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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 Messi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Footballers
Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini (Spanish pronunciation: [ljoˈnel anˈdɾez ˈmesi] (listen); born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward and captains ...more

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#8 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #1,537 of 2,828 The Most Influential People of All Time

David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Footballers
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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#158 of 452 Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person #1,083 of 2,828 The Most Influential People of All Time

Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Footballers
Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro GOIH ComM (European Portuguese: [kɾiʃˈtjɐnu ʁoˈnaɫdu]; born 5 February 1985) is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Serie A club ...more

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Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Footballers
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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#132 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #3 of 207 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s

Neymar is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Footballers
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior (Brazilian Portuguese: [nejˈmaʁ dɐ ˈsiwvɐ ˈsɐ̃tus ˈʒũɲoʁ]; born 5 February 1992), commonly known as Neymar Jr. or simply Neymar, is a Brazilian professional ...more

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#35 of 1,412 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #17 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players #9 of 136 The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

Wayne Rooney is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Footballers
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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#425 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #47 of 1,412 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #234 of 290 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Footballers
Zlatan Ibrahimović (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈslaːtan ɪbraˈhiːmʊvɪtɕ], Bosnian: [zlǎtan ibraxǐːmoʋitɕ]; born 3 October 1981) is a Swedish professional footballer who plays as a forward for LA ...more

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#31 of 1,412 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #13 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players

Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Footballers
Paolo Cesare Maldini (Italian pronunciation: [ˈpaːolo malˈdiːni]; born 26 June 1968) is an Italian former professional footballer who played as a left back and central defender for A.C. Milan ...more

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#959 of 1,412 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #98 of 207 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s #1,458 of 1,471 The Greatest Minds of All Time

Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Footballers
Ronaldo de Assis Moreira (born 21 March 1980), commonly known as Ronaldinho Gaúcho (Brazilian Portuguese: [ʁonawˈdʒĩɲu ga'uʃu]) or simply Ronaldinho, is a Brazilian former professional ...more

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#19 of 1,412 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #6 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players

Mesut Özil is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Footballers
Mesut Özil (German pronunciation: [ˈmeːzut ˈøːzil], Turkish: [meˈsut œˈzil]; born 15 October 1988) is a German professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Arsenal. ...more

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Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Footballers
Andrés Iniesta Luján (Spanish pronunciation: [anˈdɾes iˈnjesta luˈxan]; born 11 May 1984) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Japanese club ...more

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#1,114 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #9 of 541 The Best Current Soccer Players

Xavi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Footballers
Xavier Hernández Creus (Catalan: [ˈʃaβi əɾˈnandəs ˈkɾɛws], Spanish: [ˈtʃaβj eɾˈnandeθ ˈkɾeus]; born 25 January 1980) is a retired Spanish professional footballer who played as a ...more

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#29 of 1,412 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #35 of 541 The Best Current Soccer Players

Robin van Persie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Footballers
Robin van Persie (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈrɔbɪn vɑn ˈpɛrsi] (listen); born 6 August 1983) is a Dutch former professional footballer who played as a forward. He is regarded as one of the best ...more

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#1,275 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #103 of 1,412 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #18 of 122 Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked

Vyacheslav Malafeev is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Footballers
Vyacheslav Aleksandrovich Malafeev (Russian: Вячесла́в Алекса́ндрович Малафе́ев, IPA: [vʲɪtɕɪˈslav ɐlʲɪˈksandrəvʲɪtɕ məlɐˈfʲeɪf]; born 4 March 1979) is a Russian football official and a former ...more
Pelé is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Footballers
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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#1 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #1,055 of 1,471 The Greatest Minds of All Time

Justin Fashanu is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Footballers
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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#168 of 262 The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom #48 of 205 College & Professional Athletes Who Are Openly Gay

Luis Suárez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Footballers
Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz (American Spanish: [ˈlwis ˈswaɾes]; born 24 January 1987) is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays as a striker for Spanish club Barcelona and the ...more

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#35 of 290 The Most Obnoxious Athletes #4 of 541 The Best Current Soccer Players

Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Footballers
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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#192 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #1,559 of 2,828 The Most Influential People of All Time

Luís Figo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Footballers
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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#813 of 2,166 The Best Athletes Of All Time #22 of 207 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s

Yaya Touré is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Footballers
Gnégnéri Yaya Touré (born 13 May 1983) is an Ivorian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for China League One club Qingdao Huanghai. Touré aspired to be ...more

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#55 of 541 The Best Current Soccer Players #5 of 113 The Best Manchester City Players of All Time

Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Footballers
Andrea Pirlo (Italian pronunciation: [anˈdrɛːa ˈpirlo]; born 19 May 1979) is an Italian former professional footballer. Pirlo was usually deployed as a deep-lying playmaker in midfield for both ...more

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#7 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players #44 of 541 The Best Current Soccer Players

Radamel Falcao is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Footballers
Radamel Falcao García Zárate (Spanish pronunciation: [raðaˈmel falˈkao]; 10 February 1986) is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as a forward for and captains both ...more

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#82 of 541 The Best Current Soccer Players #34 of 99 The Best Hispanic Athletes

Vinnie Jones is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Footballers
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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#324 of 330 The Coolest Actors Ever #95 of 115 The Best English Actors of All Time

Alex Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Footballers
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
John Terry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Footballers
John George Terry (born 7 December 1980) is an English football coach and former professional footballer who played as a centre back. He was previously captain of Chelsea, the England national ...more

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