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Best football players ever

Football has known many great players, this list is about the best football players ever. They are the players who mastered the game the best, became legends at their clubs, countries and all over the world.

Diego Maradona Diego Maradona winner of the 1986 World Cup and two Italian Championships with Napoli is the number one on our list of best football players ever. Maradona almost single handedly won the World Cup with Argentina in 1986. He became most famous for his two goals against England in the quarter finals. The first goal was made with his hands and would be called "The Hand of God". The second was a goal of outstanding class and would be voted "Goal of the Century" in 2002. Thanks to Maradona Napoli won their only two Serie A Championships so far and won the UEFA Cup in 1989. At his time with Napoli Maradona looked like somebody from another planet, he was just unstoppable. Maradona was a great dribbler but could also give great passes to his teammates. He is the number 1 on our list because he could win with a team that would normally not even have a change of winning.

Maradona the Golden Kid


Pele "The king of football" Pelé was a Brazilian football player who scored more than 1000 goals in his career and became 3 times winner of the World Cup with Brazil. He played most of his career at Santos where he won the Copa libertadores and Intercontinental Cup twice. Pele was known to be great in all aspects of the game, he was great in shooting, heading, dribbling, passing and even defending although he was an attacker. He´s greatness in football makes him the number 2 on our list.

The king of football.

Johan Cruyff

Johan Cruyff Johan Cruyff, player of the 1974 Dutch 'Total Football' team is the number 3 on our list. Cruyff was well known for his insight of the game which gave him the ability to give great passes to his teammates. Cruyff had the ability of a great technique he could dribble very well and had a very fast acceleration, he could suddenly change direction and pass a defender. Cruyff was a total footballer, he could play on any position but he often played as centre forward however he could suddenly change position during a game by going to the wing or drop deep. Cruyff won the European Cup thrice with Ajax and was nine times champion of The Netherlands, he won La Liga with Barcelona once and was voted European Player of the Century in 1999.

Johan Cruyff
The Total Footballer.

Franz Beckenbauer

Franz Beckenbauer The number 4 on our list is a defender, Beckenbauer. "Der Kaiser" introduced a new style of playing as an attacking sweeper. He would often make a rush from his own penalty area to the penalty area of the opponent by dribbling and making short combinations with his teammates. Despite being a defender he scored 60 goals in 427 appearances for Bayern Munich. He won the World Cup in 1974 in his homeland as a captain of Germany. In 1999 he was voted second place behind Cruyff as European Footballer of the Century.

Franz Beckenbauer
Der Kaiser 1964-1970.

Alfredo Di Stéfano

Alfredo Di Stéfano Alfredo Di Stéfano played at Real Madrid during the 1950s and 1960s which at that time was the most successful club in the world. He led his team to five consecutive European Cup victories during the period of 1956-1960, scoring in each final. He became eight times Spanish Championship winner and received the Ballon d'Or twice. Di Stéfano was a forward but could play almost anywhere on the pitch, he could help defending and later setting up an attack or scoring goals. He had a great stamina, tactical sense and vision. Di Stéfano was born in Argentina but played also games for Colombia and Spain. Despite being one of the greatest players of all time he never played at a World Cup due to various political reasons.

Di Stéfano
The legend of Madrid.

Ferenc Puskás

Ferenc Puskás Ferenc Puskás played alongside Di Stéfano in the great Real Madrid team of the 1950s and 1960s. He won three European Cups and scored four goals in the 1960 final against Eintracht Frankfurt. Puskás was also a player of the famous Hungarian team that became second in the 1954 World Cup. He had a great left foot and would score 9 out of 10 times if he had the ball in the penalty area. His statistics say enough, 84 goals in 85 appearances for Hungary and 324 goals in 372 appearances for Madrid.

Ferenc Puskás.


Garrincha Garrincha "little bird" born in Brazil played most of his career at Botafogo and won two World Cups with Brazil. He was well-known for his great dribbling move where he threatened inside but then suddenly go outside with a fast acceleration. He mastered this skill so good thanks to the fact his left leg was six centimeters shorter than his right. He led Brazil to the 1962 World Cup victory without the injured Pelé. He may be one of the most underrated players of all time because of the fact he was in the shadow of Pelé but he is definitely one of the greatest players of all time.


Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane Three times FIFA World Player of the Year and World Cup winner of 1998, Zinedine Zidane was one of the greatest players of the last decade. Zidane most famous of his short first touch of the ball, his ball control and 360 roulette move was a real playmaker . His tactical vision made it possible to organize a team and give brilliant passes to his teammates. Zidane was successful with the French Team (World Cup 1998 winner, 2006 runner-up, European Champion 2000) and with his club team by winning the UEFA Champions League twice with Juventus and once with Real Madrid.

Zinedine Zidane
The best of Zidane.


Ronaldo After Zidane we can't forget about the other brilliant player of the late 90s and early 21st century, Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima "O Fenômeno" was on his way to win the 1998 World Cup when an convulsive fit hindered him to win the final. Four years later he took revenge by scoring twice in the final against Germany and winning the tournament. Ronaldo a striker, always did where he was best at, scoring goals. At the 2006 World Cup Ronaldo scored his 15th World Cup goal and became record holder of scoring the most goals at World Cups.

O Fenômeno.


Eusebio Eusebio was a Portugese striker who was born in Mozambique. He played most of his career at Benfica with which he won the European Cup in 1962. Eusebio scored two goals in the 5-3 final against Madrid. He scored a total of 733 goals in 745 games in his career. Eusebio was known for his great dribbles, powerful shots and fast acceleration. At the World Cup in 1966 Eusebio helped his team to become third. In the quarter-final match against North Korea, Portugal was behind 3-0 after 25 minutes. Then Eusebio did the impossible and scored four goals. Portugal had won with 5-3 and Portugal went through to the semi-final in which they lost with 2-1 from England, Eusebio scoring the goal for Portugal. Portugal finished third by winning from Russia with 2-1 and Eusebio scoring another goal.

Eusébio at the 1966 FIFA World Cup.
Other great players

Here are some other great players that didn't make the list.

George Best

There is no doubt whether George Best is a great player. The fact is that this list can only contain 10 players and George just didn't make it. As hard as it is, we had to make decisions.

George Best
Simply the best.

Lionel Messi

This list just came too early for Messi, it is too early to have seen all Messi is capable of. The Argentine playmaker will definitely be in the list in a few years, on what place will be the big question.

Lionel Messi
Messi best skills.

Michel Platini

Great free kick taker and passer. Platini helped France to the 1984 European Championship title. As the choice was about Platini or Zidane we decided to take Zidane, someone else might take Platini.

Michel Platini
The French hero.

Lev Yashin

The best goalkeeper ever, he saved 150 penalties in his entire career and was the only goalkeeper who received the European footballer of the year award.

Lev Yashin
The legendary soviet keeper.

Marco van Basten

Winner of the 1988 European Championship. Ajax and Milan hero, Marco van Basten is the second best Dutchman ever.

Marco van Basten
San Marco.

Mágico González

Known as El mágico (the wizard), González was a Salvadoran footballer. He is known for his amazing skills, dribbles and goals.

Mágico González
El mágico.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portugese player who is famous for his great skills and tricks, and also has an amazing free kick.

Cristiano Ronaldo
The great Portugese player.

Voting results:
1. Zinedine Zidane 
7950  votes

2. Lionel Messi 
6542  votes

3. Cristiano Ronaldo 
5657  votes

Vote on your favorite player!
Srd    July 1, 2016 at 2:15 pm
Both c.ranalldo and messi are unbeatable
Fair responder   June 30, 2016 at 2:14 pm
Pele:3 world cups Zidane:1world cup,1 euro Maradona:1 World Cup Platini:1 euro Ronaldo:1 World Cup Messi:- Winning at least one major tournament is necessary to be among the best succer players ever
Zeeshan India   June 29, 2016 at 10:24 pm
No man in football world he covered the legend Superstar Leo Messi place
soumyajeet   June 28, 2016 at 12:00 pm
1. Pele 2. Maradona 3. Ronaldo 4. Zidane 5. Ronaldinho 6. Messi 7. Christiano Ronaldo 8. Kaka 9. Suarez 10. Beckham 11. Ibrahimovic 12. Neymar
Ricardo   June 28, 2016 at 10:45 am
Comparison between pele and messi is a joke. Messi even couldn't make his team win copa America!! Pele won 3 WORLD CUP and scored too many goals in semifinals and finals Messi couldn't score his penalties!!!! It's a shame
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Janggoulen Haokip   June 27, 2016 at 7:15 pm
No doubt Messi is the best I've eer seen in my life
Janggoulen Haokip   June 27, 2016 at 7:05 pm
Messi is the best I've ever seen in my life
vishal rajbhar   June 23, 2016 at 5:51 pm
messi is the greatest player ithat i have ever seen in my life since i was born
HILA   June 21, 2016 at 9:34 am
If someone is more than 30 years old.surely knew there were quite a few players who were much better than messy in terms of technique,efficacy and physically. messi is legend but ONLY for teenagers!!
HILA   June 21, 2016 at 9:33 am
If someone is more than 30 years old,surely knew there were quite a few players who were much better than messy in terms of technique,efficacy and physically. messi is legend but ONLY for teenagers!!
Wastmoreson   June 20, 2016 at 8:30 pm
His dribbling skills isn't form this planet it was supernatural. MESSI is A LEGEND who came form another dimension. Simply left me speechless and There is no messi after him
Levinton   June 20, 2016 at 8:27 pm
Messi cant be stopped. Jordan was good. But Messi is an Alien. He belongs to a different galaxy
Susithan   June 20, 2016 at 8:26 pm
Messi is The Best football player in the history of the sport
stronz   June 19, 2016 at 3:18 pm
Zidane.pele.maradona.platini.cruyff. 5 top best succer players ever
Subrata Debnath   June 14, 2016 at 6:05 pm
Cristiano Ronaldo is the best and forever gonna be the best 1. Ronaldo 2. Neamar 3. Ronaldinho
Subrata Debnath   June 14, 2016 at 5:58 pm
Ronaldo is the best player in world.
moshood   June 12, 2016 at 2:37 pm
My own true is that messi is the best ronaldo is the best but one is more than one messi is more that ronaldo am a ronaldo fans and am being join real madrid before ronaldo cam so messi is more than ronaldo let talk true don't say because you like ronaldo you know say ronaldo is more than lionel messi. Messi number 1 ronaldo number 2. Let live that jugde to god that crate them that is my own oppinion I will never change up madrid fans am there for life. If you know like what I say is my own wish write your own wish. Is not matter of angry is matter of my own true talk. Thank you...
olamide   June 12, 2016 at 2:16 pm
Lionel messi is more than all player everin the world christain ronaldo is too small for lionel messi side let give the true to the true so that life can go easy for us. Let give lionel messi best of the best that number one in the planet true talk is better for no understanding perosn. Let give lionel messi number one in the world. Some people wish is defrent from my own talk on your wish that is my own wish. God bless us...
ALPER   June 11, 2016 at 2:29 pm
Ayush    June 11, 2016 at 2:13 pm
Messi is ever messi is always
Mubarak lawal   June 7, 2016 at 9:54 pm
zinidine zidane maradona Rinaldo nazario
Peter Igweze   June 6, 2016 at 3:49 pm
Messi to compere with electric not human being,Which even the God who created Heaven and earth knows
Peter   June 6, 2016 at 3:45 pm
Messi to compere with electric not human being
REAL RANKING   June 5, 2016 at 8:48 am
1.ZIDANE 2.pele 3.maradona 4.Platini 5.Cruyff 6.Ronaldo Nazario 7.Cr7 8.Di stefno 9.Messi 10.Garinsha
REAL RANKING   June 5, 2016 at 8:47 am
1.ZIDANE 2.pele 3.maradona 4.Platini 5.Cruyff 6.Ronaldo Nazario 7.Cr7 8.Di stefno 9.Messi 10.Garinsha
Roorsam   June 5, 2016 at 5:16 am
Cristiano Ronaldo was on top,is on top & always be on top.
Pemunja   June 5, 2016 at 3:44 am
Messi can't be stopped, he is a force of nature, the will of mother earth in motion.
Winnamai   June 5, 2016 at 3:42 am
Out of the millions of years that I could've existed, i was born in Messi's era. #ThankYouMom. He is The Greatest Sportsman Of All Time
Ryan   June 1, 2016 at 8:31 pm
Paul Scholes scores goals
Experts   May 29, 2016 at 6:50 pm
If messi played like God,argentina wouldn't be desperate like this to win a world cup or even a continental award !!!!!! 😄😄😄
Norrawandin   May 29, 2016 at 6:31 pm
Messi certainly is the God of football. If God could play football, HE would play like Messi
Bokkard   May 29, 2016 at 6:29 pm
Messi is the greatest human ever walked on pitch. He plays as someone play on a x-box or PlayStation, just the most amazing things.
Lungmasri   May 29, 2016 at 6:27 pm
MESSI is regarded as the greatest player of all time, he is credited with making the phrase "the beautiful game" synonymous with football. He is a true icon of the game
Debjit   May 28, 2016 at 8:21 pm
Messi is best....footbal legend pele said that messi is better than cr7
pranab   May 27, 2016 at 10:18 pm
Pele d great player forever
God of Football   May 19, 2016 at 4:23 pm
Messi is just a club guy,that's it He did almost nothing in major tournments Unlike pele,zidan,maradona,platini and...or even ronaldo So don't delude themselves and exaggerate him People just want to make fake legend now I'm sure people like you would say the samethings about another favourite playrr a couple of years later!!
CR7   May 18, 2016 at 1:51 pm
Cristiano Ronaldo the god,King,father of football
Senti Imsong Unger   May 17, 2016 at 6:37 pm
Messi is the only living legend in football history n his compared to Pele n Maradona but Pele n Maradona were not legend while they were not retired n C Ronaldo he is not Legend he is just have great skills thats it
md imran    May 15, 2016 at 7:40 am
Messi and ronaldinho are the best forever

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