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List Rules Any current or former professional soccer players from around the world are eligible.

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Pelé is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pelé Forward, Midfielder

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Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Zinedine Zidane Midfielder

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Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldo Forward

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Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Lionel Messi Forward

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Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Johan Cruijff Forward, Midfielder

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Ronaldinho is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldinho Forward, Midfielder

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Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Paolo Maldini Defender

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Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Diego Maradona Forward, Midfielder

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George Best is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Best Midfielder

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Oliver Kahn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Oliver Kahn Goalkeeper

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Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franz Beckenbauer Defender, Sweeper

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Luís Figo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Luís Figo Midfielder

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Eric Cantona is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Eric Cantona Forward, Midfielder

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Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

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Zico is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Zico Playmaker, Midfielder

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Gerd Müller is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gerd Müller Forward

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Dennis Bergkamp is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Dennis Bergkamp Forward

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Iker Casillas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Iker Casillas Goalkeeper

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Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Carlos Defender, Midfielder

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Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianluigi Buffon Goalkeeper

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Michel Platini is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Michel Platini Midfielder

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Xavi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Xavi Midfielder

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David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
David Beckham Midfielder

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Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrea Pirlo Midfielder

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Paul Scholes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Paul Scholes Midfielder

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Francesco Totti is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Francesco Totti Playmaker, Forward, Midfielder

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Rivaldo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Rivaldo Forward, Midfielder

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Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Thierry Henry Forward, Midfielder

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Didier Drogba is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Didier Drogba Forward

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Alessandro Del Piero is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time