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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 
2885  votes

2. Lionel Messi 
2358  votes

3. Ronaldo 
403  votes

Vote on your favorite player!
Shreyash Raut   April 16, 2014 at 8:54 pm
Maradona, CR7, Ra¨´l, Zidane, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Alfredo, Ferenc, Carlos.
Akshay Raj   April 16, 2014 at 3:37 pm
When did you guys last update this list now Messi wil be in the top 3 for sure
murat   April 11, 2014 at 4:09 pm
1)maradona 2)R9 3)Marco van basten 4)Messi 5)Laundrup 6)Ronaldinho 7)Zidane 9)Zico 10)Sokrates 11)Henry 12)C7 13)Romariho 14)xavi 15)Matteus 16)A.Brehme 17)R>ivaldo 18)Batistuta 19)Redondo 20)Hagi
salvi111   April 10, 2014 at 2:13 am
maradona is the greatest and I love el magico Gonzales and messi too
mughele james   April 6, 2014 at 2:10 pm
I agree with the list and hope messi would be number 1 in years to come.
Nurul Aktar   March 29, 2014 at 2:14 am
Messi is the best Ever
Alfred   March 27, 2014 at 10:19 am
Messi was better than the people on your list at the age of 18, stupid list made by people witch don’t really understand football.
Fabry   March 18, 2014 at 5:09 pm
Roberto Baggio Support your Team!
olsi   March 15, 2014 at 6:36 pm
messi messi messi messi messi is the best player in the world ever
Steven   March 14, 2014 at 9:54 am
Pele is the best. Pele
Arzil   March 10, 2014 at 5:28 am
Ronaldinho is Greatest player ever in the world
aamir bhat   February 12, 2014 at 6:58 pm
I love all players much everyone has its own skill,nobody should be estimated for its feebleness
iulian   January 19, 2014 at 7:10 am
Hagi from Romania ??
Edson Arantes   January 17, 2014 at 3:46 am
1- O Pelé 2- O Maradona 3- O Garrincha 4- O Messi 5- O Cruyff 6-O Beckenbauer 7-O Puskas 8- O Di Stefano 9- O Ronaldo Fenomeno 10- O Platini 11- O Ronaldinho Gaucho 12- O Zidane 13- O Cristiano Ronaldo 14- O Rivaldo 15- O Zico 16- O Eusebio 17- O Romario 18- O Muller 19- O Rivelino 20- O Bebeto
Karan   January 14, 2014 at 1:12 pm
Cr7 is the best
Jawara   January 14, 2014 at 10:01 am
C.R.7 is the God of football in this generation but Zidane is the greatest and the grand papa among pele and maradona
Tanzim   January 6, 2014 at 12:44 pm
Where is Ronaldinho? He is a great player
Ole Gunnar   January 5, 2014 at 10:32 am
Great list! But Fernando Torres should be mentioned? He was key to win the World Cup for spain He was key to win Euro Cup, 2 times for Spain He was key to win CL, FA-cup and Europa League for Chelsea Who else have won that much, of players of today? (Messi, Ronaldo, Slatan has not!)
Shezan   January 1, 2014 at 3:22 am
MMeis izz the best!!!! Than C.Ronaldo
Jeremy Garcia   December 30, 2013 at 11:51 pm
Real Madrid best club on spian with Cristiano Ronaldo
jeres   December 28, 2013 at 12:09 am
who is the best is up to one person, my point is ronaldinho gaucho was a joy to watch.
wagy   December 27, 2013 at 1:56 pm
1 zidane 2 CR 7 DAS ALL
Franco   December 25, 2013 at 1:48 pm
Messi and Van Basten should be top 10 imo, they are the most complete strikers of all time next to Pele... both are better than Ronaldo who although was a great player was not top 10.
jabata   December 23, 2013 at 7:55 pm
Rooney is the best
uday   December 22, 2013 at 2:55 pm
BEA$TMODE   December 21, 2013 at 8:48 pm
Wayne Rooney! Wayne Rooney! He goes by the name of Wayne Rooney!
mahfouz zubaide    December 16, 2013 at 11:56 am
messi is the best
Johnson    December 13, 2013 at 1:07 pm
I think all this players are great but I have to say for now messi is the greatest player of all time /but I love pele and ronaldihno
Sinju   December 10, 2013 at 8:16 am
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Crisa   December 8, 2013 at 5:12 pm
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adal   December 5, 2013 at 10:29 pm
1- pelé 2- etc....
Coretan Mr Alpuzzle   November 27, 2013 at 2:58 pm
Keren nih artikelnya, salam kenal juga bro... hehe lanjutkan perjuanganmu bro
Drekruz   November 15, 2013 at 12:16 pm
jay jay Okocha he is a magician so whats wrong with him
Biplav Singh   November 15, 2013 at 10:26 am
Cristiano Ronaldo is the best footballer of all time
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Hsujgsyvsuhishhsgjshhwvus   November 8, 2013 at 10:46 am
Pele,Maradona these sucks!!!! Messi,Ronaldo and Neymar are the best.............
bobby charlton   November 8, 2013 at 4:45 am
there is no doubt that Duncan Edwards R.I.P would of been on this list had he not been killed
silva   November 7, 2013 at 9:10 pm
Were is my david silva please
Rizwan Ali   November 7, 2013 at 11:39 am
Zidane is best ever

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