Best Soccer (Football) Players of All Time

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21Ferenc PuskasFerenc Puskás was a Hungarian footballer and manager, widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.

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!

Because Puskas is utter class he scored 1000 goals way before Pele did and it shows just how good he is because he has a whole stadium named after him and actually had a brain and that showed through his game. Then again I am Hungarian, so. - robbie

Probably the no. 1 player of all time. Only Cruyff that can compete as the the number 1 with Puskas. Kids today don't have the knowledge of these players and only vote Ronaldo, Messi etc. Who isn't near either Cruyff or Puskas.

He deserves the number 1 place. What's he doing at 21?!

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22Roberto CarlosRoberto Carlos da Silva Rocha, more commonly known simply as Roberto Carlos, is a Brazilian retired footballer.

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

Have you seen that free-kick goal he did. It defies the laws of PHYSICS.

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23Andres IniestaAndrés Iniesta Luján is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for FC Barcelona and the Spain national team.

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.

He captains the best soccer club in the world right now. He scored the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final. He is the best visionary to play the sport and creates so many opportunities with impeccable passes. Even though he is aging, Iniesta was named the best player at the 2015 UEFA Champions League Final. What else do you want from him? He is easily the best midfielder right now. He has been among the top nominees for the Ballon D'or in recent years and deserves at least one to his name.

It's impossible steal the ball to him.

Iniesta is better then gerrard

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24Steven GerrardSteven George Gerrard is an English professional footballer who plays for Major League Soccer club LA Galaxy.

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

One of the few that plays with his heart and stays loyal to the game. It's no popularity contest for him. Gerrard is the best in the world.

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25Garrincha

I can't believe you guys, have you ever seen Garrincha playing football. Garrincha is one of the 10 best player in the world.

Just watch his highlight reels. A true legend.

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.

Very good at football

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26Xavi HernandezXavier "Xavi" Hernández Creus is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Qatari club Al Sadd SC.

Very very very good player
He is king of the playmaker in the world.

His just the best ever... Mad about him

Never ever heard of Ali Karimi... He can't possibly be better than Xavi. Not all time, but he is easily top 3 best players of his generation. El Maestro!

Best game distributor of all time

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27Eusebio (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...

The merit of Eusebio's achievements as a footballer surpass the 4 lines on the field. He became an inspirational icon, for many generations of footballers, not only in Portugal or Europe, but also in an entire continent (Africa). His achievements were greater than the impressive football he played, he became part of the national identity of countries like Portugal and Mozambique. Inside the field or outside it he was always a simple, humble man, who played with passion a game that we all embrace. His legacy is timeless and imortal.

Top 5 level player.

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28Iker CasillasIker Casillas Fernández is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Portuguese club Porto and the Spain national team as a goalkeeper.

Obviously Casillas is the best Goalie in the world. Buffon, Casillas, Cesar, Cech, Lloris, Reina, De Gea, Van Der Sar, Stekelenburg, Hart.

The best goalkeeper in the world.

He is under appreciated. In his prime, Casillas was an incredible keeper who could be fully relied on. For instance, Spain won all of their knockout phase games in the 2010 World Cup by 1 goal to 0, which meant that Iker Casillas played a vital role in keeping clean sheets. A true legend and the best keeper of all time.

Not as good as Neuer

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29Michel PlatiniMichel François Platini is a football administrator, who served as the president of the Union of European Football Associations from 2007 until 2015, after which he was banned for 8 years following an ethics investigation by the FIFA Ethics Committee on 21 December 2015, and formerly a French football ...read more.

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.

Come on! Platini scored the best free kick goal ever in 1984 against Portugal! He's just the best. - miguelmam

In most polls, he is ranked in the opt tens if not the top 5

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30Gianluigi BuffonGianluigi "Gigi" Buffon is an Italian professional goalkeeper who plays for and captains both Serie A club Juventus and the Italian national team.

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

The best keeper off all time

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31Lev YashinLev Ivanovich Yashin, nicknamed the "Black Spider" or the "Black Panther", was a Soviet-Russian football goalkeeper, considered by many to be the greatest goalkeeper in the history of the game.

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

Rated 94 for being the great goalie who could save tons of shots most goalies couldn't and just flat out being the best goalie of all time.

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

Best goalie ever lived...

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32Ali Daei

He was one of the best players of Asia and he is master of goal.

He is a former captain of the Iran national football team, and is the world's all-time leading goalscorer in international matches.

I love him. No One can forget him and his goals... love him...

The best Iranian player ever

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33Alessandro Del PieroAlessandro Del Piero Ufficiale is an Italian former professional footballer who played as a deep-lying forward.

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

Del Piero at no 70 are you crazy this man is a legend just search about him and watch all of his accomplishments

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34Mesut 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

Best current german player

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35Robin van PersieDutch footballer from Rotterdam born on August 6 1983. Currently plays for the Turkish club Fenerbahçe S.K and The Netherlands national football team as the number 11. Robin Van Persie is known for playing for Arsenal and Manchester United, though his most notable goal was his header against Spain ...read more.

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.

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

Van Persie has great skill he can take shots from distance and he is wonderful on volleys

Could not pass a ball if his life depended on it.

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36Gareth Bale Gareth Frank Bale is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a winger for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Wales national team.

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!

Welsh legend!

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37Fernando TorresFernando José Torres Sanz is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a striker for La Liga club Atlético Madrid, on loan from Serie A club Milan.

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

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

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

Torres will always be in my heart

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38Roberto 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.

Fantastic dribbling skills

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39Mehdi Mahdavikia

He is the player of perspolis and some years ago he plays in humborg

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.

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40Hugo SanchezHugo Sánchez Márquez is a retired Mexican professional footballer and manager. A prolific goalscorer known for his spectacular strikes and volleys, Sánchez is widely regarded as Mexico's greatest-ever footballer, and one of the greatest players of his generation.

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.

Hands down one of the technically superior players to ever play the game. Had he been from any other country he would surely be in the top 10 I guarantee it. Simply beautiful to watch.

Best Mexican player of all time

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