Football Players

Football players are the sports persons who play football on the professional level. Football is a team sport that involves kicking a ball with the foot to score a goal. There are many types of football such as American football, Canadian football, association football, rugby league and rugby union. Football is a very popular sport, a fact proven by the presence of 250 million association football players in the world. Football players across the world attract huge fan followings and are often elevated to iconic levels. The glamorization of football is not without reason—football players are among the best paid sports persons and earn considerably more than professionals in other sports. Professional football players start playing early on in their childhood for local clubs and play for several small teams before getting selected for high-ranking teams. Individuals with a deep passion for the game coupled with a love for physical activity make ideal football players. A highly competitive sport, football requires the players to be in peak physical as well as mental conditions; the game is as mentally stressful as it is physically exhausting. Browse this section to explore about the life and works of various famous football players from all over the world.

 1 Diego Maradona

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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: October 30, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Argentinian
Died: November 25, 2020

Nicknamed The Golden Boy, Diego Maradona is considered one of the greatest footballers of all time. Thanks to his popularity and controversial personal life, which includes drug abuse issues and addiction to cocaine, Diego Maradona became a world-renowned counterculture icon. He was also an iconic figure in popular culture.

 2 Cristiano Ronaldo

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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: February 5, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Portuguese

Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Portuguese football player, Cristiano Ronaldo, is one of the world's highest-paid athletes. He is a versatile attacker capable of playing on either wing as well as through the center of the pitch. He has the distinction of being the first European to score 100 international goals.

 3 Lionel Messi

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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: June 24, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Argentinian

Considered one of the best football players in the world and a prolific goal scorer, Lionel Messi has shattered and created numerous records in his playing career. Regarded by another soccer legend, Diego Maradona, as his successor, the Argentinian superstar is also one of the world’s highest paid athletes.

 4 Zlatan Ibrahimović

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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: October 3, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Swedish

Swedish professional footballer Zlatan Ibrahimović currently plays as a striker for Serie A club A.C. Milan. Widely regarded as one of the best strikers of his generation, he is one of the most decorated active footballers in the world.  He is Sweden's all-time leading goalscorer. He is a brash person and has been involved in several violent incidents with teammates.

 5 Edinson Cavani

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: February 14, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Uruguayan

Uruguayan footballer, Edinson Cavani, is the second-most highest scorer among Uruguayan internationals, next only to Luis Suarez. During his time in Italy, he was called El Matador for his composure while scoring goals. Although considered one of the best strikers of his generation, Cavani has been criticized for his relatively poor performance in important games.

 6 Pele

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Famous As: Brazilian footballer
Birthdate: October 23, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Brazilian
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 7 Marcus Rashford

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: October 31, 1997
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

Marcus Rashford is a prominent football player for the Manchester United Football Club and England national team. He became the youngest British footballer to score in his debut match for England. He uses his popularity to fight against issues like child food poverty and homelessness in the United Kingdom. He is often praised for his political activism.

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 8 Josh Allen

Josh Allen
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: May 21, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
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 9 Diogo Jota

Diogo Jota
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: December 4, 1996
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Portuguese

 10 Harry Kane

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: July 28, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
A brilliant striker known for his impressive ability to score goals, Harry Kane is an English football player who leads the national team of England and also plays for Premier League club, Tottenham Hotspur. Harry Kane has been named the Premier League Player of the Month six times and received the Golden Boot twice.
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 11 Wayne Rooney

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: October 24, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

Regarded as one of the best football players of the current era, Wayne Rooney is the record goal-scorer for the Manchester United FC and England national team. Originally a boxer, Wayne continues to pursue boxing as a recreational activity. Wayne has been controversy's favorite child for many years now; from allegations of infidelity to legal issues, he has faced them all!

 12 Neymar

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: February 5, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Brazilian
Amongst the best football players in the world presently, Neymar is a part of Brazil national team and French club Paris Saint-Germain. The prolific goal scorer debuted with Santos and played for Barcelona before joining PSG in a deal that made him the world’s most expensive player. He led Brazil national team to its first Olympic gold medal in 2016.
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 13 David Beckham

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Famous As: Former English Footballer
Birthdate: May 2, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
David Beckham is a former English footballer who was football superstar on-field and a heartthrob off-field. A former player for Manchester United, Real Madrid and Milan, among others, Beckham was a free-kick specialist, a brilliant crosser of the ball and the first English player to win league titles in four countries. His passion for football, charisma and fashion style have made him an international sensation.  

 14 Tua Tagovailoa

Tua Tagovailoa
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: March 2, 1998
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
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 15 Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 15, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Egyptian

Egyptian professional footballer Mohamed Salah is considered one of the best players in the world. Known for his finishing, dribbling, and speed, he plays for the Premier League club Liverpool and the Egyptian national team. He has been named the CAF African Footballer of the Year twice. His fans and the press have nicknamed him "The Pharaoh."

 16 Son Heung-min

Son Heung-min
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: July 8, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: South Korean

 17 Robert Lewandowski

Robert Lewandowski
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: August 21, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Polish

Considered one of the best football players in the world, Robert Lewandowski plays for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and leads the Poland national team as its captain. Known for his exceptional goal scoring ability and striking skills, Lewandowski has earned several accolades including Polish Player of the Year title for eight consecutive years. Besides, he is also a venture capitalist.

 18 Patrick Bamford

Patrick Bamford
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: September 5, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
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 19 Kylian Mbappé

Kylian Mbappé
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: December 20, 1998
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: French

Regarded as one of the best footballers of the current generation, Kylian Mbappé became only the second teenager to score a goal in the final game of a World Cup. Known for his explosive speed and dribbling skills, Mbappé made an impact at a young age. Very mature for his age, he also believes in giving back to society.

 20 Ronaldo

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Famous As: Brazilian footballer
Birthdate: September 18, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Brazilian

 21 Luis Suarez

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Famous As: Uruguayan Footballer
Birthdate: January 24, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Uruguayan

 22 Mesut Ozil

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: October 15, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: German
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 23 Gareth Bale

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: July 16, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

The charismatic Welsh footballer player, Gareth Frank Bale played for Southampton football club and Tottenham Hotspur extensively before joining Real Madrid in 2013 for a fees that exceeded Christiano Ronaldo’s earlier record fee. Known for his speed and accuracy, Gareth Bales is also the captain of Wales national team and plays for Tottenham Hotspur, on loan from Real Madrid.

 24 Paolo Rossi

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: September 23, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Italian
Died: December 9, 2020
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 25 Jack Grealish

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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: September 10, 1995
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

 26 Ole Gunnar Solskjær

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Famous As: Football Manager
Birthdate: February 26, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Norwegian

Former Norwegian football player, Ole Gunnar Solskjær was one of the most successful players of Manchester United and scored 126 goals for it. He famously scored the winning goal against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final to secure a treble for the Manchester United. Post retirement, he began his coaching career and is currently the manager of Manchester United.

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 27 Chase Claypool

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Famous As: American Football player
Birthdate: July 7, 1998
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian

 28 Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: June 23, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: French

Amongst the greatest footballers of all time, Zinedine Zidane led France to victories in the FIFA World Cup in 1998 and the European Championship in 2000. Later, the three-time FIFA World Player of the Year took up the position of Real Madrid manager and carved yet another success story by winning major titles like Champions League and UEFA Super Cups.

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 29 Paul Pogba

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: March 15, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: French

Paul Pogba is a prominent football player for the English club Manchester United; in 2016 he was transferred from Juventus to Manchester United for a then-world record transfer fee of £89.3 million, which remains the highest paid fee by any English club. Also an important member of the France national team, he helped France win the 2018 World Cup.

 30 Olivier Giroud

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: September 30, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: French

Olivier Giroud is a football player and a prominent member of the France national team. He played a key role in helping his team win the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Thanks to his popularity, Giroud has been a major media personality in France, with appearances in commercials for brands like Hugo Boss and Puma.

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 31 Alex Telles

Alex Telles
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: December 15, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Brazilian

 32 Sergio Ramos

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: March 30, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Spanish

Spanish footballer, Sergio Ramos, is known for his defensive skills and also for his ability to play offensively and score goals. He plays for the Premier League Club, Real Madrid. Ramos was a member of the Spanish national side which won the European Championship in 2008 and 2012 and the World Cup in 2010. 

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 33 Mario Balotelli

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: August 12, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Italian
The talented but crazy Italian striker Mario Balotelli is one of the most intriguing and exciting footballers around. Love him or hate him, TIME Magazine in 2013 called him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

 34 Jamie Vardy

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

Considered a late bloomer in the world of soccer, Jamie Vardy became the oldest player to win the Premier League Golden Boot award when he scored the maximum number of goals during the 2019–20 Premier League season. Apart from his goal-scoring abilities, Jamie is also known for his direct approach and relentless running.

 35 Thierry Henry

Thierry Henry
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Famous As: French football Coach
Birthdate: August 17, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: French

A football coach, Thierry Henry began his career as a player with Monaco team and later also played for Arsenal and Barcelona. A lethal striker, he became a record goal scorer for both France and Arsenal. He played a crucial role in the French victory in 1998 FIFA World Cup and Arsenal’s win in Premier League and the FA Cup.

 36 Gérard Houllier

Gérard Houllier
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: September 3, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: French

 37 Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce
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Famous As: Football Manager
Birthdate: October 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

Sam Allardyce is an English football manager. He currently manages West Bromwich Albion, which competes in the Premier League. Often regarded as a pioneer of sports science in football, Allardyce is renowned for his keenness to use innovative techniques and technology in coaching. He is also a keen proponent of yoga.  

 38 Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: March 26, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Spanish

 39 Sergio Agüero

Sergio Agüero
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 2, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Argentinian
Argentine footballer and Manchester City striker Sergio Agüero was the youngest footballer of the Argentine Primera División, at 15. From scoring two goals in the semi-final to help Argentina win the 2008 Olympic gold medal, to being the fourth-highest goal-scorer of Premier League, he has many feats to his credit.

 40 Frank Lampard

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 20, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

The current head coach of Chelsea Football Club, Lampard spent most of his playing career with Chelsea. He is widely considered one of the greatest midfielders and greatest Chelsea players of his generation. While playing for the England national team, he represented England at three World Cups. In 2015, he was appointed an OBE for his services to football.

 41 Jürgen Klopp

Jürgen Klopp
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Famous As: Football Manager
Birthdate: June 16, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German

Jürgen Klopp is a German football manager and former player. He is the manager of the Liverpool football club and is considered as one of the best managers in the world. He has also been the manager of Borussia Dortmund. Liverpool won their first FIFA Club World Cup and first Premier League title under him. He is famous for his enthusiastic celebrations.

 42 Pep Guardiola

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Famous As: Former Footballer, Football Manager
Birthdate: January 18, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Spanish

A football addict from beginning, Pep Guardiola went on to become a key player with the Barcelona and the Spanish National team. He played a crucial role in winning major titles like the La Liga and an Olympic gold medal. After retiring as a player, he became a coach and is widely regarded as one of the world's best coaches. 

 43 Ronaldinho

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: March 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Brazilian

Regarded as one of the best football players of all time, Ronaldinho played a crucial role in Brazil’s victory in 2002 FIFA World Cup. Later, he helped FC Barcelona win two La Liga and a UEFA Champions League title. The two time FIFA world Player of the Year, who retired in 2018, was known for his technical skills and creativity.

 44 Carlo Ancelotti

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 10, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Italian

Carlo Ancelotti had humble beginnings as a midfielder in Italian club football. He was part of the Italian national squad in two World Cups and one UEFA Euro, and is one of three managers who have won the UEFA Champions League thrice, twice with Milan and once with Real Madrid.

 45 Martin Braithwaite

Martin Braithwaite
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: June 5, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Danish

 46 Ray Clemence

Ray Clemence
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: August 5, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

 47 Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: March 2, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Argentinian

 48 Karim Benzema

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: December 19, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Algerian

Karim Benzema is a French football player often described as strong, powerful, and immensely talented striker. Over the years, Karim has gained the reputation of not missing an opportunity to score a goal once he gets inside the penalty area. In 2010, he got into legal trouble after visiting a 16-year-old prostitute in Paris. The charges were dropped in 2014.

 49 Gianluigi Buffon

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 28, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Italian
Gianluigi Buffon is an Italian footballer, often considered the greatest goalkeeper of all time. The first goalkeeper to receive the Golden Foot Award, Buffon was included in Pelé's FIFA 100 list in 2004. He is also well-known for his charity work; in 2019, he was named a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations' World Food Programme.

 50 Gary Lineker

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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: November 30, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

Gary Lineker is a British former football player who currently works as a sports broadcaster. Considered one of the greatest British strikers of all time, Gary Lineker is the third-highest goal-scorer for England. During his 16-year playing career, Lineker never received a red or yellow card, due to which he was honored with the FIFA Fair Play Award in 1990.

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