Best Soccer (Football) Players of All Time

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The Top Ten

1
Lionel Messi
No one is nowhere near him...
Greatest player to play football...
MESSI
10
He is the B E S T...
Just amazing
Wonderful crazy
And he plays as someone play on a x-box or PlayStation
Go Messi go
Totally incredible
Out of word to say
Messi or Ronaldo, may be good but will never be all the way good, and when I say that is cause there is one thing either of the will never be, and that is... CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD, so both of the suck... Lol. Lol!
Best player ever better than cristiano he is amazing wonderful spectacular incredible crazy unbeatable
[Newest]Deserves to be the best... Really the king of football
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2Pele (Edson Arantes do Nascimento)
I think the best footballer of soccer is pele. He is the could be said as the king of football he is the number 1 player in the world of football. His shots are marvelous shots in the world. There is no way to defeat him
He's the best that ever played. He moved like a jungle cat. No one had ever seen anyone play like that before. His skill at full speed was mezmorizing. His passing was as precise as a surgeon's scalpal, un-locking opposing defenses. Look at what the Brazilians did to Italy in the 1970 World Cup. That wasn't TFC out there, that was the 1968 defending European Champions Brazil were playing. Italy's defense was known to stifle the opposition. Pele cut them open at will. Pele changed the way the game was played. Players today, that people fawn over because of their skill, Pele did 60 years ago. He did it before big contracts, endorsements and personal trainers. Most importantly, he showed up and performed at major tournaments. Ronaldo and Messi can't hold a candle to Pele. Simply put, Pele is a winner, the greatest of all time
Pele is the world's greatest his skills are unbelievable his passion for football got him to the top
[Newest]Pele is way better than Lionel Messi.
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3Cristiano Ronaldo
Come on! He has the sweetest shot in the world and well does about everything! I mean, can messi ever jump over 6'3 defenders and send a powerful header? Can the likes of di stefano, pele etc. Score goals like he does and still have the rest of his attributes? The answer is... No
You know I've noticed in these comments that when talking about Cristiano Ronaldo they always compare him with Messi, but when talking about Messi he doesn't need to be compared with anyone to show how great he is.
He is the perfect player, A complete package who can dribble, juggle, freekick, deadly crosses, long range efforts, never ending stamina, great accuracy with both feet, serious pace, his height which he can achieve when he jumps for the ball, perfect body shape, unforgettable free kicks and last but not the least he is from Portugal and unarguably he is the player they have ever produced and might not produce same again, his country of origin is not that famous as for pele, maradona, messi, ronaldhino and zidane but still he is now among them which means his will and hunger for goals and win is greater then any of em! I love his style!
I think the best football player is Cristiano Ronaldo. His transfer is the most expensive, he can jump, dribble and his free kick is magnificent. The PERFECT PLAYER.
[Newest]How can you get any better than the man him self cristiano Ronaldo
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4Diego Maradona
he was just, just A-M-A-Z-I-N-G I don't know nobody else playing football like that. Have you seen his dribbles?
Messi will be always compare with Ronaldo or anyone he loses because of his height he is 5.6 but maradona is shorter than Messi he is only 5.5
He should be be number 1. He took on the team of England all on his own in 1986 and made the most spectacular play I have ever seen La Mano De Dios, whoever put him in the 4 rank are terribly wrong. Watch La Mano De Dios on Youtube then tell me what you think of him. Maradona is simply the best in soccer history!
Why the hell he is in number 4... Come on people cheer up. Vote for the legend... THE GREATEST football magician...
[Newest]I don't like the hand of god
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5Zinedine Zidane
I have seen god... He played for France with no 10 jersey...
Zidane has done very well in his moment and he left with his skills
He lost none of his skill when he left so I believe he was one of the best
football(soccer) player in the history
zidane is not only the greatest football(soccer) player of all time but also the greatest athlete/sportsperson of all time!
[Newest]His vision makes him the best of all times for me!
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6Ronaldo (Ronaldo Luiz Nazario da Lima)
TRUE KING, some players are best in striking... Some are best in passing... Some are best in speed... Ronaldo is best in everything! And that's not all... His will of playing was amazing... After such a awful injury he became worlds number 1
Ronaldo is the greatest striker ever played football with that speed an skill he's the best ever may I call him the phenomenon, the king, the number 9, the best ever ronaldo
No one else can do what Ronaldo did.
Absolutely the BEST SOCCER PLAYER OF ALL TIME IS RONALDO = THE KING
I can't forget the 2002 FIFA WORLD CUP that he played. Actually he didn't play, he mesmerized all people of the WORLD.
I just pray GOD, because he gave me the chance of seeing his carrier.
Thanks GOD
[Newest]Awesome! Should be number 4
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7Ronaldinho
RONALDINHO... NIGHTMARE OF ANY DEFENDER
Perfect tricks, speed and precision... Shame he had to leave FCB
He has the best technique ever. No one could do such tricks
He is unarguably the best player I have ever Seen. His dribbling abilities are mesmerizing his passes and free kicks are awesome, but most important of all,... He is a team player unlike C. Ronaldo... I simply love him...
[Newest]Best in the world greatest ever lived, greatest still living. tricks for years, accuracy stupendous, curvature magnificent, speed of lightening, skills incomparable. Rank soccer"God"
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8Ali Karimi
The best player in the world ali karimi

Reza perspolisi 6, 10.10,3
He is king of Iran and Asian football
He has number 8 but he is number 1
Just --=Ali Karimi=-- for Ever
[Newest]His football is miracle
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9Farhad Majidi
He is 37 years old but still best player in IRAN and ASIA
He is the most popular in the world! In 2010
He is a LEGEND in esteghlal(the best team of Iran with 2 championship in asia)! Most popular player in world and daydream of perspolis!
[Newest]His 39 years old and still playing

10Johan Cruyff
Many people here don't know anything of football..

Leo Messi is not as good as Zico.
Cristiano Ronaldo & Ronaldo is not as good as Maradona.

And nobody I repeat NOBODY is as good as Cruyff was.
Simply the best ever..
Whoever you are, your a lunatic. Messi is worst... That's true, but cristiano's the best
No.14 Johan Cryff is the world's best of the best soccer player of all time in the whole entire world. No doubt he scored more than 1000 goals
Cruyff wasn't close to 1000 goals. I was a big fan of his, but he scored just over 400. He was more of a team player and changed the game like no one else has done.
He undoubtedly is the best the world has ever seen
He has been an inspiration for the most successful clubs in europe
And a great ambassador for the game
[Newest]This player is number 1
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The Contenders

11David Beckham
The best free kicker this world has ever seen and will never see like this
He is the Free kick GOD THE LEGEND DAVID BECKHAM THE BEST...
He is the best ever. There's no doubt that he's not that good in dribbling, but he knows where he's good at.. Freekicks, assists, etc.. Especially freekick.. No one like him ever...
A truly magical player, always made a difference in an england shirt which was really important to him. Absolute legend, best crosser and free kick taker the game has ever seen... Laugh out loud at those who consider Cristiano Ronaldo to be in the top 10 you obviously don't watch football.
[Newest]Bend It like Beckham!
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12Franz Beckenbauer
You are right! But to reduce the Kaiser to a DEFENDER is a huge mistake, fail, blasphemy. He was one of the best players ever technically!
A good team needs a good defense, and for that reason Beckenbauer is the greatest ever. You can go on about the likes of Messi, Kaka & Christiano Ronaldo but none of them could have got past the Kaiser
nobody can get passed him when he is defending! one of the greatest defenders of all time!
[Newest]He is number 2 in world Football. But Young voters never have seen him playing.

13Neymar
Awesome... This kid will not go the extra mile but the extra trillion miles. I hope he stays focused. His country men: Ronaldinho, after Pele, are my past favourites.. Next is Messi, but I hope to be right with this future pick!
Another year, another cluster of near moves for Neymar.

The constant speculation linking him to Real Madrid and Barcelona often takes away from what a fantastic year he's had, scoring 31 goals and providing 15 assists back in Brazilian football for Santos.

He had a solid London 2012 Olympics during the summer, scoring some great goals and grabbing a silver medal.

dahamid364

See the future when he start to be one! And one of the best Brazilian player! I believe to his skill and kick messi's ass off
[Newest]He is the best player on Barcelona ever.

14Kaka
He is the great madridian and brazilian hero as well as playmaker
um he's poetry in motion when he performs
He really should be number 2 after pele. People say ronaldinho but he doesn't have the right playing style or smarts to even be near number 1.
[Newest]Why kaka at 13? He should be on top 5. He is awesome

15Zico
He is a coach of Fenerbahce...

Fenerbahce was played quarter final match with Chelsea in CL.

Fenerbahce will be most valuable football club with Arthur ZCO

WE LOVE WHITE PELE 'ZCO'

MAWENSY

His name alone goes with the other single-name greats like Pele, Ronaldo and Gherson.
Deadly long range shots with machine precision combined with all other football skills to the mastery level.
[Newest]Amazing speed and shot

16George Best
Pele himself once claimed that George best is better than him, what is wrong with you people George best was the first football superstar and he was awarded player of the year in 1968. People who saw him play claimed that he was certainly a legend after his death in 2005 people forgot of this legend who deserves to be in the top 5, people who've not seen him play can check his videos on YouTube and also read his famous quotes. I hope my comment helps you recognize a true legend.

Maradona good, pele better, George best
A player that was so far ahead of the rest that he made it look easy. From his time on the pitch to now there has never been a player that could single handedly turn defenders inside out and change the out come of any game he was in (and did many many times).

Skill that has no equal.
Insight of the game second to none.
Unparalleled self belief.
A true god of the game.

If George Best is not number 1 then there should not be a number 1 because there is no player alive or dead that deserves it more (FACT).
George Best should be number 1. What is wrong with you non George Best fans beside other manu fans who vote for a manu player.
Maradona good, Pele better, George best
[Newest]He died too young

17Wayne Rooney
Did you see that bicycle kick with the assist by NANI. Rooney should be up there a lot higher. But he is still young with a bright future.
Wayne rooney is without a doubt at least third on this list he is an engine and deserves to be up with the top footballers
Wayne rooney is the best soccer he have best skill run fast
[Newest]The best England soccer player in the world


18Alfredo di Stéfano
What is this guy doin here? Rooney, Owen, Gerrard above Di Stefano?
U gotta be kidding me... should be in the top 3 at least if not at the top.. Ppl not aware of Di Stefano should just take a look at his Wikipedia page.. dis guy has won EVERYTHING.. definitely better than Cristiano who is at no.2
The greatest player of all time. Though nominally a striker, Di Stéfano had the tackling, shooting, passing and dribbling ability and (most importantly) endurance to be able to play quite literally all over the field, and excel in all facets of the game, and it is this all-around brilliance that made him the best. He is one of only 8 players to have won multiple Ballons d'Or, and was recently declared by Pelé to be the greatest ever.

Blueyays

Many people seem to have no idea what makes a great player or cannot recall players of the past.
Di Stefano was the greatest with Pele second. Players like Beckham, Ibrahimovic etc should not be mentioned in the same article.
George Best was skilfull but would have been better off as a ball juggler in a circus. He would beat the same defender four times when he could have passed to a team mate with an open goal... Not a team player at all.
[Newest]Please consider simply looking at what Alfredo accomplished, then change your vote accordingly. Only one or two players in history can match him, if that.

19Zlatan Ibrahimović
I cannot believe he is not up here already, this player holds one of the most impressive highlight reels to date. Dribbling through what seems to be an entire team and promptly puts the ball in the net. Players like C. Ronaldo make many pretty moves, but do not put the ball in the net. This player does.
He is officially the best (not ever) I cannot believe he is only 35. He should be top 10. His goal when he played for Ajax is simply amazing. Plus he's Swedish. GO ZLATAN!
Ibrahimovic like no other
His moving his shoots his dribbles no one like him
He is 1.95 m height with unbelievable skills
[Newest]Dare to Zlatan Indeed!

20Ferenc Puskas
22nd? Just watch this player and you will see! He scored his 1000th goal before pelé did, he lead a Hungary to become one of the greatest countries of that time. He may be an old player but he has dribble, an eye for ball, great timing and one of the most powerful shots ever. How on earth is Messi at the top? Best player of this time yes, but all time no way! Ronaldo 3rd? The Brazilian Ronaldo was better. This guy was next to alfredo de stefano in real madrid. and even though he was bigger than expected, he scored LOADS of goals. I think he could even beat pelé. next time you vote for someone like messi, take a look at some of the players further down the list. 22nd is nothing. Steven Gerrard is my favorite player, but in my opinion puskás is the BEST. how gerrard is ahead of puskas I don't know. He may be from the 50's, but players nowadays aren't necessarily better than the earlier ones. just look at some of the great goals. Ferenc puskás is a hungarian hero that deserves to be at the TOP of this list.
His powerfull kicks was also really presice as well! For example, on one game, he nailed a freekick, but the refere asked him to do it again. Puskas told to everyone that I'm gonna kick it exactly the same way! And so he did it and scored again! Well this days I'm watching lot a games but I've seen noone near to that confidence, precision and loveing to the game on the field! Ferenc Puskas rest in peace! Thank you!
The best Hungarian football player ever. In my poin of view his name is very well-known on the whole world. When someone hear the word "Hungary", almost the first what you can hear in the answer: "Puskás". Many Hungarians have the same opinion: Ferenc Puskás is the greatest Hungarian.
[Newest]Eusebio, Ronaldo (Brazilian. ) Puskas and Cruyff should be higher. Messi is great but doesn't deserve the top spot.

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21Xavi Hernandez
he is the best midfielder nowadays and he is a world champion with spain
;] he should win a golden ball
Very very very good player
He is king of the playmaker in the world.
His just the best ever... Mad about him
[Newest]Xavi is the best mid ever

22Steven Gerrard
steven gerrard is the best football player I have ever seen. zidane is very good, ronaldinho, ronaldo, messi, rooney,.. but gerrard is really the best. he plays with heart and his is leader who motivates all other players. his shot is so powerful and accurate, his passes just stand and watch it, he is very good in defense also also in attack, he has also very good dribble skills. SIMPLY THE BEST!
The best football player with good manners and full power!
Liverpool is lucky to have him. Royalty, Loyalty, Totality, his life is for Football and of course in Liverpool FC!

GODLIKE!
hey guys Gerrard is without doubt the most successful soccer player in the world.. he has unmatched talent, enthusiasm, history, achievement, determination.. Go for him instead of Rolando
[Newest]I think gerrard is a massive legend to liverpool and England.
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23Thierry Henry
The best striker to ever live! If you don't believe this then you don't know real football!
whoever voted for anyone else never watched an arsenal game before 2007

arsenal193

best goalscorer of Arsenal and France and best striker of all time with Brazilian Ronaldo...
[Newest]Thierry henry is the true king
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24Andres Iniesta
Obviously Iniesta is in the Top 100 footballers of all time.
Andres is going to be the best footballer in the next 10 years
Or so. No one will ever beat Andres the beast Iniesta in the next 10 years! Iniesta should be the 11th best of all time. Againist Italy in Group Stages of Euro 2012, he made Gianluigi Buffon (the best goalkeeper for the last decade or so)jump like a frog. Iniesta is small, but he can get through footballers(Peter Crouch or Nikola Zigic)who are about 1 foot and a quarter taller than him. Iniesta has helped Spain for a long time and all matches with Spain, Rain or Shine, Iniesta would always play in the 1st team. In the 2010 World Cup, Iniesta helped Spain with a 1-0 victory over the Netherlands in the Final. Fabregas set Iniesta up and Iniesta scored the only goal in the match. Iniesta is the best Attacking Midfielder in the
World, By a long, long, long way.
It's impossible steal the ball to him.
The insane skill player who is ale crowds out by many players has a great flexibility and guts and neck to get through all of the challenges without losing the ball..

25Garrincha (Manuel Francisco dos Santos)
I can't believe you guys, have you ever seen Garrincha playing football. Garrincha is one of the 10 best player in the world.
Garrincha was a footbal artist, a player with an unique dribbling style which resembled a drunken man trying to walk. He's an underrated footballer, perhaps overshadowed by Pele, and he should be in the top ten list. It's definitely worth seeing his videos.
Just watch his highlight reels. A true legend.
[Newest]The God of soccer. He is mane Garrincha. His name should be laid sharing with Maradona, and Pele. He is the angel of football, art of dribbling.

26Roberto Carlos
great player, best shooter and responsible for the greatest goal of all time
The Best Free Kick In The History Of Soccer. Better Than Beckham.
The best left foot in football history
[Newest]Roberto Carlos should be in the top 10. Who came up with this list. Who ever it is, you have no sense about football

27Gheorghe Hagi
THE BEST EVER... ABILITY, CREATIVITY, VISION, ACCURACY, TRICKS, SHOTS, UNPREDICTABLE, DRIBBLING, SKILL, TECHNIQUE, TAKING ON PLAYERS. HAGI IS THE BEST. DIFFERENT CLASS. CREM DE LA CREM.
A real playmaker, who always look forward to do something incredible. Probably we can claim that a very few players with such a great technique can be compared with him. There is no player (including messi, ronaldo or maradona) would even attempt to try his long-bullet shoots. Unlike other #10, he was also tenacious warrior for the clubs he played. Briefly, a true football legend, I would die to watch on the pitch. Respect from a AC Milan fan.
Best player ever. Led Romania to a world cup quaterfinal almost by himself. What has Christiano Ronaldo done for Portugal? Got them out of the group stage? The only players who can compare are pele and Ronaldo ( the Brazilian).
[Newest]The best for ever

28Jari Litmanen
My dad has supported Jari Litmanen since the early 70's so when I was born I didn't really have a choice. I got my first Jari Litmanen t-shirt when I was two years old so my father just made a icecold decision: you support Jari Litmanen. I cannot even imagine what would have happened if I've started glory hunting Ronaldinho instead of Litmanen.
He is the best player the world has ever witnessed. He can see the whole pitch better than anyone else. TIMO JUTILA once said that Jari is also really good at making fantastic barbecue. That said, he is without a doubt the greatest player of all time.
There are only a handful of players at Litmanen's level when it comes to vision and creativity, the most important traits in football. He was the nucleus and brains behind the most surprisingly successful club side of modern era football - Ajax in the mid-nineties. That team was built around Litmanen, and for a good reason, since he is a rare example of a player who makes his team mates play better.
[Newest]In Finland we have many presidents but only one king, Jari Litmanen! His awareness and passing ability were simply mind-blowing.

29Eusebio (Eusebio da Silva Ferreira)
Laugh out loud, Eusebio 30th? Talk about people being ignorant and not knowing crap about soccer! He's Easily top 5 material, and only people who never seen him play could think otherwise!

Come on Beckham 12? Wake up idiots! WATCH SOME SOCCER!

LOOL di stefano 40? Should be top 10!

FIGO like 50 -. -, one of the best players I've EVER SEEN, amazing dribbles and crazy crosses, the man who was there for ronaldo and rivaldo and raul!

Eusebio was amazing.
How you guys have courage of talk about Sukur, Beckham...
are you loosing your mind...
I think eusébio was one of the greatest football players ever, he was clearly better than maradona and between eusébio and pele the result is some kind of a tie, he didn't have a long career but he deserves at least the 2nd place here.
[Newest]'I can dance for Mozambique everyday and every week! What about Portugal

30Fernando Torres
Fernando torres should at least be in top 10 or at least top 15
he is the star of spain
25 is not the place for a player of such huge quality
El Nino I believe is one of the best soccer/football players of all time. He is very fast, skillful and is great with his finishing. He has scored many goals, especially with Spain, and that is why I reckon he deserves to be in the top ten.

Rotorhead

WHAT? 25TH PLACE? ARE YOU CRAZY? HE SHOULD BE AT TOP TEN... THERE ARE A LOT BEFORE THAT ARE NOT BETTER THAN HIM... THIS LIST IS COMPLETELY WRONG... LOVE YOU TORRES YOU WILL ALWAYS BE A LEGEND.. EL NINO IS THE BEST... SPAIN CAN'T WIN EURO 2012 WITHOUT HIM... HE MAKES THE GAME.. LOVE you FERNANDO
[Newest]Torres sucks he is in poor form in the last 4 years

31David Villa
Ultimate striker... Nightmare of Defenders... Kicks most on the list in the butt without even looking.
Ultimate striker!
The dream finisher!
The real man of aggressive football!
scores many many goals, national and clubs.
[Newest]The best striker ever.

32Alessandro Del Piero
Fantastic, Unbelievable, Genius! If not the all-times number 1, he certainly deserves a place in all-times top 10. Personally, I could only compare him with Maradona.
ALEX DELPIERO BEST IS THE BEST..
NOMERO UNO IN THE WORLD..

FORZA ADP 10
Watson: "Del Piero is the icon of Italian football. " No truer words have been said in football in a long time, Alessandro is truly a legend and his name will forever be engraved in the history books of not Italian football, but across the world
[Newest]Del Piero at no 70 are you crazy this man is a legend just search about him and watch all of his accomplishments

33Iker Casillas
Hi is the best goal kiper in world
The best goalkeeper in the world.
Was the best until 2014 world cup
[Newest]He sucked during the world cup

34Lev Yashin
This is the best goalkeeper to have lived on Earth. He is the only goalkeeper to have won a Ballon D'Or, and will probably will be the only one. He has made some unbelievable saves and I just don't know why he has always been underrated or even unknown to the general football fans.

radrichiie

Best keeper ever with George Banks, Iker Casillas and Buffon.

FrankP

The single most agile and most brilliant goalkeepe the world will ever see!
[Newest]Best goalie ever lived...

35Gianluigi Buffon
This amazing player should be higher then 45

FrankP

He is a Goalkeeper. The Best goalkeeper.
This list has problem how are Gianluigi Buffon, Iker Casillas and Thiery Henry not in top ten

FrankP


36Enzo Francescoli
Francescoli, who was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, was one of the best players of the modern era. He was a striker with unusual grace and elegance on the football pitch. He was affectionately known as "El Principe. " Watch him play and you will see an artist at work, and understand why he was called "The Prince. "
He was one of the most elegant players of his generation.
Francescoli was noted for his grace and fluid abilities on the ball. These qualities would later influence the style of French midfielder Zinedine Zidane, who has stated that Francescoli was his favorite player as a young boy and even named one of his sons Enzo.

Francescoli is known as El Principe (Spanish) or Le Prince (French), which means The Prince.
Great player, like many Uruguayans and coming from a small country, he punched well above his weight!

37Mesut Özil
Mesut Ozil was a little patchy for Real Madrid toward the end of last season, but has cleaned up his act considerably over the last few months.

He's back scoring important goals for Los Merengues at pivotal moments, and of course, he still remains the No. 1 provider to Cristiano Ronaldo in terms of assists.

He was one of the better performers at Euro 2012 for Germany.

dahamid364

The best player in bundesliga, and he is young as well! I can't believe he wasn't on the list. Search his name on youtube and you will understand...

He should be in the top 30, at least!
Since when did Ozil ever become better than Michael Platini

38Michel Platini
Three times European Player of the Year.
Over 40 goals for his country from midfield.
Highest scorer in Serie A 3 years running.
One of the greatest passers of the ball in history.
Highest goal scorer in European Championship history.
I rest my case.
This greatest footballer remind me about best times of football.
In most polls, he is ranked in the opt tens if not the top 5

39Hugo Sanchez
Let's be honest, if he were Brazilian, Argentinian, or German, he'd be in the top 10 or 15 at least. If not, name another player who even comes close to scoring such beautiful and difficult goals at the same time. Keeping in mind that most of them were not a one time lucky shots. And for those who say "well all those pichichis were won because he was an opportunist or because he just parked in front of the goal" if it's that easy why isn't any other player (in la liga) doing it every other year. I'm not putting him in the same level as pele or maradona, but come on lets give the guy credit where credit is due.
By fare, one of the best soccer players I have seen played. The footage of his goals are stunning, to say the leas. It is hard to argue what he achieved in Spain. The results speak for themselves. His acomplishmenst speaks volumes as to what kind of player he was. This is an wasome list of player. But with all due respect to them, not many players in the Spanish league (or on this list) come close to what he has achieved. An absolute underrated player. Stats don't lie or have bias. I am afraid some of these great players that are placed before him on this list will never get close.
Most of his goals were bicycle kicks, HE IS THE BEST PLAYER WHO EVER PLAYED IN REAL MADRID
[Newest]He should be in top 4

40Ali Daei
Ali Daei is the top scorer all over the world.
He is Legend.
The best player of iran...

navidzhd

The man of goal

mohsenheydari

[Newest]The best Iranian player ever

41Roberto Baggio
He was the best Italian soccer player that ever lived

CaptCool

Probably the best Italian player of all the time. Should be in the top 10 at least. 29 it's just unacceptable. So much better than Totti, Del Piero etc..
Not only did he have the most amazing skills, he knew how to gain the love of the people and be considered as a true and complete soccer player and also a respectable person. Unfortunately you can't say the same about some of his coaches and that's why he's not given the right recognition. He's definitely the best Italian soccer player of the last 30 years and top 3 of all time.
[Newest]All time the best

42Naser Hejazi
He is the best saver ball in all of the time
He was the best goalkeeper in all of the world in few years ago
I love naser hejazi

43Bobby Charlton
Survived a terrible plane disaster but still came back to be one of the greatest players of all time. This guy should be top 10 no doubt
The best English player of the post war era both for England and in a magnificent Manchester United team.

Spursfred

May not be the number 1 best, but is a a inspiration most definitely top 10

44Ryan Giggs
The most decorated british player the world will ever see, ryan giggs is an inspiration
He plays at the same level for now 20 years! And no end in sight :-)
Brilliant skills with fantastic insight... sets up many other players and goal situations...
[Newest]He is the worlds best player, nobody has ever won the number of trophies he has won

45Robin van Persie
In one of the only years Robin van Persie's ankle hasn't given way, it's no surprise to see him turn in consistently excellent performances that place him among the best in the world. Coming off a 30-goal season at Arsenal and a £22 million move to Manchester United, expectations were so high the Dutchman could have crumbled.

dahamid364

Robin Van Persie The Best Striker and Winger ever, Good technical, good shoot, and the left foot number one in the World, just stay in Arsenal and Gunners. Come on Van Persie you can do that. I trust you.
Van Persie has great skill he can take shots from distance and he is wonderful on volleys
[Newest]A star of the 2014 world cup

46Michael Owen
He is one of the best finishers in the world. It is same the injuries have destroyed him but he will come back as he always did
Truely the best England striker that had ever discovered.
The best striker that the world has ever seen, his ability on the ball was immense and his movement off the ball was even better, for those reasons alone michael owen certainly gets my vote! Trololol
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He is the might on England

47Raúl Gonzalez
Surely the best striker and one of the best players ever. Football is not only dribles.
RAUL 7 RUUUUUUUUUUUUULES.

i-love-rock-n-roll

Playing with very simple skill ability, but always creating a lot of beautiful goal... Fabulous. One of the best striker in the world. SIMPLICITY and MAJESTIC
Surely the best striker and of the best players ever. Football is not only dribbling football is score game and Raul the best scorer ever.
[Newest]He was a true and intelligent striker

48Oliver Kahn
This is the greatest goalkeeper in the history
This man is a monster he should be in the top 20

49Cesc Fàbregas
He has helped arsenal so much rember the goal against sunderland and aston villa and also the pass he gave during world cup finals
no doubt he is the great ball passer of all time. Give him the ball and you are ready to score.
He is now the best player of his age and good looks too
[Newest]He is the best player in my heart !!!!Hope him have a good luck.

50Francesco Totti
The best player of Italy... His freekicks are amazing. His passes are accurate. A goal scoring machine. Great dribbler and has capacity to destroy any defender... Should be in top 10
The best striker
Ronaldo is nothing compared to him
Totti should always be thought as a legend he made roma as one of the best teams in the world, he is always loyal to his team and would always fight for the win. I believe he should be one of the best players ever lived, NO TOTTI NO PARTY
Francesco totti is the best italian football ever with great skill and charismatic person
[Newest]Totti cannot be better than Van Basten Van Basten is a legend

51Gareth Bale
the young Welshman has got the best finishing for a left footer
he powers up and down the left wing

One of the best Welsh players of all time he should be at least top ten
HE WILL BE THE BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD SOON
Welsh Wizard, Magic Man, Simply amazing player for Spurs he is the best no.11 we have ever seen!
[Newest]Should be ranked higher than neymar simply better and does more for the team #BALE11

52Eric Cantona
he turned united from a great team to one wanted for breach of competition laws for monopolising the premeirship
He truely is the best french player ever
Eric Cantona will always be a Manchester united legend. Cantona will be remembered for decades to come. Eric Cantona will forever be known as the king.
[Newest]Come on! He is literally the best player ever

53Marco Van Basten
A real top top striker to ever grace football. His bicycle kicks, volleys and strikes were A-M-A-Z-I-N-G, I don't think any other striker can do what Marco did, no doubt he was called San Marco. I've never seen anyone can do a spectacular volley from a tight angle in the Euro 88 final. It's a shame he has a lot of injuries and retired young from Milan.
Nr 1 in my book! Had all the qualities a forward should have!
Why is he so far down on this list? You guys don't know football!
Best ever! Marco had it all. Was a great passer of the bal as wel fast with the ball and his technics were just amazing! Remember euro 1988
[Newest]The king of all strikers he achieved almost everything with his Ajax and Milan and won the Euro 88 with Netherlands shame that injury took him away early...

54Mehdi Mahdavikia
He is the best and popular player of the world forever!
He plays in fc. Perspolis and used to play in hamburg for many years!
He is the love of Iranian football- 6only 6
Although He wore number 2, he is number 1 around the world.

55Seyed Mehdi Rahmati
Number 1
Best goal keeper
Eagle of asia
He is best goal keeper in the world
He is my love
Hi is the best goalkeeper with 21clean sheets

56Michael Laudrup
You guys must be out of your mind, if you don't think that Michael can be in at least top 10. His passing-skils were insane, and techniqually he is one of the best ever. He scored goals and made his team mates better. Besides that, he was a true gentleman who never got a red card or dived, like many of todays players do. Watch some videos of him, on YouTube!
Laudrups skills were amazing! Played in Juventus, Barcelona and Real Madrid! Needs to be much higher placed on this list!
M. Laudrup being outside the top 20 is a joke (many would argue that he should be in the top 10 actually...).
Just goes to show that most players only get judged on either hear-say or media exposure - nobody talks about Laudrup anymore but he was easily the most creative playmaker football has ever had. Just that alone make him worthy of a top 10 spot?
[Newest]He has got to be in top 10

57Andrea Pirlo
If we are talking about footballers who carry the team in which they play, you can never forget to mention the name Andrea Pirlo, arguably the best deep-lying playmaker ever to play the game, AC Milan of Carlo Ancelotti and Italy of Marcello Lippi with this of Prandely, all are built aroud Pirlo, very few players have been pivot like he does! The boy should occupy the higher echelon in any rankings of the soccer masters!
Pirlo Is The Most Awesome Player

58Luis Suarez
The new Kop hero Luis Suarez is really a sensational talent. He is a curse for opposition defenders and produces sensational magic in the pitch. He deserved to be best player in Copa America.

Newuser

One of the best liverpool strikers of all time, single handedly helped liverpool to go up the table with amazing tricks, nutmegs, assists and goals, a true liverpool star, definitely one for the history books
He is just phenomenal! He filled Fernando Torres shoes very well. He got skills, scores many goals, creates chances for his team mates. And he does nutmegs, nutmegs, nutmegs.. Vote! Should at least be number 20!
[Newest]I wonder when his next bite will be

59Dennis Bergkamp
He should be top 3 and he is the best foreign premier league player of all history and he loves seeing boys in bras plus best dutch player ever in england
he's skills and he's goal are superb
Scored the best goal ever against newcastle how is he only 37th he should be top 5.
[Newest]This countdown is poor Bergkamp should be in the to 10

60Gerd Müller
If 68 goals in 62 internationals is not enough, consider 14 World Cup goals, and one of just 3 to score 10+ goals in a single edition (1970) of the World Cup (the others being Fontaine and Kocsis and they did it in the 1950's when the scores tended to be higher). Definitely one of the top 10 strikers of all-time.

Relayer1971

Come on guys he is the best striker ever, so much goals, so much trophies, what an instinct for striker I can only compare him with nistelrooy

ahil

Müller was certainly the best Number 9 in the world, because he dominated international Football for a decade as Forward and he he made Goals out of nothing like no other. This list is apparent nonsense.

61Franck Ribery
the French international has tons of pace its unreal he completely humiliates defenders

62nd place if you don't vote for him, I will find you and I will kill you
You need at least 4 guys to get possession from him.

62Ahmad Reza Abedzadeh
Abedzadeh is the proud of Asia and Iran
He was the eaghle of Asia.

63Frank Lampard
Frank lampard is the only midfielder who scored the most goals ever in english football.
Lampard at present is arguably the best midfielder in english football.. He has it all he can score from long distance
+ he can also put in those lovely passes for the strikers to score..
one of the best mid player I have seen is really pleasing to watch him play
[Newest]He is such an intelligent player thumps up!


64Didier Drogba
He is excellent the top scorer in barclays premier league
he is a powerhouse
he has so much skill and precision it is unreal

He kills and he got the most goals for Chelsea in 2006. Better than all the other Africans. Go Ivory Coast.
[Newest]He born to goal scored

65Samuel Eto'o
Eto' is to me the best striker in the history of football. Other people may say Ronaldo yes he made his name in the Brazilian national team especially during world cup. If Eto'o had this same opportunity to play I a team like Brazil with the worlds most talented players I believe he would have done even more than Ronaldo. The boy is a naturally born footballer. I say he is among the first 5 world best footballers ever.
Eto'o is the most useful player in the history of football reason being that he can score any how any where and any time. These other players made name because they were highly watched by people
Africa magic man. World's best striker. Put him in any
team of clao he will be the highest goals scorer for that season
He is better than all those strange names I see up there. His fire is still burning. Africa's best player 4 times. 4 champions leagues to his credit. Prolific goals scorer in La Liga. Highest goals scorer in CAN archives.
[Newest]Eto'o is the most successful African footballer with the achievement of all other trophies except the World Cup. Super fast Eto'o

66Arjen Robben
he has got a sweet left foot
he is an ace at volleying

He is an amazing player

67Petr Cech
Amazing Goal Keeper. So sad that he was knocked unconscious. Still, after all that, he is an awesome goalie. Best Czech player by far and the most talented goalie in the EPL and before the injury, the best goalie in the world (and he has the trophy to prove it! ). The goalie is the most vital part of the team. So often we overlook our defense. Look at the top ten! A bunch of strikers and midfielders. We need to learn to appreciate our defenders and goalies much more.

68Luis Figo
He has the greatest class of any player, with his trademark curl, he is Portugal's greatest asset.
one of the best portugal has offered and one of the best the world has seen

PR1MET1ME101

He led Portugal to the semi-finals in the 2006 world cup

CaptCool

[Newest]The best Portuguese player ever! Sure Cristiano Ronaldo is a very good play but Figo is so much more clever and he has class!

69Manuel Neuer
He is the best goalkeeper I have ever seen
Greatest goalkeeper of all time
Who needs a net when all you need is him

70Mario Balotelli
Just goals and more goals
He is playing so bad form Liverpool

71Ruud Van Nistelrooy
Nistelrooy has proved over the years that he is certainly the best finisher in the present game
Best Manchester United striker! EVER!
He is the best he should be No 9 at least
I love him! What class and calibre he has to his play! He's th bis dqjdldjeldleqdlqj kwjekwj

72Marco Reus
MARCO REUS IS THE BEST EVER HE IS EXTREMELY TALENTED HE IS AN AMAZING FREE KICK SHOOTER WHO EVER PUT HIM IN THIS RANKING IS WRONG! HE IS FANTASTIC AT FOOTBALL NO WAY HAZEM EMAM IS BETTER THAN HIM!
This list is so screwed up how can reus be
Reus is great! Whoever made these rankings made a mistake, I think they meant to put Messi here and put reus as number 1

73James Rodríguez
2014 World Cup Golden Boot and have the greatest strike from long distance in the world
He is now in Real Madrid and he is best player in world cup

Borasan

He showed at the world cup he will be a top ten player over the next 2 years.
It is up to him to keep working on his skills. He potentially could become a top ten of all time
[Newest]Star of the 2014 world cup

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74Gabriel Batistuta
Best striker Argentina ever had. He has the record of best foreign serie a goal scorer ever. He also scored 10 goals in 12 world cup matches.
ohhhh! he was a total legend of Argentina. His goal scoring ability was great. He's the best!
One of the best sharpshooters of the game.. he is one of those strikers who had most shots on target...

75Abedi Pelé
he was the most skillful african player
The greatest dare devil of our century, He was more than a team. His dribbles, his placements and accuracy has no description. Abedi Pele lacked nothing while with the ball. Abedi is the only speedster that lives
heartbeat of contemporary african and world soccer

76Kenny Dalglish
How can Kenny dalglish not be in at least top 20.
One of the most naturally gifted footballers ever
I honestly think ken was the best ever player to come from or play in britain and by some distance he really should be in the best ever world 11 with out any arguments
List dominated by numb heads kenny not even in top 20
Best british player

77Pavel Nedved
He was present in every time of the match. Also was a complete soccer game player, ideal to hold wathever position he was designed to.
This guy is a legend

78Giuseppe Meazza
The stadium we all know named by him because of his EXTRAORDINARY achievements scored nearly 340 goals with Inter and Italy and won 2 World cups...
What why is he here he should be in like forth better than Messi and Ronaldo and Torres and he is the legend 😇😇
The legend of inter

79Alan Shearer
who votes on here you can't tell me the great alan shearer and GEORGE BEST are not in this top ten and are behind the likes of keane owen, ronaldo what a load of wank people forget to easily

pommy

THE best striker ever! how on earth is there people like micheal owen or david beckham ahead of him! wake up!

FOSTER69a

One of the greatest premier league player that ever lived. long live Shearer!

80Lothar Matthaus
Der Kaiser II was the only player who could kill the ball (WC '90 West Germany-Yugoslavia).
The stats speak for themselves. Even pele who I think is the best of all time was in awe if matthaus skills, vision got the game and durability. Pele has him as one if the best of all time.
The most capped player in Germany's history he participated in the team who won the 1980 Euro Cup... this man led Germany in the 1980's and most important part was the rivalry with Maradona in both Inter and Germany he lost to Maradona in 1986 but the 1990 WC named by his name won the Ballon D'or in the same year as he won the UEFA cup with Inter the year after and won the Scudetto the year before... his leadership skills are phenomenal as he played nearly in every single position in the field started as a playmaker then to what was called Libro...

81Yahya Golmohammadi

82Hakan Şükür
World best striker. world the fastest goal. 9. seconds. 2002 world cup. uefa 2000 goal king. fifa 1997 striker of the year. Turkey goal king. Turkey national team 51 goals. turkey super league 249 goals. uefa cup win turkey league win world cup 3. The best striker of all time
The best striker ever. Hakan Sukur was and is the goal king of all time, not only in turkey but all over the world. Hakan sukur must be at the top 10.
All time best player of Turkey
[Newest]He should be at the top 20 at least he made thousand goal on his striker carrier. AMAZING

83Khosro Heydari
Best player in Iran and Asia

84Rivaldo
Deserves to be higher than some of players that are in the list
This guys is a soccer god, deserves a better place here. He is so intelligent, and could win a game in seconds. The true master! To 10 easy for him.
THIS GUY S AMAZING. HE IS ONE OF THE BEST PLAYERS IN BRAZIL. HE IS BETTER THAN ALL THE BRAZILIANS. HE SHOULD BE TH
[Newest]THE OVER HEAD KICK OF HISTORY

85Mojtaba Jabbari
Is The Best... ♥
He plays in Esteghlal(the best club in iran)
He is 29
He was recalled by Carlos Queiroz in 2011 and was scored his first national goal on 11 October 2011 against Bahrain. He was also scored an other goal in the match with Bahrain on 11 November 2011 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification.

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86Ali Parvin
The best captain for perspolis

87Jamie Carragher
A great defender. He plays for Liverpool and is a sub for England's international team.

88Sergio Ramos
Sergio Ramos had a remarkable 2012 despite switching positions.

It's a testament to his footballing brain and natural ability that he took on his new role at centre-back so quickly, going on to form a previously unthinkable partnership with Barcelona man Gerard Pique to win Euro 2012 for Spain.

He even scored a penalty.

dahamid364

Why? He is so good I love ramos

89Pepe Reina
Simply best ever goalkeeper he is a gifted goalkeeper if I was barca's manager I would buy him for 999,999,999,990 at least in the top 25 if he isn't I want him in at least 100th place behind Stevie G best liverpool's best keeper ever jamie carrager best defender Stevie G best midfielder ever robbie fowler best forwarder ever

90Radamel Falcão García
One of the best right now.
Dam to bad he wasnt in the copa america with colombia it would of been a different story right now... Colombia vs. Brasil Copa America final...
Best player ever he's like the third best player in the world I wouldn't be surprised to see him win a balon de oro soon

91Roy Keane
you people know nothing about football. this man has captained his team in the greatest league in the world and won every competition worth winning and he did not have buck teeth
Greatest Midfielder of all time, he dragged United to the Champions league final and Ireland to the 2002 world cup and didn't get to play in either.
Have to agree what a player. The real captain fantastic!

92Romário
Had he got a chance, he could sit in the same category as Maradona or Pele. He had the talent and Skill to single-handedly win a world cup. Zagalo and Zico made the worst mistake ever by not letting him play the 98 world cup.
I dont believe you guys forgot him!!! he won the 1994 world cup alone!! hes one of the best striker alive.. end he doesnt even like to training.
This player was an absolute genius. He played well into his forties. Romario deserves to be much higher on the list. Come on guy!

93Paul Scholes
Arjen Robben, Paul Scholes Ryan Giggs, Wesley Sneijder deserve to be at least in the top 20..
Berbatov and Carlos Tevez also great players
Scholes is without doubt the greatest English player of all time and should be in the top ten of this list!
He is the perfect player!
Best footballer ever. No one else can control a game like Paul Scholes. He is perfection.

94Diego Costa

95Diego Forlan
Best player 2010 World Cup. Ability to score and assist in addition to be lethal on free kicks. Great team player, excellent at club level and also at country team level.

96Sergio Agüero
He's good, best player in England by far. Why was he not at least in the top 100.
What aguero should be thirteenth
Will become one of the best soccerplayers ever in the coming years, because he is very technical and fast..

97Philippe Coutinho
His set up lots of goals for brazil
Coutinoh is amazing at soccer and he has great pace.

98Carles Puyol

99Rivelino
Why is Rivelino so far down this list, one of the 3 greatest players in the greatest team of all time (with Pele and Jairzinho), these guys would have put 7 past todays Germany, not the other way round!
Never seen him play.
The best soccer player I've ever seen.

100Andriy Shevchenko
Simply the best, he can make a come back!
Modern football best forward after the fenomen Ronaldo
He led Ukraine national soccer team all the way with his skills and talent!

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