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]He is the best of the best
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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]He is the worst ever!
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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]He is the best ūüėČ
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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]But he takes drugs
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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]Some people think Oh Pele is so awesome! The only reason he was so good is because pros sucked at soccer at that time. Zidane was playing against professionals that knew all the tricks and he STILL beat them.
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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]Rated 96 for being the guy on the wing who when he gets the ball can take off with incredible speed and have the shot in the high corner, or could just dribble into the net.
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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]The best player I've ever seen.Its just a treat to even see him playing.Defenders can never predict what hell ever do.No can ever recreate his tricks on the ground like he did.He will never be forgotten.RESPECT to the BEST.
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8Johan 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]He was the best
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9David 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]Wow he was never the best on his own team bum
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10Franz 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 currently the best defender of all time and was impossible to get past. Beckenbauer was more than just an emperor, he was a god on a soccer field.

The Contenders

11Ali 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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12George 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

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 really young but is already the third best player in the world right now after only Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. He has amazing trick moves and dribbling skills and can be relied on to score the winning goal. He will definitely surpass Pele as the top scorer for Brazil.

14Zlatan Ibrahimovińá
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]Ibrahimovińá is the most dutiful, respectful in the world. He respect his every fan. Respect is the most dutiful, beautiful thing in the world.

15Kaka
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

16Wayne 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]Best soccer player in the world


17Alfredo 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]He deserves a better position

18Thierry 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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19Zico
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

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: "Pusk√°s". Many Hungarians have the same opinion: Ferenc Pusk√°s 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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