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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
125,743 97,691
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

2
20,003 34,230
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

3
23,183 37,497
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

4
174,266 95,636
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Forward

5
100,710 56,023
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

6
154,275 74,756
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

7
113,483 53,539
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

8
88,205 46,760
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

9
84,632 50,359
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Midfielder

10
49,157 49,168
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

11
40,014 25,781
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

12
17,520 17,475
Zico is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Playmaker, Midfielder

13
13,704 22,531
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Forward, Midfielder

14
11,980 13,009
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Right Wing, Midfielder

15
31,558 26,190
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Sweeper

16
39,181 18,018
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

17
10,658 10,832
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

18
14,560 14,851
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

19
21,490 17,767
George Best is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

20
4,852 9,479
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

21
3,241 8,150
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

22
7,230 10,693
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

23
5,706 8,320
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

24
26,355 15,040
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

25
29,662 12,844
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

26
26,312 12,718
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

27
11,057 11,274
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

28
32,190 15,102
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

29
19,362 9,183
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

30
31,833 14,035
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

31
4,043 6,656
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

32
23,264 12,328
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

33
2,871 6,233
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

34
44,021 17,828
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

35
12,315 5,192
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

36
9,930 4,126
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

37
5,213 5,942
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

38
6,822 4,831
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

39
11,220 5,351
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

40
1,752 5,066
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

41
2,914 4,218
Didi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

42
9,443 4,604
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

43
8,062 3,744
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Arminius added Midfielder

44
9,997 4,905
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Forward, Midfielder

45
8,809 7,746
Romário is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

46
4,228 5,441
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

47
8,338 5,237
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

48
2,605 1,136
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pund888 added Midfielder

49
10,774 6,119
Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

50
9,644 4,745
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
QusaiK.Morbiwalla added Winger, Forward, Midfielder