The debates like: Who are the best football players? Which is the best football team? Who makes the greatest striker? Who are the best Goalkeepers? etc., spur up between football fanatics all the time. In this post, we’d put forth our opinion on one of these highly debated football topics – Who are the 6 best football players of all time?
Football being a far-flung sport, has seen many legendary players who can never be replaced or be erased off the 109 years of football history. We had a hard time narrowing this down to top 6 football players, as there are many more great players out there who deserve a spot for some reason or the other.
So we’ve decided to check for requisites like player popularity, impact of their presence in clubs and national teams, number of laurels won, number of titles bagged on behalf of the team, trends they have set in FIFA, and their unmatchable edge over their counterparts. Lets start the countdown ..
Best Football Players Of All Time
Pele (Edson Arantes do Nascimento)
I sometimes lie awake at night and wonder why I am still so popular and, to be honest, I don’t know.
Rightfully named The King of Football, this retired Brazilian footballer is with no second thought the best footballer of all time, not just on this list, but in every such list, forum, and above all – in the hearts of every football fan.
Pele who claimed that he aimed to be a better footballer than his father, ended up being the best. It has been 36 years since this legend retired, and the world is yet to see someone who is at par with Pele’s skills and capacity.
Pele is one of the very few footballers who always leveraged his popularity to bring to light the poor man’s social issues. With a big heart he dedicated his 1000th goal to Brazil’s poor children.
Pele is known to have displayed great skills on field in any position (striker, midfielder, defender) and have used advanced skills way back in the 70s, like those attained by modern footballers after intense and expensive training.
He is the holder of many ‘Only’ titles, of which one notable recognition is that he is the only player to have won 3 world cups, each in three different decades.
To see the ball, to run after it, makes me the happiest man in the world.
Being the only player to hold the FIFA Player of the 20th Century title along side Pele, this legendary Argentine footballer is the closest to Pele in terms of popularity and accomplishments.
While Pele made it to the tabloids for being a philanthropist, Maradono was more a controversial news-maker. Many a times he was featured in the news with topics like cocaine and highest pay checks.
Some of Maradona’s feats are unforgettable, one of which is the way he helped Argentina win the FIFA World Cup 1986 by scoring apparently impossible goals.
The day you think there is no improvements to be made is a sad one for any player.
Yet another Argentine Messi is a playing legend every football freak loves to watch non stop. He, who greatly helped Argentina win the under 20 FIFA World Cup in 2005, leads the Argentina national team apart from being a star Barcelona striker.
Looking at the form he has been carrying since his early football days, many believe that he may surpass Pele by the time Messi retires from football. Messi is indeed already known to be the best dribbler of all time (better than Maradona himself).
Messi proudly holds the Guinness World Record for scoring the highest number of goals (91) in 1 year spam. He is also the player with the most FIFA Ballon d’Or titles to his name (4).
Without football, my life is worth nothing.
This Portuguese skipper is another living legend of football. This most expensive football player (was transferred from Man Utd to Real Madrid at a whooping £80 million) is known for his sure-shot free kick scoring ability among many others.
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Ronaldo also holds the highest strike rate for winning the EPL Golden boot by scoring 31 goals in 34 games. Also, Ronaldo capped 100 matches for his national team and is the only player to have scored 7 hat-tricks for his club in one season.
I have a need to play intensely every day, to fight every match hard.
The magician Zidane was an aggressive French midfielder who also contributed to Real Madrid and Juventus. UEFA honored Zidane with the Best European Footballer of the past 50 years title.
Zidane has been the FIFA World Player of the Year thrice (2003,2000,1998) and also helped France win the FIFA World Cup 1998 and the UEFA Championship 2000.
He retired after his team ended as the runner-up in FIFA Word Cup 2006, post the much hyped headbutt controversy.
Ferenc Puskas was a Hungarian forward who had an exceptional game in the Real Madrid team in the 50s and 60s. Ferenc Puskas was honored with both Hungarian Player of the 20th century and European Player of the 20th century apart from being a member of FIFA 100. Puskas is known to be scoring almost every penalty he attempts. After his retirement, Puskas coached many clubs all over the word until he took his last breath in November 2006.
I am sure that you wouldn’t agree with this list of the best football players of all time. So who do you think we have missed? Share your thoughts and views with us via comments.