Best Soccer (Football) Players of All Time

The Top Ten

1 Lionel Messi Lionel Messi Lionel Andrés "Leo" Messi is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona. He is also known as one of the greatest football players of all time. He was born in Rosario, Argentina on June 24th, 1987.

No one is nowhere near him...
Greatest player to play football...
MESSI
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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

Best player ever better than cristiano he is amazing wonderful spectacular incredible crazy unbeatable

He is both a goal and assist machine. He can shoot and he can also dominate the midfield. - joshsanz

Best player in the world

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2 Pele (Edson Arantes do Nascimento) Pele (Edson Arantes do Nascimento) Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pelé, is a retired Brazilian professional footballer who played as a forward.

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

He is the best footballer of all time. Because he has scored 1281 goals in 1334 matches.And he is in number 1 in the world.
And Messi the present king should be in No.3.And Maradona should be in No.2.And Cruff should be in No.4.And Zidane should be in No.5.They are the top players of these planet and always will be according to FIFA.

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3 Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, GOIH is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team.

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.

The best of all time. numbers prove that

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4 Diego Maradona Diego Maradona Diego Armando Maradona is a retired Argentine professional footballer. He is known for "The Goal of the Century" and the "Hand of God" goal.

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...

He good on the fields he actually as funny moments off it to bad he might be crazy and is most famous for cheating

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5 Zinedine Zidane Zinedine Zidane Zinedine Yazid Zidane, nicknamed "Zizou", is a retired French footballer and current manager of Real Madrid.

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!

Greatest player of all time. Since the Zizou of Juventus, 1996-1998 UCL final series all the way to the 2006 World Cup Finals...he dictated the game. No one but Zizou.

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6 Ronaldo (Ronaldo Luiz Nazario da Lima) Ronaldo (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

Ronaldo should be number 1 position, best ever

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7 Ronaldinho Ronaldinho Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, commonly known as Ronaldinho or Ronaldinho Gaúcho, is a retired Brazilian footballer.

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...

The legent the king the god of football #respect

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8 Johan Cruyff Johan 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..

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

None of the other players here have the completeness Cruyff had. He was a tactical and technical genius. The best ever.

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9 David Beckham David 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...

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.

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...

David beckham was one of the only players who was able to be so dominant in the premier league(other leagues just don't compare)
Best player ever

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10 Farhad Majidi Farhad Majidi Farhad (Farnaz) Majidi is a retired Iranian professional footballer who mostly played as an attacking midfielder . He was also a member of Iran national football team . In 2010, he was nominated for the Asian Footballer of the Year award which finished second in voting .

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!

He is best footballer in world the all time

liike - lbd

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The Contenders

11 Franz Beckenbauer Franz 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!

Dubbed as the emperor because of his unmatched defending skills. - joshsanz

Should be WAY higher

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12 Ali Karimi Ali 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

He was a wizard and had a powerful magic in the green yard with the ball - unfor6iven

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13 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.

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

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

George had it all, balance, vision and breath taking brilliance. He was magic. His swerving runs and pace took him past the best defenders in the world, he played for fun. During George's playing days, the winter pitches became mud baths but he could still pirouette and ghost from one penalty area to another. When he was in full flight he was a sight to behold. George Best is the best footballer ever to grace a football pitch.

There was nobody better

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14 Neymar Neymar Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, commonly known as Neymar or Neymar Jr., is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Brazil national team as a forward or winger, and is also the captain of the national team. ...read more.

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

He is the fliping best

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15 Zlatan Ibrahimović Zlatan Ibrahimović Zlatan Ibrahimović is a Swedish professional footballer who plays for an English club Manchester United and the Sweden national team for which he is captain.

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

15th? Easily top 10. This man has scored some of the most insane goals I have ever seen. A natural goalscorer. Also he can dribble the ball with the best of them. Can pull off literally every skill in the book too. Watch a Zlatan compilation then come back and say he isn't a magician with a football... Its impossible.

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16 Alfredo di Stéfano Alfredo 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

It's not about winning everything tell yourself if he played for Real Madrid now in an el Classico he'd get annihilated and humiliated nowhere near as fast as players today or skilful as players today or passing as players today or any other attributes

The Most Perfect Player.

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17 Thierry Henry Thierry 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...

"You've always got a chance if you've got Thierry Henry! "
A quote from the commentator. - WillSparrow

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18 Kaka Kaka Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, commonly known as Kaká or Ricardo Kaká, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Orlando City SC in Major League Soccer and the Brazil national team.

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.

He was like an ingenious player

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19 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.

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

He is the best bicycle kicker and also a great play maker... One of the best...

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20 Zico Zico

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.

Yall are retards

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