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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!
year of the dog   February 29, 2016 at 1:07 pm
Zidane is the greatest stomper, head-butter & tempestuous thug of all time!!.....Maybe Vinnie Jones is the only player who was better!
hamid   February 26, 2016 at 11:09 am
Ronaldo lima
God of Football   February 25, 2016 at 6:23 pm
So easy Messi even couldn't win the south american cup!!!! Now compare him with PELE with 3 world cup! It explains everything
Jani   February 25, 2016 at 3:31 pm
Ronaldo lima
eme ekeoma   February 22, 2016 at 10:44 pm
Ronaldo can't even tink of coming close to messi, messi the world best player ever in the entire history of football.he is the god of football, can cr7 beat that?
1   February 19, 2016 at 3:49 pm
Shahram   February 16, 2016 at 6:14 pm
So easy Messi even couldn't win the south american cup!!!! Now compare him with PELE with 3 world cup! It explain everything
vansh    February 16, 2016 at 5:34 am
Ronaldo is the best player in the world......
Ali   February 15, 2016 at 4:18 pm
Have seen Beckenbauer , Gerd Müller , Maradona , Cruyff , Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi and other big player...Messi is the best I have seen ...Cristiano is a powerful truck and Messi is aFerrari...cannot understand why people who said they know footballo can caompaare them
WANI SUHAIL   February 14, 2016 at 7:04 pm
Partho   February 14, 2016 at 6:20 pm
C. Ronaldo is the best
lppez   February 14, 2016 at 12:22 pm
Cr7 is and aill remain ze best
Gyandeo kotare   February 13, 2016 at 5:01 pm
C ronaldo is the super player..i love his style..
obiaga paschal   February 8, 2016 at 10:44 am
c.ronaldo is de best
farid hassan   February 6, 2016 at 4:47 am
the most interlectual player is cristano ronaldo
Hmm   February 5, 2016 at 12:38 pm
Mesut Ozil and Neymar are the most creative footballes
shahzad   February 5, 2016 at 7:11 am
Rnado is the best
Dinesh kumar   February 4, 2016 at 3:20 pm
messi is the best pyayer in the world
SDB   January 20, 2016 at 8:26 pm
for those guys who thinks messi or cr7 is d beat, u dnt knw what football is and what creativity and art in football is
Solomon   January 19, 2016 at 9:32 pm
Messi is the world's greatest footballer ever
Ayaan   January 19, 2016 at 4:16 pm
Messi is best
sonu sharma   January 5, 2016 at 8:13 pm
Cr7 is the best in the planet messi can't touch touch feet level of cr7
TALLAHA   January 4, 2016 at 3:40 pm
Football dan   January 3, 2016 at 12:13 pm
Ivan Rakitic is one of the best
Nicky B   January 2, 2016 at 2:39 am
just to u Muslim people don't think tha cristiano Ronaldo is Muslim he is not muslim he is Cristian...
sabtain   January 1, 2016 at 8:17 am
this list is too old and not good enough .because we know the footballer messi and ronaldo are the best . c. ronaldo is no.1 in the world
Lionel messi   December 31, 2015 at 7:42 am
You say that they was greatest footballer I am are world gereatest footballer why not
priyansh   December 31, 2015 at 5:22 am
Messiii is the best player in the universe
amir   December 26, 2015 at 10:01 pm
gerd muler?????
SH   December 26, 2015 at 6:02 pm
It's funny,diStefano and Eusebio are on the list,while platini isn't. For your knowledge! Platini is the 5th soccer player in history,higher than these two
AB7   December 25, 2015 at 3:08 pm
azhar   December 21, 2015 at 10:59 am
mesii is the best player in the world
God   December 20, 2015 at 2:53 pm
Zidan is the BEST ever,No doubt about that
uzair   December 19, 2015 at 12:44 pm
pele is good but maradona is even better but messi is the best
It s gk   December 17, 2015 at 5:26 am
Off course CR7 IS the best player ever
ali   December 15, 2015 at 2:17 pm
Ronaldo is the best player in world.number 9
Commentator   December 12, 2015 at 7:18 pm
Don't bother yourselves,I bet 20 years later messi and Ronaldo will be completely forgotten. Unfortunately,people all are phenatic
muhammed   December 12, 2015 at 1:26 pm
messi is now number 2 in the world while Pele number 1 so y are pple comparing cr7 with messi cr7 is number 7 can't u see d gab between them.........Pls messi is d best player on earth and more over he is still playing........all hail to messi 4 ballon"'or winner dnt forget he will make it 5 this season.........kudos to king messi
Sylvance   December 12, 2015 at 7:58 am
Lio Messi is the best footballer ever,he is natural unlike Ronaldo though Ronaldo is also a very good player...!
shahram   December 7, 2015 at 10:46 am
messi and ronaldo haven't achieved nothing in terms of national honours,comparing them with pele(3 world cups)zidan(1 world cup and one final) or even michel platini who scored 9 goals in euro 84. messi couldn't even get south amrica cup!!! Best real soccer players ever: pele,zidan,maradona,cruyff,platini,becken buer,distefano,ronaldo nazario

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