Throughout football history, there have always been those players who stand out against the others on the field. These players are often thought to go down in history as the most famous football players that there has ever been and that there will ever be. Those who are considered as famous football players show the world just how excellent they are at the sport, as well as the way in which they hold themselves in public.

10 Most Famous Football Players (Active)


Lionel Messi

Born: June 24, 1987, Argentina

Current Club: FC Barcelona

Position: Forward

Messi has been awarded the World Player of the Year for four times now, and there are many who have believed that he is one of the best and most famous football players in the world for at least the last 6 years. Messi is most known for his speed on the field, and the way in which he can easily confuse his defendants. This is why Messi and his team were in the World Cup 2014 final.


Arjen Robben

Born: January 23, 1984, Netherlands

Current Club: FC Bayern Munich

Position: Freerange Attacker

Robben is one player who fans either love or hate, who is often seen attacking the other team with a dominant left foot kick. However, Robben seems to be unstoppable as most teams cannot stop him from scoring like a scoring machine.


Mesut Özil

Born: October 15, 1988, Germany

Current Club: Arsenal F.C.

Position: Midfielder

Özil is considered as one of the best players to come out of Germany these years. In fact, during his first year in the Spanish La Liga, he started 30 games out of 38 possible games. In addition to this, he has already played for 3 major teams on the UEFA Europa League.



Born: April 22, 1982, Brazil

Current Club: Sao Paulo FC

Position: Attacking Midfielder

Kaka first started as a player on youth teams and signed his first professional contact in 2006. He was voted as the world’s best player in 2007. Kaka is famous for his incredible ball control and dribbling skills. Most notably, he scored 2 goals within 2 minutes during his debut game with Sao Paulo.


Neymar da Silva

Born: February 5, 1992, Brazil

Current Club: FC Barcelona & Branzil National Football Team

Position: Forward

Silva was a help in 2013 as his team won their 4th FIFA World Confederations Cup. He is known to have impressive ball controlling skills that allow him to move down the field with little effort, making him standing out as one of the most famous football players out there.


Robin van Persie

Born: August 6, 1983, Netherlands

Current Club: Manchester United

Position: Striker

Encouraged by his parents to become an artist, Robin van Persie decided instead to join a football youth squad. Fast forward to 2015 and he is considered to be one of the greatest strikers in the world, universally compared to Dutch legend Marco van Basten. In his first season with Manchester United, he was named the Premier League’s top scorer, greatly assisting his team in taking home the Premier League title. In 2013 The Guardian newspaper ranked him number 11th in its list of the 100 Best Football Players in the World and in the same year he was named Captain of the Dutch National Team.


Thomas Müller

Born: September 13, 1989, West Germany

Current Club: Bayern Munich

Position: Forward / Winger / Attacking Midfielder

Thomas Müller is a chameleon of football, excelling in a variety of attacking roles and becoming famous for his ability to create goal opportunities. Praised by coaches for his stamina, team work and consistency, Thomas received a call up to the German National Team for the 2010 World Cup. In Germany’s 6 World Cup appearances, he scored 5 goals, earning himself the Golden Boot award, as well as being named Best Young Player. At the 2014 World Cup, he was considered instrumental in Germany’s taking home the cup, scoring 5 goals and being named World Cup All Star XI.


Cristiano Ronaldo

Born: February 5, 1985, Portugal

Current Club: Real Madrid

Position: Forward

Cristiano Ronaldo is considered by many experts to be the current greatest player in the world and is expected to go down in history as one of the most famous football players of all time. He was the first Portuguese player who won two FIFA/Ballons d’Or awards, as well as named the 2013–14 UEFA Best Player in Europe. In January 2014, he kicked his 400th senior career goal, which includes a record-breaking 50 international goals, making him the highest ever Portuguese goal scorer. He began his international career with the Portugal under-15, but by 2008 he had been named Captain of the Portugal National Team.


Francesc "Cesc" Fàbregas Soler

Born: May 4, 1987, Spain

Current Club: Chelsea

Position: Attacking Midfielder

Cesc Fàbregas has played for some of the most famous football clubs in the world, including Arsenal, Barcelona, Chelsea and the World Cup Spanish National Team. Signed to a professional club at the tender age of 16, the young Spaniard made a name for himself as a playmaker with exceptional passing skills, even being referred to as “the general” whilst at Arsenal. Cesc was signed to Chelsea for the 2014 season, with a salary reported to be in the vicinity of €33 million. Proving he is worth his weight in gold, Cesc went on to top the Premier League statistics for the season, making the most passes, creating the most chances and facilitating the most assists.


James Rodríguez

Born: July 12, 1991, Columbia

Current Club: Real Madrid

Position: Attacking Midfielder / Winger

James began his professional career in 2007 with Columbian second division club Envigado before being signed to an Argentinian club in 2008. In 2010 he made his European debut, quickly becoming well known for his playmaking skills, superb technique and vision. By the time he was 20 years old, James was a regular player on the Columbian National Team and in 2014 he became the top goal scorer during the World Cup, as well as being named part of the Cup's All Star XI. Shortly afterwards, James became the most expensive Columbian footballer in history, when he was signed to Real Madrid for a transfer fee of €80 million.


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