@anon44353 – This is a difficult question to answer. He may well be the most well known soccer player ever because of his high profile celebrity status. However, he is quite disliked by a number of soccer lovers, especially English fans, for the very same reason. Many soccer fans view him as a showboating celebrity rather than a true soccer player, especially since he joined the American team, the Los Angeles Galaxy. The fact that he has something of a role as a big budget movie actor hasn’t helped dispel this image either. Much of the soccer world is split on its opinion of him. The fact is however, that he is one of the most celebrated and accomplished players in soccer history, and the numbers don’t lie. Other players that contend for the title of “most popular soccer player” are Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, and Lionel Messi.