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15 Greatest Players Of All Time Ranked, Messi Two Spots Ahead Of Ronaldo

Here are the 15 best footballers in history, according to a recent vote. While Brazil icon Pele is only eighth in the ranking, Lionel Messi is two places ahead of rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

Tired of reading? Click through the gallery above to see the 15 best footballers of all time, as per!

Selecao legend Pele is often regarded by many as the best player of all time, but not according to the latest poll conducted by Ranker.

The football icon received enough votes to make only the eighth spot, despite the former Santos man winning three FIFA World Cups in his great career.

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In the previous vote by the digital media company, it was former AC Milan and Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo who surprisingly took first place, but the Italian is just 10th in the latest standing.

Ahead of the aforementioned Pele are both Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldinho, while five-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo is only in fourth place. His eternal rival Messi comes in at second on the list, behind his compatriot Diego Maradona.

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There are some other great players in the ranking, including Gianluigi Buffon and Thierry Henry – click through the gallery above to see the full top 15!

What do you think of the results of Ranker's latest poll? Let us know in the comments section below.

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