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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
44,206 18,335
Neymar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

2
29,835 13,180
Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

3
10,177 4,434
Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

4
32,016 14,369
Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

5
12,460 5,513
Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

6
39,420 18,328
Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

7
113,947 53,867
Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

8
32,357 15,434
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

9
154,909 75,168
Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

10
19,512 9,421
Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

11
26,489 12,933
Xavi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

12
11,324 5,603
Manuel Neuer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

13
8,161 4,007
Toni Kroos is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Arminius added Midfielder

14
9,764 4,972
Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
QusaiK.Morbiwalla added Winger, Forward, Midfielder

15
9,539 4,868
Sergio Ramos is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

16
10,087 5,159
Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
StephenCrouch added Forward, Midfielder

17
88,600 46,997
Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

18
7,455 3,849
Robert Lewandowski is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
FrancisLanceDavid added Forward

19
23,443 12,500
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

20
2,735 1,350
Eden Hazard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pund888 added Midfielder

21
175,084 96,013
Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Forward

22
101,191 56,196
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

23
5,497 2,914
Thiago Silva is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

24
26,481 15,122
Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

25
5,899 3,256
Philipp Lahm is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

26
10,888 6,176
Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

27
84,951 50,460
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
rebelr19 added Midfielder

28
7,140 4,187
Francesco Totti is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Playmaker, Forward, Midfielder

29
7,143 4,379
Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

30
9,403 5,811
Iker Casillas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper

31
40,280 25,843
Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

32
7,259 4,530
Didier Drogba is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

33
8,396 5,300
Raúl is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

34
5,242 3,259
Thomas Müller is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

35
5,066 3,257
Samuel Eto'o is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

36
5,394 3,477
Arjen Robben is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Winger, Forward, Midfielder

37
4,362 2,841
Isco is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

38
2,440 1,550
Marcelo Vieira is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender, Midfielder

39
8,283 5,605
Ryan Giggs is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Midfielder

40
3,564 2,366
David Villa is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

41
4,153 2,789
Frank Lampard is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
talbotrr added Midfielder

42
3,782 2,556
Bastian Schweinsteiger is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Playmaker, Midfielder

43
2,775 1,882
Sergio Agüero is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
AbdielJoseph added Forward

44
6,883 4,877
Cafu is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Defender

45
7,658 5,461
Luís Figo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Midfielder

46
9,740 6,981
Gerd Müller is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

47
3,459 2,441
Hugo Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward

48
3,503 2,489
Robin van Persie is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

49
3,313 2,351
Petr Čech is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Forward, Goalkeeper

50
5,456 3,978
Peter Schmeichel is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Goalkeeper