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This page contains a list of the greatest Canadian Soccer Players. The pantheon dataset contains 16,923 Soccer Players, 35 of which were born in Canada. This makes Canada the birth place of the 64th most number of Soccer Players behind Algeria and Israel.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Canadian Soccer Players of all time. This list of famous Canadian 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 Canadian Soccer Players.

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1. John van 't Schip (1963 - )

With an HPI of 59.67, John van 't Schip is the most famous Canadian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 22 different languages on wikipedia.

Johannes Nicolaas van 't Schip (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɟɔɱ vɑn ət ˈsxɪp]; born 30 December 1963) is a Dutch Canadian and former Dutch international footballer, who played as a winger. He spent his club career with Ajax, where he won four Eredivisie titles, a UEFA Cup and a European Cup Winners Cup, as well as Genoa. He was also a member of the Dutch side which won the 1988 European Championships. Van 't Schip is currently the manager of the Greek national football team, a role he has had since July 2019. He previously was the manager of PEC Zwolle in his native Netherlands and Melbourne City FC in Australia among others.

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2. Owen Hargreaves (1981 - )

With an HPI of 56.30, Owen Hargreaves is the 2nd most famous Canadian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 49 different languages.

Owen Lee Hargreaves (born 20 January 1981) is a former professional footballer who played as a midfielder. He was known as a hard-working and "solid defensive midfielder who worked tirelessly to win the ball" and provide his teammates with possession. He played with Calgary Foothills as a youth before beginning his professional football career in Germany with Bayern Munich. After seven years with the Munich side – during which time he won four German league titles and the 2000–01 UEFA Champions League – Hargreaves signed for Manchester United in 2007, winning the Premier League and UEFA Champions League in his first season. However, his time at Manchester United was plagued with injuries and he was allowed to leave the club at the end of his contract in June 2011. Hargreaves posted YouTube videos in a bid to convince potential suitors of his fitness, and in August 2011, Manchester City offered a one-year contract to Hargreaves, which he accepted. As a Canadian citizen with a Welsh mother and an English father, Hargreaves was eligible to represent Canada, Wales or England. Hargreaves initially played for Wales, and was capped three times for the Wales under-19 team, but then opted to play for the England under-21 team in 2000 and was capped by the senior squad the following year. He is the only player to have played for England without having previously lived in the United Kingdom, and only the second, after Joe Baker, to have done so without having previously played in the English football league system.

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3. George Orton (1873 - 1958)

With an HPI of 56.17, George Orton is the 3rd most famous Canadian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

George Washington Orton (January 10, 1873 – June 24, 1958) was a Canadian middle and long-distance runner. In 1900, he became the first Canadian to win a medal at an Olympic Games. He won a bronze in the 400 metre hurdles, and then, 45 minutes later, won the gold medal in the 2500 metre steeplechase.

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4. Dwight Lodeweges (1957 - )

With an HPI of 56.02, Dwight Lodeweges is the 4th most famous Canadian Soccer Player.  Her biography has been translated into 23 different languages.

Dwight Lodeweges (born 26 October 1957) is a Canadian–born Dutch football coach and former professional player. He is currently one of the assistant managers of the Netherlands national team. In 2020 - after Ronald Koeman left to join FC Barcelona - he was caretaker for 2 matches. At 29 June 2021 Frank de Boer resigned as coach and Lodeweges takes over again until a new head coach is appointed.

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5. Jonathan de Guzmán (1987 - )

With an HPI of 54.15, Jonathan de Guzmán is the 5th most famous Canadian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 37 different languages.

Jonathan Alexander de Guzmán (born 13 September 1987) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Greek club OFI. De Guzmán is Canadian-born, but made himself available for the Netherlands after he gained Dutch citizenship in 2008, having lived in the country since the age of 12. He was capped four times for the Netherlands U21, scoring three goals and was active on the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. De Guzmán progressed through the Feyenoord Academy, making his first team debut in 2005 and has played over 100 matches for the club from Rotterdam. In the summer of 2010 de Guzmán signed a three-year contract with RCD Mallorca following a free transfer. The following summer he was purchased by Villarreal. In 2014 De Guzmán was described as a player with good technique, vision, and shooting ability from distance; he is also known as a free-kick specialist.

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6. Yassine Bounou (1991 - )

With an HPI of 52.98, Yassine Bounou is the 6th most famous Canadian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 28 different languages.

Yassine Bounou (Arabic: ياسين بونو‎; born 5 April 1991), also known as Bono, is a Moroccan professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for La Liga club Sevilla and the Morocco national team.

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7. Atiba Hutchinson (1983 - )

With an HPI of 51.88, Atiba Hutchinson is the 7th most famous Canadian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 24 different languages.

Atiba Hutchinson (born 8 February 1983) is a Canadian professional soccer player who plays for and captains both Süper Lig club Beşiktaş and the Canada national team as a midfielder. While playing in Denmark he won the Danish Super Liga Player of the Year, becoming the first North American player to receive the award. That same season Hutchinson won Canadian Player of the Year for the first time in his career. Between 2010 and 2013, he played for PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch Eredivisie. In 2012 as part of the Canadian Soccer Association's centennial celebration, he was named to the all-time Canada XI men's team.

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8. Julian de Guzman (1981 - )

With an HPI of 49.64, Julian de Guzman is the 8th most famous Canadian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 21 different languages.

Julian Bobby de Guzman (born March 25, 1981) is a Canadian soccer executive and former professional player and coach.De Guzman was the first Canadian to play in the Spanish La Liga. While playing in Spain, he was voted 2007–08 Deportivo La Coruña Player of the Year. De Guzman has played at both the Canadian U-20 and Senior level, he was awarded the Canadian Player of the Year in 2008 and in 2007 became only the second Canadian international to be awarded the CONCACAF Gold Cup Most Valuable Player. He is currently the all-time cap leader of the Canadian national team, a record he has held since November 2015 when he surpassed Paul Stalteri's previous record of 84 appearances. From 2013 to 2016, he was captain of the Canadian men's national team. Most recently De Guzman was the general manager of the Ottawa Fury FC from 2017 until they dissolved at the end of 2019.

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9. Dwayne De Rosario (1978 - )

With an HPI of 48.48, Dwayne De Rosario is the 9th most famous Canadian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 21 different languages.

Dwayne Anthony De Rosario OOnt (born May 15, 1978) is a Canadian former professional soccer player, who played as a forward or as an attacking midfielder. De Rosario last played for the Mississauga MetroStars of the Major Arena Soccer League. A versatile attacker, he played for the Toronto Lynx, FSV Zwickau and Richmond Kickers early in his career. He came to prominence in the 2000s playing in Major League Soccer for the San Jose Earthquakes, Houston Dynamo, Toronto FC, New York Red Bulls and D.C. United. A four-time MLS Cup champion, he also won the 2011 MLS Most Valuable Player award. He is the ninth-leading scorer in MLS history with 104 goals.Internationally, De Rosario represented the Canadian national team from 1998 to 2015 where he is their all-time leading scorer, with 22 goals in 81 games. De Rosario is a 2000 CONCACAF Gold Cup champion and four-time Canadian Player of the Year. As part of the Canadian Soccer Association's 2012 centennial celebration, he was honoured on the all-time Canada XI men's team.

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10. Lars Hirschfeld (1978 - )

With an HPI of 46.90, Lars Hirschfeld is the 10th most famous Canadian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Lars Justin Hirschfeld (born 17 October 1978) is a Canadian retired soccer goalkeeper. He is currently the goalkeeping coach for FC Edmonton.

Pantheon has 35 people classified as soccer players born between 1873 and 1997. Of these 35, 34 (97.14%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living soccer players include John van 't Schip, Owen Hargreaves, and Dwight Lodeweges. The most famous deceased soccer players include George Orton. As of October 2020, 7 new soccer players have been added to Pantheon including Jimmy Nicholl, Marcel de Jong, and Ashley Lawrence.

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Newly Added Soccer Players (2020)

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