World Soccer Player of the Year

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  1. Cristiano Ronaldo

    Cristiano Ronaldo


    Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro GOIH (born 5 February 1985), known as Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team. He is a forward and serves as captain for Portugal.

  2. Lionel Messi

    Lionel Messi


    Lionel Andrés "Leo" Messi Cuccittini (born 24 June 1987) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team as a forward, and is also the captain of the national team.

  3. Kaká



    Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite (born 22 April 1982), commonly known as Kaká or Ricardo Kaká, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Orlando City SC in Major League Soccer and the Brazil national team.

  4. Ronaldinho Gaúcho

    Ronaldinho Gaúcho


    Ronaldo de Assis Moreira (born 21 March 1980), commonly known as Ronaldinho or Ronaldinho Gaúcho, is a Brazilian footballer who currently plays for Fluminense and the Brazil national team. His main playing position is as an attacking midfielder or forward. He won the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2004 and 2005. Renowned for his technique, tricks, dribbling, overhead kicks, no-look passes and free kicks, Ronaldinho is regarded to be one of the best players of his generation.

  5. Ronaldo



    Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima (born 18 September 1976) commonly known as Ronaldo, is a retired Brazilian footballer. Popularly dubbed "the phenomenon", he is considered by experts and fans to be one of the greatest football players of all time. He is one of only four players to have won the FIFA World Player of the Year award three times or more, along with Zinedine Zidane, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. He also won the Ballon d'Or twice, in 1997 and again in 2002.

  6. Paolo Maldini

    Paolo Maldini


    Paolo Cesare Maldini (born 26 June 1968) is an Italian former footballer who played as a left back or central defender for A.C. Milan and Italy national team. He spent all 25 seasons of his career at Serie A club A.C. Milan, before retiring at the age of 41 in 2009. He won 26 trophies with Milan: the Champions League five times, seven Serie A titles, one Coppa Italia, five Supercoppa Italiana, five European Super Cups, two Intercontinental Cups, and one FIFA Club World Cup.

  7. Zinédine Zidane

    Zinédine Zidane


    Zinedine Yazid Zidane (born 23 June 1972), nicknamed "Zizou", is a retired French footballer and current coach of Real Madrid Castilla. He played as an attacking midfielder for the France national team, Juventus and Real Madrid. Renowned for his elegance, vision, ball control and technique, Zidane was named the best European footballer of the past 50 years in the UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll, and has been described as one of the greatest players in the history of the game.

  8. Fabio Cannavaro

    Fabio Cannavaro


    Fabio Cannavaro, (born 13 September 1973) is an Italian football coach and former player who was the head coach of Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande. He is considered to be one of the greatest defenders of all time and was given the name "Muro di Berlino" ("The Berlin Wall") by Italian supporters. He spent the majority of his career in Italy. He started his career at Napoli, before spending seven years at Parma, with whom he won two Coppa Italia and the 1999 UEFA Cup. After spells at Internazionale and Juventus, he transferred along with manager Fabio Capello from Juventus to Real Madrid, with whom he won consecutive La Liga titles in 2007 and 2008. After returning to Juventus for one season in 2009–10, he joined Al-Ahli in Dubai, where he retired from football in 2011 after an injury-troubled season. After his retirement, he became a coaching staff of Al-Ahli, notably as global ambassador and technical director from 2011 to 2013 and assistant coach from 2013 to 2014. In November 2014, he was appointed as head coach of Guangzhou Evergrande.

  9. Luis Figo

    Luis Figo


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  10. Diego Armando Maradona

    Diego Armando Maradona


    Diego Armando Maradona Franco (Spanish pronunciation: born 30 October 1960) is a retired Argentine football player, and current manager of Al Wasl FC in Dubai. Many experts, football critics, former and current players consider Maradona the greatest football player of all time. He won FIFA Player of the Century award which was to be decided by votes on their official website, their official magazine and a grand jury.

  11. Roberto Baggio

    Roberto Baggio


    Roberto Baggio (born 18 February 1967) is an Italian former professional footballer who played as a second striker, or as an attacking midfielder. He is the former President of the technical sector of the Italian Football Federation. A technically gifted, creative playmaker and a set piece specialist renowned for his curling free kicks and goalscoring, Baggio is regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time. In 1999 he came fourth in the FIFA Player of the Century internet poll, and was chosen on the FIFA World Cup Dream Team in 2002. In 1993, he was named FIFA World Player of the Year and won the Ballon d'Or. In 2004, he was named by Pelé in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players.

  12. Michael Owen

    Michael Owen


    Michael James Owen (born 14 December 1979) is a former English footballer who played as a striker for Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Manchester United and Stoke City as well as the England national team. He is a regular pundit on BT Sport football coverage and sometimes appears on BBC's Match of the Day as a pundit. Since retiring from football he has become a successful racehorse breeder and owner.

  13. Marco van Basten

    Marco van Basten


    Marcel "Marco" van Basten (born 31 October 1964) is a Dutch football manager and former football player, who played for Ajax and A.C. Milan, as well as the Netherlands national team, in the 1980s and early 1990s as a forward. He is regarded as one of the greatest players of all time and has scored 277 goals in a high-profile career, but played his last game in 1993 at the age of 28 due to an injury which caused his retirement two years later. He was later the head coach of Ajax and the Netherlands national team.

  14. Ruud Gullit

    Ruud Gullit


    Ruud Gullit (born Rudi Dil, 1 September 1962) is a Dutch football manager and former footballer who played professionally in the 1980s and 1990s as a midfielder. He was the captain of the Netherlands national team that was victorious at Euro 88 and was also a member of the squad for the 1990 World Cup and Euro 92.

  15. Rivaldo



    Rivaldo Vítor Borba Ferreira (born 19 April 1972), known as Rivaldo is a Brazilian former professional footballer and the current president of Mogi Mirim Esporte Clube in Brazil. He played mainly as a second striker and sometimes as a free playmaking attacking midfielder. Although primarily left footed, he was capable of playing on either flank, and was on occasion deployed as a wide midfielder or as a winger, also due to his pace, technique, vision, and crossing ability.

  16. Lothar Matthäus

    Lothar Matthäus


    Lothar Herbert Matthäus (born 21 March 1961 in Erlangen, West Germany) is a German football manager and former player. After captaining West Germany to victory in the 1990 FIFA World Cup, he was named European Footballer of the Year. In 1991, he was named the first ever FIFA World Player of the Year, and remains the only German to have received the award.

  17. Gianluca Vialli

    Gianluca Vialli


    Gianluca Vialli (born 9 July 1964 in Cremona) is an Italian football manager and former footballer who played as a forward. Since retiring, he has gone into management and punditry and is a commentator for Sky Sport Italia.

  18. Michel Platini

    Michel Platini


    Michel François Platini (born 21 June 1955) is a current football administrator, serving as the president of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) since 2007, and formerly a French football player and manager. Regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, he came sixth in the FIFA Player of the Century vote, and was chosen on the FIFA World Cup Dream Team. He won the Ballon d'Or three times, in 1983, 1984 and 1985, a record jointly held with Dutch internationals Johan Cruyff and Marco van Basten. In 2004, Platini was named by Pelé in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players. On 29 July 2015, Platini announced his candidacy in the FIFA presidential election following Sepp Blatter's resignation.

  19. Zico



    Arthur Antunes Coimbra (born 3 March 1953 in Rio de Janeiro), better known as Zico is a Brazilian coach and former footballer. Often called the "White Pelé", he was a creative player, gifted with excellent technical ability and vision, and he is considered one of the most skilled finishers and best passers ever. Arguably the world's best player of the late 1970s and early 80s, he is regarded as one of the best playmakers and free kick specialists of all time, able to bend the ball in all directions. In 1999, Zico came eighth in the FIFA Player of the Century grand jury vote, and in 2004 was named in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players. According to Pelé, generally considered the best player ever, "throughout the years, the one player that came closest to me was Zico".

  20. Diego Maradona

    Diego Maradona


    Diego Armando Maradona Franco (born 30 October 1960) is a retired Argentine professional footballer. He has served as a manager and coach at other clubs as well as the national team of Argentina. Many experts, football critics, former players, current players and football fans regard Maradona as the greatest football player of all time. He was joint FIFA Player of the 20th Century with Pelé.

  21. Paolo Rossi

    Paolo Rossi


    Paolo Rossi (born 23 September 1956) is an Italian former footballer, who played as a forward. In 1982, he led Italy to the 1982 FIFA World Cup title, scoring six goals to win the Golden Boot as top goalscorer, and the Golden Ball for the player of the tournament. Rossi is one of only three players to have won all three awards at a World Cup, along with Garrincha in 1962, and Mario Kempes in 1978. Rossi was also awarded the 1982 Ballon d'Or as the European Footballer of the Year for his performances. Along with Roberto Baggio and Christian Vieri, he is Italy's top scorer in World Cup history, with 9 goals in total.

  22. Xavi



    Xavier "Xavi" Hernández Creus (born 25 January 1980) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Qatari club Al Sadd SC.

  23. Jean-Pierre Papin

    Jean-Pierre Papin


    Jean-Pierre Papin (born 5 November 1963 in Boulogne-sur-Mer) is a former French professional football player who was European Footballer of the Year in 1991.

  24. Pavel Nedvěd

    Pavel Nedvěd


    Pavel Nedvěd (born 30 August 1972) is a Czech retired footballer who played as a midfielder. Described as one of the best footballers of his generation, he is also regarded as one of the most successful players to emerge from the Czech Republic, winning domestic and European accolades with Italian clubs Lazio (including the last Cup Winners' Cup) and Juventus (whom he led to the 2003 UEFA Champions League Final). Nedvěd was a key member of the Czech team which reached the final of Euro 1996, during which he attracted international attention. He also captained the national team at Euro 2004, where they were defeated in the semi-final to eventual champions Greece, and Nedvěd was named as part of the Team of the Tournament. Furthermore, Nedvěd helped his team qualify for the World Cup for the first time since the breakup of Czechoslovakia. Due to his performances, as well as his quick and energetic runs during matches, Nedvěd was nicknamed Furia Ceca ("Czech Fury") by Italian fans and The Czech cannon in English-language media.

  25. Luís Figo

    Luís Figo

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    Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo, (born 4 November 1972) is a Portuguese retired footballer. He played as a winger for Sporting CP, Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Internazionale before retiring on 31 May 2009. He won a record 127 caps for the Portugal national football team.

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