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Soccer The Best Soccer Players of All Time  

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

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

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

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

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

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Franz Beckenbauer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Franz Beckenbauer Defender, Sweeper

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

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

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Thierry Henry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Thierry Henry Forward, Midfielder

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Bobby Charlton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Bobby Charlton Forward, Midfielder

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

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Paolo Maldini is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Paolo Maldini Defender

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Xavi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Xavi Midfielder

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

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

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Bobby Moore is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Bobby Moore Defender

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Eric Cantona is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Eric Cantona Forward, Midfielder

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Andrés Iniesta is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Andrés Iniesta 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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Peter Shilton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Peter Shilton Goalkeeper

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Alan Shearer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Alan Shearer Forward

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Kenny Dalglish is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Kenny Dalglish Forward

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Tony Adams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Tony Adams Defender

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

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Steven Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Steven Gerrard Midfielder

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

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Denis Law is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Denis Law Forward

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

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Fabio Cannavaro is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Fabio Cannavaro Defender

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Zlatan Ibrahimović is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

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Cafu is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cafu Defender

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Patrick Vieira is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Patrick Vieira Midfielder

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Abedi Pele is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Abedi Pele Midfielder

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Xabi Alonso is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Xabi Alonso Midfielder

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Diego Forlán is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Diego Forlán Forward, Midfielder

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Carles Puyol is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Carles Puyol Defender

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Petr Čech is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Petr Čech Forward, Goalkeeper

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Samuel Eto'o is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Samuel Eto'o Forward

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Bastian Schweinsteiger is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Bastian Schweinsteiger Playmaker, Midfielder

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Cesc Fàbregas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Cesc Fàbregas Midfielder

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Gianfranco Zola is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Gianfranco Zola Forward, Midfielder

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David Villa is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
David Villa Forward

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Hugo Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Hugo Sánchez Forward

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John Terry is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
John Terry Defender

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Jürgen Klinsmann is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

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Mesut Özil is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Mesut Özil Midfielder

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Robin van Persie is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time

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Ronaldo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Ronaldo Forward

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Dennis Bergkamp is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Soccer Players of All Time
Dennis Bergkamp Forward