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

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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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  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro GOIH ComM (born 5 February 1985) is a Portuguese...  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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  • Neymar
    Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior (Brazilian Portuguese: [nejˈmaʁ dɐ ˈsiwvɐ ˈsɐ̃tus ˈʒũɲoʁ]; born...  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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  • Zlatan Ibrahimović
    Zlatan Ibrahimović (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈslaːtan ɪbraˈhiːmʊvɪtɕ], Bosnian: [zlǎtan...  more

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

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

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

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

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

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    #2 of 114 The Best Soccer Players from Spain#33 of 52 The Best Olympic Athletes from Spain

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

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

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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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  • Luis Suárez
    Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz (American Spanish: [ˈlwis ˈswaɾes]; born 24 January 1987) is a...  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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  • Yaya Touré
    Gnégnéri Yaya Touré (born 13 May 1983) is an Ivorian professional footballer who plays as a...  more

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

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  • Vinnie Jones
    Vincent Peter Jones (born 5 January 1965) is a British actor and former professional...  more

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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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  • John Terry
    John George Terry (born 7 December 1980) is an English football coach and former professional...  more

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