7 Best Australian Soccer Players of All-Time

Following Australia’s undeniable success during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, we take a look at some of Australia’s most influential players throughout the years. It goes without saying that Australia created some very interesting players in the last couple of decades. The 2-1 round-of-16 loss in the World Cup against future champions La Albiceleste showed the kind of effort that the men in charge of Australian soccer have made to put the country on the soccer map. Join us in order to find out which Aussie players’ names are covered in fame and glamour and where to find the top sports betting sites in Australia.

Who is the best Australian soccer player?

Harry Kewell

Harry Kewell
Harry Kewell – 29.01.2011 – Australie / Japon – Finale Coupe d'asie des Nations – Doha

The best Australian soccer player is Harry Kewell. Hands down, the 45-year-old Smithfield-born was the bane of the opposition’s existence. Over the years, Harry made a name for himself playing for the likes of Premier League’s Leeds United. At Ellan Road, Harry made a total of 181 official appearances during his seven-year spell, scoring on 45 occasions.

His sensational performance didn’t go unnoticed by one of England’s mightiest teams – Liverpool FC. Merseyside swiftly poached Harry Kewell only for the Australian star to score 12 goals in 93 official appearances.

After his spell at Anfield ended, Harry Kewell undertook a couple of more challenges – Galatasaray, Melbourne Victory, Al-Gharafa, and Melbourne Heart.

In an interesting 2012 poll by former players and fans, Harry Kewell was voted the greatest Australian soccer player ever. We can only imagine the heights he could’ve accomplished had he not been constantly plagued by injuries.

Other famous Australian soccer players

Mark Viduka

Mark Viduka
(Photo by Alain Gadoffre / Onze / Icon Sport)

At the age of 48, Mark Viduka’s goalscoring days are long over, but he does have quite the memories to keep him satisfied that he’s had a terrific career. Enjoying a spell at Leeds United, Middlesbrough, and Newcastle United, Mark Viduka managed to score a total of 92 goals in 240 Premier League appearances.

A true Premier League Aussie star, Mark Viduka’s career stats include 319 games, 121 goals, and 24 assists. Bet365 Australia and fans alike consider Mark one of the best players that Australia has ever produced. For his country, Mark scored 11 goals in 43 official appearances. However, he went through Australia's youth ranks where he also scored 49 goals in 40 meetings, thus earning a place in the Men's team. Fan-favorite Viduka is surely one of the most beloved Australian players out there.

Tim Cahill

With 555 official games, 141 goals scored, and 49 assists provided, Tim Cahill proved countless times that Australia can indeed produce world-class players. The Millwall and Everton legend is a true Premier League icon.

Throughout the years, Tim also managed to become the best Australian goalscorer of all time. He scored 50 goals in 108 official appearances for the Socceroos, which is a record that stands to this day. Sure, sooner or later his record will be shattered as all records eventually do, but Tim is indeed a pioneer in soccer for Australia. His sensational work ethic and trademark creativity is the reason neutral fans across the World fell in love with him.

Mark Schwarzer

Mark Schwarzer
Mark Schwarzer – 15.02.2015 – Aston Villa / Leicester – FA Cup
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Mark may not be considered the greatest player in Australia, but he’s certainly the most prolific shot-stopper that the country has. Mark is 51 years old now, but all true fans of the game remember his catlike reflexes that nullified many a wonderful goalscorer throughout the years. Undoubtedly, Mark’s lengthy career was one that all up-and-coming goalkeepers aspire to.

During his 366 games for Middlesbrough and 172 matches for Fulham, Mark Schwarzer easily became a fan favorite. The Premier League shot-stopping legend also played for the likes of England giants Chelsea and Leicester City.

Mark Schwarzer put an end to his career at the age of 43 but his legacy will live on for all aspiring goalkeepers.

Mile Jedinak

Mile Jedinak
Mile Jedinak of Australia during the International friendly match between Colombia and Australia at Craven Cottage on March 27, 2018 in London, England.
(Photo by Johnny Fidelin/Icon Sport)

Mile Jedinak is a wonderful example of what a classic defensive midfielder looks like. Similar to the rest of the players on our list, Mile also enjoyed a Premier League career. But before he could pen his Crystal Palace contract, he managed to build up quite the portfolio, playing for teams such as A-League’s Sydney United and Central Coast Mariners, Turkish clubs Genclebirligi and Antalyaspor, as well as less renowned clubs like Varteks and South Coast United.

Mile Jedinak’s unyielding character helped him become a fan-favorite at Selhurst Park during the 2012/13 career. He quickly adapted to the high standards of the Premier League and went on to stay in England until just recently. He put an end to a spectacular career at the age of 35.

Brett Emerton

Brett Emerton
Brett Emerton (AUS ) – Allemagne / Australie – 15.06.2005 – Coupe des Confederations – Francfort – Football

A list containing the best Australian soccer players of all time couldn’t be complete without Brett Emerton’s name on it. Born in Bankstown, Sydney, Brett Emerton began his soccer journey playing for Gunners Soccer Club. His talent stood out and he went through the ranks of youth teams such as Macarthur Rams, Marconi Stallions, NSWIS, and AIS, only to make his professional debut with Sydney Olympic back in 1996.

In the next two decades, Brett Emerton’s box-to-box skills were used by plenty of teams. Perhaps his most memorable games were with Blackburn Rovers. For the Blue and Whites, Brett Emerton made a staggering 247 appearances, bagging 13 goals. A true Rovers legend, Brett Emerton will forever be an exemplary midfielder, possessing skills that all Blackburn Rovers fans will be looking for in their new players.

Mark Bresciano

Mark Bresciano
Mark Bresciano – 18.06.2014 – Australie / Pays Bas – Coupe du Monde 2014 –

Playmaker-in-chief Mark Bresciano handled the ball with extreme precision and fines back in the day. His incredible ball control, through pass, and vision to create a goal were the reasons many Serie A teams wanted to have him in their ranks.

During his 20-year career, Mark played for plenty of teams, but without a doubt, his best days were spent in one of Europe's finest soccer leagues – Serie A. With 80 games for Empoli, 123 for Parma, 107 for Palermo, and 20 for Lazio, Mark Bresciano sure left quite a mark in Italian soccer, thus earning the right to be among the greatest Australia gave birth to. His all-time stats include 447 games, 66 goals, and 25 assists.


Zack is a longtime football fan, writer, and bettor. He also has experience playing and coaching the game of football at a local level. His interest in the MLS, Liga MX and the Canadian Premier League adds a new dimension to the content we have at FootballWhispers.