Top 5 Most Famous Soccer Players In MLS History | All-Time Greatest MLS Players

Top 5 Most Famous Soccer Players In MLS History

MLS (Major League Soccer) has had many most famous players in its history, and the league has attracted top international talent, significant investments, and a massive social media presence. The MLS is concentrating its efforts on expanding its clubs into large sports markets and increasing their popularity among younger generations.

MLS is widely regarded as the world’s tenth best soccer league, both in terms of popularity and overall game quality. Each game has approximately 2 million TV viewers, whereas competitors such as the Premier League have up to 7 million viewers per game. According to a survey conducted for MoffettNathanson, the MLS saw the most significant increase in popularity among sports viewers, rising from the 13th most popular league in 2019 to the 7th most popular league in 2021. The players on this list are ranked exclusively based on their time in the MLS and their accomplishments in the league. Let’s get this party started!

Complete List Of MLS Cup finals | MLS Cup: Winners By Year From 1996 to 2021

Complete List Of MLS Cup finals _ MLS Cup_ Winners By Year From 1996 to 2021
SeasonFinals DateWinners Of MLSScoreRunners–upsTotal Attendance
1996October 20D.C. United 3–2 Los Angeles Galaxy34,643
1997October 26D.C. United 2–1Colorado Rapids57,431
1998October 25Chicago Fire 2–0D.C. United51,350
1999November 21D.C. United 2–0Los Angeles Galaxy44,910
2000October 15Kansas City Wizards 1–0Chicago Fire39,159
2001October 21San Jose Earthquakes2–1Los Angeles Galaxy21,626
2002October 20Los Angeles Galaxy1–0 New England Revolution61,316
2003November 23San Jose Earthquakes4–2Chicago Fire 27,000
2004November 14D.C. United3–2Kansas City Wizards25,797
2005November 13Los Angeles Galaxy 1–0 New England Revolution21,193
2006November 12Houston Dynamo1–1 New England Revolution22,427
2007November 18Houston Dynamo2–1New England Revolution39,859
2008November 23Columbus Crew3–1New York Red Bulls27,000
2009November 22Real Salt Lake1–1 Los Angeles Galaxy46,011
2010November 21Colorado Rapids2–1FC Dallas21,700
2011November 20Los Angeles Galaxy 1–0Houston Dynamo30,281
2012December 1Los Angeles Galaxy3–1Houston Dynamo30,510
2013December 7Sporting Kansas City1–1 Real Salt Lake21,650
2014December 7Los Angeles Galaxy2–1New England Revolution27,000
2015December 6Portland Timbers2–1Columbus Crew SC21,747
2016December 10Seattle Sounders FC0–0 Toronto FC 36,045
2017December 9Toronto FC 2–0Seattle Sounders FC30,584
2018December 8Atlanta United FC2–0Portland Timbers73,019
2019November 10Seattle Sounders FC3–1Toronto FC69,274
2020December 12Columbus Crew SC3–0Seattle Sounders FC1,500
2021December 11New York City FC1–1 Portland Timbers25,218

Who has won the most MLS Cups/Titles?

Who has won the most MLS Cups/Titles?

Here’s a breakdown of how many MLS Cups/Titles each team has won. The Los Angeles Galaxy has the most MLS Cup titles, having won 5 in its 9 appearances.

MLS TeamTotal
Total Wins/Most MLS CupsMost recent winRunners-up
LA Galaxy9520144
D.C. United5420041
New England Revolution505
Houston Dynamo FC4220072
Seattle Sounders FC4220192
Columbus Crew SC3220201
Sporting Kansas City3220131
Chicago Fire FC3119982
Toronto FC3120172
Portland Timbers3120152
San Jose Earthquakes2220030
Colorado Rapids2120101
Real Salt Lake2120091
Atlanta United FC1120180
New York City FC1120210
FC Dallas101
New York Red Bulls101
Most MLS Cups Winners

Here’s A List Of Top 5 Most Famous Soccer Players In MLS History | Top MLS Players Of All-time

1. David Beckham (LA Galaxy)

David Beckham (LA Galaxy) Most Famous Players In MLS History
David Beckham (LA Galaxy) Image Credits: SkySports

David Beckham is one of the most famous players in the MLS. He shocked the world by joining MLS from Real Madrid in 2007. For the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons, he was loaned to AC Milan of Italy. Beckham is by far the most famous athlete to ever play soccer in the United States, big props to his modeling and marriage to a Spice Girl. There’s no doubt that his presence here helped us become a global brand.” Even though the league was able to keep its salary cap while ensuring David Beckham’s $32.5-million contract, it was woefully spontaneous for the other changes he brought.

Nationality: England

International career: Beckham made his international debut for England on September 1, 1996, at the age of 21. He was captain for six years and earned 58 caps during that time. He played in three FIFA World Cups, in 1998, 2002, and 2006, as well as two UEFA European Championships, in 2000 and 2004. David Beckham scored three World Cup goals, one in each of 1998, 2002, and 2006 tournaments. Lancashire and Warwickshire played three different matches in England on each of the three days. This strange story of coincidences is chronicled by Arunabha Sengupta.

David Beckham had 265 Premier League appearances for Manchester United, scoring 61 goals. He also appeared in 81 Champions League games, scoring 15 goals. In 12 years, Beckham won six Premier League titles, two FA Cups, one European Cup, one Intercontinental Cup, and one FA Youth Cup.

MLS Career (LA Galaxy 2007-12):

Supporters’ Shield titles: 2x
MLS playoff berths: 4x (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
Regular season matches played: 98 of 176 Games
Regular season goals: 18 (5 game-winners)

Notable achievements In his career: Two-time Ballon d’Or runner-up, two-time FIFA Player of the Year runner-up, and inductee into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2008. Beckham, an MLS All-Star and Best XI selection in 2011, had his best season with the club last year, setting a new career-high with 15 assists in MLS play and more than 20 overall.

2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (LA Galaxy)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (LA Galaxy)

The Swedish international left his imprint on the Los Angeles Galaxy and the entire Major League Soccer (MLS). Zlatan Ibrahimovic is like fine wine in that he improves with each passing year. Ibrahimovic, who is now competing for the top goal scorer in Italy with AC Milan, will be remembered for his bold cockiness during interviews and Jimmy Kimmel appearances. Zlatan Ibrahimovic decided to continue his career in Major League Soccer in the summer of 2018 and signed with the Los Angeles Galaxy for the remainder of the season. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is widely regarded as one of the best signings in Major League Soccer history. In 27 league appearances since joining the Los Angeles Galaxy in the summer of 2018, he has scored 22 goals and provided 10 assists.

Nationality: Sweden

International career:  He has 62 goals in just 121 international appearances, making him Sweden’s all-time leading goal scorer, surpassing Sven Rydell’s record with two goals against Estonia at the Friends Arena during a friendly match in September 2014.

Club Career Goals: He has over 570 goals in his career, including over 500 club goals, and has scored in each of the last four decades.

MLS career (LA Galaxy 2018-2020): Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored 53 goals in 58 games for the Los Angeles Galaxy.

​Notable achievements In His Career: He represented Sweden in the FIFA World Cups of 2002 and 2006, as well as the UEFA European Championships of 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016. He has won the Swedish player of the year award, Guldbollen (the Golden Ball), a record 12 times, including 10 consecutive times from 2007 to 2016.

3. Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls)

Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls) FTM

Thierry Henry is the current French football coach, and he is widely regarded as the best player in Premier League history. Henry was an unstoppable force both in France and in the MLS. He joined the Major League Soccer (MLS) club New York Red Bulls in 2010 but returned to Arsenal on loan for two months in 2012 before retiring in 2014. Henry had long-term success with France, winning the 1998 FIFA World Cup, the UEFA Euro 2000, and the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2003. Henry scored 51 goals in 122 appearances for the Red Bulls in the twilight of a stellar playing career that included stops at Monaco, Juventus, Arsenal, and Barcelona. Thierry Henry set a major league record for one of the fastest top speeds ever recorded, clocking in at 39.2km/h in 1998. Ask ex-Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher about the former Arsenal striker’s lightning-quick pace.

MLS Honors For Thierry Henry:

  • 2010 – RBNY finishes first in Eastern Conference.
  • 2011 – Team MVP, MLS All-Star, MLS Best XI.
  • 2012 – Team MVP, MLS All-Star, MLS Best XI.

Thierry Henry’s 5 Best Moments in MLS | Most Famous Soccer Players In MLS

Video Credits: YouTube

4. Wayne Rooney (D.C. United’s most famous soccer players in MLS)

Wayne Rooney (D.C. United’s most famous soccer players in MLS)

He has four times been named England Player of the Year, in 2008, 2009, 2014, and 2015. Rooney is England’s second-most capped player (behind Peter Shilton) and all-time leading goalscorer with 53 goals in 120 international appearances. Of course, Rooney’s time in the MLS could have been extended, but he returned to his homeland and began his next chapter. Rooney’s nearly two-decade playing career started in 2002 when he made his Everton debut as a 16-year-old.

Nationality: England

International career: England’s all-time leading goalscorer, & second most-capped player. 

European career: He scored 253 goals for United in all competitions, making him the club’s all-time leading goalscorer, with 183 Premier League goals, second only to Sergio Aguero for any single club (184 goals for Manchester City). Wayne Rooney was one of Manchester United’s most decorated players, winning 13 major trophies during his tenure, including five league titles, four League Cups, and the FA Cup, Champions League, Europa League, and Club World Cup on one occasion.

MLS career (DC United 2018-2019): Scored 23 goals in 48 appearances and helped D.C. United

Notable achievements in his career: Only one of two Englishmen to have won the Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League, League Cup, Europa League, and FIFA Club World Cup. Manchester United defeated Manchester City 2-1 at Old Trafford thanks to Wayne Rooney’s spectacular overhead kick. The victory helped United beat City to the 2010-11 Premier League title, and Rooney’s acrobatic effort was later voted the best goal in Premier League history.

5. Kaka (Orlando City’s most famous soccer players in MLS)

Kaka (Orlando City’s most famous soccer players in MLS)

During his playing career, Kaka was one of the world’s most famous athletes, and he was the first sportsperson to have 10 million Twitter followers. Off the field, Kaka is well-known for his humanitarian work, having served as the UN World Food Programme’s youngest ambassador in 2004. Kaka is a world football icon as well as an elite MLS player, having scored more than 20 goals and assisted on more than 15 in more than 50 games for Orlando City.

Kaka was without a doubt the best footballer in the world for a brief period. The Brazil playmaker was named Ballon d’Or winner in 2007, defeating Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, two players who would dominate the awards for the next decade. Kaka was also named Footballer of the Year in Italy’s top flight in 2004 and 2007. He was truly outstanding, and while his career stalled after a mega-money move to Real Madrid in 2009, Kaka will be remembered as a true legend.

Kaka was also a member of Brazil’s winning FIFA Confederations Cup squads in 2005 and 2009, earning the Golden Ball Award as the tournament’s best player in 2009. In addition to his honors, he was named to the FIFA World XI and the UEFA Team of the Year three times between 2006 and 2009.

Kaka’s notable achievements in his career: Footballer of the Year in Serie A twice. UEFA Midfielder of the Year in 2005. FIFA World Player of the Year in 2007, winner of the Ballon d’Or, UEFA Club Footballer of the Year, and IFFHS World’s Best Playmaker. One of only eight players in history to have won the World Cup, Champions League, and Ballon d’Or.

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