Football is the world’s most famous sports played on earth and one of the reason is the living legend of this game who left a mark with their records and Wins. Their fan following is still on the count. Soccer has witnessed some greatest players who dominated the game during their Careers. So, let’s have a look at the top 10 greatest football players of all time.
Top 10 Greatest Soccer Players of All Time
Eusebio also known as ‘Black Panther’ is one of the Best Footballer Portugal ever witnessed. He was born on 25 January in the year 1942 and is a retired Portuguese international who plays the forward role. He is also considered as the best football players of all times. he has scored 53 goals in UEFA club competitions, which is the 9th most goals in these competitions. also the 8th highest goal scorer in UEFA champions league history.
9. Gerd Müller
One of the most Successful footballer Gerd Müller is the 11th on the list of Highest International Goal scorers of All Time despite playing lesser matches than others on the list. He was nicknamed Bomber der Nation due to his amazing scoring abilities. Müller was named European Footballer of the Year in 1970. He received the Golden Boot scoring 10 goals at the 1970 FIFA World Cup for West Germany.
He also held the all-time highest goal-scoring record in the World Cup with 14 goals. Record broken by Brazil’s Ronaldo in 2006 Fifa world cup with 15 goals. Müller was ranked 9th in the European player of the Century by the IFFHS in 1999 and voted thirteenth in the World Player of the Century by IFFHS in the same year. He was also inducted in the FIFA 100 list of the world’s greatest living players by Pelé in 2004. Gerd Müller is at 9th position in All time Best Footballers List.
8. Franz Beckenbauer
One of Best Footballer ever Produced in Germany: Twice named European Footballer of the Year, Beckenbauer appeared 103 times for West Germany and played in three FIFA World Cups
At club level with Bayern Munich, Beckenbauer won the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1967 and three consecutive European Cups from 1974 to 1976. The latter feat made him the only player to win three European Cups as captain of his club. He became team manager and later president of Bayern Munich
7. Alfredo Di Stéfano
Di Stéfano, nicknamed “Saeta rubia” (“Blond Arrow”), was a powerful, quick, and a skillful forward, with great stamina, tactical versatility, creativity, and vision, who could also play almost anywhere on the pitch. He was born in Argentina to and migrated to Italy, Playing internationally for three different teams he played six times with the Argentine national team; four times with Colombia (not recognized by FIFA); and 31 times with the Spanish national team, scoring 23 goals. However, he never played in the World Cup, Di Stéfano’s achievement of scoring in 5 consecutive European Cup finals is unlikely to ever be matched
He was instrumental in Real Madrid’s dominance in the 1950s, although the history books could defiantly tell a very different story after he had joined the rivals Barcelona instead of the Merengues in 1943.
6. Johan Cruyff
As a Dutch international, Cruyff played 48 matches, scoring 33 goals.The national team never lost a match in which Cruyff scored. The Star Dutchman excelled for Ajax and Barcelona in the 1960s and 1970s and is considered by many experts to be Europe’s best player of all time. He was also named in the FIFA 100 list of the world’s greatest living players by Pelé in 2004. He was included in the World Team of the 20th Century in 1998, and the FIFA World Cup Dream Team in 2002.
He was nick named with Rinus Michels’which means “Total Football” movement where the players interchange their playing positions. Cruyff was equally effective in both wide and central positions and was famous for his ability to turn players. Winner of three Ballon D’Ors (European Player of the Year awards), Cruyff won 8 Dutch titles and also three European Cups with Ajax. Cruyff also made a controversial move to bitter rivals Feyenoord. Sadly never fell agonizingly short of winning the World Cup.
5. Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo is a forward player for Spanish La Liga Club Real Madrid. A player with natural ability to dribble the ball and also accelerate at a great pace. CR7 is a complete football player He is also the captain of the Portugal national team lead them in 2004 Euro cup as Runner-ups and Winners of the 2016 Euro cup at France.
Ronaldo was born on 5 February on 1985. He was the most expensive football player in the year 2009 when he moved from Manchester united to Real Madrid. in 2013 Gareth Bale breaks the record, when he transferred to Real Madrid in €100 and now Pogba breaks it all. At the moment he is ranked as 5th in this All Time Best Football Players List, We never know some day he might finish this list as the top footballer ever.
4. Zinedine Zidane
Yes we are talking about Real Madrid’s current manager Zinedine Zidane. He played as an attacking midfielder for the France national team, Cannes, Bordeaux, Juventus and Real Madrid.Renowned for his elegance, vision, ball control and special passing techniques. Zidane was named the best European footballer of the past 50 years in the UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll.
Zidane was named the FIFA World Player of the Year three times, in 1998, 2000 and 2003, and won the 1998 Ballon d’Or. He was Ligue 1 Player of the Year in 1996, Serie A Footballer of the Year in 2001 and La Liga Best Foreign Player in 2002. Zidane received the Golden Ball for player of the tournament at the 2006 World Cup, despite his in famous sent off in the final against Italy for headbutting Marco Materazzi in the chest. Prior to the 2006 World Cup, he announced he would retire at the end of the tournament.
3. Diego Maradona
Who can ever forget Maradona’s Hand of God the controversial goal ever. But Considered as The Best footballer of his era here are some things we should know about the Argentinian. In his international career with Argentina, he earned 91 caps and scored 34 goals.
Maradona is the first player in football history to set the world record transfer fee twice, first when he transferred to Barcelona for a then world record £5 million, and second, when he transferred to Napoli. He played for clubs like Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla and Newell’s Old Boys.
Maradona played in four FIFA World Cups, including the 1986 World Cup in Mexico where he captained Argentina and led them to victory over West Germany in the final, and won the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player. In the 1986 World Cup quarter-final, he scored both goals in a 2–1 victory over England
2. Lionel Messi
His frustration at the Copa America 2016 lost against Chile made him announce the retirement of his International career however it seemed just a frustrated decision by the Barcelona forward and can Come back at any moment in the international side.
Messi is the only player to top-scorer in four consecutive Champions League campaigns.Messi is the first football player in history to win Five FIFA/Ballons d’Or, four of them he won consecutively.Youngest Player to Score 200 La Liga goals, and all-time goal scorer in the competition. and most consecutive goals in La Liga. Also, all-time goals scorer for Barcelona, in all official club competitions.
Currently the 2nd Highest Paid Soccer Player in the World. He is just 29 years old at the moment but has achieved what others can never achieve at this age. Messi is the most Loyal Footballer ever playing for one and only club Barcelona since he joined the Barca’s youth Academy at the age of 13. All these achievements makes Messi one of the greatest football players of all time.
Pele is a retired Brazilian football player. He was born on 21 October in the year 1940. Many football critics, experts and former players regard him as the best player of all times. During his time, he was the athlete who was paid best in the world. Pele was voted World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History (IFFHS) & Statistics.
According to the IFFHS, Pelé is the most successful league goal-scorer in the world, with 541 league goals. During his career, Pelé scored 1281 goals in 1363 games, which included unofficial friendlies and tour games. He was listed in the Guinness World Records for most career goals scored ever.
Pele surely is and deserves to be at the 1st place in our list of Top 10 Greatest Football Players of All Time.