List of Famous Soccer Players

Here is a huge list of famous soccer players.  Each player has its own article that holds his story, career states and videos.


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For easier navigation you may use the letters to find players by their last names (or nicknames when it's come to Brazilian soccer players).


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Adriano BiographyAdriano Biography - If we would look at soccer as a war, Adriano would definitely be part of the heavy armor division, having one of the deadliest cannons of a left foot on today's scene and being "armored" by a hard constitution and exceptional strength...






Pablo Aimar BiographyPablo Aimar Biography - Ever since Maradona retired from soccer, the Argentinean fans throughout the World have constantly looked for a legitimate "heir" of the great playmaker and several contenders came to fight for the title of "new Maradona". The most important young soccer players that fall under this category are Carlos Tevez, Lionel Messi and Pablo Cesar Aimar and it's the latter that I'll focus on in this biography...




Roberto Baggio Baiography
Roberto Baggio Biography - he was one of the heroes of the 1994 World Cup held in the United States and his charm, good gameplay and openness to the public gave him this boost in popularity in all parts of the World...






Michael Ballack BiographyMichael Ballack Biography - May not be as spicy and full of unusual details as those of many other famous soccer players, but then again, Michael Ballack is German and following the German stereotype, he is a pragmatic, perfectionist and very motivated player...
 






Gabriel Batistuta BiographyGabriel Batistuta Biography - Argentineans always managed to create ripples in the tough waters of the Serie A, unlike many other famous soccer players who find the defensive prowess of the Italian league an inhibitor to quality soccer. Two famous soccer players coming from Argentina truly stood out in Serie A over the past few decades: Diego Maradona at Napoli and Gabriel Omar Batistuta at Fiorentina...




Franz Beckenbaur BiographyFranz Beckenbauer Biography - There's simply so much to write about Franz Beckenbauer that space limitations become a real problem. Do you talk about his fabulous career for Bayern Munich over his 13 years at the club? Do you start with his numerous record-breakings, or his impressive effort in the "Game of the Century" where he played with an injury that would take out even the strongest of footballers?...




David Beckham BiographyDavid Beckham Biography - Building up this David Beckham biography from scratch, I could not stop wondering if after, the player will retire, he will be remembered as a great soccer player or simply as a famous one, a celebrity of the game. The truth is that it's a combination of these two factors that brought David Bechkam's current fame...





Dennis Bergkamp Biography
Dennis Bergkamp Biography - If you look on the fact sheet of most of the famous soccer players, you'll notice they were on a constant move, some even changing 10 or more teams during their career. Few players were truly "loyal" to their clubs, but Bergkamp is the exception that strengthened the rule, as he played for only 3 clubs in his career, becoming an idol at two of them...




Jared Borgetti BiographyJared Borgetti Biography - Borgetti manage to become Mexico's all time top scorer and he is also one of the most successful goal scorers in the history of the Mexican league, with approximately 240 goals in 420 matches...






Omar Bravo BiographyOmar Bravo Biography - Although he's a striker and he has quite a good goal average ratio, Bravo is not the type of attacker you would call a scoring machine. He's not an Inzaghi, Raul or Wayne Rooney type of player. Bravo's strength consists of his teamwork and his goal average ratio is surpasses by his assist ratio...





Gianluigi Buffon BiographyGianluigi Buffon Biography - For World Cup keeper Gianluigi Buffon, there's little that could still impress him in the game he's been involved in for what seems like an eternity. Deemed by many as the most complete soccer goalkeeper of our times, a Buffon biography was inevitable on the site, despite the fact that it's a lot harder for a goalkeeper to reach the same levels of fame as a field player...




Eric Cantona Biography
Eric Cantona Biography - One person seeing Eric Cantona play in a match will define him as charismatic, while a different supporter from an opposing stand will define him as a madman. The truth is that Cantona was a little bit of everything and his "madness" combined with his charm and of course, his impressive playing ability earned him a legendary status wherever he played...




Fabio Cannavaro Biography
Fabio Cannavaro Biography - A Cannavaro biography has many highlights, but it is not complete unless you include the 2006/2007 season, the best season in his career...







Roberto Carlos BiographyRoberto Carlos  Biography - Roberto is a soccer player that thrived off his defensive qualities, not on his goals, having played left back for most of his career. The following biography will take you through this wonderful career that saw the player take on the shirt of Palmeiras, Internazionale Milano, Real Madrid and nowadays, Fenerbahce Istanbul...





Nery-Castillo BiographyNery Castillo biography - The 20 million euro transfer between Olympiakos and Shaktar for Nery Castillo remains the highest ever in both the Ukrainian and Greek leagues...







Petr Cech BiographyPetr Cech Biography - Not a lot of goalkeepers get their biographies written, mainly for the fact that they don't shine out like a striker or a midfielder does and they are much more prone to mistakes than any other player on the pitch. Still, this Cech biography was inevitable, as we are talking about one of the best soccer goalkeepers of today and one of the most prominent figures at Chelsea FC.




Bobby Charlton BiographyBobby Charlton Biography - Sir Charlton is undoubtedly one of the greatest players of all times and is also arguably one of the top 3 soccer players in England. Sir Charlton played soccer until he was 39 years old at the highest professional level...






Hernan Crespo BiographyHernan Crespo Biography - After what Gabriel Batistuta and Diego Maradona did for Italian soccer, any Argentinean player that would play here would have some enormous shoes to fill. Crespo was never a Maradona or a Batistuta, but admittedly he managed to fulfill all expectations when he came to Serie A and he still remains one of today's top strikers, despite his slight downfall in recent years...




Johan Cruyff BiographyJohan Cruyff Biography - The dispute surrounding who the best soccer player of all times is usually hovers between Pele and Maradona, so the first two spots are clear. But who takes the Bronze medal then? Michel Platini? Franz Beckenbauer? Or the Dutch wonder, Johan Cruijff?...






Kenny Dalglish BiographyKenny Dalglish Biography - Dalglish is one of Scotland's greatest products when it comes to soccer and his name rings a bell to any Scotsman, young and old. A prolific striker for his national team and the only two clubs he played for, Celtic Glasgow and Liverpool. Kenny is one of the most beloved soccer players on both Celtic Park and Anfield...





Deco BiographyDeco Biography - There is a group of soccer players that gain their fame through spectacular dribbles, technique or by scoring a great number of goals. Deco isn't necessarily one of these famous soccer players, what he stands out with is his huge passing ability, his vision on the field and his decisiveness...





Didier Deschamps BiographyDidier Deschamps Biography - Ever wondered what it's like to lift the two most important international soccer trophies, the World Cup and the European Championship, in just a 2-year span? Ask Didier Deschamps, he'll tell you...This titan of French Soccer never stood out, as he was the kind of soccer player that does the hard, ungratifying work, but when you don't have him in the squad, your team will suffer...




Didier Drogba BiographyDidier Drogba Biography - It's said that a great soccer striker will score a goal every two opportunities he has. Then how would this logic rate Didier Drogba, one of today's most famous strikers, who doesn't even need a second chance to score?...





Michael Essien BiographyMichael Essien Biography - In Ghana, soccer is almost a religion and it was here that Michael Essien was born. He started playing soccer on the streets of Accra, his home town and rose up the ranks to now play in one of soccer's most prestigious stadiums, Chelsea's stamford Bridge...






Samuel Eto BiographySamuel Eto Biography - In soccer, Cameroon was always renowned for giving great strikers to the beautiful game. Samuel Eto simply followed the legacy of some of his childhood heroes, famed Cameroon strikers Roger Milla or Patrick Mboma...


   



Luis Figo BiographyLuis Figo Biography - With Eusebio being considered the best footballer Portugal ever came up with, it was a tough challenge for anyone to top his achievements and take the Mozambique Pearl off his throne. Still, being an ambitious and talented Footballer, Figo managed to do so in his extraordinary career that had him playing at some of the most important European soccer clubs...




Garrincha BiographyGarrincha Biography - As one of his teammates said in an interview, Garrincha should have never become a soccer player. He was dependant on alcohol, he had some natural problems on one of his feet and he was nearly crippled and most importantly, he oftentimes seemed very unfocused of what was happening on the pitch...





Gennaro Gattuso BiographyGennaro Gattuso Biography - There are famous soccer players with a great technique level, players with good passing, players with incredible vision on the pitch…and then there's Gennaro Ivan Gattuso to stop them...






Steven Gerrard BiographySteven Gerrard Biography - Despite being viewed as a rather defensive midfielder, a string of Steven Gerrard goals convinced everyone that he was the type of complete footballer that could play in any field position his coach would need him...






Gheorghe Hagi BiographyGheorghe Hagi Biography - Wherever he played, Hagi left his mark on the game and he was the first Romanian player to truly play at the highest club level possible, since he managed the rare feat of playing for both Spanish giants, Real Madrid and Barcelona...






Mia Hamm BiographyMia Hamm Biography - With men's soccer dominating Europe, women's soccer's retreat was in the United States, where the sport started growing roots and offered a good sporting alternative to young girls who were often left out from baseball, hockey, or basketball. It was this environment that surrounded Mia Hamm as a child and boosted her to success later on...




Thierry Henry BiographyThierry Henry Biography - The sheer number of Thierry Henry goals marked in his clubs an international profile makes him one of the best strikers of today, but it's not just goals that make him the fantastic soccer player that he is. His elegant playing style, passing ability, decisiveness and overall technique is what brought him in the exclusive group of world class players...




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Oliver Kahn BiographyOliver Kahn Biography - Oliver Kahn might not have the lightning reflexes of Iker Cassilias or the flair of Peter Schmeichel, but his bulky frame, strength, anticipation and presence in goal, made him one of the top goalkeepers of our times and, as many suggest, of all times...






Ricardo Kaka BiographyRicardo Kaka Biography - Despite his young age, Kaka is one of the most popular footballers of today and he is often considered one of the most important players in Brazil's national team, despite having other famous teammates such as Ronaldinho, Roberto Carlos, Ronaldo or Adriano...





Roy Keane BiographyRoy Keane Biography
- For Ireland, Roy Keane is what Eusebio is for Portugal, Hagi for Romania or Beckenbauer for Germany: a legendary player for whom there is no second thought regarding whether or not he is or isn't the best all time player of that country. But it's really hard to say who loves Roy Keane more: Ireland fans or Manchester United fans...





Kevin Keegan BiographyKevin Keegan Biography - In most countries, choosing the greatest player of all times is an easy job. In England, things get tricky, because you have ruyffa bunch of outstanding players that are very close together value-wise. Keegan is one of these famous soccer players and although no one will "dare" name him England's best player over Bobby Charlton, Bobby Robson or Gary Lineker, he's definitely "ONE of the best"...



Jurgen Klinsmann BiographyJurgen Klinsmann Biography
- Jurgen Klinsmann is an iconic figure for modern day soccer in Germany and he had a serious contribution in helping Germany win the 1990 World Cup and the 1996 European Championship...






Miroslav Klose BiographyMiroslav Klose Biography - What does a good soccer player need in order to succeed? Usually it takes a trio of elements for success to root up and for a soccer player, the trio is: skill, constitution and luck. Miroslav Klose is one of the players that always had a bucket-full of each of these elements...





Philipp Lahm BiographyPhilipp Lahm Biography - Having consolidated his place in the National squad and at Bayern, Lahm has yet to reach the peak of his career and he's expected to become the target of several contract offers from big clubs in the following transfer periods, although Bayern officials declared that Lahm is "untouchable"...





Frank Lampard BiographyFrank Lampard Biography - Lampard managed to win a place in Chelsea's first squad and became a decisive player in the offensive end. This fact and the fans' support kept him in the team even after the massive transfers that came with the new club owner and from there on, Frank Lampard started to slowly, but surely rise to stardom...





Jens Lehman BiographyJens Lehman Biography - Jens Lehman is the type of soccer goalkeeper that alternates fabulous performances with debutant mistakes, but despite all these he is still considered one of the most skilled keepers in activity...






Gary Lineker BiographyGary Lineker Biography - Like Inzaghi, Lineker was a pure goal scorer, he was often criticized for being lazy and being a goal hanger, getting the fame after someone else does all the hard work, but the truth is that he was one of the most brilliant strikers ever to come from England...






Diego Maradona BiographyDiego Maradona Biography - It's difficult to talk about Diego Maradona without comparing him to Pele. C'mon, despite both former soccer players' flattering declarations towards the other one, there's clearly a rivalry between them for the title of "Best Player of All Time"...






Rafael Marquez BiographyRafael Marquez Biography - Marquez is at the highest point of his career, becoming a leader in the locker room of Barcelona and the Mexico national side as well. Reaching all his goals with FC Barcelona, Rafael Marquez will hope to lead the Mexican side to a success in 2010, in the only competition he still craves to win: the World Cup...





Lionel Messi BiographyLionel Messi Biography - Probably his most memorable match and the one that truly made him the big star that he is today was on March 10th 2007, where Barcelona met arch-rivals Real Madrid on Nou Camp. Messi managed to score a hat-trick, with his last goal being a crucial equalizer scored in the 90th minute. His goal will live long in the memory of the Barca fans as everyone talked for weeks about the 19 year old kid that brought Real Madrid to its knees...



Pavel Nedved BiographyPavel Nedved Biography - Nedved was never the most talented player on the pitch, nor the finest dribbler but he was always one of the players that ended the game exhausted, regardless of the result. His hard but fair playing style, his decisiveness and most importantly the passion with which he battled for every ball, earned Pavel Nedved this biography...





Alessandro Nesta BiographyAlessandro Nesta Biography - Italian soccer players are widely recognized as having the best tactical knowledge and defensive prowess in the World and Nesta is the perfect example to build a proof upon. Together with 2006's World Player of the Year, Fabio Cannavaro, Nesta held the pressure of an Italian national squad's defense that would win them the 2006 World Cup in Germany...




Michael Owen BiographyMichael Owen Biography - Few young soccer players were greeted with so much expectation in England as was Michael Owen on his debut. He was considered a future world class talent even since his teens and he did manage to fill the big shoes that he has been offered, wherever he played...





Biography of PelePele Biography - Brazil's finest product in terms of soccer considered as being the best all-time soccer player in the World. Throughout his 15 years spent at the Brazil national team, Pele managed to break hundreds of records...






Robert Pires BiographyRobert Pires Biography
- Pires has ability to play well and to create wonderful goals and assists from any position his coach would set him in. He can play as a left winger, right winger, left midfielder, central attacking midfielder, support striker, "volante" and playmaker...






Michel Platini BiographyMichel Platini Biography
- Until Zidane walked on the stage of professional soccer, Platini was undoubtedly France's biggest hero but now the fight favors Zizou, since Platini only managed to bring France a European Championship. Still, Platini remains an important figure in French soccer and most importantly, his career after retirement is equally impressive as the one he spent on the grass...




Juan Riquelme BiographyJuan Riquelme Biography - Riquelme turned out to become one of today's most impressive players and although he kept his "laziness" on the pitch, he's a brilliant player that can and will win a match...







Rivaldo BiographyRivaldo Biography
- Like many other Brazilian soccer players that went big, soccer was the only way for Rivaldo to get out of poverty. But whereas other famous soccer players came from relative poverty, Rivaldo had to suffer it at its fullest. Fortunately, he did end up being a soccer player and he is one of the most important Brazilians to play in Europe over the past decade...




Robinho BiographyRobinho Biography - His lightning fast reflexes and agility, his dribbles and his ability to score in decisive moments reminds Ronaldo during his FC Barcelona season. Actually Robinho came to Europe as a "Second Ronaldo" and although he has yet to prove his worth for this name, his skills recommend him as a future "El Phenomeno"...





Romario BiographyRomario Biography
- Born in Rio de Janeiro, a hub for world class talented Brazilian soccer players, he went on to play at the local youth club of Vasco Da Gama, one of the big names in the Brazilian championship...






Ronaldinho BiographyRonaldinho Biography - He managed to be crowned king of Europe in 2006 with Barcelona, as they won the Champions League and the La Liga trophy. Ronaldinho also won the FIFA Player of the Year award twice while he was here, namely in 2004 and 2005...






Ronaldo BiographyRonaldo Biography - Probably one of the most resounding names in today's soccer, Ronaldo put his mark on the last decade, becoming not only a prolific striker for his various club teams and national side, but also a famous "product face"...






Cristiano Ronaldo BiographyCristiano Ronaldo Biography
- So why write this biography now, when the player is still young? I guess the reason beneath this decision is quite obvious, Cristiano Ronaldo being already a consecrated footballer and is already one of the biggest stars of the show, despite his young age...






Wayne Rooney Biography
Wayne Rooney Biography - Much is expected from Rooney by both the Manchester United fans and the English national side's ones in the upcoming European Championship and World Cup, since he will be at the peak of his career by the time these two competitions hit...






Hugo Sanchez BiographyHugo Sanchez Biography - Mexico produced some quality soccer players throughout time, but none of them were as successful and revered as Hugo Sanchez Marquez, the striker who is rightfully considered the most important person in the history of Mexican soccer...






Peter Schmeichel BiographyPeter Schmeichel Biography - Schmeichel is well known for his great reflex saves and his cross interceptions and he's one of those keepers that manage to give the rest of the team a sense of security, due to the fact that he doesn't screw up too often...






Alan Shearer BiographyAlan Shearer Biography - The perfect English footballer: extraordinary heading ability, powerful shots and the ability to take on any opponent physically. These three qualities made him the legendary player that he is today and this Alan Shearer biography, written a few months after his retirement from professional soccer, wants to cover his entire career...





Marco Van Basten Biography
Marco Van Basten Biography - Marco Van Basten grew up when his and every Dutch soccer fan's idol, Johan Cruiff was on top form. Little did he know that in a few years, he would play side by side with his idol and even follow his footsteps to fame...






Ruud Van Nistelrooy BiographyRuud Van Nistelrooy Biography - Ask anyone to make a list of today's top strikers in activity and I guarantee Van Nisterlooy will be amongst the first 5. He is a huge name and a soccer player that left a mark wherever he played, but as we will see in this van Nistelrooy biography, he is a late bloomer that was very close to missing out on stardom...





Patrick Vieira BiographyPatrick Vieira Biography - Like many other French soccer players, Patrick Vieira was born outside France. He was born and raised in Senegal and only moved to Paris at the age of 8, when he immediately started playing for his first youth club, FC Trappes...






Zinedine Zidane BiographyZinedine Zidane Biography - Zinedine had an outburst of skill and managed to place a serious mark wherever he played, as well as leading France to winning their first World Cup in 1998, their second European Championship in 2000 and lead France to a new World Cup final recently, as they lost against Italy in 2006, a final marked by the famous "Zinedine Zidane headbutt" incident...





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