,073
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

21
3,500 4,553
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Weah Forward

The Best Soccer Players from Australia

22
14,120 6,914
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

23
8,050 7,534
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ferenc Puskás Forward, Inside forward

24
7,512 7,166
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Eusébio Forward

25
9,278 9,038
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Garrincha Right Wing, Midfielder

26
3,511 4,432
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

27
13,648 7,731
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Xavi Midfielder

28
3,505 5,774
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franco Baresi Defender

The Best Soccer Players from Spain

29
2,143 2,167
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

30
2,086 4,246
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Giuseppe Meazza Forward, Inside forward

31
2,665 3,684
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Frank Rijkaard Defender, Midfielder

32
6,437 5,316
Romário is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Romário Forward

33
1,928 3,358
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianni Rivera Midfielder

34
4,067 2,856
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cafu Defender

35
10,591 6,378
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Carlos Defender, Midfielder

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36
1,605 1,918
Didi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Didi Midfielder

37
2,756 3,137
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Clarence Seedorf Midfielder

38
1,245 2,651
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Donadoni Midfielder

39
4,250 2,257
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Carles Puyol Defender

40
2,283 2,674
Roberto Rivelino is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Rivelino Midfielder

41
12,351 7,893
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
David Beckham Midfielder

42
14,962 10,162
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Thierry Henry Forward, Midfielder

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43
5,338 3,570
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Raúl Forward, Midfielder

44
5,197 2,930
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Manuel Neuer Goalkeeper

45
2,983 1,562
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
FrancisLanceDavid added Robert Lewandowski Forward

46
2,177 1,184
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Luka Modrić Midfielder

47
3,126 1,777
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Gareth Bale Forward, Midfielder

48
5,843 4,115
Ryan Giggs is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ryan Giggs Forward, Midfielder

49
8,069 5,626
Gerd Müller is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gerd Müller Forward

50
1,602 864
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Arminius added Toni Kroos Midfielder