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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.

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
126,391 98,105
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

2
176,457 96,622
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Forward

3
102,128 56,425
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

4
155,817 76,029
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

5
114,731 54,624
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

6
23,313 37,872
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

7
85,343 50,575
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Midfielder

8
20,104 34,662
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

9
89,174 47,597
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

10
40,587 25,941
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

11
49,345 49,408
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

12
17,675 17,637
Zico is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Playmaker, Midfielder

13
31,762 26,315
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Sweeper

14
10,827 10,938
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

15
12,073 13,148
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Right Wing, Midfielder

16
39,838 19,097
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

17
14,696 14,971
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

18
13,767 22,653
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Forward, Midfielder

19
26,692 15,297
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

20
21,670 17,880
George Best is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

21
11,182 11,373
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

22
4,891 9,576
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

23
7,270 10,790
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

24
5,754 8,420
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

25
26,775 13,609
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

26
3,272 8,240
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

27
32,672 16,221
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

28
30,172 14,248
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

29
4,081 6,729
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

30
32,369 15,399
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

31
19,772 10,115
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

32
23,708 13,099
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

33
2,897 6,305
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

34
44,474 19,918
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

35
5,258 6,032
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

36
10,844 5,109
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

37
12,708 6,296
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

38
6,979 4,962
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

39
2,937 4,267
Didi is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

40
8,905 7,807
Romário is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

41
1,766 5,120
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

42
8,505 5,397
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

43
4,273 5,487
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

44
11,066 6,341
Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

45
11,493 6,294
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

46
7,285 4,315
Francesco Totti is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Playmaker, Forward, Midfielder

47
8,397 5,684
Ryan Giggs is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

48
9,526 5,924
Iker Casillas is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

49
7,365 4,647
Didier Drogba is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

50
10,270 5,813
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Forward, Midfielder