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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 who deserve to be in the top 10 in football history.

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1
35,414 31,454
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pelé Forward, Midfielder

2
50,903 29,847
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Lionel Messi Forward

3
33,631 20,549
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Diego Maradona Forward, Midfielder

4
10,343 13,817
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

5
8,581 11,680
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Paolo Maldini Defender

6
8,204 6,828
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

7
8,541 8,245
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Kaká Midfielder

8
7,370 6,248
Zico is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Zico Playmaker, Midfielder

9
5,619 4,577
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Eusébio Forward

10
21,478 13,798
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Johan Cruyff Forward, Midfielder

11
21,799 16,305
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franz Beckenbauer Defender, Sweeper

12
7,247 5,984
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Garrincha Right Wing, Midfielder

13
27,592 16,519
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

14
11,729 8,636
George Best is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Best Midfielder

The Best Current Soccer Players

15
6,080 4,882
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ferenc Puskás Forward, Inside forward

16
4,294 5,380
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ruud Gullit Defender, Forward, Midfielder

17
26,960 17,959
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldo Forward

18
2,708 3,631
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franco Baresi Defender

19
1,503 2,439
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Giuseppe Meazza Forward, Inside forward

20
32,169 21,815
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cristiano Ronaldo Forward, Midfielder

21
28,716 22,471
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Zinedine Zidane Midfielder

The Best Athletes of All Time

22
1,356 1,921
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianni Rivera Midfielder

23
2,086 2,555
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Weah Forward

24
1,865 2,198
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Frank Rijkaard Defender, Midfielder

25
2,340 2,685
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

26
906 1,361
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Donadoni Midfielder

27
799 758
Didi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Didi Midfielder

28
5,153 3,899
Romário is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Romário Forward

The Best Soccer Players of the '90s

29
2,064 1,986
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Clarence Seedorf Midfielder

30
9,499 6,217
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrea Pirlo Midfielder

31
1,715 1,563
Roberto Rivelino is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Rivelino Midfielder

32
616 746
Juan Alberto Schiaffino is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Juan Alberto Schiaffino Forward, Inside forward

33
11,224 6,001
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianluigi Buffon Goalkeeper

34
869 975
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Tostão Winger, Forward, Midfielder

35
616 669
Vavá is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Vavá Forward

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36
855 778
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

37
532 586
Gérson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gérson Playmaker, Midfielder

38
2,686 1,965
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cafu Defender

39
9,064 5,438
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

40
1,010 1,100
Paulo Roberto Falcão is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

41
598 698
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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!!!

42
506 546
Sandro Mazzola is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Sandro Mazzola Forward, Inside forward, Midfielder

The Sexiest Female Soccer Players

43
457 537
Djalma Santos is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Djalma Santos Defender

44
11,287 7,765
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrés Iniesta Midfielder

45
10,017 6,983
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Xavi Midfielder

46
7,087 4,945
Gerd Müller is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gerd Müller Forward

47
2,868 1,904
Lev Yashin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Lev Yashin Goalkeeper

48
704 835
Kevin Keegan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Kevin Keegan Forward, Center Forward, Midfielder

49
1,091 953
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Forward, Midfielder

50
8,127 5,928
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Carlos Defender, Midfielder