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8 Most Popular Soccer Players

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1. Pele (Brazil)

The greatest and most famous soccer player in history, Brazil's Pele revolutionized the game with his electrifying, creative and athletic style of play. He was such an appealing player that he transcended national boundaries in a sport that is alm...

2. Diego Maradona (Argentina)

Diego Maradona was an Argentine football (soccer) player who is generally regarded as the top footballer of the 1980s and one of the greatest of all time. Renowned for his ability to control the ball and create scoring opportunities for himself an...

3. Zinedine Zidane (France)

Few France fans could have realised it at the time, but nothing short of a torch was being passed when Michel Platini played out his final season as a professional in 1986/87. Over at the Cannes youth academy that very same year, an unknown prospe...

4. Lionel Messi (Argentina)

Lionel Messi is the heir apparent to the throne left vacant by Diego Armando Maradona. The waters are divided between those who consider him to be far from being the best No. 10, and those who believe that Messi will be even better than Maradona...

5. Ronaldinho (Brazil)

Ronaldinho is a Brazilian footballer considered to be one of the best players of his generation. A player regarded for his technique, tricks, overhead kicks, and dribbling, he was a member of Brazil's 2002 World Cup winning team. Playing in his ve...

6. Ronaldo (Brazil)

Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima (born September 22, 1976), simply known as Ronaldo, is a Brazilian professional footballer who is widely regarded as one of the greatest players to have played the game. He plays as a striker for Brazil and the Italian...

7. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

He’s one of the biggest names in professional football, and one of the biggest sports stars in the world. The most expensive football player in history thanks to his huge, record-setting £80 million transfer contract, Cristiano Ronaldo has made wa...

8. David Beckham (England)

English soccer star and pop culture celebrity David Beckham is the English footballer whose stardom extends beyond the field and into international celebrity. As a player, Beckham became known best for his pinpoint free kicks, slick passing, and s...

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