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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
58,543 47,389
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pelé Forward, Midfielder

2
81,124 45,811
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Lionel Messi Forward

3
62,303 31,433
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cristiano Ronaldo Forward, Midfielder

4
48,765 24,485
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

5
49,670 31,324
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Diego Maradona Forward, Midfielder

6
42,049 27,577
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Zinedine Zidane Midfielder

7
41,915 24,985
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldo Forward

8
17,218 16,972
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Kaká Midfielder

9
13,757 19,998
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Paolo Maldini Defender

10
12,690 5,050
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Neymar Forward

11
13,215 19,968
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

12
6,786 9,801
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ruud Gullit Defender, Forward, Midfielder

13
27,364 18,336
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Johan Cruyff Forward, Midfielder

14
13,729 8,066
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrea Pirlo Midfielder

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15
10,423 9,682
Zico is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Zico Playmaker, Midfielder

16
16,023 7,612
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianluigi Buffon Goalkeeper

17
24,925 20,089
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franz Beckenbauer Defender, Sweeper

18
14,811 11,775
George Best is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Best Midfielder

19
16,366 8,668
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrés Iniesta Midfielder

20
10,516 9,795
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

21
3,252 4,250
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
9,138 8,857
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Garrincha Right Wing, Midfielder

23
7,897 7,366
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ferenc Puskás Forward, Inside forward

24
7,348 6,995
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Eusébio Forward

25
13,417 6,732
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

26
3,373 4,264
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

27
1,982 1,982
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

28
3,443 5,611
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
13,142 7,631
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Xavi Midfielder

30
2,027 4,101
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Giuseppe Meazza Forward, Inside forward

31
2,599 3,548
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Frank Rijkaard Defender, Midfielder

32
6,333 5,200
Romário is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Romário Forward

33
1,864 3,238
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianni Rivera Midfielder

34
1,533 1,807
Didi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Didi Midfielder

35
3,907 2,775
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cafu Defender

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36
10,261 6,341
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Carlos Defender, Midfielder

37
2,678 3,045
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Clarence Seedorf Midfielder

38
1,221 2,538
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Donadoni Midfielder

39
2,240 2,576
Roberto Rivelino is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Rivelino Midfielder

40
14,620 10,107
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Thierry Henry Forward, Midfielder

41
3,955 2,200
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Carles Puyol Defender

42
11,809 7,810
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
David Beckham Midfielder

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43
5,168 3,517
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Raúl Forward, Midfielder

44
4,931 2,848
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Manuel Neuer Goalkeeper

45
2,723 1,449
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
FrancisLanceDavid added Robert Lewandowski Forward

46
7,976 5,555
Gerd Müller is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gerd Müller Forward

47
5,705 4,043
Ryan Giggs is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ryan Giggs Forward, Midfielder

48
2,824 1,665
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Gareth Bale Forward, Midfielder

49
1,932 1,108
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Luka Modrić Midfielder

50
795 1,234
Djalma Santos is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Djalma Santos Defender