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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.

1
124,394 95,757
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pelé Forward, Midfielder

2
171,591 93,756
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Lionel Messi Forward

3
152,194 72,972
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cristiano Ronaldo Forward, Midfielder

4
22,605 35,265
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Paolo Maldini Defender

5
112,098 52,151
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

6
98,831 55,312
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Diego Maradona Forward, Midfielder

7
87,077 45,968
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldo Forward

8
83,498 49,609
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Zinedine Zidane Midfielder

9
48,663 48,106
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Kaká Midfielder

10
19,565 33,207
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

11
39,053 25,517
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Johan Cruyff Forward, Midfielder

12
13,460 21,989
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ruud Gullit Defender, Forward, Midfielder

13
38,512 17,579
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrés Iniesta Midfielder

14
17,171 17,005
Zico is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Zico Playmaker, Midfielder

15
7,049 10,234
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Weah Forward

16
31,061 25,902
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franz Beckenbauer Defender, Sweeper

17
29,181 12,560
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianluigi Buffon Goalkeeper

18
31,744 14,632
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
David Beckham Midfielder

19
25,965 14,736
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrea Pirlo Midfielder

20
21,069 17,451
George Best is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Best Midfielder

21
25,870 12,462
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Xavi Midfielder

22
19,008 8,912
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Carlos Defender, Midfielder

23
14,179 14,536
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

24
31,355 13,710
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

25
11,681 12,679
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Garrincha Right Wing, Midfielder

26
10,254 10,619
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Eusébio Forward

27
3,111 7,871
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Giuseppe Meazza Forward, Inside forward

28
4,668 9,209
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franco Baresi Defender

29
22,840 12,123
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Thierry Henry Forward, Midfielder

30
43,579 17,402
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Neymar Forward

31
10,783 11,108
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ferenc Puskás Forward, Inside forward

32
12,028 4,954
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Carles Puyol Defender

33
5,537 8,021
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

34
9,524 3,869
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Luka Modrić Midfielder

35
3,915 6,450
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Frank Rijkaard Defender, Midfielder

36
5,105 5,732
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

37
2,778 6,035
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianni Rivera Midfielder

38
10,978 5,156
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Manuel Neuer Goalkeeper

39
9,200 4,370
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Sergio Ramos Defender, Midfielder

40
9,766 4,666
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Gareth Bale Forward, Midfielder

41
8,656 7,625
Romário is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Romário Forward

42
6,634 4,696
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cafu Defender

43
7,850 3,550
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Arminius added Toni Kroos Midfielder

44
4,123 5,286
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Clarence Seedorf Midfielder

45
8,166 5,124
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Raúl Forward, Midfielder

46
2,833 4,048
Didi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Didi Midfielder

47
1,706 4,886
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Donadoni Midfielder

48
10,523 6,002
Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Steven Gerrard Midfielder

49
9,358 4,572
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
QusaiK.Morbiwalla added Luis Suárez Winger, Forward, Midfielder

50
2,297 994
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pund888 added Eden Hazard Midfielder