Most Underrated Football (Soccer) Players of All Time


The Top Ten

1 Paul Scholes

Scholes is incredible, His vision and his range of passing and the way he strikes a football. Pure genius!

Scholes is so good. People don't appreciate midfielders as much as strikers or wingers. That is why he is underrated. Heard many players say the best player they have played with/against is Paul scholes.

he makes the team have a good passion playing quality. Even he getting olde he still the one and I think he will play for England National Football team once again

He's good but since he got rekt by messi long time ago no one cares about him

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2 Thomas Muller Thomas Muller Thomas Müller is a German professional footballer who plays for Bayern Munich and the Germany national team.

People who run football clubs, they think in terms of buying players. Their goal shouldn't be to buy players, their goal should be to buy wins. And in order to buy wins, you need to buy a positive goal to defense ratio. Real Madrid and Portugal see Christiano Ronaldo and they see a star who's worth seventeen million dollars a year. When I see Christiano Ronaldo, what I see is... Is... An imperfect understanding of where wins come from. The guy's got a great shot. He's a decent passer. He can do tricks. But is he worth the seventeen million dollars a year that the Real Madrid are paying him? No. No. Football thinking is medieval. They are asking all the wrong questions. And if I say it to anybody, I'm-I'm ostracized. I'm-I'm-I'm a leper. So that's why I'm-I'm cagey about this with you. If you want full disclosure, I think it might be a good thing if teams got Messi's and Ronaldo's off their payroll. I think it would up all kinds of interesting possibilities.

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He is so underrated. He is one of the best soccer players in his club and national team. How many times have he lead his team to victory? A lot. He should not be even underrated. A lot of people like him.

What pity! He doesn't get a place. Not even on the UNDERRATED list.

I think that he should be doing better for his club and international teams. But that doesn't take away that he is great.

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

Brilliant player, just never got to show it on the international level of course by being overshadowed by xavi, iniesta, fabregas etc

He knows what he's doing on the field. The real boss, but never appreciated

Xabi alonso is one of those players who doesn't have flashy tricks or skills therefore his highlight reels on YouTube do not do justice to his ture talent
but it cannot be denied how great of a player like him is overlooked

4 Claude Makelele

Greatest holding midfielder of all-time. When Real sold him and Cambiasso they started losing, when Chelsea got him they started winning. He's without a doubt for me the most underrated player of all-time.

Makelele is a power horse who is a managers dream. For this he is completely underrated as he is a god for the managers

he is the battery of any team he plays with.

5 Miroslav Klose Miroslav Klose Miroslav Josef Klose is a German professional footballer who last played as a striker for Serie A club Lazio.

14 Goals in Three World Cups, amazing international scorer. Played amazingly for bremen, a little of a goal drought in bayern but it is much harder to score in the bundesliga than the la liga

Klose is one of the best German players ever. I just son;t know why people overlook him when he has so much applauds under his belt. He helped Germany tremendously in the 2010 World Cups and scored tons of goals! I heard that he is retiring after World Cup of 2014. Football will lose one of its unsung heroes

OH YEAH The Germans are coming and Miroslav Klose is an amazing finisher of the ball this doesn't mean I think he was the best player in the world but he was once and 14 FIFA World Cup goals


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6 Angel di Maria Angel di Maria

What an amazing Dribbler he is.. ! He goes around Defenders like 'playing around the park'.. ! - Nandzz

One of the most underrated player. His contribution in Madrid's 'La Decima' title was neglected. I'll never forget the last dribble on which Bale headed and gave the team a lead in so crunch a match.

Amazing curve shots

Should be at least top 3

7 Sergio Busquets

Hellish very very underrated player seen him in la liga a rock probably better than matic

The guy is underrated even in the list of most underrated. That's how underrated he is. Probably the greatest deep lying playmaker in the game.

He doesn't score goals, he doesn't make headlines, but he is the most important player for Barcalona. Without him they wouldn't have a defensive player in the midfield. They wouldn't have someone to do the dirty work or just get the job done.

A very underrated player at barcelona with xavi-iniesta-messi always getting all the credit

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8 Andrea Pirlo Andrea Pirlo Andrea Pirlo is an Italian professional footballer who plays for American club New York City FC in Major League Soccer and the Italy national team.

When anyone talks about mid-fielders they talk about Xavi, Iniesta, Lampard etc. but Pirlo is one of the most imaginative, opportunistic mid-fielder I've ever seen. His passing skills are brilliant - AnkurTri

His vision to pick up a player through a long ball was incredible, his passing in the midfield was terrific but coming from the era of zidane, figo, xavi he remains one the most underrated midfeilder in the world.

This guy is just class... Pirlo's passing skills is unmatched

The architect

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9 Park Ji Sung

Best all round team player. Works like hell. I don't like Manchester United but out of all the football players I would have this guy in my team. - tenthsage

Best Korean player of all time. Legend. You can actually compare him to extreme players such as Muller.

He's Asian so I like him

3 lung park

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10 Ronaldo Ronaldo 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.

Best ever in my opinion, imagine how much more he could have achieved if he didn't get injured!

Most says maradona or pele, now Messi or cristiano... Ronaldo is the best. End of conversation.

Ronaldo is one of the best player ever, aliongside Zidane, Ronaldinho, Pele, Maradona.
47 Goals in 49 Games during one season in Barcelona explains it.
Top scorer in the world cup and la liga serie a and so on. Best EVER!

Legendary player, 247 goals in 343 appearances at club level and 62 goals in 98 appearances for Brazil.

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The Contenders

11 Bastian Schweinsteiger Bastian Schweinsteiger Bastian Schweinsteiger is a German professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for English club Manchester United and the Germany national team.

Such stamina his shots just scare you he is bayerns engine along with lahm

12 Ali Daei

The best Iranian player"no questions",and one of the few talent in Middle East has the chance to play in Europe.

The best player number 10 in the world

He is the best!

116 National Goals! More than Ronaldo and Messi!

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13 Davor Šuker

Better than paul scholes

Davor Suker sounds like David Sucker, haha.

He's pure genius at his time...too bad there's a lot of player being compared at each other at his time,sad to say he never get noticed...but I'am a fan of him.he bring Croatia back to life during his prime."genius"

14 Matt Le Tissier

Only because he stayed at Southampton - wolphert

The most sublime goalscorer of all time

He was one of the most influencial players of all time(I don't know how to spell influencial).

15 Francesco Totti Francesco Totti Francesco Totti is an Italian professional footballer who plays for, and captains, Serie A club Roma.

He's the best passer of his time, only one who can have perfect accuracy with back heels no matter the situation. He was my first "Soccer GOD"

Pinpoint shooting and passing it doesn't get better than his

If he had joined a big club he would be one of the top 5 ever

The last great false 9

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16 Lukas Podolski

At his best he is lethal in front of goal, powerful shot, a great presence and consistent performance for his country, makes football look like a game rather than a war.

Unbelievable fast, great at 1-touch passing and has a powerful shot, podolski is one of the most feared strikers in the gamee. Can almost shoot from anywhere

He is. One. Great. Player. Of all. The. Time

Crap player

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17 Andriy Shevchenko Andriy Shevchenko Andriy Mykolayovych Shevchenko is a Ukrainian retired footballer who played for Dynamo Kyiv, Milan, Chelsea, as well as the Ukrainian national team as a striker.

I don't state that Andriy is unbeatable player but he is very underrated. I like his style of play. He could be a very big football player. I think.
Truly underrated and overlooked - Alexandr

Very underrated. He get bad luck at chelsea, the way chelsea play not suitable for him and people think he not a good player.

Shevchenko was a brilliant striker and his 127 goals for Milan proves it!

Shevchenko without Kaka is like a Kaka withouht Shevchenko.

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18 Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez

He doesn't get played enough. He's fantastic on the ball, he's so quick, and he's always in the right place at the right time. It's just unbelievable how some people think he's bad.

Just look at his goal/minute ratio in England, Spain and Germany, and look at his price compared to other forwards who aren't remotely close. It baffles the mind- and the 'all he contributes is goals' thing is bunk. His pass rate is above 80%.

The whole Mexican National Soccer team is underrated.

Little saying more doing

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19 Vincent Kompany

Most Underrated player of all time, apart from this season manchester city owe him everything for keeping the defense in tact

Great tall strong defender

20 Javier Mascherano

He should be the MVP in the world cup, he deserved more than Messi who only made a couple of good play and versus weak teams. - Juniorxtrm

Mascherano is one of soccers greatest defenders ever and should be rated highter

Messi definitely performed way better int the World Cup than mascherano

21 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.

One of the all time greatest, but his name never appears high on a ranking.

Very underrated player

One of the best

he is crap

22 Ali Karimi Ali Karimi Ali Karimi nicknamed "Maradona of Asia", is an Iranian coach and retired footballer. He has played for Fath Tehran, Persepolis, Al-Ahli Dubai, Bayern Munich, Qatar SC, Steel Azin, Schalke 04, Tractor Sazi, and the Iran national team for which he scored 38 goals in 127 appearances.

He is Asian wizard

Legend of terakhtor - sajjad4

23 Farhad Majidi Farhad Majidi Farhad 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.

The best player in Asia and the most popular in the world! In 2010

The farhad majidi is a better than all over player on the world - arashes

He is best football player in Iran

King farhad real no.7

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24 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.

Always sidelined but when on field he's the best unlike Balon D'Or winners he plays great for club and country

Better than Messi or Ronaldo, but still not reconized better.

25 Thiery Henry

Sure he is very old now... But he is world class and is so composed yet brave, strong and intelligent on and off of the ball.

Greatest striker to ever play in the english premier league

Best premier leafue player ever

26 Robert Prosinečki

Lewandoski doesn't even have Torrey when it comes to scoring, he just shoots and sometimes doesn't even curve but goes in a straight line right in.
He in my opinion, will dominate the field when Robben and Ribery retire from the field, plus he is on the best team in Germany and one of the worlds best teams.

Master of the midfield when fit. Technical wizzard

The last football romantic. Čemehovec was here.

27 Alfredo Di Stefano

This guy is FIFTH best player ever on my list.

28 Henrik Larsson

Amazing player won Barcelona the champs league against arsenal and thiery henry said he didn't see ronaldinhio messi eto, o xavi he saw larsson he was the best player in that team

His stats say it all 53 goals in one season scored for Sweden man utd barca and celtic truly magical

By far the greatest striker to ever play in the SPL. 174 goals in 221 games for Celtic, LEGEND!

One of the best,underrated because he played so long in Scotland,fergie tried to sign him for years and turned the champions league final for barca.

29 Andy Cole

Was never truly given the credit he deserves for his outstanding goalscoring record. -

30 Roy Makaay

Honestly think Michael carrick should also be on this list.. He is the engine of manchester united, and his crucial passes made the difference in the 2012/2013 season.

True Bayern Legend! Very underrated

31 Rui Costa

I remember watching him for furontina - player no doubt

He made other players famous with his ability to serve them the ball like no other from anywhere in the field
Like batistuta... Sheveshenko... Etc

32 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.

A true talisman of English football history, don't ask me...ask Messi, Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic etc, etc. People hate him because they are jealous that he played for Man United and not their club. Apart from Ronaldo Scholes and Giggs Man united have never had enough world class support for him and he's still destroyed all records.

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

He could have been better than Messi but he was under rated

35 Cafu

One of the best defenders ever. Overshadowed by the likes of Pele and Co.

36 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 more.

he is not gettin d applause as he should... -

37 Edgar Manucharyan
38 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’.


39 Robert Pires

A great winger for Arsenal and France

40 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.

Kaka is so so underrated.. He can beat messing with his skills.. He never given opportunity to play! "

Overshadowed by Messi and Ronaldo in a different time he would have been second only to pele!

Kaka is very very very very underrated just because he is kept on the bench and never given chances! Which is because of his injuries which destroyes him. Otherwise he is the best and should be given enough chances in madrid!

He's a pure genius

41 Sergen Yalcin

Had a Got talent but Not concentrate for training...

42 Mesut Ozil Mesut Ozil 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.

He is the best assist man in the world. Can you believe he did more than 20 assists when he was in Real Madrid. He is so underrated right now in Arsenal

Ozil is just fantastic on the ball and compose

Deserves way more recognition

Would be less underrated if he played professionally at a club bigger than gunners. What a shame he quit Germany’s national team. They can’t afford to lose him. He is the best of his generation; very talented.

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43 Gianluca Zambrotta

He is spectacular with both feet

44 Manuel Garrincha

Single handily won the world cup for Brazil after pele got sent off. The fact that no one remembers his legacy makes him truly underrated.

One of the best ever alongside Pele

He was the best of 60's-65's.

He is Brazil 2nd best player in history

45 Tim Cahill

Best header ever full stop.

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

He is never included on the lists of the best of all time. If you look at the quality of the goals he scored, his skill, and his attitude, he should be on every top 10 list for the best of all time.

Greatest Juventus player of all time. Possibly the greatest Italian player of all time. Always performed well but has always been overlooked.

Always overlooked. I guess that's what you can expect when the internet is swarming with 12 year old barca and real madrid fans. At least the rival teams in Italy have fans that can accept the brilliance of each others players. Buffon, Maldini, Totti, Del Piero, Cannavaro, Baresi, Nesta etc are all genius players. My favorite team is juve but I don't blindly hate on other teams like barca and real madrid fans.

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47 Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic 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.

If he was born 30 years earlier we would say that he was the best footballer ever.

More than 35 years old. You should see him play. Awesome finisher

Truly a great player better than Messi and Ronaldo

48 Emerson
49 Lucas Leiva

Great passer of the ball

The best CDM to grace footbaall

50 Juan Roman Riquelme

English footballers were scared of him on the pitch. No wonder ManU wanted him and never out of form

Best playmaker in the football history

Best playmaker in all time

Unreal passer of the ball

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