Who Are the Best Soccer Players in History?

Who are the best to ever play the game of Soccer?

Soccer is the world’s number one sport and it is literally played by hundreds of millions players from different leagues all across the globe. With so many people competing in soccer it would be hard to figure out who would be the best players in the history of the game. However, it is not that difficult to figure out who they are because their stats and on-field performances validate their ranking. Here is a list of the best soccer players in history.


Pele was given the title World Player of the Century in 1999 and is considered the greatest soccer player to have ever lived He played with the team Santos and the New York Cosmos from 1956 to 1977 and scored 1,282 during his career. Pele is by far the number one player in the history of the game.

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi is currently the best soccer player in the world. Unlike Pele who has retired many years ago, Messi is an active player who is the closest to taking Pele’s position as the number one player in history. To date, he has scored over 400 goals and is expected to outdo Pele before he retires.

Diego Armando Maradona

Diego Amando Maradona is considered great for his dribbling skills. He played from 1976 to 1997. He famously known for the “Hand of God” and the “Goal of the Century” goals which was used against England in the 1986 World Cup quarter final. Maradona is currently retired from the game.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is a current soccer player for the Portuguese. He has scored over 400 goals to date and is considered a current rival to Messi.

Franz Beckenbauer,

Der Kaiser is Franz |Beckenbauers nickname and he is considered one the best defensive players in the history of the game. He also helped to change how the game is played since he invented the role of the modern sweeper. He elevated this defensive position by adding an offensive element to it. Beckenbauer is currently retired. These are just a few of the greatest soccer players in the history of the sport.