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The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom

Updated August 26, 2020 59.3k votes 3.4k voters 136.5k 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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  • George Best1
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    George Best

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    NationalityNorthern Ireland, United Kingdom

    George Best (22 May 1946 – 25 November 2005) was a Northern Irish professional footballer who...  more

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  • Bobby Charlton2
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    Bobby Charlton

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceAshington, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Sir Robert Charlton (born 11 October 1937) is an English former footballer who played as a...  more
  • Duncan Edwards3
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    133

    Duncan Edwards

    Wing half, Midfielder

    BirthplaceDudley, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Duncan Edwards (1 October 1936 – 21 February 1958) was an English footballer who played for...  more
  • Denis Law4
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    Denis Law

    Forward

    BirthplaceAberdeen, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

    Denis Law (born 24 February 1940) is a Scottish former footballer who played as a forward....  more
  • Bryan Robson5
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    120

    Bryan Robson

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceChester-le-Street, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Bryan Robson OBE (born 11 January 1957) is an English football manager and former player. Born...  more
  • Bobby Moore6
    625
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    Bobby Moore

    Defender

    BirthplaceLondon, Barking, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Robert Frederick Chelsea Moore OBE (12 April 1941 – 24 February 1993) was an English...  more

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  • Ray Wilkins7
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    Ray Wilkins

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceHillingdon, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Raymond Colin Wilkins, (14 September 1956 – 4 April 2018) was an English football player and...  more
  • Nobby Stiles8
    435
    91

    Nobby Stiles

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceCollyhurst, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Norbert Peter "Nobby" Stiles (born 18 May 1942) is an English retired footballer. He was born...  more
  • Paul Scholes9
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    Paul Scholes

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceSalford, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Paul Scholes ( SKOHLZ; born 16 November 1974) is a co-owner of Salford City, an English...  more
  • Andrew Cole10
    384
    132

    BirthplaceNottingham, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Andrew Alexander Cole (born 15 October 1971) is an English former professional footballer....  more
  • Gordon Banks11
    511
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    Gordon Banks

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceSheffield, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom,England

    Gordon Banks (30 December 1937 – 12 February 2019) was an English professional footballer who...  more

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  • Ryan Giggs12
    730
    364

    Ryan Giggs

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceCardiff, United Kingdom

    NationalityWales

    Ryan Joseph Giggs (born Wilson; born 29 November 1973) is a Welsh football coach and former...  more

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  • Joe Jordan13
    401
    73

    Joe Jordan

    Forward

    BirthplaceCleland, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

    Joseph Jordan (born 15 December 1951) is a Scottish football player, coach and manager, who...  more
  • Jimmy Greaves14
    352
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    BirthplaceManor Park, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    James Peter Greaves (born 20 February 1940) is a former England international footballer who...  more

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  • Sir Stanley Matthews15
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    Sir Stanley Matthews

    Outside forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceHanley, Staffordshire, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Sir Stanley Matthews, CBE (1 February 1915 – 23 February 2000) was an English footballer....  more

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  • Rio Ferdinand16
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    BirthplaceDenmark Hill, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Rio Gavin Ferdinand (born 7 November 1978) is an English former professional footballer who...  more

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  • Roy Keane17
    408
    42

    Roy Keane

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceCork, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland

    Roy Maurice Keane (born 10 August 1971) is an Irish football manager and former professional...  more

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  • John Charles18
    363
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    John Charles

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceSwansea, United Kingdom

    NationalityWales

    William John Charles, CBE (27 December 1931 – 21 February 2004) was a Welsh international...  more
  • Teddy Sheringham19
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    122

    BirthplaceHighams Park, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Edward Paul Sheringham, MBE (born 2 April 1966) is an English football manager and former...  more
  • Mark Hughes20
    368
    157

    BirthplaceRuabon, United Kingdom

    NationalityWales

    Leslie Mark Hughes, OBE (born 1 November 1963) is a Welsh football manager and former player,...  more
  • Peter Shilton21
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    Peter Shilton

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceLeicester, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Peter Leslie Shilton (born 18 September 1949) is an English former footballer who played as a...  more
  • Pat Jennings22
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    Pat Jennings

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceNewry, United Kingdom

    NationalityNorthern Ireland

    Patrick Anthony Jennings (born 12 June 1945) is a Northern Irish former footballer. He played...  more

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  • David Beckham23
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    David Beckham

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceLeytonstone, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom,England

    David Robert Joseph Beckham (UK: ; born 2 May 1975) is an English former professional...  more

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  • Tom Finney24
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    Tom Finney

    Outside forward, Forward

    BirthplaceCity of Preston, Lancashire, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Sir Thomas Finney (5 April 1922 – 14 February 2014) was an English footballer who played from...  more
  • Billy Meredith25
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    71

    Billy Meredith

    Outside forward

    BirthplaceChirk, United Kingdom

    NationalityWales

    William Henry Meredith (30 July 1874 – 19 April 1958) was a Welsh professional footballer. He...  more