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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
125,080 96,760
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

2
172,967 94,770
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Forward

3
22,896 36,346
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

4
153,331 73,909
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

5
99,778 55,569
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

6
112,803 52,838
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

7
87,632 46,502
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

8
84,054 50,109
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Midfielder

9
19,758 33,539
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

10
48,889 48,773
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

11
39,524 25,635
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

12
13,568 22,270
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Forward, Midfielder

13
17,343 17,213
Zico is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Playmaker, Midfielder

14
38,847 17,788
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

15
31,305 26,031
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Sweeper

16
14,368 14,670
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

17
26,170 14,915
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

18
21,278 17,605
George Best is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

19
11,823 12,807
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Right Wing, Midfielder

20
7,131 10,494
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

21
29,440 12,720
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

22
10,440 10,693
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

23
26,103 12,590
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

24
31,967 14,911
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

25
19,193 9,055
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

26
3,163 7,995
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

27
4,736 9,327
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

28
31,586 13,909
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

29
5,607 8,175
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

30
10,917 11,192
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

31
23,041 12,238
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

32
43,802 17,640
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

33
12,166 5,086
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

34
9,752 3,991
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

35
3,962 6,541
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

36
2,805 6,124
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

37
5,142 5,830
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

38
11,090 5,245
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

39
6,723 4,758
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

40
9,310 4,484
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

41
8,724 7,684
Romário is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

42
7,943 3,637
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Arminius added Midfielder

43
9,862 4,776
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Forward, Midfielder

44
2,872 4,121
Didi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

45
1,716 4,967
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

46
4,169 5,361
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

47
8,243 5,177
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

48
10,626 6,062
Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

49
2,440 1,065
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pund888 added Midfielder

50
9,486 4,654
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
QusaiK.Morbiwalla added Winger, Forward, Midfielder