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List of famous football players, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top football players in the world? This includes the most prominent football players, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable football players is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic football players were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned football players.

David Beckham and Diego Maradona are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

From reputable, prominent, and well known football players to the lesser known football players of today, these are some of the best professionals in the football player field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous football players ever?" and "What are the names of famous football players?" then you're in the right place. (374 items)
David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Football Players
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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Reggie Bush is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Reginald Alfred Bush Jr. (born March 2, 1985) is a former American football running back. He played college football at USC, where he earned consensus All-American honors twice and won the ...more

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Tony Romo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Antonio Ramiro Romo (born April 21, 1980) is an American football television analyst and retired quarterback who played 14 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). ...more

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Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Diego Armando Maradona (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈdjeɣo maɾaˈðona], born 30 October 1960) is an Argentine retired professional footballer. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest ...more

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Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Football Players
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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Vyacheslav Malafeev is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Vyacheslav Aleksandrovich Malafeev (Russian: Вячесла́в Алекса́ндрович Малафе́ев, IPA: [vʲɪtɕɪˈslav ɐlʲɪˈksandrəvʲɪtɕ məlɐˈfʲeɪf]; born 4 March 1979) is a Russian football official and a former ...more
Ian Roberts is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Ian Roberts (born 31 July 1965) is an Australian actor, and former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1980s and 1990s. A New South Wales State of Origin and Australian ...more
Justin Fashanu is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Justinus Soni "Justin" Fashanu (; 19 February 1961 – 2 May 1998) was an English footballer who played for a variety of clubs between 1978 and 1997. He was known by his early clubs to ...more

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Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Zinedine Yazid Zidane (French pronunciation: ​[zinedin jazid zidan]; born 23 June 1972), nicknamed "Zizou" (pronounced [zizu]), is a French former professional football player and ...more

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Luís Figo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo OIH (Portuguese pronunciation: [luˈiʃ ˈfiɣu]; born 4 November 1972) is a retired Portuguese professional footballer who played as a midfielder for Sporting ...more

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Paris Jackson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson (born April 3, 1998) is an American model, media personality, socialite, humanitarian, and actress. She is the second child and only daughter of Michael Jackson ...more
Vinnie Jones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Vincent Peter Jones (born 5 January 1965) is a British actor and former professional footballer who played as a midfielder from 1984 to 1999, notably for Wimbledon, Leeds United, Sheffield ...more

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Alex Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Sir Alexander Chapman Ferguson (born 31 December 1941) is a Scottish former football manager and player who managed Manchester United from 1986 to 2013. He is considered one of the greatest ...more

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Hank Baskett is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Henry Randall Baskett III (born September 4, 1982) is a former American football wide receiver who played in the National Football League for the Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles and ...more
Miles Austin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Miles Jonathon Austin III (born June 30, 1984) is an offensive assistant coach for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL) and a former American football wide receiver who ...more

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Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Thierry Daniel Henry (French pronunciation: ​[tjɛʁi ɑ̃ʁi]; born 17 August 1977) is a French professional football coach and former player who was most recently the manager of Ligue 1 club ...more

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Gary Neville is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Gary Alexander Neville (born 18 February 1975) is an English football coach, retired football player and co-owner of Salford City. After retiring from football in 2011, Neville went into ...more

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Djibril Cissé is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Djibril Cissé (French pronunciation: ​[dʒibʁil sise]; born 12 August 1981) is a French footballer who plays as a striker. Cissé started his career at AC Arles in 1989 at the age of ...more

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Pelé is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Edson Arantes do Nascimento, KBE (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈɛtsõ (w)ɐˈɾɐ̃tʃiz du nɐsiˈmẽtu]; born 23 October 1940), known as Pelé ([peˈlɛ]), is a Brazilian retired professional ...more

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George Best is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Football Players
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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Craig Charles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Craig Joseph Charles (born 11 July 1964) is a British actor, television presenter and DJ. He played Dave Lister in the science fiction sitcom Red Dwarf and Lloyd Mullaney in the soap opera ...more
Chris Mainwaring is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Christopher Douglas Mainwaring (27 December 1965 – 1 October 2007) was an Australian rules footballer. He played for the West Coast Eagles in the Victorian Football League/Australian Football ...more
Eric Cantona is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Eric Daniel Pierre Cantona (French pronunciation: ​[eʁik kɑ̃tona]; born 24 May 1966) is a French actor and former professional footballer. He played for Auxerre, Martigues, Marseille, Bordeaux, ...more

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Sir Stanley Matthews is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Football Players
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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Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Ferenc Puskás (UK: FERR-ench PUUS(H)-kəss, -⁠enk -⁠, -⁠ PUUSH-kash, Hungarian: [ˈfɛrɛnt͡s ˈpuʃkaːʃ]; né Purczeld; 2 April 1927 – 17 November 2006) was a Hungarian footballer and ...more

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