Soccer, one of the most popular games of the west, is also known as football. Read on to get a complete list of the famous soccer players of the world.

Famous Soccer Players

Soccer, also known as football, is one of the most popular games in the world. It is especially a hot favorite amongst the people in the western countries. Be it kids or adults, everyone enjoys playing as well as watching this highly energetic game. The popularity of soccer in the western countries is so great that players like David Beckham and Ronaldinho have become style icons for their fans. These famous football players have gone on to make history like none other. Check out the list of the famous soccer players in the world.
Most Famous Soccer Players
Diego Maradona (Argentina)
Born on 30 October 1960, Diego Armando Maradona is regarded as one of greatest footballers of all time. He has played for Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Newell's Old Boys and Napoli. A debutante in international soccer at the age of sixteen, Maradona retired from the sport in 1977.
Kaka (Brazil)
Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, fondly known as ‘Kaka’, is one of the most famous Brazilian football midfielders. He has made a number of memorable records and is currently playing for Real Madrid C.F. Born on April 22 1982, Kaka started his sporting career at the tender age of eight.
Pele (Brazil)
Edison Arantes do Nascimento, a forward player from Brazil, is popularly known by his nickname ‘Pele’. Pele is unforgettable name in Brazilian football and an idol for millions of aspiring footballers. Born on 23 October 1940, Pele was named as one of the 100 most important people of the 20th century by ‘Time Magazine’ in 1999, which speaks volumes about his popularity in the sport.
Ronaldo (Brazil)
Born on 22nd September 1976, Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima (popularly known as Ronaldo) made his international debut for Brazil, his home country, in the year 1994. The Brazilian striker is one of the highest scorers in the late nineties and early twenty-first century. He was dubbed as ‘Athlete of the Century’ by the International Olympic Committee.
Ronaldinho (Brazil)
Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, fondly known as Ronaldinho is one of the prolific footballers of his generation. Born on 21st March 1980, the Brazilian player has made memorable records and continues to deliver striking performance, as an attacking midfielder.
David Beckham (Britain)
David Robert Joseph Beckham (in short - David Beckham) is an English footballer, born in England, on 2nd May 1975. The midfielder has gained the distinction of being the first British footballer to play 100 Champions League matches. Apart from gaining global recognition in sports, Beckham is one of the top fashion icons and one of the priciest advertising brand ambassadors.
Zinedine Zidane (France)
Born on 23rd June 1972, Zinedine Yazid Zidane is a renowned French football player. The attacking midfielder took retirement from professional football in 2006, after the FIFA World Cup of that year. Zidane was given the title of European Footballer of the Year in 1998.
Other Famous Football Players
  • Batistuta (Argentina)
  • Javier Zanetti (Argentina)
  • Lionel Messi (Argentina)
  • Pablo Aimar (Argentina)
  • Cafu (Brazil)
  • Dida (Brazil)
  • Rivaldo (Brazil)
  • Roberto (Brazil)
  • Bobby Moore (Britain)
  • Michael Owen (Britain)
  • Steven Gerrard (Britain)
  • Ryan Giggs (Britain)
  • Wayne Rooney (Britain)
  • Petr Cech (Czechoslovakia)
  • Dennis Bergkamp (Netherlands)
  • Fabien Barthez (France)
  • Lilian Thuram (France)
  • Michel Platini (France)
  • Patrick Vieira (France)
  • Thierry Henry (France)
  • Bernd Schneider (Germany)
  • Franz Beckenbauer (Germany)
  • Gerd Muller (Germany)
  • Jens Lehman (Germany)
  • Jurgen Klinsmann (Germany)
  • Lothar Mathaus (Germany)
  • Michael Ballack (Germany)
  • Oliver Kahn (Germany)
  • Philipp Lahm (Germany)
  • Sebastian Deisler (Germany)
  • Asamoah Gyan (Ghana)
  • Stephen Appiah (Ghana)
  • Sulley Ali Muntari (Ghana)
  • Bhaichung Bhutia (India)
  • Alessandro Del Piero (Italy)
  • Cannavaro (Italy)
  • Christian (Italy)
  • Filippo Inzaghi (Italy)
  • Nesta (Italy)
  • Paolo Maldini (Italy)
  • Roberto Baggio (Italy)
  • Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi (Japan)
  • Shunsuke Nakamura (Japan)
  • Ji Sung Park (South Korea)
  • Jung Hwan Ahn (South Korea)
  • Freddy Adu (United States)
  • Mia Hamm (United States)

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