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List Rules Any current or former professional soccer players from around the world are eligible.

List of the greatest soccer players of all time is ranked by soccer (football) 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.

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1
37,546 33,359
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pelé Forward, Midfielder

2
53,937 31,491
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Lionel Messi Forward

3
35,590 21,604
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Diego Maradona Forward, Midfielder

4
29,176 17,491
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

5
10,925 15,040
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

6
22,525 14,646
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Johan Cruyff Forward, Midfielder

7
9,211 12,794
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Paolo Maldini Defender

8
22,405 17,012
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franz Beckenbauer Defender, Sweeper

9
8,680 7,427
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

10
12,290 9,214
George Best is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Best Midfielder

11
9,139 9,204
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Kaká Midfielder

12
7,824 6,829
Zico is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Zico Playmaker, Midfielder

13
7,650 6,605
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Garrincha Right Wing, Midfielder

14
6,467 5,391
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ferenc Puskás Forward, Inside forward

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15
4,625 6,140
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ruud Gullit Defender, Forward, Midfielder

16
5,994 5,088
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Eusébio Forward

17
28,161 18,568
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldo Forward

18
2,941 4,113
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franco Baresi Defender

19
34,246 22,807
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cristiano Ronaldo Forward, Midfielder

20
1,667 2,840
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Giuseppe Meazza Forward, Inside forward

21
29,878 22,753
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Zinedine Zidane Midfielder

The Best Current Female Soccer Players

22
11,867 6,218
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianluigi Buffon Goalkeeper

23
2,037 2,440
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Frank Rijkaard Defender, Midfielder

24
1,485 2,142
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianni Rivera Midfielder

25
5,404 4,090
Romário is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Romário Forward

26
2,277 2,830
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Weah Forward

27
2,540 2,957
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

28
10,044 6,423
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrea Pirlo Midfielder

The Best Female Soccer Players of All Time

29
981 1,142
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Tostão Winger, Forward, Midfielder

30
1,846 1,740
Roberto Rivelino is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Rivelino Midfielder

31
924 922
Didi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Didi Midfielder

32
1,002 1,620
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Donadoni Midfielder

33
686 910
Juan Alberto Schiaffino is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Juan Alberto Schiaffino Forward, Inside forward

34
2,204 2,161
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Clarence Seedorf Midfielder

35
603 728
Gérson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gérson Playmaker, Midfielder

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36
970 933
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

37
678 811
Vavá is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Vavá Forward

38
2,903 2,069
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cafu Defender

39
666 815
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zanzarlad added Luigi Riva Forward - One of the top Italian players of all times, hard to believe he is not on the list,Italians should be ashamed for this ,you idiots!!!

40
539 660
Djalma Santos is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Djalma Santos Defender

41
9,495 5,633
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

42
1,094 1,237
Paulo Roberto Falcão is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

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43
11,768 7,871
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrés Iniesta Midfielder

44
10,370 7,080
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Xavi Midfielder

45
557 680
Sandro Mazzola is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Sandro Mazzola Forward, Inside forward, Midfielder

46
7,300 5,006
Gerd Müller is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gerd Müller Forward

47
3,025 1,973
Lev Yashin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Lev Yashin Goalkeeper

48
4,844 3,767
Roberto Baggio is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Baggio Forward, Midfielder

49
8,405 6,011
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Carlos Defender, Midfielder

50
1,188 1,048
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Forward, Midfielder