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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. Cristiano Ronaldo 
3168  votes

2. Lionel Messi 
2769  votes

3. Ronaldo 
459  votes

Vote on your favorite player!
sarmad khan   July 18, 2014 at 1:04 am
so far i have watched 5 world cups. and in this duration Ronaldo9 and Zidane are the best players. Messi and CR7 are good but no way near them. Ronaldo is 30 and finished. Messi has an year or two but will be ordinary. He has showed what he had.
Aziz   July 17, 2014 at 12:17 am
Pele,ronaldo and Ronaldihno are the World Best players in the WORLD.
aman chaudhary   July 16, 2014 at 12:38 pm
cristiano ronaldo iss the bestttttttt in the world.....
liwaa   July 15, 2014 at 3:09 pm
No one in the world will ever score more than pele. He is the best football player and he will stay The best
suman   July 14, 2014 at 9:34 pm
maradona maradona maradona..............three top players of all time.
siddique   July 14, 2014 at 8:46 pm
messi messi messi messi
far   July 14, 2014 at 8:43 pm
Karthick   July 14, 2014 at 3:52 pm
Messi IN The King Man of world 1.pele 2.messiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii
Saravana    July 14, 2014 at 11:58 am
C ronalodo is the king of football world
saviour osavutey   July 14, 2014 at 1:15 am
messi is the best forever and there is no doubt.he really deserve to be the most greatest player the world have ever seen.mmmmeeesssiii
Mike   July 12, 2014 at 6:22 pm
messi autistic retard......."you want some cookies and milk, hmm, hmm, hmmm?" but seriously i think CR7 IS WAY BETTER THAN THAT MIDGET!!!
Aar    July 12, 2014 at 6:16 pm
Ronaldo the phenomena best player i have seen thn Ronaldihno ............ HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Shetu from London    July 12, 2014 at 7:12 am
Let me Add 5 more name to your list " Carlos Valderrama" "Luís Figo" "Gheorghe Hagi" "Michael Laudrup" Ruud Gullit,
Jutt   July 12, 2014 at 3:39 am
Zinedin Zidane is greatest of all times. No one before or after him can do what he did.
GPS   July 11, 2014 at 1:41 pm
nisar ahmad   July 10, 2014 at 1:02 pm
pele is the hall of fame
parsa   July 10, 2014 at 10:16 am
Messi is the best in the world. 1)messi 2)messi 3)messi 4)other....
Mick   July 10, 2014 at 12:14 am
The original ronaldo 1 chance 1 goal
Charkass   July 9, 2014 at 3:25 pm
Pelé is the Greatest ever
david   July 9, 2014 at 5:29 am
ronadhino the best player i have seen
siraj   July 8, 2014 at 7:09 am
WHAT!!   July 7, 2014 at 7:54 pm
this list though were is ronaldinho or gullit?
Dan   July 7, 2014 at 5:27 pm
Pirlo, Ronaldinho?? This list is bollocks
maney   July 5, 2014 at 12:24 pm
thierry henry
Eric   July 5, 2014 at 12:20 pm
Messi is the better than Ronaldo alot better.
Saravanan   July 3, 2014 at 5:07 pm
Ronaldinho is the best player of the world
joey   June 30, 2014 at 8:58 pm
To judge you must have seen them play. since 1962 the best players i have seen are, Pele Maradona Cruyff And take your pick from Eusebio,Messi,C Ronaldo,Zidane and Zico, nothing to choose between them.
prabakaran tamilan   June 30, 2014 at 2:22 pm
Ronaldinho Ronaldinho Ronaldinho Ronaldinho Ronaldinho Ronaldinho Ronaldinho Ronaldinho Ronaldinho Ronaldinho Ronaldinho Ronaldinho Ronaldinho.............................!!!! the king 👑 of football
sb Sampang   June 30, 2014 at 2:03 pm
Messi is the best player in the world
NITIN K   June 28, 2014 at 9:41 pm
Messi and ronaldhino are good But Brazilian Ronaldo always a gr8 ever
sudhir ahir   June 28, 2014 at 9:05 pm
i think Ronaldinho Gaúcho is the best football player....
Ashfaq   June 27, 2014 at 12:20 pm
I think C Ronado is the best of all players
tarikh   June 26, 2014 at 2:06 pm
I live zidane
niranjan   June 26, 2014 at 12:39 pm
messi is the best.
karishma   June 26, 2014 at 9:24 am
C Ronaldo is best
ajith   June 26, 2014 at 5:08 am
top is CR7
pavan   June 25, 2014 at 8:02 am
Ronaldinho is my favourite player ever..
Fahid Bukhari   June 24, 2014 at 9:19 am
I just know one thing that Diego Maradona is the greatest player in the world and no one can take his place .... ever ....
GEORGERAJEEVPATRIC   June 23, 2014 at 9:54 am
Swagsta   June 16, 2014 at 10:02 am
I think messi is the best because when he gets tackled he dont fall to the ground like hes had a limb wripped off he gets up and carries on so i wouldnt even class ronaldo as 2nd best id class robben as, Ronaldo is so over thought people think hes the best because you only hear about him on the news and not messi.

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