Best Soccer (Football) Players of All Time

The Top Ten

1 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...

Maradona truly is on his own level of skill. People may argue that he wasn't a complete well rounded player like pele or cristiano ronaldo, but soccer is a sport that is more than just speed and strength this isn't track in field. What makes maradona so amazing is that no one else on the world can do what he can with a soccer ball. What zidane could do with a ball maradona could do with an orange. His mastery of the ball makes him the greatest soccer player of all time not only could he dribble past cristiano ronaldo or anyone else with disturbing ease but he could also distribute the ball with pinpoint accuracy. This means that not only could he carry a team on his back (unlike messi sadly) but he also makes his teammates play better he is a player that you cannot leave on the bench even injured. If you gave maradona's left leg to any player they would instantly get on this list.

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2 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

He can dribble a whole team he is like a Maradona except he is younger. He is a player no one can defend he is to good and he's got around 99.99% that he is gonna score when he gets inside the box. For me I think Lionel Messi is the best player in history because of his talent as dribbling, shooting, and passing even though I think Iniesta is the best at creating plays and passing in the world but Messi is the best of a scorer in my life he did more goals than pele in one year and pele was like 10 years older. He also passed Gerd Muller and scored 91 goals! Some people may think Cristiano Ronaldo is a better player but Cristiano is a show off and when real madrid loses he blames it on his team mates. Second off all Cristiano is only good at powerful kicks nothing else, maybe a little bit with dribbling. Third off all I do not think he is better than Messi because he is two years older than him in two year Messi could score up to 700 goals. Also Cristiano is 6 ft. 1 inch. Messi is 5 ...more

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3 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. He is one of the best players in football, hence why he's nicknamed the "king of football".

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

Pele is the greatest player ever. He is know as the King of football.

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4 Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Italian club Juventus 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.

Please people, let me hope that every one is sober while reading this.
Look at His height, body size, soccer skills, a complete dribbler, free kick specialist, pace, goals scored in different best football league tables in the generation with very many fantastic players.

He really brings out the real meaning of the best football player the world has ever tested.

Remember that to be considered as the best, you must fit and score in different soccer league tables and by this I mean the rough, hard, talented and best ones like English premier league and spanish laliga plus putting up stiff competition with the rest of the players in the whole world of that particular generation not forgetting to again deliver at the National team level.

Messi is only good but not better than Christiano Ronaldo because Messi has only seen one league and has not delivered at the national level

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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!

Zidane is in a class by himself, he is the most elegant player ever, whenever he is playing you do not want to take your eyes off him because you don't want to miss a magical move or a ball control never seen before. Zidane makes the game look beautiful with his artistic style of play. Zidane did things with his weaker foot most world class players of the past and present cannot do. The man was a football god sent to show us the true beauty of the sport.

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6 Johan Cruyff Johan Cruyff Hendrik Johannes Cruijff (1947-2016) was a Dutch professional football player and coach. As a player, he won the Ballon d'Or three times, in 1971, 1973, and 1974.

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..

Do you guys even know how Johan Cruyff helped Ajax as a player and to Barca as both the best player they had and best manager in the history of football. You can ask anyone who watched Johan Cruyff played and a bet NONE OF THEM think he's not the best in history

Cruyff is the greatest player ever, he revolutionized football, he organized his team, he timed passes perfectly like nobody else did, he read the game better and faster than anybody else in history, he was an underrated long range shooter, if he wanted to he could be a legendary scorer like his younger days, but he opted to be unselfish, the best passer in football history, and the total footballer. #14

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.

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7 Ronaldo (Ronaldo Luiz Nazario da Lima) Ronaldo (Ronaldo Luiz Nazario da Lima) Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, commonly known as Ronaldo, is a Brazilian retired professional footballer who played as a striker. Popularly dubbed O Fenômeno, he is widely considered to be one of the greatest football players of all time.

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

He might not be the greatest but he will remain the best player in history with the best technical ability like dribbling, skills and tricks efficiency(ahead of Ronaldinho), pace, shooting and even passing(surprisingly good for a centre forward). I've seen many players in the past like Pele, Cruyff, Maradona, Di Stefano, Zico, Ronaldinho, George Best, Denis Law, George Weah, Michael Platini, Beckenbauer, Figo, Eusebio, Kaka, Rivaldo, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi and so I can call them one of the greatest and they're certainly in the best list as well but the one that tops the best list is just Ronaldo and none else. If Ronaldo had won the European Champions League he would of certainly been the greatest ever.. Please don't even compare anyone with Ronaldo.. He's beyond comparison..

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8 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...

Ronaldinho is the complete football player, sure Cristiano Ronaldo can jump higher, run faster, etc. I'm not saying Ronaldo and Messi or anyone else are bad, they just aren't Ronaldinho. In fact, Messi is probably most efficient on the field, Cristiano Ronaldo has the overall top attributes. But when do you EVER see anyone smile like Ronaldinho when he falls, when he scores, when he misses, etc. He has fun and he shows that. Never have I seen anyone manipulate a football like Ronaldinho. I can do around the world, so can half the footballing world I bet, but the way the ball is like part of Ronaldinho's body makes it look elegant, super easy. This is just one opinion though, it was a tough choice because there are great footballers out there today, many of them. Ronaldinho, Messi and Cristiano remain my favorites.

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9 Franz Beckenbauer Franz Beckenbauer Franz Anton Beckenbauer is a German former professional footballer and manager. Early in his playing career he was nicknamed Der Kaiser because of his elegant style, dominance and leadership on the field, and also as his first name "Franz" is reminiscent of the Austrian emperors.

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

The real first person in history TOP.1
The absolute ability of integration of attack and defense is unique!

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

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10 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.

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 is my idol. He literally does everything a soccer player could do. David beckham is probably the greatest soccer player ever would ever step foot on this earth. I would watch a thousand games of David Beckham. Besides a lot of people look up to Beckham as their idol. For example in the movie "Bend It Like Beckham" pretty much every character looks up to Beckham as their idol or hero. He just inspires so many people that it is unbelievable. He has so much talent and potential that people just love him. It is probably a honor for The LA galaxy coach to have a very talented player on his team. Beckham's parents are so blessed to have a child like Beckham. There is nothing bad to say about Beckham because he is a hero in my eyes and he inspires me.

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The Contenders

11 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

Why is Beckham in the top 10? what!

Best in the world

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12 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

He is best player of all Time, He was blessed with a wide range of talents and could play in a variety of positions with equal skill, leading a number of his contemporaries to view him as the most complete player of all time.

It is like a joke to see players like Ronaldinho and especially Beckham above Di Stefano. The others above him like Beckenbauer or Zidane have the logic of been legends of the last decades instead of the 6 decades icon Don Alfredo. If Pelé, Maradona and Messi deserve the top 3, Di Stefano and Cruyff are two of the next 3 coming after.

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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

He should be one

BEST soccer player

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

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14 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

Zlatan is only on this list because he is impresive and a showboater - Dandeman7

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15 Eusebio (Eusebio da Silva Ferreira) Eusebio (Eusebio da Silva Ferreira) Eusébio da Silva Ferreira was a Portuguese footballer who played as a striker. Eusébio is considered by many as one of the greatest footballers of all time. During his professional career, he scored 733 goals in 745 matches.

2nd best player ever also I'm mozambican so we are from the same place anyway he is one of the best players of all time

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!

One of the best players all time. In the top 20? Are you ignorant? Top 10 without any doubt.

Eusebio was amazing.
How you guys have courage of talk about Sukur, Beckham...
are you loosing your mind...

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

It is such a shame many people do not know of Puskas, or have ever watched him play. He blessed whatever team he played for, and cursed the other. I am pretty sure (not a 100% sure) that the Puskas award was named after this guy.

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!

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.

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

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17 Garrincha Garrincha Manuel Francisco dos Santos, known by the nickname Garrincha, was a Brazilian footballer who played right winger and forward.

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.

The God of soccer. He is mane Garrincha. His name should be laid sharing with Maradona, and Pele. He is the angel of football, art of dribbling.

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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.

A man who was once, just a curious boy hypnotized by perfect harmony. And the man in the middle, the conductor. Who creates balance out of chaos, beauty from turmoil, elegance from disarray. No one really knows what happened that day, but he was never the same, and he never forgot the man in the middle. Now this boy has grown up and he is as elegant with the ball as the conductor with his baton. A pure player, born from the twin mothers of intelligence and creativity. With feet that tethered to the pitch like strings on a violin. A master of control. A roaming midfielder, with an instinctive feel for the ball. Who advances man like a conductor moves music, orchestrating the game with just the right rhythm and tempo. Creating something out of nothing, with just a look and a perfect one-touch pass. Ending the match with a crescendo and a bow. Every team needs the maestro. - Adidas, The ultimate search.

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19 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

Deadly long range shots with machine precision combined with all other football skills to the mastery level.

His name alone goes with the other single-name greats like Pele, Ronaldo and Gherson.

The most UNDERRATED player of all time!
Zico was among the very best "playmaker" of all time (definitely TOP10)
Zico was the closest (in style and skills) to Pele (two footed and skills) = like Messi is closer to Maradona (left foot and skills)

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20 Lev Yashin Lev Yashin Lev 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.

He should be top ten

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

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21 Michel Platini Michel Platini Michel 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.

His free kicks had the highest conersion to goal rate I have seen

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.

A real complete player: scorer, passer, very good personal technique, sense of timing, extraordinary vision of the game, very good teammate (make his partners play better), a winning mentality, respectful to others, regulars performances, and so on...

This greatest footballer remind me about best times of football.

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22 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

Wayne Rooney has undergone some borderline surgical changes to his game over the past 12 months, but he's coped extremely well.

A poor European Championships (again) firmly behind him, he's adapted to the presence of Robin van Persie superbly and reinstated goals to his game over the past month.

He was the Red Devils' top scorer last season, reliably turning in 27 English Premier League strikes. - dahamid364

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23 Robin van Persie Robin van Persie Dutch 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.

RvP and GIO we will miss you

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

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24 Thierry Henry Thierry Henry Thierry Daniel Henry is a French professional football coach and former player. He is the second assistant coach of the Belgium national team.

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...

Amazing soccer player my team Arsenal great

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25 Andres Iniesta Andres Iniesta Andrés 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.

The insane skill player who is ale crowds out by many players has a great flexibility and guts and neck to get through all of the challenges without losing the ball..

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26 Roberto Carlos Roberto Carlos Roberto 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

Roberto Carlos should be in the top 10. Who came up with this list. Who ever it is, you have no sense about football

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27 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.

HE HAS BEEN MY FAVORITE can't YOU AGREE!

the young Welshman has got the best finishing for a left footer
he powers up and down the left wing -

Bale is a legend

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

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

My favorite goalkeeper along with lev yashin

This amazing player should be higher then 45 - FrankP

He is a Goalkeeper. The Best goalkeeper.

Great soccer player! And a great loyalty to the old lady even when they were in the serie b!

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29 Xavi Hernandez Xavi Hernandez Xavier "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

He is the best midfielder nowadays and he is a world champion with Spain
;] he should win a golden ball

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!

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30 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.

Survived a terrible plane disaster but still came back to be one of the greatest players of all time. This guy should be top 10 no doubt

The best English player of the post war era both for England and in a magnificent Manchester United team. - Spursfred

May not be the number 1 best, but is a a inspiration most definitely top 10

Only 42nd what a joke

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31 Arjen Robben Arjen Robben Arjen Robben is a Dutch professional footballer who plays for German club Bayern Munich and is the captain of the Netherlands national team.

he has got a sweet left foot
he is an ace at volleying -

How can people forget this outstanding footballer, he did amazing in the 2014 World Cup, with 6 goals, 5 assists. Robben should be on the top ten, and yah, also I forgot, ROBBEN WON THE TITLE FOR BAYERN

Possibly the best left foot of all times, to be so consistent in cutting inside with curving shots and general key passing and shooting with that foot. Combine that with extremely good dribbling and speed. Surely at least a top10 player! Netherlands played 5-3-2 on the WC in 2014, he made it look 5-3-3 he had that much impact.

This player is just amazing, he has it all, he has the speed, the skill, and the heart, Robben should be in the top 10

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32 Steven Gerrard Steven Gerrard Steven 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

He should be number 11 12 or 10

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33 Dennis Bergkamp Dennis Bergkamp Dennis Nicolaas Maria Bergkamp is a Dutch former professional footballer, who is the assistant manager to Frank de Boer at Ajax.

He should be top 3 and he is the best foreign premier league player of all history and he loves seeing boys in bras plus best dutch player ever in england

he's skills and he's goal are superb

Scored the best goal ever against newcastle how is he only 37th he should be top 5.

The Iceman - Dennis was cool but had a ruthless streak. Watching Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry play together at Arsenal was truly amazing. Undoubtedly my favourite player of all time.

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34 John Charles

I am sure most of those voting here are far to young to remember the Gentle Giant who was equally at home at centre half and centre forward. Never booked throughout his career. Played for Wales in the 1958 World Cup, won 3 Championships and 2 Italian Cups in his 4 years at Juventus. He played long before todays wall-to-wall T.V. coverage. Had he been playing today, he would be near the top of the list.

The best leeds united player ever and probably 3rd best player in the world only since sir stan

The best centre back and striker the world has seen. unbelieveable talent. 44 goals for leeds in 1st div, and 3 titles for juventus! never booked. could play anywhere!

35 Mesut Özil Mesut Özil Mesut Özil is a German professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Arsenal. He is considered to be one of the best players in the world. Özil plays mostly as an attacking midfielder, but can also be deployed as a winger.

I'm not even surprised he is in the top ten definitely AT LEAST #1 or#2

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!

Best Maestro ever, deserves more than Arsenal

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36 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.

The most decorated british player the world will ever see, ryan giggs is an inspiration

He plays at the same level for now 20 years! And no end in sight :-)

Brilliant skills with fantastic insight... sets up many other players and goal situations...

He is the best ever he is way better than maradona and pele sad that people don't appreciated what he did

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37 Luis Suarez Luis Suarez Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz is a Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Barcelona and the Uruguay national team as a striker.

The new Kop hero Luis Suarez is really a sensational talent. He is a curse for opposition defenders and produces sensational magic in the pitch. He deserved to be best player in Copa America. - Newuser

He is just phenomenal! He filled Fernando Torres shoes very well. He got skills, scores many goals, creates chances for his team mates. And he does nutmegs, nutmegs, nutmegs.. Vote! Should at least be number 20!

How the hell is he below messi! Messi is terrible. he has to team up with all stars to win, suarez played in Liverpool with terrible teammates. he lead them to the finals. if suarez replaced Messi he would win every game! Messi is a cry baby, boohoo! He is jealous that he doesn't have SUAREZ POWER. nom

I reckon Luis Suarez should be in the 10 because he is a fantastic player and not only that he was the best stirker. When he was in Liverpool he was unstoppable he scored volleys and all types of fantastic goals and now he is at Barcelona and he is as good as he was when he was at Liverpool. Luis Suarez scores hatreds and hatreds in Barcelona.

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38 Franck Ribery Franck Ribery Franck Henry Pierre Ribéry is a French professional footballer who plays for German club Bayern Munich.

the French international has tons of pace its unreal he completely humiliates defenders -

Great player very fast and he should be 2

You need at least 4 guys to get possession from him.

62nd place if you don't vote for him, I will find you and I will kill you

39 Marco Van Basten Marco Van Basten Marcel "Marco" van Basten is a Dutch football manager and former football player, who played for Ajax and Milan, as well as the Netherlands national team, in the 1980s and early '90s as a forward.

A real top top striker to ever grace football. His bicycle kicks, volleys and strikes were A-M-A-Z-I-N-G, I don't think any other striker can do what Marco did, no doubt he was called San Marco. I've never seen anyone can do a spectacular volley from a tight angle in the Euro 88 final. It's a shame he has a lot of injuries and retired young from Milan.

Best ever! Marco had it all. Was a great passer of the bal as wel fast with the ball and his technics were just amazing! Remember euro 1988

Nr 1 in my book! Had all the qualities a forward should have!
Why is he so far down on this list? You guys don't know football!

The Best 1! I cryed when he gave up with soccer... I was the only soccer player can gave me emotions...

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40 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.

Definitely the best defender of all time. He was the captain of England when we won the world cup. He deserves to be top ten.

BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD

master defender

a great player and a gentleman
hailed by pele as the best defender he has played against

Here lies the best defender of all time...at 89th. Really? That low! Defending is just as important as goal scoring!

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41 Paolo Maldini Paolo Maldini Paolo Cesare Maldini is a former Italian professional footballer who played as a left back and central defender. Maldini captained Italy for 8 years and AC Milan for 12, and was renowned for his leadership skills, earning him the nickname “Il Capitano”, or ‘The Captain’.

The BEST defensive player ever. He is a Legend in the history of the European Football. No other player had, have and will ever have his skills in defending. I mean, look at his sliding tackle - just perfect!

greatest left back ever the face of Milan for the past 20 or so years -

Where to begin with this legend for a starter he is a 1 team player started and ended his career with Milan he won every single cup possible with them and a record of 5 times UCL winner nominated a lot in the team of the year reached the WC final in the 1994 and the semi final in the 1990 was in the dream team in both of them...

BEST DEFENDER BEST PLAYER GREATEST IN MY HEART (3)

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42 Manuel Neuer Manuel Neuer Manuel Peter Neuer is a German professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Bayern Munich and the Germany national team.

HE is the best goal keeper in the history of the WORLD!

He is the best goalkeeper I have ever seen

Greatest goalkeeper of all time

If de Gea is 336 or something and pretty much better than neuer than de Gea deserves some where around here

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

He scored the best last minute goal of all time. Next year I'd like to see him in the top twenty at least

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!

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44 Roberto Baggio Roberto Baggio Roberto Baggio (Italian pronunciation: roˈbɛrto ˈbaddʒo), born 18 Feb 1967, is an Italian former professional footballer who mainly played as a second striker, or as an attacking midfielder. In 1993, he was named FIFA World Player of the Year and won the Ballon d'Or. He is the former President of ...read more.

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.

SIMPLY THE BEST... IF THERE ARE OTHER Italian PLAYERS BEFORE HIM IN THIS LIST, IT MEANS THAT THIS LIST IS FALSE... SOLO ROBERTO BAGGIO

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45 Didier Drogba Didier Drogba Didier Yves Drogba Tébily is an Ivorian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Canadian Major League Soccer club Montreal Impact.

He is excellent the top scorer in barclays premier league

Dabcasar says he
is the greatest of all time

he is a powerhouse
he has so much skill and precision it is unreal -

He kills and he got the most goals for Chelsea in 2006. Better than all the other Africans. Go Ivory Coast.

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46 Paul 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.

Best all round player of all time... FACT

Paul at 77? You guys need to know history.

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47 Samuel Eto'o Samuel Eto'o Samuel Eto'o Fils is a Cameroonian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Turkish club Antalyaspor.

Eto' is to me the best striker in the history of football. Other people may say Ronaldo yes he made his name in the Brazilian national team especially during world cup. If Eto'o had this same opportunity to play I a team like Brazil with the worlds most talented players I believe he would have done even more than Ronaldo. The boy is a naturally born footballer. I say he is among the first 5 world best footballers ever.

Eto'o is the most useful player in the history of football reason being that he can score any how any where and any time. These other players made name because they were highly watched by people

Africa magic man. World's best striker. Put him in any
team of clao he will be the highest goals scorer for that season
He is better than all those strange names I see up there. His fire is still burning. Africa's best player 4 times. 4 champions leagues to his credit. Prolific goals scorer in La Liga. Highest goals scorer in CAN archives.

He is the most complete footballer that has ever played the beautiful game. He has an instinct for scoring. Eto'o's gift lies in his ability to perceive, understand and communicate about feelings and matters of the heart and soul.

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48 Javier Hernandez Chicharito Javier Hernandez Chicharito Javier Hernández Balcázar is a Mexican professional footballer who plays as a forward for German club Bayer Leverkusen and the Mexico national team.

NOT ONLY IS HE MEXICAN BUT HES GOOD. WHO WOULDN'T VOTE FOR HIM. HES ONLY PLAYED FOR LIKE 2-3 YEARS AND HES PLAYING REALLY WELL. HE HAS LIKE 50 GOALS ALREADY IN HIS CAREER. THAT IS AN AMAZING PERFORMANCE. WITH HIS FIRST GAME WITH MAN U. HE MADE A GOAL AGAINST THE MLS ALL-STARS. THAT'S WHY I PUT MY VOTE ON Javier 'CHICAHRITO' Hernandez!

he has scored the fastest goal against one of the best teams ever chelsea on the 36th second when he moved into man you and I'm a man you supporter and he has become the best player in the world - uzy

Chicharito should be in the top ten for sure. Right behind Messi and Kaka so people can actually see who has skills.

Why isn't he in the top 10 at least he has been on top form this year at united and look what he has done.. he got us to win the title by 2 amazing goals against stoke city and scoring against chelsea fc near the end of the season well he is my best player

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49 Lothar Matthaus Lothar Matthaus

Der Kaiser II was the only player who could kill the ball (WC '90 West Germany-Yugoslavia).

The stats speak for themselves. Even pele who I think is the best of all time was in awe if matthaus skills, vision got the game and durability. Pele has him as one if the best of all time.

One of the best play maker

The most capped player in Germany's history he participated in the team who won the 1980 Euro Cup... this man led Germany in the 1980's and most important part was the rivalry with Maradona in both Inter and Germany he lost to Maradona in 1986 but the 1990 WC named by his name won the Ballon D'or in the same year as he won the UEFA cup with Inter the year after and won the Scudetto the year before... his leadership skills are phenomenal as he played nearly in every single position in the field started as a playmaker then to what was called Libro...

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