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List Rules Any current or former professional soccer players from around the world are eligible.

List of the greatest soccer players of all time is ranked by soccer (football) 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 who deserve to be in the top 10 in football history.

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1
37,180 33,044
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pelé Forward, Midfielder

2
53,402 31,223
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Lionel Messi Forward

3
35,269 21,417
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Diego Maradona Forward, Midfielder

4
9,101 12,591
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Paolo Maldini Defender

5
10,823 14,812
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

6
8,589 7,305
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

7
22,341 14,514
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Johan Cruyff Forward, Midfielder

8
22,291 16,889
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franz Beckenbauer Defender, Sweeper

9
6,393 5,276
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ferenc Puskás Forward, Inside forward

10
7,571 6,483
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Garrincha Right Wing, Midfielder

11
28,898 17,375
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

12
7,734 6,709
Zico is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Zico Playmaker, Midfielder

13
12,197 9,114
George Best is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Best Midfielder

14
5,933 4,979
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Eusébio Forward

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15
9,023 9,027
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Kaká Midfielder

16
4,573 6,009
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ruud Gullit Defender, Forward, Midfielder

17
27,944 18,475
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldo Forward

18
2,912 4,000
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franco Baresi Defender

19
1,636 2,744
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Giuseppe Meazza Forward, Inside forward

20
33,879 22,652
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cristiano Ronaldo Forward, Midfielder

21
1,472 2,093
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianni Rivera Midfielder

The Best Current Female Soccer Players

22
29,665 22,707
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Zinedine Zidane Midfielder

23
2,246 2,777
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Weah Forward

24
2,509 2,900
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

25
2,008 2,394
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Frank Rijkaard Defender, Midfielder

26
5,363 4,057
Romário is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Romário Forward

27
1,828 1,710
Roberto Rivelino is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Rivelino Midfielder

28
681 879
Juan Alberto Schiaffino is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Juan Alberto Schiaffino Forward, Inside forward

The Best Female Soccer Players of All Time

29
962 1,111
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Tostão Winger, Forward, Midfielder

30
901 889
Didi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Didi Midfielder

31
989 1,564
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Donadoni Midfielder

32
11,759 6,186
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianluigi Buffon Goalkeeper

33
9,953 6,401
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrea Pirlo Midfielder

34
2,186 2,133
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Clarence Seedorf Midfielder

35
595 702
Gérson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gérson Playmaker, Midfielder

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36
955 908
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

37
671 788
Vavá is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Vavá Forward

38
525 638
Djalma Santos is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Djalma Santos Defender

39
656 794
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zanzarlad added Luigi Riva Forward - One of the top Italian players of all times, hard to believe he is not on the list,Italians should be ashamed for this ,you idiots!!!

40
2,861 2,048
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cafu Defender

41
1,084 1,213
Paulo Roberto Falcão is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

42
9,418 5,600
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

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43
11,681 7,858
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrés Iniesta Midfielder

44
552 658
Sandro Mazzola is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Sandro Mazzola Forward, Inside forward, Midfielder

45
10,306 7,065
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Xavi Midfielder

46
7,266 4,994
Gerd Müller is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gerd Müller Forward

47
3,000 1,957
Lev Yashin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Lev Yashin Goalkeeper

48
4,806 3,756
Roberto Baggio is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Baggio Forward, Midfielder

49
8,359 6,001
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Carlos Defender, Midfielder

50
1,172 1,035
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Forward, Midfielder