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The 40 Greatest Footballers Of All Time Have Been Named And Ranked By Fans

The 40 Greatest Footballers Of All Time Have Been Named And Ranked By Fans

Legendary Argentine Diego Maradona has beaten both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to be voted the best footballer of all time by fans.

The 1986 World Cup winner is frequently placed in the conversation for football 'GOAT' alongside fellow icon Pele and Barcelona captain Messi and Juventus superstar Ronaldo.


Now, fans over at Ranker have named the former Barcelona and Napoli forward top of a star-studded list of legends.

Six-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi took home second place in the fan vote, while fierce rival and five-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo came third.

The top 10 also includes Arsenal icon Thierry Henry, Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon and Brazilian hero Ronaldinho.

Surprisingly, Pele failed to crack the top 10 and finished 17th in the rankings behind Neymar, David Beckham and Steven Gerrard.


Posted below are the 40 best players in football history, according to fans.

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40. Frank Lampard


39. Sergio Ramos

38. Rivaldo

37. Franz Beckenbauer

36. Dennis Bergkamp


35. Philipp Lahm

34. Francesco Totti

33. Didier Drogba

32. Luis Figo


31. Arjen Robben

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30. Wayne Rooney

29. Peter Schmeichel

28. Manuel Neuer

27. Raul

26. Iker Casillas

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25. George Best

24. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

23. Roberto Baggio

22. Lev Yashin

21. Robert Lewandowski

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The 50 Greatest Footballers Of All Time Have Been Named And Ranked

The 50 Greatest Footballers Of All Time Have Been Named And Ranked

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20. Luis Suarez

19. Gerd Muller

18. Roberto Carlos

17. Pele

16. Johan Cruyff

15. Xavi

14. Steven Gerrard

13. Carles Puyol

12. David Beckham

11. Neymar

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10. Andres Iniesta

9. Thierry Henry

8. Gianluigi Buffon

7. Luka Modric

6. Ronaldinho

5. Zinedine Zidane

4. Ronaldo

3. Lionel Messi

2. Cristiano Ronaldo

1. Diego Maradona

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You can check out which players finished outside of the top 40 over at Ranker.

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Topics: Football News, Ronaldinho, Football, Lionel Messi, Ronaldo, Diego Maradona, Andres Iniesta, Zinedine Zidane, Gianluigi Buffon, thierry henry, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric

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