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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
125,094 96,774
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

2
172,990 94,790
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Forward

3
22,901 36,364
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

4
153,354 73,921
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

5
99,792 55,577
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

6
112,818 52,848
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

7
84,065 50,115
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Midfielder

8
87,647 46,507
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

9
19,764 33,548
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

10
48,896 48,783
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

11
39,537 25,640
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

12
38,859 17,792
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

13
13,571 22,282
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Forward, Midfielder

14
17,347 17,220
Zico is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Playmaker, Midfielder

15
31,309 26,040
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Sweeper

16
14,374 14,677
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

17
29,445 12,727
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

18
26,172 14,923
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

19
11,828 12,814
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Right Wing, Midfielder

20
21,283 17,613
George Best is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

21
10,443 10,701
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

22
7,131 10,504
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

23
26,109 12,595
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

24
31,974 14,916
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

25
19,197 9,059
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

26
3,163 8,002
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

27
4,736 9,334
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

28
31,594 13,911
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

29
5,608 8,181
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

30
10,920 11,197
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

31
23,047 12,240
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

32
43,809 17,644
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

33
12,171 5,088
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

34
9,756 3,995
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

35
3,964 6,545
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

36
2,805 6,130
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

37
5,145 5,833
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

38
11,094 5,248
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

39
9,316 4,487
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

40
6,725 4,763
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

41
8,728 7,688
Romário is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

42
9,868 4,780
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Forward, Midfielder

43
7,946 3,643
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Arminius added Midfielder

44
2,873 4,127
Didi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

45
1,716 4,973
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

46
4,169 5,367
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

47
8,244 5,182
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

48
10,629 6,065
Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

49
9,493 4,656
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
QusaiK.Morbiwalla added Winger, Forward, Midfielder

50
2,441 1,071
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pund888 added Midfielder