83 Best Soccer Player Names From Around The World

Aashita Dhingra
Mar 01, 2024 By Aashita Dhingra
Originally Published on Jun 16, 2022
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The world's best soccer players are known to play for the world's best clubs like Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, AC Milan, Juventus, and several others.

Some of the world's famous players are Christiano Ronaldo, Carlos Bilardo, Ricky Van Wolfswinkel, Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Radamel Falcao, Neymar, David Beckham, Roberto Carlos, and Marco Van Basten. Most famous soccer players hail from countries with a rich culture of soccer like Spain, Italy, Argentina, France, Netherlands, Brazil, and Portugal.

Did you know, Pele was born Edson Arantes do Nascimento? Edson Arantes do Nascimento, phew, that's a long name.

Read on for names of names inspired by the best soccer players.

Funny Soccer Player Names

In the world of football, you must have heard some odd, amusing, or hilarious names. These amusing names will be much simpler to remember than regular or ordinary names. Here are some names of some truly funny soccer players.

Brian Pinas, meaning, ‘high’ or ‘noble’, is a former professional Dutch footballer from the Netherlands who played for Feyenoord, Newcastle United, and Groningen, among others.

Danny Drinkwater, meaning, ‘God is my judge’, was a member of Leicester City from 2012 until 2017.

Danny Invincible, meaning, ‘God is my judge’, is a retired Australian footballer who was born in 1979. A player who inspired many upcoming players.

Dean Windass, meaning, ‘valley’, is a retired English footballer who played for 12 different clubs throughout his career.

Fabian Assman, meaning, ‘bean grower’, is an Argentine footballer who now represents Aldosivi.

Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, meaning, ‘God is gracious’, retired from football in 2012.

Mark De Man, meaning, ‘consecrated to the god Mars’, is a retired Belgian football player who played for clubs such as RSC Anderlecht, Beerschot AC, Roda JC, and Bierbeek.

Wolfgang Wolf, meaning, ‘wolf of victory’, is a former German footballer who is from Germany known for his ball chasing abilities.

Cool Soccer Player Names

Football is a highly competitive sport that needs players to be in top physical and mental shape; the game is as psychologically taxing as it is physically draining. Explore the names of several cool soccer players to be inspired.

Alan Shearer, meaning, ‘harmony’, is an English football pundit and retired football player and manager who played as a striker.

Alexi Lalas, meaning, ‘helper’, is an American retired soccer player who played mostly as a defender.

Andriy Shevchenko, meaning, ‘manly’, is a Ukrainian football manager, a former professional football player, and a former politician.

Arjen Robben, meaning, ‘bright’, is a Dutch former professional footballer who played as a winger.

Brad Friedel, meaning, ‘large clearing in a wood’,  is an American professional soccer coach and former player who played as a goalkeeper.

Brian McBride, meaning, ‘high’, is an American former soccer player who played as a forward for Columbus Crew, Fulham, and Chicago Fire and is the fifth-highest all-time leading goalscorer for the United States national team.

Bruce Murray, meaning, ‘willowlands’, is a former American soccer forward/midfielder who became the all-time leading scorer for the United States National Team at the time of his retirement.

Cesar Azpilicueta, meaning, ‘thick head of hair’, is a Spanish professional footballer from Spain who plays as a right-back or center-back for Premier League Club, Chelsea, which he captains, along with the Spain National Team.

Claudio Reyna, meaning, ‘enclosure’, is an American former professional soccer player and current sporting director of Austin FC.

Clint Dempsey, meaning, ‘fenced settlement’,  is an American retired soccer player who played as a forward and midfielder.

Cobi Jones, meaning, ‘he who supplants’, is an American former soccer player and commentator.

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos, meaning, ‘follower of Christ’, is a Portuguese professional soccer player. Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos plays as a forward for Premier League Club Manchester United and captains the Portugal National Team. Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos is often regarded as the GOAT by fans.

David Beckham, meaning, ‘beloved’, is an English former professional footballer, the current president & co-owner of Inter Miami CF, and co-owner of Salford City.

Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, and AC Milan are amongst the most famous football clubs.

Male Soccer Player Names

The players that thrive at the game are those who have honed their talents and are having the most fun doing so. The names of some of the male soccer players are shown here.

DaMarcus Beasley, meaning,  ‘son of Marcus’, is an American former professional soccer player who during his profession served as both; a left-winger and a left-wingback.

Davor Šuker, meaning, ‘God of war’, is a Croatian former professional footballer.

Dennis Bergkamp, meaning, ‘God of wine’, ‘mountain of Zeus’, is a Dutch professional football coach and former player.

Diego Godin, meaning, ‘teacher’, is an Uruguayan professional footballer who plays as a center-back for Brazilian club Atlético Mineiro and captains the Uruguay National Team.

Earnie Earnest Stewart, meaning, ‘earnest’, was a member of the US national football team as a midfielder from the ’90s until his retirement in 2005.

Eric Wynalda, meaning, ‘forever ruler’, is an American soccer coach, television commentator, and retired player.

Fabio Cannavaro, meaning, ‘bean grower’, is an Italian professional football coach and former player.

Fernando Torres, meaning, ‘conqueror, and leader’, is a Spanish football manager and former player who played as a striker for Spain.

Frank Lampard, meaning, ‘free’ or ‘from France’, the Everton manager and former player is an English professional football manager.

Gabriel Batistuta, meaning, ‘God is my strength’, is an Argentine former professional footballer.

Gary Lineker, meaning, ‘spear rule’, is an English former professional footballer and current sports broadcaster.

George Weah, meaning, ‘one who works the earth’, is an English former professional footballer and current sports broadcaster.

Hristo Stoichkov, meaning, ‘bearer of Christ’, is an English former professional footballer and current sports broadcaster.

Popular Soccer Player Names

Who do you think is the best football player on the planet? Is it Radamel Falcao or Messi? The answer will never be unanimously agreed upon, totally established, or definitely determined. Here is a list of the popular players for you to check.

 Eden Hazard is a Belgian soccer player who currently plays for Real Madrid as a winger or offensive midfielder and captains the Belgium National Team.

Ángel Di María is an Argentine professional footballer who now plays for the Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain as well as the Argentina National Team.

Antoine Griezmann is a French professional footballer who currently plays for La Liga club Atlético Madrid on loan from Barcelona, as well as the France National Team. One of the famous Barcelona soccer player names.

Bruno Fernandes is a professional footballer from Portugal who plays as a center-back for Manchester City in the Champions League and for the Portugal National Team.

Cristiano Ronaldo, is a Portuguese professional soccer player who plays as a forward for Premier League Club Manchester United and captains the Portugal National Team. Ronaldo is often compared to Lionel Messi. He is often considered one of the great players.

Édouard Mendy is a Senegalese football goalkeeper who plays for Premier League club Chelsea and the Senegal National Team.

Federico Chiesa is an Italian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Serie A club Juventus and the Italy National Team on loan from Fiorentina.

Giorgio Chiellini is known as an Italian professional defender for Serie A club Juventus as well as the Italy National Team.

Harry Kane is an English professional soccer player who leads the England National Team and plays as a striker for Premier League Club Tottenham Hotspur. Often considered one of the best players.

Jan Oblak is a Slovenian professional football player who currently plays for the Spanish Club Atlético Madrid (Spain) and captains the Slovenia National Team.

Joshua Kimmich is a German footballer who plays for Bundesliga Club Bayern Munich and the Germany National Team as a defensive midfielder or right-back.

Kevin De Bruyne is a Belgian soccer player who currently plays for Premier League Club Manchester City and the Belgium National Team.

Kylian Mbappé is a known French professional forward for Paris Saint-Germain and the France National Team.

Leonardo Bonucci is a professional footballer from Italy who plays as a center-back for Serie A club Juventus and the Italy National Team.

Lionel Messi is a professional footballer from Argentina who currently plays as a striker for Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1. Lionel Messi also serves as Argentina's captain. He is considered one of the best players from Argentina.

Luka Modric is a Croatian professional footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for Real Madrid in La Liga and captains the Croatia National Team.

Mohamed Salah is a famous French professional footballer who plays forward for Ligue 1 Club Paris Saint-Germain as well as the France National Team. He won the PFA Player of the year in 2017-18.

N'Golo Kanté is a French professional footballer who plays for Premier League Club Chelsea and the France National Team as a center midfielder.

Neymar is a known Brazilian professional forward. Neymar has played for both Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil National Team. Neymar has not won any world cup yet.

Phil Foden is a known English professional for Premier League Club Manchester City and the England National Team as a midfield.

Raheem Sterling is an English, known professionally for Premier League club Manchester City and the England National Team as a winger and attacking midfielder.

Rúben Dias is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a center-back for Manchester City in the Champions League and for the Portugal National Team.

Thomas Müller is a German footballer who currently plays for Bundesliga Club Bayern Munich as well as the Germany National Team.

Women Soccer Player Names

Players from all around the world wow fans with their abilities on the field and captivate fans with their lives off the field. Here are the greatest female soccer players of all time.

 Hope Solo is a retired soccer goalkeeper from the United States.

Abby Wambach is a retired American soccer player, coach, and National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee.

Alex Morgan is an American professional soccer player who currently plays for San Diego Wave FC of NWSL.

Bente Nordby is a retired Norwegian goalkeeper who most recently played for Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon, France.

Briana Collette Scurry is an American soccer goalkeeper who is currently serving as an assistant coach with the Washington Spirit.

Carli Lloyd Carli Anne Hollins is a former professional soccer player from the United States.

Christine Sinclair is a Canadian professional soccer player who plays as a forward and captains both Portland Thorns FC of the NWSL and the Canadian National Team.

Cristiane Rozeira de Souza Silva, known as Cristiane, is a Brazilian footballer who currently plays for Santos and the Brazilian Women's National Team.

Homare Sawa is a retired Japanese professional footballer who played as both a striker and a midfielder.

Joy Fawcett is a former professional soccer player from the United States. She gained 241 caps for the United States Women's National Soccer Team.

Julie Fleeting is a retired Scottish footballer who most recently played as a striker for Glasgow City in the Scottish Women's Premier League.

Julie Foudy is a retired American soccer midfielder who won two FIFA Women's World Cups and two Olympic gold medals. One of the most famous girl soccer player names.

Kelly Smith is a former English football striker who played three seasons for FA WSL team Arsenal Ladies.

Kristine Lilly is a former soccer player from the United States. She was a member of the United States Women's National Team for 23 years.

Lotta Schelin is a retired pro footballer from Sweden who most recently played for FC Rosengrd in the Damallsvenskan.

Louisa Nécib Cadamuro is a former professional footballer who represented France at the World Cup.

Mia Hamm is a former professional soccer player from the United States, a two-time Olympic gold winner, and a two-time FIFA Women's World Cup champion.

Michelle Anne Akers is a retired American soccer player who helped the United States win the Women's World Cup in 1991 and 1999, as well as the Olympics in 1996.

Nadine Marejke Angerer is a German football coach and player who is the goalkeeping player-coach for the National Women's Soccer League's Portland Thorns.

Tiffeny Milbrett is former professional soccer forward from the United States who was a part of the US Women's National Team for many years.

Unique Soccer Player Names

Footballers have always had some amusing and difficult names to remember, and here are some unique soccer player names.

Bernt Haas previously played for Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion, where he was rumored to be famed for devouring spicy curries.

Danger Fourpence is a defender for Kiglon Bird FC in Zimbabwe. Unfortunately, he is better renowned for his unusual name than for his football skills.

David Goodwillie is a young Scottish striker for Dundee United who has had a few controversies in his brief career.

Michael Gash, who formerly featured for Cambridge United, is a striker for Kidderminster Harriers.

Norman Conquest was a goalie who is best known for allowing 17 goals in a single game. His intrusive name, on the other hand, more than compensates for his talents.

Peter Pander is a German football official who has worked for VfL Wolfsburg and, most recently, Borussia Monchengladbach.

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Written by Aashita Dhingra

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Aashita DhingraBachelors in Business Administration

Based in Lucknow, India, Aashita is a skilled content creator with experience crafting study guides for high school-aged kids. Her education includes a degree in Business Administration from St. Mary's Convent Inter College, which she leverages to bring a unique perspective to her work. Aashita's passion for writing and education is evident in her ability to craft engaging content.

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