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The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom 

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Curious as to who the best soccer players from United Kingdom are? This list includes the top soccer (or “football”) players from United Kingdom, along with photos when available. This list of best British 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 British soccer player you can use the "search" box to find what you're looking for. Who is your favorite English soccer player?  These are the best English soccer players ever!

A list made up of players like Justin Fashanu and Tom Brown and other famous English soccer players, answering the questions, "Who are the best British footballers?" and "Who is the greatest British soccer player of all time?" You can help determine just who are the best players by voting up your choices below, and voting down any you feel should be lower on the list.

You can click on the names of these popular soccer players of United Kingdom in order to get more information about each one. If you're a sports lover then you can use this list of popular British soccer players to discover some new athletes that you might really enjoy watching.

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George Best is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Midfielder from Belfast, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

George Best (22 May 1946 – 25 November 2005) was a Northern Irish professional footballer who played as a winger, spending most of his club career at Manchester United. Named European Footballer ...more

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#13 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #97 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #20 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players

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Bobby Charlton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
BaruchLalaev added Forward and Midfielder from Ashington, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

Sir Robert Charlton (born 11 October 1937) is an English former footballer who played as a midfielder. He is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, and was a member of the England ...more

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#62 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #262 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #62 of 119 The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time

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Bobby Moore is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Defender from Barking, London, England

Nationality: United Kingdom

Robert Frederick Chelsea Moore OBE (12 April 1941 – 24 February 1993) was an English professional footballer. He most notably played for West Ham United, captaining the club for more than ten ...more

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#70 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #95 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #5 of 464 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

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Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Midfielder from Whiston, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

Steven George Gerrard (born 30 May 1980) is an English professional football manager and former player who manages Scottish Premiership club Rangers. He spent the majority of his playing career ...more

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#23 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #89 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #96 of 154 Who's the Best Player in the Premier League?

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Gordon Banks is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Goalkeeper from Sheffield, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Gordon Banks (30 December 1937 – 12 February 2019) was an English professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He made 679 appearances during a 20-year professional career, and won 73 ...more

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#119 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #11 of 230 The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time #6 of 169 The Best Leicester City Players Of All Time

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Sir Stanley Matthews is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Outside forward and Midfielder from Hanley, Staffordshire, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Sir Stanley Matthews, CBE (1 February 1915 – 23 February 2000) was an English footballer. Often regarded as one of the greatest players of the British game, he is the only player to have been ...more

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#98 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #47 of 85 Great Athletes Who Waited Too Long To Retire #8 of 1,057 The Best Soccer Players from England

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Kenny Dalglish is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Forward from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland, United Kingdom

Sir Kenneth Mathieson Dalglish (born 4 March 1951) is a Scottish former football player and manager. He made over three hundred appearances for both Celtic and Liverpool and earned over one ...more

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#105 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #256 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #2 of 142 The Best Liverpool Players Of All Time

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Kevin Keegan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Forward and Center Forward from Armthorpe, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Joseph Kevin Keegan, OBE (born 14 February 1951) is an English former football player and manager. A forward, he played for several clubs, including Newcastle United, Southampton, Liverpool and ...more

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#840 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #311 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #8 of 142 The Best Liverpool Players Of All Time

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Denis Law is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
BaruchLalaev added Forward from Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland

Denis Law (born 24 February 1940) is a Scottish former footballer who played as a forward. His career as a football player began at Second Division Huddersfield Town in 1956. After four years at ...more

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#210 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #1,603 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #85 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players

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Ian Rush is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
RussellBrill added Forward from St Asaph, United Kingdom

Nationality: Wales

Ian James Rush, (born 20 October 1961) is a Welsh former professional footballer who played as a forward. At club level Rush played for Liverpool from 1980–1987 and 1988–1996. He is the club's ...more

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#239 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #983 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #3 of 142 The Best Liverpool Players Of All Time

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Alan Shearer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Forward from Gosforth, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Alan Shearer, CBE, DL (born 13 August 1970) is an English retired footballer. He played as a striker in the top level of English league football for Southampton, Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle ...more

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#93 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #1,672 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #23 of 209 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s

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John Barnes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Midfielder from Kingston, Jamaica

Nationality: United Kingdom, Jamaica

John Charles Bryan Barnes MBE (born 7 November 1963) is an English former professional footballer and manager, who currently works as a commentator and pundit for ESPN and SuperSport. A fast, ...more

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#150 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #6 of 142 The Best Liverpool Players Of All Time #2 of 89 The Best Soccer Players from Jamaica

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Jimmy Greaves is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
RussellBrill added Forward from Manor Park, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

James Peter Greaves (born 20 February 1940) is a former England international footballer who played as a forward. He is England's fourth highest international goalscorer (44 goals), Tottenham ...more

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#396 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #1,674 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #100 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players

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John Charles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
BaruchLalaev added Forward and Midfielder from Swansea, United Kingdom

Nationality: Wales

William John Charles, CBE (27 December 1931 – 21 February 2004) was a Welsh international footballer who played for Leeds United and Juventus during his 25-year playing career. Rated by many as ...more

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#1,989 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #145 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #387 of 464 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

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Graeme Souness is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
BaruchLalaev added Midfielder from Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland

Graeme James Souness (; born 6 May 1953) is a Scottish retired professional football player, who played as a midfielder, and manager. Souness was the captain of the successful Liverpool team of ...more

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#142 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #9 of 142 The Best Liverpool Players Of All Time #3 of 1,018 The Best Soccer Players from Scotland

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Michael Owen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Forward from Chester, England

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Michael James Owen (born 14 December 1979) is an English former footballer who played as a striker for Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Stoke City, as well as for ...more

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#131 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #272 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #57 of 209 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s

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Peter Beardsley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Forward and Midfielder from Hexham, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

Peter Andrew Beardsley MBE (born 18 January 1961) is an English former footballer who played as a forward or midfielder between 1979 and 1999. In 1987, he set a record transfer fee in the ...more

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#315 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #31 of 142 The Best Liverpool Players Of All Time #2 of 101 The Best Newcastle United Players Of All Time, Ranked

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Alan Hansen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
BaruchLalaev added Defender from Sauchie, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland, United Kingdom

Alan David Hansen (born 13 June 1955) is a Scottish former football player and BBC television football pundit. He played as a central defender for Partick Thistle, for the successful Liverpool ...more

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#208 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #22 of 464 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time #10 of 142 The Best Liverpool Players Of All Time

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Roger Hunt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Roger Hunt Forward from Golborne, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

Roger Hunt, (born 20 July 1938) is an English former footballer who played as a forward. He spent eleven years at Liverpool and was the club's record goalscorer with 286 goals until that number ...more

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#1,262 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #27 of 142 The Best Liverpool Players Of All Time

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Dixie Dean is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Forward from Birkenhead, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

William Ralph "Dixie" Dean (22 January 1907 – 1 March 1980) was an English footballer who played as a centre forward. Born in Birkenhead, he began his career at his hometown club ...more

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#159 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #18 of 1,057 The Best Soccer Players from England

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Duncan Edwards is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Duncan Edwards Wing half and Midfielder from Dudley, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

Duncan Edwards (1 October 1936 – 21 February 1958) was an English footballer who played for Manchester United and the England national team. He was one of the Busby Babes, the young United team ...more

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#160 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #369 of 464 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time #99 of 174 Athletes Whose Careers Ended Too Soon

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Tom Finney is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Outside forward and Forward from City of Preston, Lancashire, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Sir Thomas Finney (5 April 1922 – 14 February 2014) was an English footballer who played from 1946 to 1960 as an outside left for Preston North End and England. He is widely acknowledged to have ...more

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#344 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #15 of 1,057 The Best Soccer Players from England

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Glenn Hoddle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Midfielder from Hayes, Hillingdon, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

Glenn Hoddle (born 27 October 1957) is an English former footballer and manager. He now works as a television pundit and commentator for ITV Sport and BT Sport. He played as a midfielder for ...more

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#172 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #1,919 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #75 of 230 The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time

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Ray Clemence is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Goalkeeper from Skegness, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

Raymond Neal "Ray" Clemence, (born 5 August 1948) is a former England international football goalkeeper and was part of the Liverpool team of the 1970s. He is one of only 25 players to ...more

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#220 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #98 of 230 The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time #1 of 18 The Best Liverpool Keepers Of All Time

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Ryan Giggs is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
BaruchLalaev added Forward and Midfielder from Cardiff, United Kingdom

Nationality: Wales

Ryan Joseph Giggs (born Wilson; born 29 November 1973) is a Welsh football coach and former player. He is the manager of the Wales national team and a co-owner of Salford City. He played his ...more

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#24 of 1,414 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #1,285 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #13 of 209 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s