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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
125,000 96,665
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

2
22,861 36,237
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

3
172,798 94,683
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Forward

4
153,208 73,817
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

5
112,728 52,786
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

6
99,692 55,539
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

7
87,572 46,471
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

8
83,993 50,090
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Midfielder

9
19,734 33,511
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

10
48,868 48,726
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

11
39,479 25,625
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

12
17,331 17,194
Zico is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Playmaker, Midfielder

13
13,552 22,244
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Forward, Midfielder

14
38,814 17,775
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

15
31,279 26,026
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Sweeper

16
14,348 14,660
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

17
21,262 17,596
George Best is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

18
7,119 10,478
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

19
26,153 14,896
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

20
29,416 12,706
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

21
11,805 12,796
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Right Wing, Midfielder

22
10,421 10,689
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

23
26,090 12,576
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

24
31,948 14,892
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

25
19,173 9,045
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

26
4,729 9,318
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

27
31,563 13,896
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

28
3,154 7,988
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

29
5,602 8,165
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

30
10,901 11,187
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

31
23,023 12,233
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

32
43,784 17,624
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

33
12,152 5,079
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

34
9,735 3,986
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

35
3,957 6,533
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

36
2,803 6,118
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

37
5,140 5,822
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

38
11,081 5,238
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

39
6,716 4,752
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

40
9,300 4,477
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

41
8,717 7,678
Romário is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

42
7,935 3,633
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Arminius added Midfielder

43
9,854 4,770
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Forward, Midfielder

44
2,865 4,117
Didi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

45
4,167 5,357
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

46
1,714 4,961
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

47
8,238 5,175
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

48
10,614 6,059
Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

49
9,479 4,647
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
QusaiK.Morbiwalla added Winger, Forward, Midfielder

50
2,428 1,061
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pund888 added Midfielder