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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: Northern Ireland, 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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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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Denis Law is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Bobby Moore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Defender from Barking, London, England

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

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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Ryan Giggs is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Paul Scholes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Midfielder from Salford, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

Paul Scholes ( SKOHLZ; born 16 November 1974) is a co-owner of Salford City, an English football coach and former player. He spent his entire professional playing career with Manchester United, ...more

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David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Midfielder from Leytonstone, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

David Robert Joseph Beckham (UK: ; born 2 May 1975) is an English former professional footballer, the current president of Inter Miami CF and co-owner of Salford City. He played for Manchester ...more

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Duncan Edwards is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Gordon Banks is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Bryan Robson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Midfielder from Chester-le-Street, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

Bryan Robson OBE (born 11 January 1957) is an English football manager and former player. Born in Chester-le-Street, County Durham, he began his career with West Bromwich Albion in 1972 before ...more

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Sir Stanley Matthews is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Jimmy Greaves is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Kenny Dalglish is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Midfielder from Whiston, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, 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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Ray Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Midfielder from Hillingdon, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

Raymond Colin Wilkins, (14 September 1956 – 4 April 2018) was an English football player and coach. Born into a footballing family with his father and three brothers involved in the game, ...more

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Nobby Stiles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Midfielder from Collyhurst, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

Norbert Peter "Nobby" Stiles (born 18 May 1942) is an English retired footballer. He was born in Collyhurst, Manchester. Stiles played for England for five years, winning 28 caps and ...more

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Andrew Cole is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
jackslee2 added Forward from Nottingham, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

Andrew Alexander Cole (born 15 October 1971) is an English former professional footballer. Playing as a striker, his career lasted from 1988 to 2008. He is most notably remembered for his time ...more

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John Charles is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Forward from Croxteth, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Wayne Mark Rooney (born 24 October 1985) is an English professional footballer who plays for American MLS club D.C. United. He has played much of his career as a forward, and he has also been ...more

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Rio Ferdinand is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Defender from Denmark Hill, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Rio Gavin Ferdinand (born 7 November 1978) is an English former professional footballer who played as a centre back, and current television pundit for BT Sport. He played 81 times for the ...more

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Michael Owen is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Mark Hughes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
dazter added Forward from Ruabon, United Kingdom

Nationality: Wales

Leslie Mark Hughes, OBE (born 1 November 1963) is a Welsh football manager and former player, who was most recently manager of Premier League club Southampton. During his playing career he was ...more

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Joe Jordan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
bigcraig added Forward from Cleland, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland

Joseph Jordan (born 15 December 1951) is a Scottish football player, coach and manager, who was most recently assistant manager of Middlesbrough. A former striker, he played for Leeds United, ...more
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Tom Finney is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Gary Lineker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom
Forward from Leicester, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Gary Winston Lineker (; born 30 November 1960) is an English former professional footballer and current sports broadcaster. He holds England's record for goals in the FIFA World Cup finals, with ...more

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