Best Soccer (Football) Players of All Time

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61Eric 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.

There is only one king

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62Enzo 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!

Zinedine's idol. He named his son after him. - manya93

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63Javad Nekounam

The best soccer player of Iran

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64Ali Parvin
65Petr CechPetr Čech is a Czech professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for English club Arsenal and captains the Czech Republic national team.

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.

If you look on best goal keepers in the world de Gea and neuer is top 2

Amazing Goalkeeper from Czech Republic!

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66Michael 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!

One of the greatest midfielders the game has ever seen. He was the player everybody wanted to have on their team, but no one wanted to play against.

He has got to be in top 10

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67Gheorghe Hagi


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).

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.

One of the best players ever

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68David VillaDavid Villa Sánchez is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a striker and also serves as captain for New York City FC in Major League Soccer.

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.

Best player in the world

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69Michael 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

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

One of the best finishers ever seen in our game. He lead England, Manchester united, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle United and Stoke City. Just brilliant.

He is the might on England

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70Emile Heskey

When Heskey gets on the ball he is feared by all, his shot is more powerful than a thousand hammers, he is stronger than a million men. You see players who are known as 'great' Heskey surpasses mere greatness he is a true legend of the game.


Emile Heskey has scored more goals in the premier league than Messi. If Messi is at number 2 Heskey should be number 1. Heskey is a more versatile player and has scored more goals for the England national team than Messi.

When Heskey touches the ball hundreds of thousands African child get fed

Where's tim Cahill go Australia in the olympics

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71Gerd 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

Best striker of all time. Not debatable

Best German striker

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72Xabi AlonsoXabier "Xabi" Alonso Olano is a Spanish footballer who plays for German club Bayern Munich as a central midfielder.

One of the greatest midfielders of all time, shame he left Liverpool. - DalglishIsBack

Xabi Alonso's playing style hasn't changed a jot in six years, and that's not a bad thing either.

He has rare ability on the ball that's consistently put to good use, sharing a midfield with the formidable Sami Khedira and producing one of the world's finest double pivots.

As far as deep-lying playmakers go, there's only one man who's better. - dahamid364

He is a great fast player who scores lots of goals

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73Sergio AgüeroSergio Leonel "Kun" Agüero is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a striker for English club Manchester City and the Argentina national team.

He's good, best player in England by far. Why was he not at least in the top 100.

Best player in the premier league by far. He should be around 8th or something

No way should he be this far down the list I'd like to see where he is next year!

He is awesome

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74Yahya Golmohammadi
75Abedi Pelé

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

Abedi pele should be the second best player of all time right after lionel messi

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76Pavel 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.

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77Paul Scholes

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.

Arjen Robben, Paul Scholes Ryan Giggs, Wesley Sneijder deserve to be at least in the top 20..
Berbatov and Carlos Tevez also great players

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78Mojtaba Jabbari

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. - alishokrigangraj

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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!

Come on he scored too many goal and he is not top ten what is this

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80Hakan 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

A typical striker. Strong in the air, techniqualy well and was an excellent goalscorer. For many years the king of Turkish football who had a trademark on scoring goals with his head. Also known as the bull of the Bosporus.

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.

He should be at the top 20 at least he made thousand goal on his striker carrier. AMAZING

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