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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 OBE, is an English former professional footballer. He played for Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, Milan, LA Galaxy, Paris Saint-Germain, and the ...more
Reggie Bush is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Reginald Alfred "Reggie" Bush, Jr. is an American football running back for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League. He played college football for the University of ...more
Tony Romo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Antonio Ramiro "Tony" Romo is an American football quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He played college football for Eastern Illinois University, an ...more
Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Diego Armando Maradona Franco is an Argentine former footballer. He has served as a manager and coach at other clubs as well as for the national team of Argentina. Many experts, football ...more
Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Wayne Mark Rooney is an English professional footballer who plays for and captains both Manchester United and the England national team. He has played much of his career as a forward, but he has ...more
Vyacheslav Malafeev is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Vyacheslav Aleksandrovich Malafeev is a Russian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Russian Premier League team Zenit Saint Petersburg. He is a one-club man, having spent all 14 of his ...more
Ian Roberts is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Ian Roberts is an Australian actor, model and former professional rugby league footballer of the 1980s and 1990s. A New South Wales State of Origin and Australian international representative ...more
Justin Fashanu is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Justinus Soni "Justin" Fashanu was an English footballer who played for a variety of clubs between 1978 and 1997. He was known by his early clubs to be gay, and came out to the press ...more
Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Zinedine Yazid Zidane, nicknamed "Zizou", is a former French footballer and current coach of Real Madrid Castilla. He played as an attacking midfielder for the French national team, ...more
Luís Figo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo, OIH, is a Portuguese retired footballer. He played as a winger for Sporting CP, FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Internazionale before retiring on 31 May ...more
Paris Jackson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Paris Jackson is a professional Canadian football slotback who is currently a member of the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League. He was originally drafted sixth overall by the BC ...more
Vinnie Jones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Vincent Peter "Vinnie" Jones is a British actor and former professional footballer who played as a midfielder from 1984 to 1999 notably for Wimbledon, Leeds United, Sheffield United ...more
Alex Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Sir Alexander Chapman "Alex" Ferguson, CBE, is a Scottish former football manager and player who managed Manchester United from 1986 to 2013. His time at the club has led to Ferguson ...more
Hank Baskett is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Henry Randall "Hank" Baskett III is a former American football wide receiver who played in the National Football League for the Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis ...more
Miles Austin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Miles Jonathon Austin III is an American football wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. He was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in ...more
Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Thierry Daniel Henry is a retired French professional footballer, who played as a forward. He played for Monaco, Juventus, Barcelona, New York Red Bulls and spent eight years at Arsenal where he ...more
Gary Neville is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Gary Alexander Neville is an English football coach and former player who currently serves as a coach for the England national football team, and as co-owner of Salford City. Since retiring from ...more
Djibril Cissé is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Djibril Cissé is a French footballer who plays as a striker for SC Bastia in Ligue 1. He is well known for his speed and acceleration. Since 2005, he has been Lord of the Manor of ...more
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Pele, is almost universally regarded as the greatest player in the history of football. Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento in the Minas Gerais region of Brazil, Pele emerged on to the ...more
George Best is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Football Players
George Best was a Northern Irish footballer who played as a winger for Manchester United and the Northern Ireland national team. In 1968 he won the European Cup with United, and was named the ...more
Craig Charles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Craig Joseph Charles is an English actor, comedian, author, poet, television presenter, and DJ. He is known for playing Dave Lister in the British science fiction sitcom Red Dwarf and Lloyd ...more
Chris Mainwaring is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Christopher Douglas Mainwaring was an Australian rules footballer. He played for the West Coast Eagles in the Victorian Football League/Australian Football League and East Fremantle in the West ...more
Eric Cantona is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Éric Daniel Pierre Cantona is a French actor and former international footballer for the French national team. He played for Auxerre, Martigues, Marseille, Bordeaux, Montpellier, ...more
Sir Stanley Matthews is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Sir Stanley Matthews, CBE was an English footballer. Often regarded as one of the greatest players of the English game, he is the only player to have been knighted while still playing, as well ...more
Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Ferenc Puskás was a Hungarian footballer and manager, widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. He scored 84 goals in 85 international matches for Hungary, and 514 goals ...more