Football is the biggest and most popular game in the world. Football game has fans in all corners of the world, even in countries where football is not the primary sport. Fans worship football players. However, there are few football players who are legendary and made a mark on the world with their talent and records. With FIFA world cup 2018 just a few days away, let’s look back to the top five best football players of all time.
Top 5 Best Football Players of all Time
5. Franz Beckenbauer (Germany)
Frank Beckenbauer is a German football players who was nick named as “Der Kaiser” which translates into English as “The Emperor”. He is still considered to be the best defender in the football history. His dominance in the game was a spectacle to watch. He didn’t just restrict himself as a defender. He has extended his performance in the positions of midfielder and sweeper in which he performed well. He was also part of world cup squad for then West Germany. He led his team to victory in 1974 world cup tournament.
4. Johan Cruyff (The Netherlands)
Johan Cruyff is a Dutch player who is till date one of the most famous Netherlands player and world football players. He is also considered as the greatest European football of all time. He has a graceful style of playing the game, his strokes and dribbling skills were poetic and a visual treat for fans. Johan Cruyff was also an important part of the Rinus Michels’ (Dutch Coach) very popular ‘total football’ system. Johan Cruyff has scored a total of 190 goals in 240 matches for Ajax Amsterdam club which is an amazing record.
3. Lionel Messi (Argentina)
Lionel Messi is one of the greatest footballers Argentina produced that we have the fortune to see playing. He is especially known as greatest club footballer ever. He has been a part of Barcelona senior team for 14 years now and contributed by winning 9 La Liga and 4 UEFA Champions League tournaments. He has an astonishing record of scoring 552 goals in 636 games, he has also given several assists too. He is very much known for his attacking skills and his other skills like dribbling, passing and shooting.
2. Diego Maradona (Argentina)
Diego Maradona is one of the most respected and popular Football legends of all time who also goes with a nickname “EI Diego”. He is also one in top five best football players of all time who has played the most number of world cup matches. He had a great contribution in Argentina’s world cup journey. Argentina’s 1986 football world cup win is greatly credited to Maradona. He was also the one who scored the “Goal of the Century” where he dodged four defenders on England and goal keeper to score a goal in the quarter finals match 1986 world cup.
Pele is by far the greatest footballer to have graced the sport ever. He got the first taste of success and stardom when he contributed greatly for Brazil’s 1958 world champions. He then went on to become the only football player in the history to win three world cups. He has played for Brazilian club Santos FC for 18 years. Fans believed that Pele would have score more than 1000 goals in his entire football career which is though debatable shows his expertise in the game and the popularity he enjoyed. Pele is counted in one of the best football players in the world.