Best British Soccer Players of All Time

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The Top Ten

1 George Best George Best George Best was a Northern Irish professional footballer who played as a winger for Manchester United and the Northern Ireland national team.

He's the original number 1.
I voted him and my vote want to Dalglish (they were equal with 12%).
If the idiocy has a nickname, I definitely know it.

Best is not the best of this list, but lower than Dalglish is not acceptable.

2 Kenny Dalglish
3 Gary Lineker Gary Lineker Gary Winston Lineker is an English former professional footballer and current sports broadcaster. He holds England's record for goals in FIFA World Cup finals, with 10 scored. Lineker's media career began with the BBC, where he has presented the flagship football programme Match of the Day since the ...read more.
4 Bobby Moore Bobby Moore Robert Frederick Chelsea "Bobby" Moore was an English professional footballer. He captained West Ham United for more than ten years and was captain of the England team that won the 1966 World Cup.
5 Steven Gerrard Steven Gerrard Steven George Gerrard is an English professional footballer who plays for Major League Soccer club LA Galaxy.

For me, as a Liverpool fan, he is definitely number 1, but from a neutral perspective, he should be at least top 3. - Aman2201

6 Ian Rush

Ian James Rush, MBE is a Welsh former professional footballer who played as a forward. At club level Rush played for Liverpool from 1980-1987 and 1988-1996. He is the club's all-time leading goalscorer, having scored a total of 346 goals in all competitions at the club, including a record 25 goals versus Merseyside derby rival Everton. At international level, Rush made 73 appearances for the Wales national football team and remained the record goalscorer for his country until 2018, with 28 goals between 1980 and 1996.
He's the second highest FA Cup scorer of all time, and highest in 20th century FA Cup with 44 goals. Only Henry "Harry" Cursham of Notts County scored more 49 goals between 1877 and 1888.
He's also joint record League Cup goalscorer with 49 goals (48 for Liverpool), shared with Geoff Hurt.
His total official goals are 411 including him in the best 100 in football history.

7 Gareth Bale Gareth Bale Gareth Frank Bale is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a winger for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Wales national team.
8 Robbie Fowler
9 Ryan Giggs Ryan Giggs Ryan Joseph Giggs is a Welsh football coach and former player who is currently the assistant manager at Manchester United and co-owner of Salford City.
10 Alan Shearer Alan Shearer Alan Shearer is an English retired footballer. He played as a striker in the top level of English league football for Southampton, Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United and the England national team.

The Contenders

11 Stanley Matthews

Maybe the best of all times.

12 Bobby Charlton Bobby Charlton Sir Robert "Bobby" Charlton is an English former football player, regarded as one of the greatest midfielders of all time, and an essential member of the England team who won the World Cup in 1966, the year he also won the Ballon d'Or.
13 Kevin Keegan Kevin Keegan Joseph Kevin Keegan is an English former football player and manager. A forward, he played for several clubs including Liverpool and Hamburger SV.

2 Ballon d'Or.

14 David Beckham David Beckham David Robert Joseph Beckham is an English retired professional footballer. He played for Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, Milan, LA Galaxy, Paris Saint-Germain and the England national team, for which he held the appearance record for an outfield player until 2016.
15 Peter Shilton
16 Tom Finney Tom Finney
17 Dixie Dean

William Ralph "Dixie" Dean was an English centre forward, a great star of Everton of the midwar years.
He is the most prolific scorer in English football history with 379 league goals in 437 games. He's also second all time league scorer of England after A. Rowley (433 goals).
His record of 60 goals in a single championship 1927-1928 was European (broke in 1946 by Ferenc Deák) and still stands as the best ever in British football.
He was caped with his National team 16 times scored 18 goals.

18 Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney Wayne Mark Rooney is an English professional footballer who plays for and captains both Manchester United and the England national team.
19 Steve Bloomer
20 Jimmy Greaves Jimmy Greaves
21 John Charles
22 Billy Wright

The first footballer in the world to earn 100 international caps.Wright also holds the record for longest unbroken run in competitive international football.

23 Gordon Banks

According to IFFHS century elections, second best goalkeeper of 20th century.

24 Jack Charlton
25 Thomas Lawton
26 Denis Law
27 Joe Bambrick
28 Michael Owen Michael Owen Michael James Owen is an English former footballer who played as a striker for Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Stoke City, as well as for the England national team.
29 Bryan Robson Bryan Robson Bryan Robson is an English football manager and a former player. He began his career with West Bromwich Albion in 1972 before moving to Manchester United in 1981 where he became the longest serving captain in the club's history.
30 Duncan Edwards

Duncan Edwards was an English left half who played for Manchester United and the England national team. He was one of the Busby Babes, the young United team formed under manager Matt Busby in the mid-1950s, playing 177 matches for the club. One of eight players who died as a result of the Munich air desaster (1958).
Bobby Charlton described him as "the only player that made me feel inferior" and said his death was "the biggest single tragedy ever to happen to Manchester United and English football".

31 Alf Ramsey
32 Pat Jennings Pat Jennings
33 Jimmy McGrory

One of the greatest scorers in British and International football history, a Scottish legend of the midwar years.

34 Alan Ball
35 Emlyn Hughes Emlyn Hughes
36 Ashley Cole Ashley Cole Ashley Cole is an English professional footballer who plays as a left-back for Los Angeles Galaxy in Major League Soccer.
37 Glenn Hoddle

In a two decades period (1975-1995), Glenn Hoddle played as a midfielder for Tottenham Hotspur, AS Monaco, Chelsea and Swindon Town and at international level for England. In 2007, he was inducted into the National Football Museum Hall of Fame, which cited him as one of the most gifted English footballers of his generation, exhibiting "sublime balance and close control, unrivalled passing and vision and extraordinary shooting ability, both from open play and set pieces".
He won the FA Cup with Tottenham (1981,1982) and the UEFA Cup (1984). He won the French Division 1 with Monaco (1988).
He was elected in the PFA First Division team of the year five times.
Hoddle was caped 53 times with England national team taking part in two FIFA World Cups (1982,1986).

38 Paul Gascoigne
39 Frank Lampard Frank Lampard Frank James Lampard is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for New York City FC in Major League Soccer.
40 John Barnes
41 Graeme Souness
42 Gordon Strachan
43 Arthur Wharton
44 Geoff Hurst
45 Martin Peters
46 Trevor Brooking
47 Hughie Gallacher
48 Billy Bonds
49 John Robertson
50 Stuart Pearce
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Top Remixes

1. Steven Gerrard
2. Kenny Dalglish
3. Ian Rush
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1. George Best
2. Gary Lineker
3. Bobby Moore
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