The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Soccer Players of all time. This list of famous Soccer Players is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Soccer Players.
With an HPI of 52.58, Sergei Aleinikov is the most famous Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 52 different languages on wikipedia.
Sergei Yevgenyevich Aleinikov (Russian: Сергей Евгеньевич Алейников; Belarusian: Сярге́й Яўге́навіч Але́йнікаў, Syarhey Alyeynikaw; born 7 November 1961) is a Belarusian and Soviet former professional footballer, and currently a coach. He primarily played as a defensive midfielder and was known for his stamina, intelligence, solid technique, tactical sense, and passing ability. He also played in defence as a sweeper or centre-back.
With an HPI of 47.93, Alexander Hleb is the 2nd most famous Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 46 different languages.
Aliaksandr Paulavich Hleb (Belarusian: Аляксандр Паўлавіч Глеб, pronounced [alʲakˈsand(a)r ˈɣlʲɛp]; Russian: Александр Павлович Глеб; born 1 May 1981), commonly referred to in English as Alexander Hleb, is a Belarusian former professional footballer. Hleb's natural and preferred position is attacking midfielder or "in the hole" behind the strikers, but he was often deployed on the wing. He is known for his passing, agility and dribbling ability. A full international for Belarus since 2001, he won 80 caps for his country.
With an HPI of 39.56, Andrei Zygmantovich is the 3rd most famous Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 22 different languages.
Andrei Vikentyevich Zygmantovich or Andrey Zyhmantovich (Belarusian: Андрэй Зыгмантовіч, Russian: Андрей Викентьевич Зыгмантович; born 2 December 1962) is a Belarusian football coach and a former player. He is currently the head coach of Belarus U19. Mainly a defensive midfielder with good positioning and skills, he played for nearly a decade with Dinamo Minsk, also having abroad stints in the Netherlands (only one year) and Spain; in the early 2000s, he embarked on a coaching career. Zygmantovich represented the Soviet Union at the 1990 World Cup and later played for Belarus.
With an HPI of 39.45, Sergey Gotsmanov is the 4th most famous Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 21 different languages.
Sergey Anatolyevich Gotsmanov (Belarusian: Сяргей Гоцманаў; Russian: Серге́й Анатольевич Гоцманов; born 27 March 1959) is a former Belarusian footballer who played as midfielder for the USSR in the 1980s.
With an HPI of 37.67, Artem Milevskiy is the 5th most famous Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 35 different languages.
Artem Volodymyrovych Milevskyi (Ukrainian: Артем Володимирович Мілевський, Belarusian: Арцём Уладзіміравіч Мілеўскі; born 12 January 1985) is a Ukrainian former professional footballer who played as a second striker.Milevskyi is known both for his technical ability and physicality which allows him to play with a quicker forward. He holds a degree of Master of Sports of Ukraine, International Class (2005). He was also a Ukrainian international, earning 50 caps and representing his country at 2006 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2012. Milevskyi is a brother of Belarusian female tennis player Ksenia Milevskaya.
With an HPI of 37.46, Sergei Borovsky is the 6th most famous Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.
Sergei Vladimirovich Borovsky (Russian: Серге́й Владимирович Боровский; Belarusian: Сяргей Уладзіміравіч Бароўскі) (born 29 January 1956) is a football coach and former player.
With an HPI of 35.70, Vitali Kutuzov is the 7th most famous Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 25 different languages.
Vitali Vladimirovich Kutuzov (Belarusian: Віталь Уладзіміравіч Кутузаў, born 20 March 1980) is a retired Belarusian football striker.
With an HPI of 35.30, Sergei Gurenko is the 8th most famous Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 18 different languages.
Sergei Vitalyevich Gurenko (or Syarhey Hurenka; Belarusian: Сяргей Віталевіч Гурэнка, IPA: [sʲarˈɣʲɛj vʲiˈtalʲɛvʲid͡ʐ ɣuˈrɛnka]; Russian: Серге́й Вита́льевич Гуре́нко, IPA: [sʲɪrˈɡʲej vʲɪˈtalʲjɪvʲɪdʑ ɡʊˈrʲenkə]; born 30 September 1972) is a Belarusian football coach and a former player.
With an HPI of 34.30, Valyantsin Byalkevich is the 9th most famous Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.
Valyantsin Byalkevich (Belarusian: Валянцін Бялькевіч; 27 January 1973 – 1 August 2014), also referred to as Valiantsin Bialkevich, was a Belarusian professional footballer who played as a midfielder. He spent the majority of his career with Ukrainian club Dynamo Kyiv, where he was predominantly used as a playmaker, and was part of the team that reached the semi-finals of 1998–99 UEFA Champions League.
With an HPI of 33.19, Alyaksandr Khatskevich is the 10th most famous Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.
Alyaksandr Khatskevich (Belarusian: Аляксандр Хацкевіч, born 19 October 1973) is a Belarusian football manager and a former player.
Pantheon has 30 people classified as soccer players born between 1956 and 1992. Of these 30, 28 (93.33%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living soccer players include Sergei Aleinikov, Alexander Hleb, and Andrei Zygmantovich. The most famous deceased soccer players include Valyantsin Byalkevich and Maksim Tsyhalka. As of April 2022, 1 new soccer players have been added to Pantheon including Maksim Tsyhalka.
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