The Football game is one of the most famous and also the most playing sports in the world. It has seen some of the greatest athletes over the years and decades. We take a look at 10 greatest footballers of all times. Some absolute legends of the game who dominated in different eras, but are now regarded as the top 10 football players are as follows—
10. Michel Platini
Michel Platini is one of the best football players. He played most of his 15-year career in aggressive midfield roles for Nancy, Saint-Étienn, and Juventus. Platini played over 432 games scored 224 goals contributory his sides to enumerate of club honors.
A Highlight of his club career was 1985 European cup win with Juventus where he played a mechanical role and he became the first player to win three back to back Ballon d’Or awards in 1983,84 and 85.
He also was captain of France to win the 1984 European championship, which was their very first major trophy in the international football game. He was declared player of the 1984 European championship and also grabbed the top goal scorer award. He went on to manage France from 1988 to 1992 and later became “UEFA” president.
9. Johan Cruyff
Johan Cruyff was one of the best aggressive midfielders of his generation and just like Beckenbauer, Cruyff revolutionized the football game. He played most of his career with Ajax winning 7 Dutch league titles and 3 European cups in method scored 190 goals in 240 matches before moving to Barcelona.
In his time Ajaz was a successful team than Barcelona, but the ideas he brought to a Catalan club kind of began route to victory in later years. He directed Holland 1976 world cup final where they lost against Germany in the final, but not before Holland stunned the world with their new brand of football called “total football” where players could exchange positions and Cruyff were the great grantors as he was equally good playing on the wings or in central attacking areas. He acquired 33 goals in 48 international matches for Holland. Towards the end of his career, he played two seasons in MLS before returning to the Netherlands and finished his career at Ajax ferocious opponents Feyenoord.
8. Xavi Hernandez
Xavi Hernandez is eight in the top 10 football players in the world. He has been so successful with both FC Barcelona and Spain that he has to be in every list of greatest soccer football game’s players of all times. Started in Barcelona youth teams back in 1998 he broke into the first time in 2002 when a wrestling Barcelona was finding it hard to buy new players. At first his career, he was more of a defensive midfielder but it was his touch and skill in monitoring matches with fantastic compose passes which make him stand out. He won Spanish La Liga 8 times, Copa Del Rey 3 times 2 (time runner-up), UEFA Champions League 4 times (2005-06, 2008-09, 2010-11, 2014-15), FIFA Club world cup 2 times European Championship 2 times and World Cup 1 time. He is apparently the greatest central midfield of all times without any competition. When he was at the peak of his career Barcelona was winning trophies for fun here is his list of trophies.
7. Alfredo DI Stefano
Alfredo DI Stefano is widely regarded as the greatest Real Madrid football game’s player of all times, he scored in 5 Sequent European cup finals for Real Madrid winning all 5 of them in an era dominated by Real Madrid in 1950s. Alfredo DI Stefano was born in Argentina and played his international football game for three national teams (Argentina, Spain, and Colombia). Although he scored 35 goals in 43 matches his international career never really got off to any heights because Argentina rejected to play in 1950 and 1954 world cups while after achieving Spanish citizenship, he was suitable to play for Spain who did not qualify for 1958 world cup. He played in qualifying matches of 1962 world cup, but an injury obstructed him to partake in what would be his last scope of being part of the world cup in 1962.
But with Real Madrid, his ability to score goals from midfield assisted the team to become one of the most successful of that era. Scoring 216 goals in just 282 matches for Real Madrid made him all time best scorers for the team at the time. Winning 5 European titles where his record of 49 goals in just 58 matches stood for decades when Raul broke it in 2005.
6. Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo, who started his career in Portuguese team Sporting Lisbon plays as forward, who had the pace and the wide range of skills to bamboozle defenders. Manchester United saw the talent and selected him at first opportunity. Ronaldo graced the premier league in 2003 and showed his talent with terrible fast stopovers and other skill (often frustrating his teammates). But within a couple of years, he was matured and putting up top notch performances for United.
He was part of a very successful era in United history where they won three back to back premier league titles and won 2008 Champions League final against Chelsea and won Fifa best player of the year award (Ballon Dor). In Real Madrid, his career really took off and he scored goals for fun. Cristiano Ronaldo acquired his second Champions League title this time with Real Madrid and also acquired 2012-13 La Liga title with Real Madrid. His national team career with Portugal has been disappointing, to say the least, but we have seen flashes of brilliance.
5. Franz Beckenbauer
Franz Beckenbauer is one of the most gracious footballers of all times. Beckenbauer played as a center back, but it was his good proficiency on the ball as he brought the ball out of defense into attacks (known as Liberia) which made him successful. He had greatly successful football game career with both his national team (Germany) and club team (Bayern Munich).
Beckenbauer started his career with SC Munchen youth teams, but he joined Bayern in 1958 and the rest, as they say, is history. They acquired three back to back European titles 1974 to 1976. Beckenbauer innovated (with Bayern) a new position, it’s called “Sweeper” playing back the two central defenders and playing as another line of defense while also had to license to move the ball out of defense in counter attacks.
His international football game career was nothing but a success. Reaching a world cup final in1966 and winning the world cup in 1974 the beating Netherlands in the final with their “total football” brand. He was not only a great player but a legend who would go on to have voluminous success as a coach with Bayern and Germany as well.
4. Zinedine Zidane
Zinedine Zidane is four in the top 10 football players in the world. Zidane fame’s increase with the ability to control football games in French with Bordeaux. Where he spent 4 years before to Juventus in 1996 where his career really took off. Zidane scored those two beautiful headed goals in the 1998 world cup final against Brazil and won France their very first world cup title. He Also won the “golden ball” best player in the competition. Zidane is the victor of one Ballon D’ Or trophy and is also the 3-time owner of the title of World Player of the Year.
Zidane finally won the UEFA Champions League title with Real Madrid in his very first season. He dominated Spanish football game with Real Madrid. But his real influence was on the national team as he won UEFA Euro 2000 with France and then led France to 2006 World Cup final, where his French team lost against Italy on penalties.
3. Lionel Messi
Most football fans now believe Messi the greatest footballer to have ever played and more fans might join claim by the time Messi hangs up his boots. When Lionel Messi was at 13, he joined Barcelona, the first team drawn at 17 and never looked back since then. He had a direct influence on all the success, Barcelona had over the last decade and Barcelona are the most victorious team in Europe having won the European Cup three times since Messi.
Messiah earned at 452 goals in 575 competitive matches, He is Barcelona’s all-time leading goal player with 407 goals to his name he is also all-time leading goalscorer of the Spanish league. He recently overreached Ronaldo as the top goal player in Champions League history with 77 strikes to his name.
His international career with Argentina hit its peak in 2014 World Cup when he single-handedly led Argentina to World cup 2014 final, but unsuccessful to win the trophy as Germany beat Argentina by 1-0. But Messi ended up with Golden Ball (the best player in the tournament). Messi has also won 4 Ballon d’Or awards, He earned 4 champions league top player awards, 4 times La Liga top player, three times European golden boot.
2. Diego Maradona
The greatest dribble football has ever seen, Maradona led a very average Argentina to a 1986 world cup victory. The name of Maradona has often alluded in the same breath as Pele when we discuss greatest football players of all times. Maradona dissimilar Pele played most of his club career in Europe with FC Barcelona and Italian outfit Napoli. When he shifted to Barcelona it was at the time a world record transfer fee, but his time in Barcelona was brief lived full of debates and failed as he only manages to win a “Copa del Rey” trophy with Barcelona. He shifted to Napoli who were by no means title competitors. At the time with the likes of Juventus, AC Milan, Roma and Inter Milan dominating Italian football. But his time with Napoli turned out to be a success as he led them to Italian Serie A titles in 1987 and 1990. Napoli fans loved him and he rotated up Napoli week and week out with something particular. Towards the end of his career, he got into more debates with drug misuse, overweight, which left a bad taste in the mouth.
But on the base of his top years and his mere power of slavery with the ball, he has to be up there as one of the greatest footballers to have ever played the game.
Pele, the king of the football game and the legendary Brazilian was born on 21st October 1940. The former player is considered as the best ever because of what he did for the football game. He was polled as the ‘Player of the Century’ by The International Federation of Football History. Three-time world cup victory with Brazil back in 1958, 1962 and 1970 and a true icon of the football game. Pele is broadly considered as the greatest footballer of last century.
His international career was an upright success, but his club success is debatable because he spent most of his career playing for local Santos and a few years in American football league. Although Pele won everything there was to be won with Santos, scored most number of goals. He scored more than 100 goals in a year, three times for Santos in 1959, 1961 and 1965. His international victory with native Brazil and wonderful skill to score momentous goals consistently truly made him the greatest football player of all times and Bookended his career at the top level with World Cup wins.