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List of Famous Football Players

Updated June 14, 2019 56.0k views374 items

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

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  • Reggie Bush
    Reginald Alfred Bush Jr. (born March 2, 1985) is a former American football running back. He...  more

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  • Tony Romo
    Antonio Ramiro Romo (born April 21, 1980) is an American football television analyst and...  more

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  • Diego Maradona
    Diego Armando Maradona (30 October 1960 – 25 November 2020) was an Argentine retired...  more

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  • Wayne Rooney
    Wayne Mark Rooney (born 24 October 1985) is an English professional footballer who plays for...  more

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  • Vyacheslav Malafeev
    Vyacheslav Aleksandrovich Malafeev (Russian: Вячесла́в Алекса́ндрович Малафе́ев, IPA:...  more
  • Ian Roberts
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  • Justin Fashanu
    Justinus Soni "Justin" Fashanu (; 19 February 1961 – 2 May 1998) was an English footballer who...  more

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  • Zinedine Zidane
    Zinedine Yazid Zidane (French pronunciation: ​[zinedin jazid zidan]; born 23 June 1972),...  more

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  • Luís Figo
    Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo OIH (Portuguese pronunciation: [luˈiʃ ˈfiɣu]; born 4 November...  more

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  • Paris Jackson
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  • Vinnie Jones
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  • Alex Ferguson
    Sir Alexander Chapman Ferguson (born 31 December 1941) is a Scottish former football manager...  more

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  • Hank Baskett
    Henry Randall Baskett III (born September 4, 1982) is a former American football wide receiver...  more
  • Miles Austin
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  • Thierry Henry
    Thierry Daniel Henry (French pronunciation: ​[tjɛʁi ɑ̃ʁi]; born 17 August 1977) is a French...  more

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  • Gary Neville
    Gary Alexander Neville (born 18 February 1975) is an English football coach, retired football...  more
  • Djibril Cissé
    Djibril Cissé (French pronunciation: ​[dʒibʁil sise]; born 12 August 1981) is a French...  more

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  • Pelé
    Edson Arantes do Nascimento, KBE (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈɛtsõ (w)ɐˈɾɐ̃tʃiz du nɐsiˈmẽtu];...  more

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

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  • Craig Charles
    Craig Joseph Charles (born 11 July 1964) is a British actor, television presenter and DJ. He...  more
  • Chris Mainwaring
    Christopher Douglas Mainwaring (27 December 1965 – 1 October 2007) was an Australian rules...  more
  • Eric Cantona
    Eric Daniel Pierre Cantona (French pronunciation: ​[eʁik kɑ̃tona]; born 24 May 1966) is a...  more

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  • Sir Stanley Matthews
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  • Ferenc Puskás
    Ferenc Puskás (UK: FERR-ench PUUS(H)-kəss, -⁠enk -⁠, -⁠ PUUSH-kash, Hungarian: [ˈfɛrɛnt͡s...  more

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