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 57.76, Dragoslav Šekularac is the most famous Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 30 different languages on wikipedia.
Dragoslav Šekularac (Serbian Cyrillic: Драгослав Шекуларац, pronounced [drǎgoslaʋ ʃekulârats]; 8 November 1937 – 5 January 2019) was a Serbian professional footballer and coach. Nicknamed Šeki, he was quick and crafty with the ball, displaying creative skills which turned many heads. Possessing supreme self-confidence along with impeccable technical ability, he was one of the biggest showmen and crowd draws in the history of Yugoslav football. His enormous popularity throughout FPR Yugoslavia during the early 1960s transcended sports as he easily became one of the most recognizable individuals in the country. As a coach, he led several clubs in Canada, Colombia, Australia, Serbia, Mexico, and Spain, as well as the Guatemala national team in the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification. Šekularac is considered one of the most important players in the history of Red Star Belgrade: he is the second (and one of only five players) to have been awarded the Zvezdina zvezda status.
With an HPI of 52.84, Darko Pančev is the 2nd most famous Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 35 different languages.
Darko Pančev (Macedonian: Дарко Панчев, Macedonian pronunciation: [ˈdarkɔ ˈpantʃɛf]; born 7 September 1965) is a Macedonian former professional footballer who played as a forward. He most notably played for FK Vardar and Red Star Belgrade. He was part of the Red Star Belgrade squad that won the European Cup in 1990–91, and was awarded the European Golden Boot in 1991.
With an HPI of 49.55, Goran Pandev is the 3rd most famous Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 45 different languages.
Goran Pandev (Macedonian: Горан Пандев, pronounced [ˈɡɔran ˈpandɛf] (listen); born 27 July 1983) is a Macedonian former professional footballer who played as a forward.After establishing himself at Lazio, Pandev moved to Inter Milan in early 2010. While playing for the Nerazzurri, Pandev collected a host of honours including winning the Serie A, the Coppa Italia and the UEFA Champions League in 2010 as part of a treble for the club. On 22 April 2021, he became the first Macedonian to score 100 goals in one of the top five European football leagues. He was the captain of the North Macedonia national team until deciding to retire from international football in 2021, following UEFA Euro 2020. He is the country's all-time top scorer with 38 goals.
With an HPI of 47.23, Boban Babunski is the 4th most famous Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 49 different languages.
Boban Babunski (Macedonian: Бобан Бабунски; born 5 May 1968) is a Macedonian retired footballer who played as a central defender, and a coach.
With an HPI of 44.98, Boško Gjurovski is the 5th most famous Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 35 different languages.
Boško Gjurovski (Macedonian: Бошко Ѓуровски; Serbian: Бошко Ђуровски, romanized: Boško Đurovski; born 28 December 1961) is a Macedonian professional football former player who played as a midfielder and a current manager. He is the elder brother of Milko Gjurovski and the uncle of Mario Gjurovski.
With an HPI of 43.68, Kiril Dojčinovski is the 6th most famous Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.
Kiril "Kiro" Dojčinovski (Macedonian: Kиpил Kиpo Дojчинoвcки; 17 October 1943 – 10 August 2022) was a Macedonian football player and manager who played as a defender.
With an HPI of 41.60, Blerim Džemaili is the 7th most famous Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 44 different languages.
Blerim Džemaili (Albanian: Blerim Xhemaili, pronounced [blɛˈɾim dʒɛˈmaili]; Macedonian: Блерим Џемаили; born 12 April 1986) is a Swiss professional footballer who plays for Super League club Zürich as a midfielder. He began his career at FC Zürich, where he won the Swiss Super League twice. He subsequently spent most of his career in Italy, making 280 Serie A appearances for Torino, Parma, Napoli, Genoa and Bologna. Džemaili made his debut for the Switzerland national team in March 2006 and went on to make over 65 appearances. He was selected for their squads at the FIFA World Cup in 2006, 2014 and 2018, as well as UEFA Euro 2016.
With an HPI of 40.19, Goce Sedloski is the 8th most famous Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 48 different languages.
Goce Sedloski (Macedonian: Гоце Седлоски; born 10 April 1974) is a Macedonian professional football manager and former player. He is the current manager of Macedonian First League club Shkupi. He earned 100 caps for the Macedonia national team.
With an HPI of 39.89, Gjoko Hadžievski is the 9th most famous Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 23 different languages.
Gjoko Hadžievski or Ǵoko Hadžievski (Macedonian: Ѓоко Хаџиевски; born 31 March 1955) is a football coach from North Macedonia who was most recently the manager of Hatta. He coached teams from Bulgaria (CSKA Sofia, Vihren Sandanski), Greece (Kastoria, Doxa Drama), Azerbaijan (FK Baku), Japan (Júbilo Iwata), Saudi Arabia (Najran SC), and North Macedonia.
With an HPI of 39.86, Admir Mehmedi is the 10th most famous Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 42 different languages.
Admir Mehmedi (born 16 March 1991) is a Swiss professional footballer who plays as a second striker or centre forward for Süper Lig club Antalyaspor. He represented the Switzerland national team.
Pantheon has 52 people classified as soccer players born between 1937 and 2000. Of these 52, 51 (98.08%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living soccer players include Darko Pančev, Goran Pandev, and Boban Babunski. The most famous deceased soccer players include Dragoslav Šekularac. As of April 2022, 18 new soccer players have been added to Pantheon including Stole Dimitrievski, Veljko Paunović, and Boban Nikolov.
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