The 100 Greatest Soccer Players of the 20th Century

Greatest Soccer Players of the 20th Century: The 20th century was a special time for soccer, and it gave us some of the best players ever. These players were not just really good at the game, but they also motivated their teams and made fans love soccer even more.

Picking the best players from the 20th century is hard because there are so many great ones. But a few names shine brighter than the others. These players were the best on their teams and reached the highest levels of success.

Greatest Soccer Players of the 20th Century

In this article, we’ll talk about some of the greatest soccer players of the 20th Century.


World Soccer (magazine)

In December 1999, “World Soccer (magazine)” published a list of the 100 best football players from the 20th Century, as chosen by its readers in a poll.


RankPlayerCountry
1PeléBrazil
2Diego MaradonaArgentina
3Johan CruyffNetherlands
4Franz BeckenbauerGermany
5Michel PlatiniFrance
6Alfredo Di StéfanoArgentina, Spain
7Ferenc PuskásHungary, Spain
8George BestNorthern Ireland
9Marco van BastenNetherlands
10EusébioPortugal
11Lev YashinSoviet Union
12Bobby CharltonEngland
13RonaldoBrazil
14Bobby MooreEngland
15Gerd MüllerGermany
16Roberto BaggioItaly
17Stanley MatthewsEngland
18ZicoBrazil
19Franco BaresiItaly
20GarrinchaBrazil
21Paolo MaldiniItaly
22Kenny DalglishScotland
23Gabriel BatistutaArgentina
24Eric CantonaFrance
25Gheorghe HagiRomania
26RomárioBrazil
27JairzinhoBrazil
28Zinedine ZidaneFrance
29Ruud GullitNetherlands
30John CharlesWales
31Lothar MatthäusGermany
32Gordon BanksEngland
33Jürgen KlinsmannGermany
34Dennis BergkampNetherlands
35Karl-Heinz RummeniggeGermany
36Gary LinekerEngland
37Giuseppe MeazzaItaly
38RivelinoBrazil
39DidiBrazil
40Ian RushWales
41Peter SchmeichelDenmark
42Paolo RossiItaly
43George WeahLiberia
44Michael OwenEngland
45Just FontaineFrance
46Duncan EdwardsEngland
47Dino ZoffItaly
48Hristo StoichkovBulgaria
49David BeckhamEngland
50Tom FinneyEngland
51RivaldoBrazil
52Claudio CaniggiaArgentina
53TostãoBrazil
54Frank RijkaardNetherlands
55José Luis ChilavertParaguay
56Kevin KeeganEngland
57Paul GascoigneEngland
58Roger MillaCameroon
59Michael LaudrupDenmark
60Andriy ShevchenkoUkraine
61David GinolaFrance
62Glenn HoddleEngland
63SócratesBrazil
64Roberto CarlosBrazil
65Alan ShearerEngland
66Daniel PassarellaArgentina
67Davor ŠukerCroatia
68Dixie DeanEngland
69Sándor KocsisHungary
70Juan Alberto SchiaffinoUruguay
71Christian VieriItaly
72Mario KempesArgentina
73Johan NeeskensNetherlands
74Luigi RivaItaly
75José NasazziUruguay
76Günter NetzerGermany
77Alessandro Del PieroItaly
78Carlos ValderramaColombia
79Ricardo ZamoraSpain
80Enzo FrancescoliUruguay
81Edgar DavidsNetherlands
82Francisco GentoSpain
83Jim BaxterScotland
84FalcãoBrazil
85Ryan GiggsWales
86Sepp MaierGermany
87Zbigniew BoniekPoland
88Pat JenningsNorthern Ireland
89György SárosiHungary
90Giacinto FacchettiItaly
91Alan HansenScotland
92Raymond KopaFrance
93Bryan RobsonEngland
94Matthias SammerEast Germany Germany
95Ladislao KubalaHungary, Spain
96Neville SouthallWales
97GérsonBrazil
98Paulo FutrePortugal
99Preben ElkjærDenmark
100BebetoBrazil

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