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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
69,185 54,917
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pelé Forward, Midfielder

2
77,073 38,099
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cristiano Ronaldo Forward, Midfielder

3
95,455 53,531
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Lionel Messi Forward

4
58,699 28,430
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

5
57,211 35,019
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Diego Maradona Forward, Midfielder

6
22,275 21,764
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Kaká Midfielder

7
48,460 30,978
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Zinedine Zidane Midfielder

8
48,892 28,420
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldo Forward

9
15,028 22,358
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Paolo Maldini Defender

10
18,099 6,858
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Neymar Forward

11
19,669 9,668
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrés Iniesta Midfielder

12
14,155 21,910
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

13
7,848 11,587
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ruud Gullit Defender, Forward, Midfielder

14
29,131 19,433
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
15,579 9,040
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrea Pirlo Midfielder

16
18,058 8,350
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianluigi Buffon Goalkeeper

17
11,409 10,800
Zico is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Zico Playmaker, Midfielder

18
25,896 21,090
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franz Beckenbauer Defender, Sweeper

19
15,862 12,729
George Best is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Best Midfielder

20
15,756 7,417
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

21
11,251 10,724
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

The Best Soccer Players from Australia

22
3,997 5,270
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Weah Forward

23
14,733 8,025
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Xavi Midfielder

24
8,376 7,999
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ferenc Puskás Forward, Inside forward

25
9,568 9,519
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Garrincha Right Wing, Midfielder

26
7,800 7,630
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Eusébio Forward

27
3,745 4,876
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

28
2,525 2,593
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

The Best Soccer Players from Spain

29
3,622 6,186
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franco Baresi Defender

30
2,189 4,637
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Giuseppe Meazza Forward, Inside forward

31
11,361 6,542
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Carlos Defender, Midfielder

32
4,937 2,390
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Carles Puyol Defender

33
6,700 5,632
Romário is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Romário Forward

34
2,809 4,054
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Frank Rijkaard Defender, Midfielder

35
2,045 3,703
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianni Rivera Midfielder

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36
13,634 8,090
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
David Beckham Midfielder

37
4,338 3,076
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cafu Defender

38
2,829 1,395
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Luka Modrić Midfielder

39
15,684 10,270
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Thierry Henry Forward, Midfielder

40
1,747 2,195
Didi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Didi Midfielder

41
2,891 3,415
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Clarence Seedorf Midfielder

42
3,877 2,056
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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43
5,825 3,120
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Manuel Neuer Goalkeeper

44
1,293 2,940
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Donadoni Midfielder

45
3,581 1,763
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
FrancisLanceDavid added Robert Lewandowski Forward

46
5,656 3,743
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Raúl Forward, Midfielder

47
2,109 1,049
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Arminius added Toni Kroos Midfielder

48
2,397 2,917
Roberto Rivelino is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Rivelino Midfielder

49
2,894 1,571
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Sergio Ramos Defender, Midfielder

50
1,406 797
Isco is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Isco Midfielder