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TOP-10 Best Football Players in History

It is really a daunting challenge to compile a list of all time best football players in the World. Throughout history, many great players emerged, performed and left. But it is important for Goalsvibe to make such list of all time greats in the game. For Starters, only retired players, both dead and alive, were considered for the list.

Here is Our Top 10 Greatest of All Time:

10. George Best, Northern Ireland

Throughout his football career, George Best, a talented Northern Irish football player, frequently played as a winger. One of the best dribblers of his era, he was thought to be. He won two league titles and, most significantly, the 1968 European Cup while playing for Manchester United.

Considering that he won the Ballon d’Or in 1968, it was perhaps the finest year of his life. George Best made 470 appearances for Manchester United, scoring 179 goals in all.

Unfortunately, his national team, the Northern Ireland football team, has never actually qualified to play at the international level, therefore he was never able to show off his talent in international football.

George Best’s alcoholism had severely hampered his once bright career. His career took a nosedive due to his binge drinking, from which he never fully recovered. Ultimately, a renal infection claimed his life at the age of 59.

9. Zinedine Zidane, France

The world witnessed the best of his performances mostly in the decisive matches, which distinguished him from other footballers of his era.

Zinedine Zidane is a remarkable athlete most recognized for his incredible passing and ball control abilities. As a central midfielder, the French football player made 789 appearances scoring 159 goals.

On the international stage, Zidane won the 1998 World Cup with France as well as the 2000 European Championships.

Success followed Zizu even in retirement. As a manager, he guided the La Liga club Real Madrid to three consecutive European Cups.

8. Alfredo Di Stéfano, Argentina

Regarded as one of the most complete players in football history, Alfredo Di Stéfano, between 1945 and 1966, amassed a whopping 13 league titles. He also won a Copa America title with Argentina

It is quite obvious how Real Madrid became the most dominant force during his time. Appearing in 702 games for Real Madrid, Alfredo Di Stéfano scored 511 goals for the club. He aided them to five European Cups, scoring in each of those finals.

7. Ferenc Puskás, Hungary

Hungarian-born football manager and player Ferenc Puskás is regarded as the first international football star in history.

With the ability to create novel maneuvers like the drag-back, he was the ultimate goal machine. He bagged 700 goals in 705 matches between 1943 and 1966. His impact to Real Madrid in La Liga was just surreal. He scored enough goals while playing as a forward to help the Madrid team to three European Cups and five league trophies.

For his national team Hungary, the superstar also showcased talent, leading Hungary to the World Cup Final in 1954.

6. Franz Beckenbauer, Germany

Franz Beckenbauer was a German football player who was mostly used as a sweeper, but he made every effort to improve every team he had played for.

It’s accurate to say that he didn’t really have a set position. Those who had saw him perform showed that he was a versatile player who could be found in all positions.

Along with his ability to pass, dribble, and play all about the field, he was a furious attacker and a solid defender.

In 776 matches for Germany and Bayern Munich, Franz Beckenbauer scored a total of 111 goals, which is a very impressive record for a defender.

His noteworthy achievements include the 1974 World Cup, the 1972 European Championships, three European Cups and eight league titles.

5. Michel Platini, France

Regarded as one of the best athletes in football history, Michel Platini is a 65-year-old retired player from France. He is known in the football community not just as a player but also as an administrator and manager.

He was an aggressive attacking midfielder with great passing and goal-scoring abilities when he played. Also, a dependable free kick taker, reason for his 353 goals in 652 games.

He did remarkably well for his nation, helping the France national football team to the 1984 European Championship with nine goals.

He also had a successful club career, with a European Cup and three league titles to his name.

4. Zico, Brazil

Arthur Antunes Coimbra, a.k.a. Zico, is one of the most well-known Brazilian football players in history. Many people don’t find his accomplishments particularly noteworthy, hence they don’t think he belongs on any of the top 10 lists of legends.

His football prowess has never been questioned, though. With exceptional skills in heading, shooting, handling the ball, and free-kicks, Zico scored 527 goals in 769 games while playing for several teams.

In the 1981 Intercontinental Cup, the attacking midfielder put on perhaps his greatest performance, making Liverpool Football Club look like a kid’s side. Among Zico’s notable achievements are four league championships, the Copa Libertadores, and the South American version of the European Cup.

3. Johan Cruyff, Netherlands

Dutch forward Johan Cruyff is well-known for his versatility, inventiveness, and all-around brilliance. In 1971, 1973, and 1974, he received the Ballon d’Or three times, an honor.

In 1999, he was also voted European Player of the Century.

This all-around football player with exceptional goal-scoring skills scored 401 goals in 710 games. Johan Cruyff won ten league championships and three European Cups throughout his illustrious football career. But regrettably, he had a completely fruitless international career. He was unable to bring home an international prize for his nation.

2. Pelé, Brazil

Football, Brazilian legend Pele, one of the stars of the victorious Brazil team of the 1970 World Cup Finals in Mexico (Photo by Popperfoto via Getty Images)

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, famously known as Pelé, is a former Brazilian football player, regarded by many as the greatest player of the game.

Throughout history, he has been one of the most popular figures of sports in the world. He debuted for the Brazil national team at the age of 16. Delivering something spectacular for his country that none had ever done before.

Brazil won the FIFA World Cup three times with him in their ranks: in 1958, 1962, and 1970. In addition, he won five league crowns and two Copa Libertadores. Pele was endowed with a variety of football qualities, including strength, power, speed, passing, and dribbling, which made it simple for him to execute creative movements. It makes sense why he carried around a variety of goals in his pocket.

He played part in 1,366 games and scored 1,282 goals throughout his football career. With all of these amazing accomplishments, he became one of the sport’s undisputed legends.

1. Diego Maradona, Argentina

Arguably the greatest football player in history is late Argentinean manager and player Diego Armando Maradona. He was a well-known football player from Argentina, one whose skill was well-known among fans.

Endowed with exceptional skills in passing, crossing, dribbling, and scoring goals. In 680 games as an offensive midfielder, he scored 345 goals. Notably, in many aspects, Maradona was not as fortunate as Pelé.

Nevertheless, he played a great deal of football matches for both his country and the clubs, leaving his impact on the game. He won a UEFA Cup for Napoli and the 1986 World Cup for Argentina. In his club career, he also won three league titles. His second goal in the 1986 World Cup match against England was unquestionably the best of his career and was chosen as the FIFA World Cup “Goal of the Century” in 2002.

Yachiga Tavershima
Yachiga Tavershima
Soccer Blogger with a keen eye for detailed reportage. I bring the latest drama in the most dramatic way


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