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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
125,102 96,783
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

2
22,904 36,375
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

3
173,009 94,797
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Forward

4
153,367 73,928
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

5
99,800 55,581
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

6
112,831 52,850
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

7
19,768 33,550
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

8
84,075 50,116
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Midfielder

9
87,652 46,509
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

10
48,899 48,786
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

11
39,542 25,642
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

12
13,571 22,285
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Forward, Midfielder

13
17,349 17,221
Zico is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Playmaker, Midfielder

14
38,862 17,795
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

15
31,313 26,040
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Sweeper

16
14,376 14,678
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

17
7,131 10,505
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

18
11,830 12,814
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Right Wing, Midfielder

19
10,445 10,702
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

20
21,285 17,613
George Best is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

21
26,172 14,924
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

22
29,446 12,728
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

23
26,110 12,597
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

24
31,975 14,917
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

25
19,197 9,060
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

26
3,163 8,003
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

27
4,736 9,335
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

28
31,595 13,912
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

29
5,610 8,181
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

30
10,921 11,198
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

31
23,049 12,240
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

32
43,810 17,646
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

33
12,171 5,090
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

34
9,757 3,997
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

35
3,964 6,547
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

36
2,805 6,132
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

37
5,146 5,835
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

38
11,095 5,250
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

39
6,728 4,763
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

40
9,317 4,489
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

41
8,730 7,689
Romário is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

42
9,868 4,782
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Forward, Midfielder

43
7,946 3,645
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Arminius added Midfielder

44
2,874 4,128
Didi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

45
1,716 4,975
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

46
4,169 5,369
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

47
8,245 5,183
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

48
10,633 6,065
Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

49
9,494 4,657
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
QusaiK.Morbiwalla added Winger, Forward, Midfielder

50
2,442 1,072
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pund888 added Midfielder