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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.

1
124,255 95,545
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pelé Forward, Midfielder

2
171,331 93,534
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Lionel Messi Forward

3
22,541 35,025
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Paolo Maldini Defender

4
151,947 72,770
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cristiano Ronaldo Forward, Midfielder

5
111,947 52,020
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

6
98,616 55,260
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Diego Maradona Forward, Midfielder

7
86,950 45,869
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldo Forward

8
83,369 49,518
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Zinedine Zidane Midfielder

9
48,611 47,962
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Kaká Midfielder

10
19,526 33,149
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

11
13,431 21,936
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ruud Gullit Defender, Forward, Midfielder

12
38,944 25,500
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Johan Cruyff Forward, Midfielder

13
38,436 17,550
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrés Iniesta Midfielder

14
17,133 16,969
Zico is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Zico Playmaker, Midfielder

15
7,026 10,194
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Weah Forward

16
31,006 25,885
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franz Beckenbauer Defender, Sweeper

17
31,701 14,576
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
David Beckham Midfielder

18
29,132 12,537
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianluigi Buffon Goalkeeper

19
25,917 14,716
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrea Pirlo Midfielder

20
21,027 17,432
George Best is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Best Midfielder

21
25,822 12,439
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Xavi Midfielder

22
18,963 8,891
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Carlos Defender, Midfielder

23
14,144 14,516
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

24
31,299 13,683
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

25
11,650 12,654
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Garrincha Right Wing, Midfielder

26
10,214 10,605
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Eusébio Forward

27
3,102 7,844
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Giuseppe Meazza Forward, Inside forward

28
4,663 9,182
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franco Baresi Defender

29
22,796 12,109
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Thierry Henry Forward, Midfielder

30
43,529 17,364
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Neymar Forward

31
11,997 4,935
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Carles Puyol Defender

32
10,749 11,094
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ferenc Puskás Forward, Inside forward

33
5,518 7,999
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

34
9,482 3,848
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Luka Modrić Midfielder

35
5,097 5,708
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

36
3,899 6,435
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Frank Rijkaard Defender, Midfielder

37
2,770 6,020
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianni Rivera Midfielder

38
10,955 5,140
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Manuel Neuer Goalkeeper

39
9,173 4,349
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Sergio Ramos Defender, Midfielder

40
9,743 4,643
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Gareth Bale Forward, Midfielder

41
7,827 3,534
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Arminius added Toni Kroos Midfielder

42
8,632 7,614
Romário is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Romário Forward

43
6,611 4,685
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cafu Defender

44
4,111 5,272
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Clarence Seedorf Midfielder

45
8,138 5,115
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Raúl Forward, Midfielder

46
2,823 4,033
Didi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Didi Midfielder

47
1,699 4,873
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Donadoni Midfielder

48
10,503 5,993
Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Steven Gerrard Midfielder

49
9,330 4,558
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
2,268 984
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pund888 added Eden Hazard Midfielder