I’ve been a soccer fan for a long time and decided to compile the 10 best soccer players of all time.
10. Lev Yashin
Lev Yashin was considered by many to be the best goalkeeper of all time and was awarded the best goalkeeper of the 20th Century by IFFHS. Lev Yashin won the European Footballer of the year in 1963 and died on March 20, 1990 at age 60.
9. Marco Van Basten
Van Basten is one of the greatest strikers of all time despite the injury that ended his career. Van Basten was named European Player of the year in 1988, 1989 and 1992 and FIFA World Player of the year in 1992.
8. Michel Platini
Platini is the current UEFA President. He is widely regarded as one of the best passers and free kick specialists in football history. Platini won the European Player of the year in 1983, 1984 and 1985.
7. Alfredo Di Stéfano
Di Stéfano is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. He played for three different national teams during his career (Argentina, Colombia and Spain). Di Stéfano won the European Footballer of the year in 1957 and 1959.
6. Franz Beckenbauer
Beckenbauer was a great defender, captain and leader for the German Machine. He is generally regarded as the greatest German Footballer of all time. Beckenbauer and Mario Zagallo are the only people till date to win the World Cup as both player and coach.
5. Johan Cruyff
Cruyff was the exponent of the football philosophy ‘Total Football’ and was named European Footballer of the year in 1971, 1973 and 1974. In 1999 Cruyff was voted European Player of the Century by IFFHS.
4. Zinedine Zidane
Zidane was the captain of the French National Team that won the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European Championships. Zidane won the European Footballer of the year in 1998 and FIFA Player of the year in 1998, 2000 and 2003.
Ronaldo is the overall top scorer in FIFA World Cup with 15 goals. He won the European Footballer of the year in 1997, 2002 and FIFA Player of the year in 1996, 1997 and 2002. In 2007 he was named as one of the best starting eleven of all time by France Football.
Pelé is widely regarded by some football experts as the greatest football player of all time. Pelé won his first World Cup at 17 and was named the Football Player of the Century by the IFFHS.
1. Diego Maradona
Maradona is the most gifted player ever to play the game of soccer. His second goal against England in 1986 World Cup is commonly referred to as ‘The Goal of the Century’. FIFA Player of the Century Award was given to both Maradona and Pelé in 2000.
This list has been updated with a video on YouTube. Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi now on the list, watch it below.
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