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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
124,977 96,619
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

2
172,749 94,644
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Forward

3
22,851 36,182
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

4
153,170 73,770
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

5
112,698 52,756
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

6
99,649 55,527
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

7
87,551 46,442
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

8
83,973 50,062
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Midfielder

9
19,720 33,500
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

10
48,858 48,698
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

11
39,463 25,619
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

12
13,545 22,238
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Forward, Midfielder

13
17,323 17,189
Zico is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Playmaker, Midfielder

14
38,800 17,767
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

15
31,269 26,022
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Sweeper

16
7,115 10,472
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

17
21,252 17,592
George Best is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

18
14,343 14,656
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

19
26,148 14,890
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

20
29,408 12,697
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

21
26,077 12,572
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

22
31,940 14,887
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

23
11,798 12,791
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Right Wing, Midfielder

24
10,415 10,685
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

25
19,166 9,042
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

26
31,554 13,890
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

27
4,725 9,316
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

28
3,152 7,986
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

29
10,899 11,186
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

30
5,600 8,161
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

31
23,018 12,232
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

32
43,777 17,619
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

33
12,146 5,077
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

34
9,728 3,981
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

35
3,956 6,529
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

36
2,802 6,114
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

37
5,140 5,819
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

38
11,076 5,236
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

39
6,714 4,749
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

40
9,294 4,475
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

41
8,715 7,676
Romário is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

42
7,932 3,630
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Arminius added Midfielder

43
9,849 4,767
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Forward, Midfielder

44
2,865 4,114
Didi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

45
4,166 5,354
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

46
8,236 5,173
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

47
1,714 4,958
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

48
10,610 6,058
Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

49
9,473 4,645
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
QusaiK.Morbiwalla added Winger, Forward, Midfielder

50
2,423 1,059
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pund888 added Midfielder