Best Soccer Players Of All Time

Best Soccer Players Of All Time

Best Soccer Players Of All Time

1. Pele:

Three time world cup winner with Brazil back in 1958, 1962 and 1970 and a true icon of the game, Pele is widely considered as the greatest footballer of last century and FIFA also recognized that with awarded him the best footballer of 20th century. His international career was upright success but his club success is debatable because he spent most of his career playing for native Santos. And a few years in American league which was and still not considered a very competitive league.

Although Pele won everything there was to be won with Santos, scored most number of goals (apparently the most by any footballer in history).

According to unofficial statistics Pele has scored 1,281 goals in 1,363 games. He scored more than 100 goals in a year three times for santos in 1959, 1961 and 1965. Only downer in his career has been the fact that he never played in Europe when european football was a lot more competitive than anywhere else in the world.

But still his international success with native Brazil. And unprecedented ability to score important goals constantly truly made him the greatest football player of all times.

 

Best Soccer Players Of All Time

 

2. Diego Maradona

Probably the greatest dribble football has ever seen, Maradona guided a very average Argentina to 1986 world cup glory. And scored two of the best goals in history of football in the process.

Maradona’s name is often mentioned in the same breath as Pele when we talk about greatest soccer players of all times. Maradona unlike Pele played most of his club career in Europe with FC Barcelona and Italian outfit Napoli.

Then there are his Argentinean countrymen, who were left grasping for words after their savior produced the “hand of God” score. And the “goal of the century” en route to a World Cup triumph in 1986.

The fires that fueled Maradona also led to the off-the-field escapades that eroded his effectiveness. But there was no denying the magnificence of his game at his peak.

 

3. Michel Platini

One of the greatest french player, Michel Platini played most of his 15 year career in attacking midfield roles for Nancy, Saint-Étienne and Juventus. Played over 432 games scored 224 goals helping his sides to number of club honors.

Highlight of his club career was 1985 European cup win with Juventus where he played instrumental role. And he became the first player to win three back to back Ballon d’OR awards in 1983,84 and 85.

While he never tasted the thrill of a World Cup title, Platini’s performance for France in Euro 1984. In which he delivered nine goals in five matches, marked arguably the greatest individual run for a player in an international tournament.

Sadly, his once-impeccable reputation was tarnished after he became UEFA president. As an investigation into illicit payments led to a lengthy ban from the sport in 2015.

 

Best Soccer Players Of All Time

 

4. Alfredo Di Stéfano

Di Stefano is widely regarded as the greatest Real Madrid player of all times. He scored in 5 consecutive European cup finals for Real Madrid winning all 5 of them in a era dominated by Real Madrid in 1950s. Stefano was born in Argentina and played his international football for three national teams (Argentina, Spain, Colombia).

Although he scored 35 goals in 43 matches his international career never really got off to any heights because Argentina refused to play in 1950. And 1954 world cups while after aquiring Spanish citizenship he was eligible to play for spain who did not qualify for 1958 world cup.

He played in qualifying matches of 1962 world cup. But a injury prevented him to participate in what would be his last chance of being part of world cup in 1962.

Winning 5 european titles where his record of 49 goals in just 58 matches stood for decades. Till when Raul broke it in 2005.

 

Best Soccer Players Of All Time

 

5. Cristiano Ronaldo

Currently in his 30s and still going strong at the top of his powers. Ronaldo is one fit athlete who started his career in Portugese team Sporting playing as forward who had pace and wide range of skills to bamboozle defenders.

Manchester United saw the talent and signed him up at first opportunity. Ronaldo graced the premier league in 2003 and showcased his talent with outrageous fast step overs and other skill. But with in a couple of years he was matured and putting up top notch performances for United.

He was part of a very successful era in United history where they won three back to back premier league titles. And won 2008 Champions League final against Chelsea and won Fifa best player of the year award (Ballon Dor).

In 2009 he moved to Real Madrid.

In Real Madrid his career really took off and he scored goals for fun. And then 2018 he moved to Juventus.

 

Best Soccer Players Of All Time

 

6. Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi reached a landmark 700 appearances for Barcelona against Leganes. Becoming just the third player to do in the club’s history.

Having just broken the La Liga appearance record for a non-Spanish player against Girona. Surpassing his old team-mate Dani Alves – Messi now joins Barca’s prestigious 700-club alongside Xavi and Iniesta.

Messi has accrued a considerable amount of silverware in Catalonia and is the most decorated Barcelona player of all-time. Picking up 33 trophies, including nine La Liga titles, four Champions Leagues and six Copas del Rey.

On an individual level, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is also the club’s all-time leading goalscorer. And is the only Barcelona player to finish as the league’s top scorer in three separate seasons, amongst a great many other personal accolades.

 

Best Soccer Players Of All Time

 

7. Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane became Europe’s most celebrated maestro in the midfield.

A champion across all levels, “Zizou” won club titles in Italy and Spain and the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 for France. Claiming three FIFA Player of the Year Awards along the way.

He had a nose for the goal when it mattered most, stunning Brazil twice for the ’98 World Cup victory. And delivering the winner for Real Madrid in the 2002 Champions League final.

Zidane also had a famous temper, as illustrated by the headbutt of Italy’s Marco Materazzi that got him tossed from the 2006 World Cup. Though he later refortified his reputation with a highly successful stint as manager of Real Madrid.

 

Best Soccer Players Of All Time

 

8. Marco van Basten

 

The graceful striker claimed four consecutive scoring titles and a slew of trophies with Ajax Amersterdam. Before adding to his haul with three league titles, two European Cups and three Ballon d’Ors with AC Milan.

Van Basten also authored one of the sport’s most famous goals, his header from a seemingly impossible angle sparking the Netherlands to victory over the Soviet Union in Euro 1988.

Unfortunately, injuries all but ended his playing days by age 28. Robbing this breathtaking talent and his fans of many more memorable moments.

 

Best Soccer Players Of All Time

 

9. Franz Beckenbauer

He started his career with SC Munchen youth teams (city rivals of Bayern Munich) but he joined Bayern in 1958 and rest as they say is history. He became a force in Bayern team and Bayern become a force in world football. They won three back to back european titles 1974 to 1976.

It was his time with Bayern when he innovated a new position called “Sweeper” playing behind the two central defenders. And act as another line of defense while also had to licence to move the ball out of defense in counter attacks. Some of his goals were pure class as he started the move in his own half and finished it in the other.

His international career was nothing but a success, reaching world cup 1966 final and winning the world cup in 1974 beating netherlands in the final with their “total football” brand.

He also win European championship with Germany in 1972.

He was not only a great player but a visionary who would go on to have massive success as a coach with Bayern and Germany as well. Towards the end of his career he played in MLS for New York Cosmos. And helped popularize the game in the states. His last two seasons were in Germany with Hamburg winning another German league title.

 

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