There are many different options on who is the greatest footballer or footballers of all time. And since we are in the middle of another World Cup filled with superstars and future legends, I would like to bring you my top 10 greatest football players I have ever witness play the game.
Number 10- Zinedine Zidane
Zidane Zidane was really special, he won the La Liga title and the UEFA Champions League Cup with Real Madrid, a World Cup, two Serie A league championships with Juventus and an Intercontinental Cup and a UEFA Super Cup. His 2001 transfer from Juventus to Real Madrid set a world record fee at the time and he won the FIFA World Player 3 times, which only Rona He is widely recognize as the greatest French player of all time. And in my option he is the greatest French player of all time.
Number 9- Alfredo Di Stéfano
Alfredo Di Stéfano is a true legend. Many regard him as the greatest player ever and is the role model of the great eusabio. He is a Spanish/ arginitian who is know for his glories victories with Real Madrid. In which he won 5 European Champions Cup In a row. Altho he played for multipole countries, he was voted the best player for Spain in the past 50 years in 2003, and the forth best Arginitian player of all time. In the FIFA footballers of the century he was forth. Altho he has no World Cup to his name, he is wildly considered as the most complete player to have ever played the game.
Number-8 George Weah
George Weah is Considered as one of the greatest African players of all time, in my option he is. Abidi pele Was a great player but lack the susces of Weah, in 1995 he was named FIFA World Player of the Year and also won the Ballon d’Or. He was Three times African Footballer of the Year. In 2004 he was named in the FIFA 100 list of the world’s greatest living players. Weah was a true star. He won every thing a footballer can win expect for the World Cup. From champions league to French league. The only player to win the ballon d’or from Africa and by far the most susscesful.
Number-7 George best
George Best was a Northern Irish professional footballer who was a forward for Manchester United and the Northern Ireland. In 1968 he won the European Cup with United, and was named the European Footballer of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year. He is the greatest player to play for the Northern Ireland. And on the field was well fantastic. He combined pace, acceleration, and balance, he was breathtaking to watch and could have been the greatest player to have ever played the game but he unexpectedly quit United relatively early in 1974 at a young age of 27, altho he returned to football for a number of other clubs around the world for short spells, he was never the same, he finally retiring in 1983, at the age 37. He never played in a European Championship or World Cup. But many players and fans consider him a true legend.
Number-6 Johan Cruyff
Cruyff is know as a total football. He could do anything with a football. He won the Ballon d’Or three times, in 1971, 1973 and 1974, a record he own until messi surpass him. He lead the Netherlands to the final of the 1974 FIFA World Cup and was voted the best player. In 1973 he moved to FC Barcelona for a world record transfer fee at the time, and he has eight Eredivisie titles, a la liga tittol, 3 Champions League cup, was voted European Player of the Century in an election held by the IFFHS, and came second behind only Pelé in their World Player of the Century poll. and so much more. He was not only a brilent player but also a manager. From winning the cup winners cup with Ajax to European cup with Barcelona. He is Considered as one of the most influential figures in football history and a true legend.
Eusébio da Silva Ferreira know as the Black Panther or the Black Pearl and is born 25 January 1942 from the African country of Mozambic. he scored 749 goals in 745 matches at club level and 41 goals for his national team, a total of 790 goals. he was mainly known for his speed, and amazing technique. He is considered S.L. Benfica’s and the Portugal national team’s most renowned player and one of the first world-class African strikers. Although born in Mozambique he spent all his time and corea in Portugal. He help Portugal reach third place at the 1966 World Cup, being the top goalscorer of the tournament with nine goals and out played other legends like pele. He won the Ballon d’Or, he is the all-time top scorer with 638 goals scored in 614 official games for Benfica, eleven Primeira Liga titles, five Taça de Portugal titles, a European Cup and helped them reach three additional European Cup finals. He was the first ever player to win the European Golden Boot. Eusabio was extremely talented and confident, he consider himself the greatest and why not with all of his past glories. Eusabio de silva a legend that will not be forgetting.
Manuel Francisco dos Santos best know as Garrincha was a Brazilian footballer who played right winger and forward. He is regarded by many as the best dribbler in football history. Before there was ronaldonho or Cristiono Ronaldo there was mane Garrincha. The way he zig and zag and made some of the great defenders look well foolish. He was immense popularity in Brazil, and they fell in loved with his innocent and his child like behavior. In 1958 and 1962, Garrincha won the FIFA World Cup with the Brazil national team. At the 1962 World Cup, with Pelé out injured, he led the team to victory, received the Golden Ball for player of the tournament, and the Golden Boot as leading goalscorer. Brazil never lost a match while both Garrincha and Pele were on the field. He was far different from pele. He could do things that even the great pele him self could not do. Even pele called him the greatest. In 1999, he came seventh in the FIFA Player of the Century grand jury vote.He is a member of the World Team of the 20th Century, and was inducted into the Brazilian Football Hall of Fame. Altho his success he enjoyed on the football pitch was what led to his demise. Garrincha was a true diamond and I was not fortunate to see him play live but I thank god that I saw him play altogether.
There is only one Ronaldo and his name is Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima. I have never seen pele play live but I have seen Ronaldo when I was a child and he is the greatest player I have ever seen play the game. born 18 September 1976 he is commonly known as the phenomenon. He is one of only three men to have won the FIFA World Player of the Year award three times or more. He is wildly Considered by many as the greatest ever and the most complete striker in the past thirty years. He is the World Cup leading goal scorer and won his first World Cup at the age of only 17, which he added to by lifting the 2002 World Cup. Altho he failed to lift the cup in 98, he was still the highest goal scorer. Ronaldo played for Brazil in 98 matches, scoring 62 goals, and is the second highest goalscorer. Ronaldo has won every award a footballer can win and he truly deserve the name phenomenon.
Diego Armando Maradona Franco commonly know as Maradona. is a retired Argentine footballer. Many experts, football critics, former players, current players and football fans regard Maradona as the best football player of all time. And he currently share that title with pele, Maradona is the only player in football history to set the world record transfer fee twice. He has the most controversial goal of all time, the hand of god against England. And the greatest World Cup goal of all time again against the same English side. He has done everything a footballer can ever dream and more. Altho his corea ended in disgrace, none can argue about his greatness. He was simply the most controversial figure football has ever seen.
Number 1 Pele
Am sure this is no surprise to many but the greatest play on my list is of cause pele or should I say Edson Arantes do Nascimento but we will just stick with pele. he was voted World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics. He owns the record for the youngest player to score in a World Cup. He is also the only player to be with 3 World Cup winning teams. was elected Athlete of the Century by the IOC, and was named in Time magazine’s list of 100 most influential people of the 20th century. In 2013 he received the FIFA Ballon d’Or Prix d’Honneur in recognition of his career and achievements as a global icon of football. Pelé is also the most successful league goal scorer in the world, with 541 league goals. In total Pelé scored 1281 goals in 1363 games. for a long period was the best-paid athlete in the world and to top that he is a national hero in Brazil. The man was a true artist of the game one that will never be forgotten.