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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.

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123,416 94,269
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pelé Forward, Midfielder

2
169,745 92,391
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Lionel Messi Forward

3
150,652 71,619
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cristiano Ronaldo Forward, Midfielder

4
111,071 51,176
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

5
97,435 54,884
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Diego Maradona Forward, Midfielder

6
82,635 48,880
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Zinedine Zidane Midfielder

7
86,214 45,195
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldo Forward

8
48,286 47,180
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Kaká Midfielder

9
22,166 33,909
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Paolo Maldini Defender

10
19,256 32,834
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

11
13,257 21,598
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ruud Gullit Defender, Forward, Midfielder

12
38,014 17,297
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrés Iniesta Midfielder

13
31,368 14,164
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
David Beckham Midfielder

14
38,430 25,363
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
16,936 16,731
Zico is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Zico Playmaker, Midfielder

16
25,519 12,265
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Xavi Midfielder

17
28,726 12,385
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianluigi Buffon Goalkeeper

18
25,632 14,558
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrea Pirlo Midfielder

19
18,688 8,735
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Carlos Defender, Midfielder

20
30,727 25,703
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franz Beckenbauer Defender, Sweeper

21
6,884 9,955
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Weah Forward

The Best Soccer Players of the '90s

22
30,981 13,474
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

23
20,807 17,285
George Best is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Best Midfielder

24
22,548 11,955
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Thierry Henry Forward, Midfielder

25
13,965 14,364
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

26
11,820 4,771
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Carles Puyol Defender

27
43,261 17,096
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Neymar Forward

28
9,239 3,693
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Luka Modrić Midfielder

The Best Soccer Players from Australia

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10,004 10,500
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Eusébio Forward

30
10,614 10,978
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ferenc Puskás Forward, Inside forward

31
3,021 7,671
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Giuseppe Meazza Forward, Inside forward

32
11,504 12,502
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Garrincha Right Wing, Midfielder

33
5,420 7,869
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

34
4,570 9,017
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franco Baresi Defender

35
5,020 5,586
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

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36
9,039 4,191
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Sergio Ramos Defender, Midfielder

37
10,804 5,009
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Manuel Neuer Goalkeeper

38
3,812 6,321
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Frank Rijkaard Defender, Midfielder

39
7,688 3,410
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Arminius added Toni Kroos Midfielder

40
2,717 5,906
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianni Rivera Midfielder

41
8,522 7,537
Romário is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Romário Forward

42
9,576 4,529
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Gareth Bale Forward, Midfielder

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6,502 4,609
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cafu Defender

44
4,037 5,184
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Clarence Seedorf Midfielder

45
8,034 5,041
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Raúl Forward, Midfielder

46
2,770 3,944
Didi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Didi Midfielder

47
1,667 4,765
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Donadoni Midfielder

48
10,370 5,918
Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Steven Gerrard Midfielder

49
9,181 4,456
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
QusaiK.Morbiwalla added Luis Suárez Winger, Forward, Midfielder

50
7,012 3,382
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
FrancisLanceDavid added Robert Lewandowski Forward