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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
124,947 96,576
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

2
172,698 94,600
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Forward

3
22,835 36,129
Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

4
153,127 73,732
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

5
112,661 52,723
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

6
99,600 55,514
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

7
87,524 46,416
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

8
83,943 50,038
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Midfielder

9
19,707 33,485
Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

10
48,846 48,669
Kaká is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

11
39,436 25,615
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

12
17,315 17,176
Zico is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Playmaker, Midfielder

13
13,540 22,224
Ruud Gullit is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Forward, Midfielder

14
38,790 17,753
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

15
31,257 26,018
Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Sweeper

16
14,331 14,649
Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

17
26,142 14,880
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

18
21,241 17,585
George Best is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

19
29,397 12,688
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

20
7,110 10,460
George Weah is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

21
26,067 12,563
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

22
31,929 14,875
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

23
11,785 12,786
Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Right Wing, Midfielder

24
10,399 10,682
Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

25
19,158 9,032
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

26
31,541 13,879
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

27
4,721 9,308
Franco Baresi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

28
3,150 7,977
Giuseppe Meazza is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

29
10,891 11,183
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Inside forward

30
23,009 12,225
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

31
5,595 8,153
Andriy Shevchenko is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

32
43,763 17,610
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

33
12,143 5,068
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

34
9,719 3,974
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

35
3,954 6,523
Frank Rijkaard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

36
2,800 6,108
Gianni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

37
5,135 5,813
Luis Suárez Miramontes is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

38
11,070 5,231
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

39
6,709 4,746
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

40
9,288 4,469
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

41
8,707 7,674
Romário is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

42
9,845 4,758
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Forward, Midfielder

43
7,928 3,625
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Arminius added Midfielder

44
2,862 4,110
Didi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

45
4,163 5,347
Clarence Seedorf is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

46
8,229 5,169
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

47
1,713 4,951
Roberto Donadoni is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

48
10,606 6,051
Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

49
2,417 1,051
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pund888 added Midfielder

50
9,465 4,639
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
QusaiK.Morbiwalla added Winger, Forward, Midfielder