Top 30 Best Footballer in The World

Best Footballer in The World: Soccer is the king of sports, and ranking the best footballers in history is a difficult task. That said, we are going to try to put some order within the hundreds of soccer players who have graced football with careers packed with collective and individual titles.

Maybe this list that orders and classifies the 30 best soccer players who have amazed locals and strangers fit you, although I do not pretend that. If it matches, I will be happy and, if not, also. We have tried to be as objective as our love of football and its history allows us.

Best Footballer in The World

The classification has been made by evaluating the most prolific stages, moments of a more special form of each of the footballers that we mention. That means that two good years of a player are enough to enter here despite the fact that sooner or later his performance was different.

Important: You may think that some of the names we cite should not be on this list and that others are missing… We do not intend to impose our criteria, simply classify the best in the world in our own way.

How Do We Rank the Best Players in History?

Well, we have already given you a preview of how we are going to evaluate the players in the ranking of the best footballers in history. We will mark the peak or stage valued at the beginning of each explanation in which the reasons why that player has been included among the 30 Best Footballer in The World will be put.

30. Sandor Kochsis

  • Stage: 1950-55.
  • Position: Forward.
  • Nationality: Hungary.

Major Achievements:

  • Olympic Gold medal.
  • 1954 World Cup Golden Shoe.
  • 1954 World Cup Runner-up.
  • 75 goals in 68 games for the Hungarian national team.
  • 2 LaLiga Titles.
  • 4 Hungarian Titles.

Sandor Kocsis scored 75 goals in 68 international matches for Hungary.
In 1954, Sandor Kocsis scored 23 goals in 14 caps for Hungary.
In the 1954 World Cup, Sandor Kocsis scored 11 goals in five games.
All the facts mentioned above exemplify one simple thing: Sandor Kocsis scored goals. An impressive amount of goals.

29. Lothar Matthaus

  • Stage: 1988-92.
  • Position: Midfielder/Defender.
  • Nationality: Germany.

Major Achievements:

  • 1990 Ballon d’Or.
  • 1991 FIFA World Player of the Year.
  • 1990 World Cup.
  • 1980 UEFA European Football Championship.
  • 2 UEFA Cups.
  • 7 Bundesliga Titles.
  • 1 Scudetto.
  • 3 DFB Titles -Pokal.

Lothar Matthäus has the biggest ego on this list: now that’s saying something serious. His nickname was Loddar or Terminator.

But the size of his ego is almost justifiable. Simply put, Matthäus was the most complete player of his generation of him, a generation that coincidentally spawned the likes of Michel Platini, Diego Maradona, Zico, etc.

A born winner, and a world shaker (his goal against Yugoslavia in the 1990 World Cup shook the world on the Richter scale), Matthäus could, and did, do it all.

28. Xavi Hernandez

  • Stage: 2008-12.
  • Positon: Midfielder.
  • Nationality: Spain.

Major Achievements:

  • 2010 World Cup.
  • 2008 and 2012 European Championships.
  • 2008 UEFA Player of the Tournament.
  • 2005 Spanish League Player of the Year.
  • 4 Champions Leagues.
  • 8 LaLiga Titles.
  • 3 Copas del Rey.

The fulcrum of two of the greatest soccer teams of all time. Two of the greatest teams in football history revolved around him. The Spanish team and FC Barcelona between 2008 and 2012.

A winner of literally every trophy that has ever existed. A player who “changed football”.

Yes, Xavi Hernández was quite good in general, but if we stop to analyze his position, he is possibly the one who best understood the timing of a midfielder.

27. Bobby Charlton

  • Stage: 1963-67.
  • Position: Midfielder/Forward.
  • Nationality: England.

Major Achievements:

  • 1966 Ballon d’Or.
  • 1966 FIFA World Cup.
  • 1966 FIFA World Cup Ballon d’Or.
  • 1967/68 European Cup.
  • 3 Football League First Division titles.
  • 1962/63 FA Cup.

Remember how good Frank Lampard was? Yes? Very good, right. Well, Bobby Charlton was like Frank Lampard, only 100 times better.

The best player from the best England team of all time, Charlton was good, very, very good.

26. Ruud Gullit

  • StageTAGE: 1986-90.
  • PositionOSITION: Midfielder (‘El Todocampista’).
  • NationalityATIONALITY: Holland.

Major Achievements: Ballon d’Or in 1987.

  • 2 Dutch Footballer of the Year.
  • UEFA European Championship in 1988.
  • 2 European Cups.
  • 3 Scudetto’s.
  • 3 Eredivisie titles.
  • 1 Coppa Italia.
  • 1 KNVB Cup.

We are possibly talking about one of the strongest and most complete athletes of his time. A true 4×4 that dominated practically all facets of the game. All of that was what summed up this AC Milan legend, Ruud Gullit.

In the late 1980s, Gullit was the unstoppable force that led an overwhelming AC Milan, dominating European football.

Deservedly the winner of the MVP award (1987 Ballon d’Or), the Dutch international was football’s equivalent of a total machine. He had it all and few could stop this footballer in the race.

You could say it was IM-PA-RA-BLE. (You can check it out in EA Sports FIFA if you look at their Icon Card…).

25. Mane Garrincha

  • Stage: 1958-62.
  • Position: Midfielder.
  • Nationality: Brazil.

Important Achievements:

  • 1958 and 1962 World Cup.
  • 1962 World Cup Golden Ball.
  • 1962 World Cup Golden Shoe.
  • 3 State Championships.

“ Garrincha is the most amateur professional footballer that has ever existed. He never trained. He didn’t have an agent, didn’t bother to read his contracts, and usually signed them before the financial terms were closed.”

And yet, despite being an ‘amateur’, despite never having trained (he preferred to go to the beach and play soccer with his friends), and despite having ‘bent legs’, Mane Garrincha is one of the greatest players in history.

Garrincha is the original star of samba soccer; someone who brought soccer from the streets of Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, and Sao Paulo to the international stage, and used it to win two World Cups.

24. Giuseppe Meazza

  • Stage: 1934-38.
  • Position: Forward.
  • Nationality: Italy.

Important Achievements: World Cup 1934 and 1938.

  • Ballon d’Or at the 1934 World Cup.
  • 3 Scudettos.
  • 1 Coppa Italia.
  • 3 Capocannoniere.

So good that they named the most famous stadium in Italy after him, Giuseppe Meazza is the first legend of Italian football.

A mythical figure in the Italian peninsula, Meazza is said by the most knowledgeable to be the best Italian footballer of all time. Hence, we include him as one of the best soccer players in all history.

23. Raymond Kopa

  • Stage: 1956-59.
  • Position: Midfielder.
  • Nationality: France.

Major Achievements:

  • Ballon d’Or in 1958.
  • French Player of the Year in 1961.
  • World Cup All-Star Team in 1958.
  • 3 European Cups.
  • 2 League titles.
  • 4 Ligue 1 titles.

Raymond Kopa is one of the three geniuses of French football … you will read more about the other two soon, be patient.

A name that consistently appeared in the top 3 of Ballon d’Or voting in its glory years, Kopa was the creative force that enabled Ferenc Puskas and Alfredo Di Stéfano to score an ingesting number of goals for Real Madrid in the 1950s. and 60. The game generation was key.

He also helped guide Real Madrid to three European Cups. So yes, by all indications, a good footballer to meet.

22. Romario

  • Stage: 1990-94.
  • Position: Forward.
  • Nationality: Brazil.

Important Achievements: A Ballon d’Or award at the 1994 World Cup here, a hat-trick in El Clásico there … Romario was a footballer who was made for big events. At the national team level, he managed to win all the important titles, having only the Champions League as the only tournament that he failed to win (at the club level).

Romario himself defends that he scored more than 1,000 goals throughout his career. It is true that the official figure is lower, but no one doubts that he was a player with enormous talent. He is currently second in the ranking of the top historical scorers despite the controversy over the official figures.

The “King of the Lob” was one of the most composed and clinical strikers of the 90s, who was also – most importantly – a great player when it came to generating play.

21. Eusébio

  • Stage: 1962-68.
  • Position: Forward.
  • Nationality: Portugal.

Important Achievements:

  • Ballon d’Or in 1965.
  • European Golden Shoe in 1966, 1968, and 1973.
  • European Cup in 1962.
  • 11 Primeira Liga titles.
  • 5 Taça de Portugal titles.

Like Romario, Eusebio was a born goalscorer. Although he was not as prolific as the Brazilian striker, Eusebio stayed close to the 1,000 career goals figure for him.

If you want an example to understand how the “Black Panther” played, delight yourself with the four goals against North Korea in the 1966 World Cup with the Portuguese team.

Before you think that those four goals are against a lesser team, consider the following:

Be careful, it’s North Korea…
Also, North Korea in 1966 was really good. This match was the quarterfinals of a World Cup, and North Korea came after a great victory over Italy. In fact, North Korea was the favorite until Eusebio came along.

20. Roberto Baggio:

  • Stage: 1990-94.
  • Position: Forward.
  • Nationality: Italy.

Important Achievements:

  • 1993 Ballon d’Or.
  • 1993 FIFA World Player of the Year.
  • Italy Player of the Century.
  • 1994 World Cup Silver Ball.
  • 1994 World Cup runner-up.
  • 2 Scudettos.
  • UEFA Cup and a Coppa Italy.

We have one of those players with quality and character. For the followers of Calcio, Roberto Baggio was possibly the best Footballer who has passed through his championship. A soccer player is chosen by God for the enjoyment of the fans.

A divinely inspired player to conjure the impossible on a soccer field, and forever change the perception of Italian soccer fans. It is difficult to name a better Italian striker than him, which is why he is among the best 20 soccer players in history.

19. Andres Iniesta:

  • Stage: 2008-12.
  • Position: Midfielder.
  • Nationality: Spain.

Important Achievements:

  • 2010 World Cup.
  • 2008 and 2012 Euro Cup.
  • 4 Champions League.
  • 3 European Super Cups.
  • 3 FIFA Club World Cups.
  • 9 LaLiga titles.
  • 6 King’s Cups.
  • 7 Spanish Super Cups.
  • Player of the Year Award of UEFA 2012.

A Total of 32 Titles.

Q.Is Andrés Iniesta the friendliest footballer on this list?

If it is.

Q. Are He the most successful footballer?

One of the best, without a doubt. Look at his record …
Andres Iniesta has won everything.

  • World: Yes.
  • Euro cup: Yes.
  • Champions League: Yes.
  • National League: Yes.
  • National Cup: Yes.
  • National Super Cup: Yes.
  • European Super Cup: Yes.
  • International bowling competitions: you may as well.

In the golden age of Spanish football, the following was said: “I’m Spanish, what do you want me to beat you at?” In the case of Andrés Iniesta, the same could be said, but as he is such a good person for sure it is not to brag.

Besides winning all this, he did it with a unique style, together with his teammate Xavi Hernandez. Evolving a sport that has seen how possession football could bend any other style.

18. Marco van Basten:

  • Stage: 1988-92.
  • Position: Forward.
  • Nationality: Holland.

Major Achievements:

  • Ballon d’Or in 1988, 1989 and 1992.
  • FIFA World Player of the Year in 1992.
  • UEFA Best Player of the Year in 1989, 1990 and 1992.
  • Dutch Footballer of the Year 1984/85.
  • 2 Capocannoniere.
  • European Championship of the UEFA in 1988.
  • 2 European Cups.
  • 3 Scudettos.
  • 3 Eredivisie and three KNVB Cups.

Despite all that he did and achieved, what is said about Van Basten is that if injuries had not stopped him, he would be even better than he was. That’s how good Marco van Basten was.

Both technically sublime and extremely powerful in equal measure, Van Basten was the perfect number nine. He could, and did, score all kinds of goals you can imagine.

  • Upside down?
  • Yes.
  • Right foot?
  • Yes.
  • Left foot?
  • Yes.
  • Chilean?
  • Yes.
  • Volley?
  • Well yes …
  • Marco Van Basten’s volley goal

17. George Best:

  • Stage: 1966-71.
  • Position: Forward.
  • Nationality: England.

Major Achievements:

  • 1968 Ballon d’Or.
  • 1967/68 FWA Footballer of the Year.
  • 1967/68 Soccer League First Division Top Scorer.
  • 1968 European Cup.
  • 2 Soccer League First Division titles.

One of the greatest soccer players in history, without a doubt.

Affectionately known as the “fifth Beatle,” George Best is perhaps remembered more for his antics off the field than for his achievements on the field. However, that is not to say that he was not extraordinarily talented.

Because it was 100%. In fact, he is the best footballer that the British and Irish Isles have produced. Winner of the Ballon d’Or and the European Cup, Best rose to the top early in his career, but it was a great success.

Pele called me the best soccer player in the world. That is without a doubt the most important compliment of my life ”George Best”.

16. Zico:

  • Stage: 1979-82.
  • Position: Midfielder.
  • Nationality: Brazil.

Important Achievements: Five times winner of the Bola de Prata, three times South American Footballer of the Year, top scorer in the history of Flamengo, Best Player in the 1981 Copa Libertadores, 1981 Copa Libertadores, 1981 Intercontinental Cup and three titles in the Brazilian Championship A series.

Zico catches the ball near the midfield line, and throws a seemingly aimless pass to the left side of the penalty area. To the rest of the mortals, such a pass seemed aimless, but Zico saw an opportunity. Moments later, Flamengo led 1-0 against the best Liverpool of all time.

30 minutes later, Flamengo scored another three goals, thanks to two more assists from Zico. An hour later, they were world champions.

That’s what Zico was. A genius who saw the game in a different way. A genius who could conjure something out of nothing. A genius who made everyone around him better.

15. Franco Baresi:

  • Stage: 1987-94.
  • Position: Defense.
  • Nationality: Italy.

Important Achievements: AC Milan Player of the Century, Serie A Player of the Century, 1982 World Cup, six Scudettos, three European Cups, two Intercontinental Cups, runner-up for the Ballon d’Or in 1989.

Unlike many of the players on this list, the ‘stage’ criterion means we’ve had to drop Baresi a few spots. After all, what stands out about the Italian is his incredible consistency throughout his 20-year career.

However, Baresi is still among the 20 best footballers in history, because if you look at the years in which the defender was at the “peak” of his powers, it was impossible to beat him.

Literally impossible. It couldn’t be done. And with such defensive dominance, the normal thing was to reap a good number of trophies and titles.

14. Cristiano Ronaldo:

  • Stage: 2012-16.
  • Position: Forward.
  • Nationality: Portugal.

Major Achievements: Ballon d’Or in 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017, FIFA World Player of the Year 2008, 2016 and 2017, UEFA Best Player in Europe Award, four-time winner of the European Golden Boot, twice PFA Player of the Year, UEFA Champions League Top Scorer, Real Madrid Top Scorer, five Champions League, two LaLiga titles, three Premier League titles, one Scudetto, two Copas del Rey, one FA Cup, and a Eurocup.

Ok, we come to one of the positions that can be controversial and that some readers will not like … We are aware.

But everything has a reason. Although it bothers you to see Cristiano Ronaldo in the 14th position of the best footballers in history, he has an explanation. If we take into account the goals that Cristiano Ronaldo has scored throughout his career, it is clear that he should be in the top 5 at least. However, we talk about peaks of form and there we discover other players ahead.

Cristiano Ronaldo is another player who, on a list of stages, is hurt for the rest of his career. The truth is that we consider it a true ‘animal’. The statistics prove it. The goals prove it. The five Ballons d’Or prove it. CR7 is one of the best players of his generation and is among the top scorers in history, almost nothing. A player who has found the net with such consistency that a 40-goal season is actually somewhat of a disappointment.

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13. Ferenc Puskas:

  • Stage: 1950-54.
  • Position: Forward.
  • Nationality: Hungary.

Important Achievements: European Player of the 20th Century, Olympic gold medal, 1954 World Cup Golden Ball, 1960 Golden Ball runner-up, 1954 World Cup runner-up, four-time Pichichi winner, four-time top scorer in the Hungarian league, two times top scorer in the European Cup, three European Cups, one Intercontinental Cup, five LaLiga titles, one King’s Cup and five Hungarian League titles.

If you’ve seen any images of Ferenc Puskas, you’ve probably seen blurry videos of a rather fat guy scoring an obscene amount of goals for Real Madrid and thought:

But… How long has Gonzalo Higuaín been playing for Real Madrid?

I can assure you that, despite the fact that Puskas found the net frequently with the Chamartín team, his best stage came before that. It was not always that robust.

At the beginning of the 50s, he was in his physical prime and leading one of the most exceptional soccer teams of all time.

The star man of the Magiares Mágicos was, in many ways, the perfect footballer. Strong, skilled, a scorer and, perhaps most importantly, a leader.

Do you really want to see how good Puskas was?

Watch his goal against England in the ‘Game of the Century. After catching the ball in three-quarters of the field, he got rid of Billy Wright on the way and shot the goalkeeper overhead. It is the best definition of what Puskas was, a striker with the goal in mind that marked an entire era.

12. Paolo Maldini:

  • Stage: 1994-2003.
  • Position: Defense.
  • Nationality: Italy.

Important Achievements: More games played in Serie A and with Milan, five European Cups, seven Scudettos, one Coppa Italia, two Intercontinental Cups, runner-up at the 1994 World Cup and runner-up at the Euro 2000 Cup.

If you were to make the perfect footballer in some kind of laboratory, you would probably create Paolo Maldini. And, let’s be honest, you would probably call him Paolo Maldini too, because… WHAT A NAME.

Maldini is the most complete footballer of the last 30 years. At the very least, a 9/10 in every position he could play in, and a 10/10 in defense. Undoubtedly one of the best center-backs in the world of all time, with the permission of Beckenbauer.

Nike was right when they created the ad: “Italy’s Goalkeeper: The Easiest Job in the World.” They did not get to shoot him at the door because of Maldini’s solvency (and the rest of his teammates). He made the work of his teammates easy, especially when it came to defending.

11. Gerd Muller:

  • Stage: 1970-74.
  • Position: Forward.
  • Nationality: Germany.

Important achievements: 1970 Ballon d’Or, 1974 World Cup champion, 1972 Euro Cup, 1970 World Cup Golden Boot, two-time German Player of the Year, two-time European Golden Boot winner, seven-time Torjägerkanone, three Cups in Europe, an Intercontinental Cup, four Bundesliga titles and four DFB-Pokals.

Facts About Gerd Muller:
  • His nickname was the ‘Bomber’. The ‘Torpedo Muller’.
  • Gerd Muller = the best scorer of all time.
  • It is. Do not look for alternatives. There have been tremendously good ones, but if we talk about goal, there is no other in the first place.
  • The sky is blue. The herb is green. And Gerd Muller is the best scorer of all time.
  • All of these are facts of life. 68 goals in 62 international appearances for West Germany. The man once scored 67 goals in a single season, in just 49 appearances.
  • He also scored the 1974 World Cup goal for West Germany.

10. Ronaldinho:

  • Stage: 2004-06.
  • Position: Forward.
  • Nationality: Brazil.

Major achievements: Ballon d’Or 2005, 2004 and 2005 FIFA World Player of the Year, 2005/06 UEFA Club World Player of the Year, 2004 and 2005 FIFPro World Player of the Year, one Champions League, two titles of LaLiga and a Scudetto.

“The candle that burns twice as bright burns half the time” is a quote that perfectly sums up Ronaldinho’s career.

Between 2004 and 2006, the world witnessed something really special: a footballer who played the beautiful game with real joy.

The movies, the tricks, the golden boots, the smile, the Nike ad… Ronaldinho was a walking ad for everything good about football. Those who were lucky enough to see it in action know what we are talking about. When he touched her, incredible things happened. A game was worth watching if he was on the pitch.

A goal that shows how different the Brazilian was is the goal he scored against Chelsea in the Champions League. Nobody expected something like this, so different, so spontaneous, so effective… There are others that are more spectacular but they don’t define Ronaldinho so well.

9. Michel Platini:

  • Stage: 1982-85.
  • Position: Forward.
  • Nationality: France.


Important Achievements: three times Ballon d’Or in 1983, 1984 and 1985, French Player of the Century, twice French Player of the Year, three times Capocannoniere, 1984 UEFA European Championship Player of the Tournament, 1984 UEFA European Championship, a European Cup, two Scudettos, a Ligue 1 title, a Coppa Italia and an Intercontinental Cup.

Michel Platini is now best known to the football world as a former UEFA president in disgrace. For the purpose of this list of the best footballers in the world, let’s assume that never happened.

So take a minute to put aside the thoughts of “Platini is a disgrace” and “Platini is a criminal.” Is everything ok? Come on, let’s go with the footballer Platini.

Remember when we said earlier that Bobby Charlton was like Frank Lampard, only 100 times better? Well, Platini was like Frank Lampard, but 200 times better.

Michel Platini is without a doubt the best scoring midfielder of all time. Be careful, the goal scorer is important, especially if we take into account the time in which he played, with the team roles so differentiated between defense, middle and forward.

In three consecutive seasons at his best, Platini won the Golden Boot award in a league that featured the best defenders of all time. We are not talking about a minor league, but about Serie A of the 80s where some of the best footballers in history played.

Platini was also very relevant to the French National Team, guiding his nation to its first major football success by scoring nine (yes, NINE) goals in five games at Euro 1984. Not bad.

8. Ronaldo Nazario:

  • Stage: 1995-98.
  • Position: Forward.
  • Nationality: Brazil.

Important Achievements: 1997 and 2002 Golden Ball, 1998 and 2002 World Cup Golden Ball, 2002 World Cup Golden Boot, 1996/97 European Golden Boot, 1994 and 2002 World Cup champion, 1997 and 1999 Copa América, two-time winner of the Pichichi, Serie A Player of the Year in 1998, two LaLiga titles, a Copa del Rey, a KNVB Cup, a UEFA Cup, and an Intercontinental Cup.

  • Was it Ronaldo’s knee injuries that prevented the Brazilian from being the number one, undisputed, best footballer of all time? It is very possible.
  • The first knee injury, on November 23, 1999, made R9 the best player to ever lace up a pair of boots.
  • In short, he was the perfect striker.
  • As fast as Usain Bolt, as powerful as Thor and as skilled as Garrincha, Pelé or Zico. He may have exaggerated a bit, but we are totally serious when we say that injuries prevented him from becoming the best of all time.
  • Ronaldo was perfect.
  • The perfect exemplification of R9’s mastery is his goal against Compostela. Sir Bobby Robson’s reaction says it all. Amazing.

7. Alfredo di Stefano:

  • Stage: 1956-62.
  • Position: Forward.
  • Nationality: Argentina / Spain.

Important Achievements: Ballon d’Or in 1957 and 1959, five European Cups, one Intercontinental Cup, eight LaLiga titles, five-time Pichichi winner, present in the 20th Century World team and a King’s Cup.

Footballer View About Alfredo di Stefano:

  • Di Stefano was one of the greatest footballers in history. He had great balance (Pele)
  • The most complete footballer in the history of this sport (Alex ferguson)
  • He was simply the smartest soccer player I have ever seen. If I had to choose one player, out of all of them, to save my life, he would be the one (Eusebius)
  • After reading the compliments on Alfredo di Stefano, do you really need me to say something about him? It is not in the top 3 because it is a ranking by stages, but we consider it one of the best of all time, taking into account the time in which it played (Bobby charlton).

6. Zinedine Zidane:

  • Stage: 1997-2002.
  • Position: Midfielder.
  • Nationality: France.

Major Achievements: 1998 Ballon d’Or, 1998, 2000 and 2003 FIFA World Player, 2002 UEFA Player of the Year, UEFA Club Player of the Year, Serie A 2000/01 Player of the Year, Best Player of the UEFA Champions League of the last 20 years, Best French Player of all time for L’Equipe, Golden Ball of the 2006 World Cup, an only player named Player of the Year in three of the five main leagues, the most goals in the finals of the FIFA World Cup, 1998 World Cup, Euro 2000, a Champions League, two Scudettos, a LaLiga title and an Intercontinental Cup.

Zinédine Zidane was an artist with a ball at his feet. Everything in harmony, no gesture was out of tune, being able to interpret any musical work with their movements on the lawn.

Bypassing Marco Materazzi’s header in the World Cup final (and even then, the header was technically perfect), Zizou has been the most elegant footballer of all time, with his ‘roulettes’, pinpoint controls, and always harmonious play. There was no bad gesture in the way he moved on the pitch.

Zidane won a LOT. Everything actually.

When he won, it was usually after he had scored one of the most memorable goals of all time. This was French, a type of arriving and leaving a mark.

Three goals in the World Cup final and the best goal in the history of the UEFA Champions League in 2002 final, it is fair to say that Zidane was not only one of the most entertaining footballers of all time but also one of the most “caught” (they did not let go of his shirt …). Nicknamed as one of the ‘Galacticos’ of Real Madrid, he left an indelible mark as a player in the Spanish capital, but also as a coach (in addition, he is one of the highest-paid coaches in the world ).

In addition, the only but that can be put is the unfortunate header to Materazzi in the final of the 2006 World Cup against Italy. Despite this, a memorable career.

5. Johan Cruyff:

  • Stage: 1971-75.
  • Position: Midfielder.
  • Nationality: Holland.

Important Achievements: Golden Ball in 1971, 1973 and 1975, 1974 World Cup Golden Ball, present in the all-time World Cup team, three times Dutch Footballer of the Year, twice Dutch Sportsman of the Year, three European Cups, one LaLiga title, nine Eredivisie titles, one King’s Cup, six KNVB Cups and one Intercontinental Cup.

It takes a very special type of footballer to invent modern football. Johan Cruyff did that, he reinvented this sport. Without a doubt, this team is one of the greatest references in the history of football.

A now mythical figure, Cruyff is arguably the most influential footballer of all time; and one of the most talented too. There are few who put him as the best footballer in the history of FC Barcelona, with the permission of Lionel Messi.

If we talk about the expression ‘Total Football’, the figure of the Dutchman comes to mind. Cruyff made teams of true beauty triumph; such an incredible feat that even today we see its effects.

4. Franz Beckenbauer:

Stage: 1966-76.
Position: Defender / Midfielder.
Nationality: Germany.

Significant Achievements: Ballon d’Or in 1972 and 1976, present in the FIFA World Cup team, Best Young Player Award at the 1966 FIFA World Cup, four-time German Player of the Year, 1974 World Cup champion, Eurocup champion 1972, three European Cups, five Bundesliga titles, four DFB-Pokals, and one Intercontinental Cup.

While Paolo Maldini was the most complete footballer of the last 30 years, Franz Beckenbauer was the most complete footballer in history.

In short, everything you want a footballer to be capable of, Beckenbauer could – and did – do.

  • A scorer: yes.
  • An amazing defender: yes.
  • A great athlete: yes.
  • A consummate professional: yes.
  • A leader: yes. In a very, very big way.
  • A winner: Yes.

Known as ‘Der Kaiser’, Franz Beckenbauer led Germany to a number of international triumphs over the years. He did it as a player, but also as a coach. If it was incredible what he achieved as a footballer, now you go and complete it by winning a World Cup as a coach.

Another difference that we can find in Beckenbauer compared to other counterparts is that the defender has won the Ballon d’Or up to two times. Looking at the type of footballer we are describing, it can be said that we are facing the best defense in the history of this sport.

3. Pele:

  • Stage: 1958-64.
  • Position: Forward.
  • Nationality: Brazil.

Important Achievements: Top scorer in football history, FIFA Player of the Century, the best player in the World Cups according to France Football, present on TIME’s list of the 100 most important people of the 20th century, the top scorer of all Brazil times, Santos’ all-time top scorer, youngest player to win a World Cup, most assists in World Cup history, FIFA World Cup top scorer in 1958, 1962 and 1970, two Libertadores Cup titles, six Series A Brazilian Championship titles, two Intercontinental Cups, the 1970 World Cup Golden Ball, the 1958 World Cup Best Young Player and the 1970 Bola de Prata.


Intresting Facts About Pele:

  • One of the 100 most important people of the 20th century according to TIME.
  • The most important footballer of all time, although with the permission of Don Diego Armando Maradona.
  • Bursting onto the scene as a 17-year-old seeking to avenge his father’s tears when Brazil lost the 1950 World Cup final, Pelé would win the World Cup three separate times and make Brazil the nation of soccer.
  • The peak of the Brazilian did not become such due to his injury in the 1962 World Cup, but more correctly because between 1958 and 1962, no one has scored more goals than him.
  • In fact, only Bican and Romario would be ahead of Pelé in the table of all-time top scorers.
  • His great achievement was leading the most incredible soccer team of all time to glory at the 1970 World Cup, but it is his heyday in the early 1960s that make Pele one of the best of all time.

2. Lionel Messi:

  • Stage: 2009-2012.
  • Position: Forward.
  • Nationality: Argentina.

Important Achievements: 6 times Ballon d’Or (in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2019), 6 times FIFA’s best player of the year, all-time top scorer for FC Barcelona, ​​all-time top scorer for LaLiga, six-time Pichichi winner, Argentina’s all-time top scorer, most goals scored in a calendar year, UEFA Player of the Year 2011 and 2015, seven-time League Player of the Year, Soccer Ball 2014 World Cup Gold, 2005 European Young Player of the Year, six-time winner of the Europe Golden Boot, four Champions League, nine LaLiga titles and six King’s Cups.

At his best he scored 91 goals in a calendar year, has won six Ballons d’Or, and a lot of honors with FC Barcelona; In his relative (relative) decline, he is still the best footballer in the world. He can be counted on spectacular free-kicks, video game plays, shots of all colors, and dribbles of unique quality.

The reason why he is only second in this list of the 50 best soccer players in history is that he did not win a World Cup. It is a competition that you have never won, and it is a competition where you have never scored a goal in any post-group match.

We analyze in-depth in this article the goals of Lionel Messi throughout his career, although they are not the only thing that guarantees his quality, they are irrefutable proof that he is one of the best in the history of this sport.

1. Diego Armando Maradona, (The Best Player in History):

  • Stage: 1985-90.
  • Position: Forward.
  • Nationality: Argentina.


Important Achievements: The best footballer of all time for Modern Football, the best athlete in the history of Corriere Dello Sport, 1986 World Cup, the 1986 World Cup Golden Ball, the Serie A footballer of the year in 1985, the team of all time of the FIFA World Cups, the FIFA Goal of the Century, the athlete of the century of Argentine sportswriters, the South American footballer of the year twice, the footballer of the year of the Argentine football writers in four occasions, two Scudettos, an Italian Cup, a King’s Cup, and a UEFA Cup.

Diego Armando Maradona has recently passed away (November 25, 2020). The Argentine genius suffered a cardiac arrest that he could not overcome. A huge loss for the world of football that is left without what has been the best footballer of all time.

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