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 51.00, Majed Abdullah is the most famous Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 31 different languages on wikipedia.
Majed Ahmed Abdullah (Arabic: ماجد احمد عبد الله; born 11 January 1959) is a Saudi Arabian former footballer who played for Al-Nassr and the Saudi national team. Abdullah is the all-time leading goalscorer for Saudi Arabia with 72 goals in 117 games. At club level, he is the record goalscorer for Al-Nassr and is the all-time top scorer of the Saudi Professional League. He was often referred to by his nickname "Arabian Jewel".Majed Abdullah is regarded as one of the greatest Western Asian strikers of all time. He was nominated for IFFHS Asia's Player of the Century, finishing third place. He spent his entire club career at Al-Nassr, and scored 189 league goals in a twenty-one-year career. During this time, Al-Nassr established themselves as one of the dominant forces in Saudi and Asian football. With Abdullah leading the attack, Al-Nassr won five League titles and four King Cup titles as well as the 1997–98 Asian Cup Winners' Cup. Abdullah also finished as the Saudi League top scorer six times throughout his career. Majed Abdullah retired from football in 1998, after Al-Nassr's Asian Cup Winners' Cup Final victory over Suwon Samsung Bluewings. His success was not limited to the domestic stage. In 1984 Saudi Arabia qualified for their first-ever global international tournament at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Abdullah scored their only goal as Saudi Arabia lost all three group games. International success did come in 1984, however, in the Asian Cup in Singapore. Saudi Arabia beat China 2–0 in the final to take the title for the first time, with Abdullah scoring the second goal. Four years later in 1988, he would score twice in the tournament in Qatar as the Saudi team retained the title by beating South Korea on penalties.
With an HPI of 48.99, Sami Al-Jaber is the 2nd most famous Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 33 different languages.
Sami Abdullah Al-Jaber (Arabic: سامي الجابر; born 11 December 1972) is a Saudi Arabian former footballer who played as a striker. He spent the majority of his career from 1988 to 2008 with Al-Hilal. He is his country's second highest international goalscorer with 46 goals in 156 internationals from 1992 to 2006. Al-Jaber appeared in four consecutive FIFA World Cup tournaments, from 1994 to 2006, scoring in three of them. He was also a member of the Saudi squads which won the AFC Asian Cup in 1996. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest Saudi players.
With an HPI of 46.53, Saeed Al-Owairan is the 3rd most famous Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 30 different languages.
Saeed Al-Owairan (also spelt Owairan; Arabic: سعيد العويران; born 19 August 1967) is a Saudi Arabian former international footballer who played as an attacking midfielder or a forward. He scored a famous goal in 1994 FIFA World Cup against Belgium, which is considered to be one of the greatest World Cup goals of all time.
With an HPI of 46.46, Mohamed Al-Deayea is the 4th most famous Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 31 different languages.
Mohamed Abdullaziz Al-Deayea (Arabic: محمد عبدالعزيز الدعيع; born 2 August 1972) is a Saudi Arabian former professional footballer who played as a football goalkeeper. He participated in four FIFA World Cups for the Saudi Arabia national team and earned a total of 173 officially recognized caps, the record for a goalkeeper.
With an HPI of 39.28, Salem Al-Dawsari is the 5th most famous Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 34 different languages.
Salem Muhamed al-Dawsari (Arabic: سالم محمد الدوسري; born 19 August 1991) is a Saudi Arabian footballer who plays as a winger for Al-Hilal and the Saudi Arabia national team.
With an HPI of 39.17, Omar Abdulrahman is the 6th most famous Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 26 different languages.
Omar Abdulrahman Ahmed Al Raqi Al Amoudi (Arabic: عمر عبد الرحمن أحمد الراقي العمودي; born 20 September 1991) is an Emirati professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Emirati club Shabab Al-Ahli and the United Arab Emirates national team. Coming through the youth system, Abdulrahman made his senior debut for Al Ain in the 2008–09 season. In his first season, he won the Etisalat Cup, President's Cup and Super Cup. Despite suffering a cruciate ligament injury in the following season which sidelined him for over six months, he became a first team regular and helped his club to avoid relegation in the 2010–11 season. He finished the season with 11 goals in 29 appearances, and was voted the most promising player of the year. In the 2011–12 season, Abdulrahman suffered the same injury again and was out for six months, he returned from the injury to see his club crowned champions of the league. After a two-week trial with Manchester City, he returned to Al Ain to become a key player in the 2012–13 season and was voted Emirati Player of the Year, as his side achieved the 2012 Super Cup and league title. ESPN FC ranked Abdulrahman first in the Top ten Asian players of 2012. In 2013, Abdulrahman was listed by FIFA in the most promising future stars in Asia. Abdulrahman was ranked thirty-nine on the Goal 50 list for the best 50 players of the 2012–13 season.
With an HPI of 37.64, Yousuf Al-Thunayan is the 7th most famous Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.
Yousuf Al-Thunayyan (Arabic: يوسف الثُنيان, born November 18, 1963) is a former association football winger and attacking midfielder from Saudi Arabia. He spent all 21 seasons of his senior career at Al-Hilal FC. A playmaker known for vision and technique, Al-Thunayyan was nicknamed "The Philosopher" for his dribbling, goal scoring, and playmaking skills. He has been regarded as the greatest player in Saudi Arabia and Asia of all time.
With an HPI of 36.81, Salman Al-Faraj is the 8th most famous Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 33 different languages.
Salman Mohammed Al-Faraj (Arabic: سلمان محمد الفرج; born 1 August 1989) is a Saudi Arabian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder and captains both Al-Hilal and the Saudi Arabia national football team.
With an HPI of 36.78, Yasser Al-Qahtani is the 9th most famous Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 29 different languages.
Yasser Saeed Al-Qahtani (Arabic: ياسر سعيد القحطاني; born 10 October 1982) is a former Saudi footballer who played as a forward for Al-Hilal FC in the Saudi Professional League. He was also captain of the Saudi Arabia national team. Yasser is widely recognized as one of the greatest Saudi footballers of the 21st century.
With an HPI of 35.93, Hussein Abdulghani is the 10th most famous Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 20 different languages.
Hussein Omar Abdulghani Sulaimani (Arabic: حسين عمر عبد الغني سليماني; born 21 January 1977 in Jeddah) is a former Saudi Arabian football player who played as a left back in the Saudi Professional League.
Pantheon has 66 people classified as soccer players born between 1959 and 1996. Of these 66, 64 (96.97%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living soccer players include Majed Abdullah, Sami Al-Jaber, and Saeed Al-Owairan. The most famous deceased soccer players include Mohammed Al-Khilaiwi and Khamis Al-Owairan. As of April 2022, 7 new soccer players have been added to Pantheon including Khamis Al-Owairan, Khaled Massad, and Hamzah Saleh.
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