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The Best Soccer Players from Ireland  

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List of the best soccer players from Ireland. List includes the top soccer (or “football”) players from Ireland, along with photos when available. This list of best Irish soccer players is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest players are at the top of the list. If you're searching for a particular famous Irish soccer player you can use the "search" box to find what you're looking for.

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This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Irish footballers?" and "Who is the greatest Irish soccer player of all time?"

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Roy Keane is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Midfielder
Roy Maurice Keane is an Irish football manager and former professional football player. He is the assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland national football team. In his 18-year-long playing ...more
2
Paul McGrath is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Defender
Paul McGrath is a retired Irish footballer, who played as a defender from 1981 until 1998. McGrath is widely recognised as one of the greatest players to have ever come out of Ireland. In a ...more
3
Robbie Keane is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Forward
Robert David "Robbie" Keane is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a striker and is captain of both Los Angeles Galaxy and the Republic of Ireland national football team. ...more
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Liam Brady is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Midfielder
Liam Brady is an Irish former football player, and former assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland national football team. In his playing days, Brady was a midfielder renowned for his ...more
5
Denis Irwin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Defender
Denis Joseph Irwin is an Irish former professional footballer who played as a full-back from 1983 to 2004. Born in Cork, Ireland, he is best known for his long and successful stint at Manchester ...more
6
Shay Given is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Goalkeeper
Shay John James Given is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Aston Villa. He plays at international level for the Republic of Ireland national football team. As he ...more
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Johnny Giles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Midfielder
Michael John "Johnny" Giles is a former association footballer and manager best remembered for his time as a midfielder with Leeds United in the 1960s and 1970s. Since retiring from ...more
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Damien Duff is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Defender, Forward, Midfielder
Damien Anthony Duff is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a winger for Melbourne City. Duff has previously played for Blackburn Rovers, with whom he won the Football League Cup; ...more
9
Ronnie Whelan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Midfielder
Ronald Andrew "Ronnie" Whelan is a former Irish association football midfielder, and sometimes defender, who was an integral part of the dominant Liverpool side of the 1980s. He was at ...more
10
Jimmy Dunne is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Charlers added Forward
James "Jimmy" Dunne was an Irish footballer who played for, among others, Shamrock Rovers, Sheffield United, Arsenal and Southampton. Dunne was also a dual internationalist and played ...more
11
Johnny Carey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Defender
John James "Johnny" Carey, also known as Jackie Carey, was an Irish professional footballer and manager. As a player Carey spent most of his career at Manchester United, where he was ...more
12
Séamus Coleman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Defender, Midfielder
Séamus Coleman is an Irish footballer who plays for Everton and the Republic of Ireland. Originally a Gaelic footballer, Coleman started his association football career with Sligo Rovers ...more
13
Ray Houghton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Midfielder
Raymond James "Ray" Houghton is a retired football player, and current analyst and commentator with RTÉ Sport. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Houghton played international football ...more
14
Packie Bonner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Goalkeeper
Patrick Joseph "Packie" Bonner is an Irish former football goalkeeper for Celtic. He earned 80 caps for the Republic of Ireland national football team after making his debut on his ...more
15
David O'Leary is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Defender
David Anthony O'Leary is an Irish football manager and former player. His managerial career began at Leeds United and later he managed Aston Villa. He most recently worked as the manager of ...more
16
John Aldridge is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Forward
John William Aldridge is a former Republic of Ireland international footballer and football manager. He was a prolific record-breaking striker best known for his productive time with Liverpool ...more
17
Kevin Moran is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Defender
Kevin Bernard Moran is a former Irish footballer who excelled at the top levels in both Gaelic and soccer. In Gaelic football, he is known for his time as a Dublin senior team player, winning ...more
18
Frank Stapleton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Forward
Francis Anthony "Frank" Stapleton is an Irish former football player and manager, and current assistant manager to Ray Wilkins with Jordan. He is best remembered for his time at ...more
19
Billy Whelan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Charlers added Forward, Inside forward
William Augustine Whelan, also known as Billy Whelan or Liam Whelan, was an Irish footballer and one of the eight Manchester United players who were killed in the Munich air disaster. He was 22 ...more
20
John O'Shea is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Defender, Midfielder
John Francis O'Shea is an Irish footballer, who plays as a defender for Sunderland and the Republic of Ireland national football team. He is known for his versatility in playing several ...more
21
Steve Staunton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Defender
Stephen "Steve" Staunton is an Irish association football manager and former professional footballer, who was most recently manager of Darlington. He earned 102 caps for the Republic ...more
22
Steve Heighway is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Stephen Derek "Steve" Heighway is an Irish former footballer who was part of the hugely successful Liverpool team of the 1970s.
23
Richard Dunne is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Defender
Richard Patrick Dunne is an Irish footballer who plays as a defender and currently plays for Queens Park Rangers. He also played internationally for the Republic of Ireland national football ...more
24
Niall Quinn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Forward
Niall John Quinn is an Irish former professional footballer and businessman, and the ex-chairman of Sunderland A.F.C.. Quinn continued as Sunderland's director responsible for international ...more
25
Mark Lawrenson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from Ireland
Defender
Mark Thomas Lawrenson is a former professional footballer, a defender in the Liverpool and Ireland football teams of the 1980s. After a short career as a manager, he has since been a radio, ...more