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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
125,578 97,437
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

2
173,937 95,408
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Forward

3
23,111 37,212
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

4
19,939 33,945
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

5
154,022 74,556
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

6
100,467 55,906
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

7
113,312 53,361
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

8
88,059 46,684
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

9
84,482 50,293
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Midfielder

10
49,093 49,064
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

11
39,884 25,749
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

12
17,474 17,393
Zico is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Playmaker, Midfielder

13
13,669 22,470
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Forward, Midfielder

14
31,484 26,150
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Sweeper

15
39,088 17,971
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

16
11,946 12,946
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Right Wing, Midfielder

17
10,594 10,799
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

18
14,512 14,796
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

19
21,432 17,714
George Best is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

20
7,206 10,647
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

21
4,826 9,435
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

22
3,226 8,106
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

23
26,306 15,012
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

24
29,608 12,821
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

25
5,685 8,281
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

26
26,262 12,694
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

27
32,139 15,062
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

28
11,032 11,252
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

29
19,333 9,149
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

30
31,774 14,011
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

31
4,027 6,627
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

32
23,211 12,309
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

33
43,971 17,792
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

34
2,861 6,203
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

35
12,276 5,174
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

36
9,884 4,098
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

37
5,194 5,913
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

38
6,805 4,808
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

39
11,181 5,330
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

40
2,906 4,191
Didi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

41
1,743 5,039
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

42
9,413 4,581
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

43
8,029 3,728
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Arminius added Midfielder

44
8,791 7,729
Romário is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

45
9,959 4,883
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Forward, Midfielder

46
4,218 5,419
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

47
8,317 5,220
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

48
10,739 6,103
Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

49
2,565 1,125
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pund888 added Midfielder

50
9,607 4,728
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
QusaiK.Morbiwalla added Winger, Forward, Midfielder