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 68.59, Just Fontaine is the most famous Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 55 different languages on wikipedia.
Just Louis Fontaine (born 18 August 1933) is a French former professional footballer. A prolific forward, he is best known for scoring the most goals in a single edition of the FIFA World Cup, with thirteen in six matches in 1958. In 2004, Pelé named him one of the 125 Greatest Living Footballers at a FIFA Awards Ceremony.
With an HPI of 57.00, Larbi Benbarek is the 2nd most famous Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 22 different languages.
Larbi Benbarek; also Ben Barek or Ben M'barek (Berber: ⵍⵄⴰⵔⴱⵉ ⴱⴻⵏ ⴱⴰⵔⴻⴽ, Arabic: العربي بن مبارك; 16 June 1917 – 16 September 1992) was a French-Moroccan football player. He represented the France national football team 17 times. He earned the sobriquet of "Black Pearl".
With an HPI of 55.18, Ahmed Faras is the 3rd most famous Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 23 different languages.
Ahmed Faras (Arabic: أحمد فرس; born 7 December 1946) is a Moroccan former footballer who played as a striker for Chabab Mohammédia at club level and Morocco internationally. Faras was named African Footballer of the Year in 1975. In 2006, Faras was selected by CAF as one of the best 200 African football players of the last 50 years.
With an HPI of 49.54, Ezzaki Badou is the 4th most famous Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 25 different languages.
Ezzaki Badou (Arabic: الزاكي بادو; born 2 April 1959), nicknamed Zaki as a player, is a Moroccan retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper, and currently is the manager of Ittihad Tanger. He is considered to be one of the best goalkeepers in Africa.
With an HPI of 49.53, Mustapha Hadji is the 5th most famous Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 36 different languages.
Mustapha Hadji (born 16 November 1971) is a retired Moroccan footballer and the current assistant manager of the Morocco national team. He was named the 50th greatest African player of all time by the African football expert Ed Dove.
With an HPI of 48.13, Abdelmajid Dolmy is the 6th most famous Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 20 different languages.
Abdelmajid Dolmy (Arabic: عبد المجيد الظلمي; 20 August 1953 – 27 July 2017) was a Moroccan footballer who played as a midfielder. He was nicknamed "Maestro".
With an HPI of 47.11, Abderrahmane Mahjoub is the 7th most famous Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.
Abderrahmane Mahjoub or Abderrahmane Belmahjoub (Arabic: عبد الرحمن بلمحجوب; 25 April 1929 – 31 August 2011) was a French and Moroccan international football midfielder. Known as Prince du Parc (Prince of the Park) in his playing days for his dominant control of the midfield, he was one of the best Arab players of his generation, and one of the few who graced the sports fields of Europe in the 1950s and 1960s.
With an HPI of 46.85, Noureddine Naybet is the 8th most famous Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 31 different languages.
Noureddine Naybet (Arabic: نور الدين نيبت; born 10 February 1970) is a Moroccan retired professional footballer who played as a central defender. He played in Spain (Deportivo de La Coruña) and Portugal for Sporting CP and England for Tottenham Hotspur. He is considered one of the best defenders in La Liga of his generation. Naybet spent the longest and most successful period of his career with Deportivo La Coruña in Spain's La Liga, from 1996 to 2004. He was named the 44th greatest African player of all time by the African football expert Ed Dove.Naybet played a record 115 matches for the Morocco national team scoring four goals, representing the country in two World Cups and six Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.
With an HPI of 45.55, Driss Bamous is the 9th most famous Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.
Driss Bamous (15 December 1942 – 16 April 2015) was a Moroccan football midfielder. He was also a trained professional soldier at the military academy of Saint Cyr, France.
With an HPI of 44.96, Serge Chiesa is the 10th most famous Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.
Serge Chiesa (born 25 December 1950 in Casablanca) is a former professional footballer. He is a historic player of Olympique Lyonnais, an excellent dribbler whose skill was comparable to Michel Platini. In 1975–76, he was voted 'best attacking midfielder' of the season by France Football.
Pantheon has 59 people classified as soccer players born between 1914 and 2001. Of these 59, 53 (89.83%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living soccer players include Just Fontaine, Ahmed Faras, and Ezzaki Badou. The most famous deceased soccer players include Larbi Benbarek, Abdelmajid Dolmy, and Abderrahmane Mahjoub. As of April 2022, 5 new soccer players have been added to Pantheon including Driss Bamous, Mohammed Hazzaz, and Abdelkrim Merry.
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Which Soccer Players were alive at the same time? This visualization shows the lifespans of the 5 most globally memorable Soccer Players since 1700.