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The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom

Updated August 26, 2020 61.7k votes 3.7k voters 140k views200 items

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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  • 1
    Midfielder
    1,309
    435

    BirthplaceBelfast, 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 of...  more

    #7 of 22 The Best Short Male Athletes#42 of 50 50 Famous People Charged With Sex Crimes#49 of 88 The Best Soccer Players from Ireland

  • 2
    BaruchLalaev addedForward, Midfielder
    969
    380

    BirthplaceAshington, United Kingdom

    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 team...  more
  • 3
    Defender
    610
    231

    BirthplaceBarking, London, 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 years,...  more

    #5 of 452 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time#14 of 22 22 Celebrities with One or Fewer Testes#20 of 29 The Best Athletes Who Wore #6

  • 4
    BaruchLalaev addedForward
    709
    339

    BirthplaceAberdeen, United Kingdom

    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

    #89 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players#25 of 102 Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked#2 of 135 The Best Soccer Players from Scotland

  • 5
    Goalkeeper
    486
    233

    BirthplaceSheffield, United Kingdom

    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 caps...  more

    #97 of 1,185 The Best Soccer Players of All Time#18 of 176 The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time#4 of 192 The Best Leicester City Players Of All Time

  • 6
    RussellBrill addedForward
    341
    155

    BirthplaceManor Park, London, United Kingdom

    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

    #22 of 303 The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time#3 of 212 The Best Soccer Players from England

  • 7
    Wing half, Midfielder
    573
    245

    BirthplaceDudley, United Kingdom

    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
  • 8
    Outside forward, Midfielder
    392
    189

    BirthplaceHanley, Staffordshire, United Kingdom

    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

    #20 of 85 Great Athletes Who Waited Too Long To Retire#121 of 152 The Most Influential Athletes Of All Time

  • 9
    Midfielder
    322
    144

    BirthplaceHayes, Hillingdon, United Kingdom

    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
  • 10
    BaruchLalaev addedForward, Midfielder
    338
    163

    BirthplaceSwansea, United Kingdom

    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 the...  more
  • 11
    Midfielder
    472
    235

    BirthplaceChester-le-Street, United Kingdom

    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 moving...  more
  • 12
    MatthewGill addedMidfielder
    260
    113

    BirthplaceFelling, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom

    Christopher Roland Waddle (born 14 December 1960) is an English former professional football player and manager. He currently works as a commentator and pundit. Nicknamed "Magic Chris", football...  more
  • 13
    BaruchLalaev addedGoalkeeper
    257
    100

    BirthplaceNewry, United Kingdom

    Patrick Anthony Jennings (born 12 June 1945) is a Northern Irish former footballer. He played 119 games for Northern Ireland as a goalkeeper, a figure which at the time was a world record and is...  more

    #2 of 22 The Best Arsenal Keepers Of All Time#29 of 117 The Best Arsenal Players Of All Time

  • 14
    Goalkeeper
    258
    104

    BirthplaceLeicester, United Kingdom

    Peter Leslie Shilton (born 18 September 1949) is an English former footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He currently holds the record for playing more games for the England men’s national football...  more
  • 15
    RussellBrill addedForward, Midfielder
    211
    94

    BirthplaceSaint Peter Port, United Kingdom, with Dependencies and Territories

    Matthew Paul Le Tissier (; born 14 October 1968) is a football television presenter and former professional footballer. Le Tissier spent his entire professional club career with Southampton and won...  more

    #83 of 164 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s#63 of 98 The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

  • 16
    Outside forward, Forward
    287
    134

    BirthplaceCity of Preston, Lancashire, United Kingdom

    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
  • 17
    bigcraig addedForward
    373
    89

    BirthplaceCleland, United Kingdom

    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
  • 18
    759
    461

    BirthplaceGlasgow, 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 hundred...  more

    #326 of 1,316 The Best Athletes Of All Time#2 of 135 The Best Liverpool Players Of All Time

  • 19
    Midfielder
    641
    395

    BirthplaceSalford, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

    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, for...  more
  • 20
    BaruchLalaev addedOutside forward, Midfielder
    226
    105

    BirthplaceUddingston, United Kingdom

    James Connelly Johnstone (30 September 1944 – 13 March 2006), nicknamed "Jinky", was a Scottish footballer who played as an outside right. Johnstone was best known for his time with Celtic, and was...  more
  • 21
    BaruchLalaev addedForward, Midfielder
    689
    440

    BirthplaceCardiff, United Kingdom

    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 entire...  more

    #120 of 166 Who's the Best Player in the Premier League?#12 of 15 The 15 Craziest Victims of the Streisand Effect#275 of 311 Unicef Goodwill Ambassadors

  • 22
    BaruchLalaev addedMidfielder
    194
    67

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    Robert Dennis "Danny" Blanchflower (10 February 1926 – 9 December 1993) was a former Northern Ireland international footballer who played for and captained Tottenham Hotspur, most notably during its...  more
  • 23
    Midfielder
    391
    215

    BirthplaceHillingdon, United Kingdom

    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, Wilkins...  more
  • 24
    Midfielder
    403
    196

    BirthplaceCollyhurst, United Kingdom

    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 scoring one...  more
  • 25
    BaruchLalaev addedMidfielder
    172
    70

    BirthplaceKirkcaldy, United Kingdom

    James Curran Baxter (29 September 1939 – 14 April 2001) was a Scottish professional footballer who played as a left half. He is generally regarded as one of the country's greatest ever players. He...  more
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