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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
44,218 18,471
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

2
29,857 13,274
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

3
10,225 4,500
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

4
32,038 14,456
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

5
12,474 5,588
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

6
39,448 18,392
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

7
113,990 53,923
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

8
154,975 75,226
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

9
32,376 15,502
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

10
19,527 9,475
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

11
26,507 12,985
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

12
11,335 5,663
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

13
8,172 4,064
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Arminius added Midfielder

14
88,629 47,042
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

15
9,782 5,022
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
QusaiK.Morbiwalla added Winger, Forward, Midfielder

16
10,103 5,213
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Forward, Midfielder

17
9,547 4,926
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

18
23,463 12,546
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

19
7,468 3,899
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
FrancisLanceDavid added Forward

20
175,169 96,048
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Forward

21
101,245 56,206
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

22
2,753 1,398
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pund888 added Midfielder

23
5,504 2,958
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

24
26,490 15,138
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

25
5,907 3,295
Philipp Lahm is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

26
10,897 6,190
Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

27
84,971 50,469
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Midfielder

28
7,147 4,200
Francesco Totti is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Playmaker, Forward, Midfielder

29
9,411 5,819
Iker Casillas is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

30
7,150 4,391
Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

31
40,297 25,846
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

32
7,267 4,538
Didier Drogba is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

33
8,403 5,306
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

34
5,245 3,270
Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

35
5,070 3,266
Samuel Eto'o is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

36
5,398 3,485
Arjen Robben is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Winger, Forward, Midfielder

37
4,364 2,848
Isco is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

38
2,442 1,557
Marcelo Vieira is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

39
8,289 5,612
Ryan Giggs is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

40
3,568 2,373
David Villa is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

41
4,158 2,797
Frank Lampard is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
talbotrr added Midfielder

42
3,784 2,565
Bastian Schweinsteiger is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Playmaker, Midfielder

43
2,781 1,888
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
AbdielJoseph added Forward

44
6,889 4,882
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

45
7,664 5,468
Luís Figo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

46
9,745 6,989
Gerd Müller is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

47
3,463 2,447
Hugo Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

48
3,504 2,496
Robin van Persie is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

49
3,318 2,359
Petr Čech is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Goalkeeper

50
5,463 3,986
Peter Schmeichel is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper