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List of Famous Footballers

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List of famous footballers, with photos, bios, and other information. Who are the top footballers in the world? This includes the most prominent and best footballers, living and dead, both in Europe and abroad. This list of notable footballers is ordered by their level of prominence, and you can sort the info by column.

Known as soccer players in America, some of the most popular footballers are also on the best soccer goalies of all time, the best current female soccer players, and the best Brazilian footballers.

Famous football players names include David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo, and of course, Lionel Messi. From reputable, prominent, and well known footballers to the lesser known footballers of today, these are the top best professionals in this field.

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  • Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini (Spanish pronunciation: [ljoˈnel anˈdɾez ˈmesi] (listen); born...  more

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

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro GOIH ComM (born 5 February 1985) is a Portuguese...  more

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

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  • Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior (Brazilian Portuguese: [nejˈmaʁ dɐ ˈsiwvɐ ˈsɐ̃tus ˈʒũɲoʁ]; born...  more

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  • Zlatan Ibrahimović (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈslaːtan ɪbraˈhiːmʊvɪtɕ], Bosnian: [zlǎtan...  more

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  • Paolo Cesare Maldini (Italian pronunciation: [ˈpaːolo malˈdiːni]; born 26 June 1968) is an...  more

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  • Ronaldo de Assis Moreira (born 21 March 1980), commonly known as Ronaldinho Gaúcho (Brazilian...  more

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  • Mesut Özil (German pronunciation: [ˈmeːzut ˈøːzil], Turkish: [meˈsut œˈzil]; born 15 October...  more

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  • Andrés Iniesta Luján (Spanish pronunciation: [anˈdɾes iˈnjesta luˈxan]; born 11 May 1984) is a...  more

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  • Xavier Hernández Creus (Catalan: [ˈʃaβi əɾˈnandəs ˈkɾɛws], Spanish: [ˈtʃaβj eɾˈnandeθ ˈkɾeus];...  more

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  • Robin van Persie (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈrɔbɪn vɑn ˈpɛrsi] (listen); born 6 August 1983) is a...  more

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  • Vyacheslav Aleksandrovich Malafeev (Russian: Вячесла́в Алекса́ндрович Малафе́ев, IPA:...  more
  • Edson Arantes do Nascimento, KBE (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈɛtsõ (w)ɐˈɾɐ̃tʃiz du nɐsiˈmẽtu];...  more

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  • Justinus Soni "Justin" Fashanu (; 19 February 1961 – 2 May 1998) was an English footballer who...  more

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  • Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz (American Spanish: [ˈlwis ˈswaɾes]; born 24 January 1987) is a...  more

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

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  • Gnégnéri Yaya Touré (born 13 May 1983) is an Ivorian professional footballer who plays as a...  more

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  • Andrea Pirlo (Italian pronunciation: [anˈdrɛːa ˈpirlo]; born 19 May 1979) is an Italian...  more
  • Radamel Falcao García Zárate (Spanish pronunciation: [raðaˈmel falˈkao]; 10 February 1986) is...  more

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