The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Saudi Arabian Soccer Players of all time. This list of famous Saudi Arabian 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 Saudi Arabian Soccer Players.
With an HPI of 60.09, Majed Abdullah is the most famous Saudi Arabian Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 30 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 Majed 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. Majed 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 58.25, Mohamed Al-Deayea is the 2nd most famous Saudi Arabian 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. He also achieved the first best Goalkeeper of the Century from Asia award ahead of Nasser Hejazi in second and In-Young Choi in third place respectively.
With an HPI of 58.18, Saeed Al-Owairan is the 3rd most famous Saudi Arabian Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 29 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 a midfielder or 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 55.69, Sami Al-Jaber is the 4th most famous Saudi Arabian Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 32 different languages.
Sami Abdullah Al-Jaber (Arabic: سامي الجابر; born 11 December 1972) is a retired football striker from Saudi Arabia. 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 ever. He is currently working as an assistant manager of Hearts in the Scottish Premiership.
With an HPI of 51.22, Hussein Abdulghani is the 5th most famous Saudi Arabian Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 19 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.
With an HPI of 50.80, Yousuf Al-Thunayan is the 6th most famous Saudi Arabian Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 16 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. An elite playmaker, renowned for his elegance, vision, dribbling skills, ball control and technique, Al-Thunayyan was nicknamed "The Philosopher" due to his amazing abilities in terms of dribbling, unique goal scoring, and distribution. Therefore, he has been widely regarded as the greatest player in Saudi Arabia and Asia as well, and one of the greatest players of all time. Due to his exclusivity to the Asian Continent, many people are still discovering the skills Yousuf Al Tunayan had to showcase Please review his video on cited reference
With an HPI of 50.75, Mohammed Al-Khilaiwi is the 7th most famous Saudi Arabian Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 17 different languages.
Mohammed Saleh Al-Khilaiwi (Arabic: محمد الخليوي; 21 August 1971 – 13 June 2013) was a football defender from Saudi Arabia. At the club level, he played mostly for Al-Ittihad in his home country.
With an HPI of 50.23, Omar Abdulrahman is the 8th most famous Saudi Arabian Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 25 different languages.
Omar Abdulrahman Ahmed Al Raaki Al Amoodi (Arabic: عمر عبد الرحمن أحمد الراقي العمودي; born 20 September 1991) is an Emirati professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Shabab Al-Ahli. Abdulrahman started his career when he went on a trial with Al Hilal in 2000. He joined Al Ain in 2006 at the age of 15. In the 2008–09 season he was promoted to first-team squad and made his debut in 2009 and won his first senior honours Etisalat Cup and President's Cup, 2009 Super Cup. Despite suffering a cruciate ligament injury in the following season and being sidelined for more than 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, the Fans’ Player of the Year and the Young Arab Player of the Year in 2013 as his side achieved the 2012 Super Cup, league. In which he also scored 8 goals and assisted 16 in 31 games. In 2014, Abdulrahman was ranked first in assists in domestic competitions with 19. ESPN FC ranked Abdulrahman #1 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 season 2012–13.
With an HPI of 50.23, Yasser Al-Qahtani is the 9th most famous Saudi Arabian Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 30 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 49.83, Mohammed Noor is the 10th most famous Saudi Arabian Soccer Player. His biography has been translated into 22 different languages.
Mohammed Noor Bin Adam Hawsawi (Arabic: محمد نور; born 26 February 1978), commonly known as Mohammed Noor (Arabic pronunciation: [moʊˈhæməd ˈnuːɾ]), also known by his short name Noor, is a retired footballer from Saudi Arabia who played as an attacking midfielder. He played almost all of his career for Saudi Professional League side Al Ittihad. In 2013, he was forced out of Al-Ittihad to a series of financial epidemics there, and as for that, he moved to Al-Nassr club for one football season. Still, Noor is considered to be one of the best players to ever play in Asia, mostly due to his excellent distribution, ball control, and dribbling skills.
Pantheon has 59 people classified as soccer players born between 1959 and 1996. Of these 59, 58 (98.31%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living soccer players include Majed Abdullah, Mohamed Al-Deayea, and Saeed Al-Owairan. The most famous deceased soccer players include Mohammed Al-Khilaiwi. As of October 2020, 2 new soccer players have been added to Pantheon including Walid Atta and Motaz Hawsawi.
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