Greatest Football Players in the World | Best Soccer Player of All Time

FIFA World Player of the Year is an award football given to the player who was selected as the best in the world by the coach and captain of the international team. This award was awarded in 1991 as an award for the best male player in the world. Elections are made in a voting system based on position voting, each coach has three votes, worth five points, three points and one point, and the winner is determined based on the number of points.

European-based Brazilian players have dominated the award, winning 8 of the 18 awards, the second-most French country, which has won three times. In the case of the number of players who have received awards, Brazil leads with five awards, followed by Italy and Portugal twice.

The youngest winner of this award is Ronaldo, who won it at the age of 20 in 1996. He won it again in 1997 and 2002. Both Ronaldo and Ronaldinho won twice in a row. Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane won this award three times. The oldest winner is Fabio Cannavaro, who was 33 years old when he won this award in 2006. In 2010, the FIFA World Player award and the Ballon d'Or it France Football merged and best male players in the world since it was awarded the FIFA Ballon d'Or each year.

An award for female players was added in 2001. Awards for women have fewer individual winners. So far, only five players have won awards. Only 2011 winner Homare Sawa and 2012 winner Abby Wambach won only one award. Marta has won five times in a row, Birgit Prinz has won three times in a row, and Mia Hamm has won twice in a row. The oldest winner is Sawa, who was 33 when he won it in 2011. The youngest winner is Marta, who won in 2006 at the age of 20.

After criticism from several parts of the media for previous years' nominations, in 2004 FIFA compiled a short list of 35 male and 21 female players, in which the national team manager and, for the first time, team captain and representative from FIFPro (professional player organization all over the world) can vote.

1. Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini, known as Messi, is an Argentine soccer player who plays as a striker or midfielder. Has spent his entire career at FC Barcelona in the Primera Division of Spain and the Argentina team, teams who is captain. Frequently considered the best player in the world and one of the best of all time, is the first player in history to have won, among other distinctions, five times the Golden Ball - a Golden Ball and four FIFA Ball de Oro - obtaining the first four consecutively. In addition to receiving six Golden Boots. With Barcelona he has won 34 titles, including ten from La Liga and four from the UEFA Champions League, as well as six titles from the Copa del Rey. Prolific goalscorer, holds, among others, the record for most goals in a season and a calendar year, top scorer in La Liga, the Supercopa of Spain, the European Super Cup, and non-European player with more goals in the UEFA Champions League.

2. Neymar


Neymar da Silva Santos Junior aka Neymar is a Brazilian football player who usually plays as left winger. In August 2017, he signed a contract until mid-2022 with Paris Saint-Germain, who took over from FC Barcelona. Neymar made his debut in 2010 in the Brazilian national football team. Neymar made his debut in March 2009 in the main force of Santos, where he attended the youth academy since 2003 and extended his commitment in August 2011 until the summer of 2014. In 2011 he won the Bola de Ouro, the prize for best footballer in the Brazilian Série A and the FIFA Puskás Award for scoring the best goal of the past year. In 2011 and 2012, he was voted the best football player in South America, while in 2010, 2011 and 2012 he won the prize of top shooter in the Brazilian league.

Cristiano Ronaldo
He can play as a left or right wing and a center forward. Before playing for Real Madrid, he had played at Sporting Lisbon and Manchester United.

4. David Beckham

David Beckham

David Beckham, OBE is an English former soccer player, whose professional career covered more than twenty years (1992-2013). He is also a celebrity beyond the sports field, with a lucrative advertising activity that continues today. Beckham developed the first eleven years of his sports career at Manchester United, where he made his debut with the first team in 1992, with 17 years. With United, Beckham won the Premier League six times, the FA Cup twice and the UEFA Champions League in 1999. He later became part of Real Madrid, where he won the League in his last season with the club, forming part of the Galactic Era of Real Madrid. In July 2007 Beckham signed a five-year contract with the Major League Soccer club, Los Angeles Galaxy. While he was a Galaxy player, he spent two years on loan at Italy with Milan in 2009 and 2010. He retired from football at Paris Saint-Germain de la Ligue 1 in France in 2013.

5. Pelé


With the Brazilian national team, he won the World Cups of 1958, 1962 and 1970, being the player who has obtained it more times and younger than 17, and participated in four - also in 1966, in which he scored, being who in more editions have done it with 12 goals in total. He was the "best player" in 1970 and "the best young player" in 1958. made his professional debut with Santos in 1956, where he played until 1974 and became the "best club in the world" in 1962 and 1963, obtaining a title of the Supercup of Intercontinental Champions, two of the Intercontinental Cup, two of the Copa Libertadores de América, six of the Brazilian Serie A Championship, four of the Rio-São Paulo Tournament and ten of the Paulista Championship.

6. Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona

Diego Armando Maradona is a former soccer player and current Argentine technical director. He is currently the La Plata Gymnastics coach of the Argentine Super League. He is considered the "best historical player" of the Napoli of Italy and one of the best players in the history of the Argentine National Team and in the history of world football. It is recognized by many experts, journalists, former soccer players and fans as the "best player in history". He has also been listed by some media as the "best player in the history of the World Cup", in which he was the "best player" in 1986, together with Pelé he was chosen by FIFA as the "best footballer of the twentieth century" and obtained the fifth position in the IFFHS vote.

7. Ronaldo


Known as "The Phenomenon", he is considered by various agencies, characters and means associated with the sport, as the best center forward in the history of football and one of the best and more prolific attackers. In its sport fullness noted for its speed, dribbling and definition, events for which was included by FIFA in the Hall of Fame in 2016. Figure of the historic Brazilian team that won the 2002 World Cup, added to the national team another World Cup (1994), a Confederations Cup (1997), a bronze medal in the Olympic Games (1996), and two American Cups (1997, 1999). He also won a runner-up in the 1998 World Cup. These successes were completed at club level with thirteen titles, nine of them in Europe, playing for PSV Eindhoven, Soccer Club Barcelona, Football Club Internazionale, Real Madrid Football Club and Associazione Calcio Milan.

8. Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah

9. Lothar Matthäus

Lothar Matthäus

10. Alan Shearer

11. Jean-Pierre Papin

Jean-Pierre Papin

12. Ronaldinho

13. Dennis Bergkamp

14. Paolo Maldini

15. Roberto Carlos

16. Zinedine Zidane

17. Pep Guardiola

Gianluigi Gigi Buffon (born in Carrara, January 28, 1978, age 40) is a professional soccer player from Italy. He now joined the club from Paris, Paris Saint-Germain FC Previous bought from Turin, Juventus FC in 2018.
Manuel Neuer is a player of football from Germany, who plays as a goalkeeper. He currently plays for Bayern Munich. He also played for the German national team.

20. José Mourinho

21. Sergio Agüero

22. Toni Kroos

23. N'Golo Kanté

N'Golo Kanté is a French footballer of Malian descent who usually plays as the central midfielder. In July 2016, he signed a contract with Chelsea until mid-2021, which paid approximately € 36,000,000 to Leicester City for him. Kanté made his debut on March 25, 2016 in the French national football team, in a friendly game against the Netherlands (2–3 wins). Four days later he made his first international goal, in a friendly match against Russia won 4–2. National coach Didier Deschamps included Kanté on May 12, 2016 in the French selection for the European Championship 2016, domestically. He and his teammates reached the final.

24. Robert Lewandowski

25. Philippe Coutinho

26. Mesut Özil

27. Edinson Cavani

28. Wayne Rooney

29. Thomas Müller

30. Ole Gunnar Solskjær

31. Anthony Martial

32. Isco

33. Thibaut Courtois

34. Arjen Robben

35. David Silva

36. Romelu Lukaku

37. Karim Benzema

38. Ernesto Valverde

39. Paulo Dybala

40. Johan Cruyff

41. Alfredo Di Stéfano

42. Franz Beckenbauer

43. Michel Platini

44. Ferenc Puskás

45. George Best

46. Eusébio

47. Zico

48. Gerd Müller

49. Garrincha

50. Bobby Charlton

51. Alex Ferguson

52. Lev Yashin

53. Bobby Moore

54. Ryan Giggs

55. Franco Baresi

56. Cafu

57. Carlos Alberto Torres

58. Jairzinho

59. Abby Wambach

60. Alex Morgan

61. Birgit Prinz

62. Cristiane

63. Fatmire Bajramaj

64. Hanna Ljungberg

65. Homare Sawa

66. Kelly Smith

67. Kristine Lilly

68. Marta

69. Mia Hamm

70. Nadine Angerer

71. Nadine Keßler

72. Renate Lingor

73. Shannon Boxx

74. Sun Wen

75. Tiffeny Milbrett

76. Gary Lineker

77. Marco van Basten

78. Hristo Stoichkov

79. Thomas Häßler

80. Roberto Baggio

81. Romário

82. George Weah

83. Jürgen Klinsmann

84. Davor Šuker

85. Marcelo Vieira

86. Raphaël Varane

87. Alexis Sánchez

88. Dani Alves

89. David de Gea

90. Gerard Piqué

91. Rivaldo

92. Gabriel Batistuta

93. Luís Figo

94. Raúl

95. Oliver Kahn

96. Thierry Henry

97. Andriy Shevchenko

98. Frank Lampard

99. Samuel Eto'o

100. Fabio Cannavaro

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