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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

Nwankwo Kanu is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Nwankwo Kanu, OON, or simply Kanu, is a retired Nigerian footballer who played as a striker. He was a member of and later captained the Nigerian national team for 16 years from 1994 until 2010. ...more

Darren Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Darren Barr Fletcher is a Scottish footballer who plays as a central midfielder for West Bromwich Albion and the Scottish national team. The industrious footballer has also played as a right ...more

Hidetoshi Nakata is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Hidetoshi Nakata, Cavaliere OSSI, is a retired Japanese football player. He was considered one of the most famous Asian footballers of his generation. Nakata began his professional career in ...more

Gordon Banks is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Gordon Banks, OBE is a former England international football goalkeeper. He made 628 appearances during a 15-year career in the Football League, and won 73 caps for his country. The IFFHS named ...more

Danny Cipriani is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Daniel Jerome Cipriani is an English rugby union footballer who currently plays for Premiership team Sale Sharks. He plays fly-half, centre and fullback. He has played for London Wasps, ...more

Ali Karimi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Mohammad Ali Karimi Pashaki Persian: is a retired Iranian footballer. He has played for Fath Tehran, Persepolis, Al-Ahli Dubai, Bayern Munich, Qatar SC, Steel Azin, Schalke 04, Tractor Sazi, and ...more

Alex McLeish is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Alexander "Alex" McLeish is a Scottish former footballer and current manager of Genk in the Belgian Pro League. Born in Glasgow, McLeish played as a central defender for Aberdeen ...more

Michael Ballack is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Michael Ballack is a retired German footballer. He is among the top goal scorers in the history of the German national team. Ballack wore the number 13 shirt for every team he has played for ...more

Mike Fitzpatrick is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Michael "Mike" Fitzpatrick is an Australian businessman, sporting administrator and former Australian rules footballer. He is the current chairman of the Australian Football League ...more

Michael Owen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Michael James Owen is a former English footballer who played as a striker for Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Stoke City as well as the England national team. He ...more

Kevin Turner is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Kevin Turner Kevin Ray Turner is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the New York Giants, Washington Redskins, Seattle Seahawks, and the Cleveland Browns. He played ...more

Neil Lennon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Neil Francis Lennon is a football player and manager from Northern Ireland. He was appointed as manager of Football League Championship club Bolton Wanderers in October 2014. During his playing ...more

Francesco Totti is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Francesco Totti, Ufficiale OMRI, is an Italian footballer who plays for and captains Serie A club Roma. His primary playing positions are those of an attacking midfielder or supporting forward, ...more

Dietmar Hamann is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Dietmar Johann Wolfgang Hamann, also known as Didi Hamann, is a German former professional footballer who was most recently manager at Stockport County. Throughout his career, he has played for ...more

Paul Scholes is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Paul Scholes is a retired English footballer who played his entire professional career for Manchester United and is currently co-owner of Salford City. Born in Salford, but later moving to ...more

Paul Merson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Paul Charles Merson is an English professional footballer and manager, turned football television pundit. As a player he played as a forward and later as a playmaking midfielder in a career that ...more

Nicolas Anelka is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Nicolas Sébastien Anelka is a French footballer who is currently a free agent. He last played for Mumbai City FC in the Indian Super League. Prior to his retirement from international ...more

Jason Bell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Jason Dewande Bell is a former professional American football cornerback in the National Football League, who played for the Dallas Cowboys, the Houston Texans and the New York Giants. He played ...more

Ray Ranson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Raymond "Ray" Ranson is an English entrepreneur and a former professional footballer. He started his football career with Manchester City, and played for Birmingham City, Newcastle ...more

Baichung Bhutia is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Baichung Bhutia or Bhaichung Bhutia is an Indian footballer of Sikkimese-Bhutia descent who plays as a striker for East Bengal in the I-League. Bhutia is considered to be the torchbearer of ...more

Gorden Tallis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Gorden James Tallis is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer of the 1990s and 2000s. A Queensland State of Origin and Australian international representative second-row ...more

Michael Chopra is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Rocky Michael Chopra, known as Michael Chopra, is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for Scottish Championship club Alloa Athletic. A product of the Newcastle United youth ...more

Chick Henderson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Football Players
John Hamilton "Chick" Henderson was a South African rugby union footballer and commentator. A native of Johannesburg, Henderson was educated at Michaelhouse, the University of the ...more

John Hartson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Football Players
John Hartson is a Welsh former professional footballer who played as a striker from 1992 until 2008 notably in the Scottish Premier League for Celtic and the Premier League for Arsenal and West ...more

Milene Domingues is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Football Players
Milene Domingues Aganzo is a Brazilian model and former footballer.