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

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

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Pelé is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Pelé Forward, Midfielder

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Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Diego Maradona Forward, Midfielder

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

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Lionel Messi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Lionel Messi Forward

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Zinedine Zidane is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Zinedine Zidane Midfielder

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Cristiano Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cristiano Ronaldo Forward, Midfielder

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

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Johan Cruijff is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Johan Cruijff Forward, Midfielder

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Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franz Beckenbauer Defender, Sweeper

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Marco van Basten is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

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

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George Best is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
George Best Midfielder

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Gerd Müller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gerd Müller Forward

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Michel Platini is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Michel Platini Midfielder

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Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Steven Gerrard Midfielder

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

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Dennis Bergkamp is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Dennis Bergkamp Forward

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Alfredo de Stefanio is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

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Andrea Pirlo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrea Pirlo Midfielder

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Romário is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Romário Forward

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

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Iker Casillas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Iker Casillas Goalkeeper

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Eusébio is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Eusébio Forward

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Ferenc Puskás is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ferenc Puskás Forward, Inside forward

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

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Gianluigi Buffon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianluigi Buffon Goalkeeper

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

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Roberto Baggio is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Baggio Forward, Midfielder

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Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrés Iniesta Midfielder

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Luís Figo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Luís Figo Midfielder

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Alessandro Del Piero is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

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Raúl is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Raúl Forward, Midfielder

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Zico is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Zico Playmaker, Midfielder

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Peter Schmeichel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Peter Schmeichel Goalkeeper

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Garrincha is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Garrincha Right Wing, Midfielder

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Kaká is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Kaká Midfielder

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Roberto Carlos is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Roberto Carlos Defender, Midfielder

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David Beckham is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
David Beckham Midfielder

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Sócrates is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Sócrates Forward, Midfielder

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Ryan Giggs is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ryan Giggs Forward, Midfielder

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Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Paolo Maldini Defender

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Gabriel Batistuta is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

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Edwin van der Sar is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Edwin van der Sar Goalkeeper

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Paul Scholes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Paul Scholes Midfielder

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Alan Shearer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Alan Shearer Forward

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Kenny Dalglish is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Kenny Dalglish Forward

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Lothar Matthäus is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Lothar Matthäus Defender, Sweeper, Midfielder

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Lev Yashin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Lev Yashin Goalkeeper

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Ruud van Nistelrooy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time