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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 
7880  votes

2. Lionel Messi 
6493  votes

3. Cristiano Ronaldo 
5632  votes

Vote on your favorite player!
Rock   January 11, 2015 at 7:25 am
Let me put some sense in here!!!! Best player ever is Zidane. Ronaldo and Messi might have have many Balon D'Ors but have they won any World Cup. Zidane won France 98 on his own (not like Pele who had the whole team supporting him) and took his team to 2006 final again on his own!!!
Mané Garrincha   January 10, 2015 at 2:55 am
There is a lot of europeans players in the list of the greatest, but for me the latin america players are much better to watch. Their skills are wonderfull and only few europeans hit that levels of ability. Cruyf was good, but Zico was better. Zidane was masterfull, but Maradona was better, Di Stefano was a monster, but Pele was better, Puskas? hahahaha, watch Mané Garrincha and come back here to talk about football! Van Basten? Van who? Romario is mille away! Cristiano Ronaldo? CR7? hahahaha the real Ronaldo plays much better with one leg and blocked eyes. And they had 4(four very problematic knee operations) hahaha One day, but not yet guys hahahaha German wins this time, but we will come back, we aways come back, we are Brasil, with S, not Z.
Muhammad Hassan   January 1, 2015 at 8:47 am
Neymar is the best player in the world and he is actually better than cristiano ronaldo and lip messi
Colette   December 29, 2014 at 3:52 pm
Puskas the king!
krishna   December 27, 2014 at 2:01 am
cristiano ronaldo world king and world best player
La Liga BBVA   December 21, 2014 at 5:02 am
Cristiano Ronaldo has skill. But according to La Liga BBVA and International soccer, Lionel Messi is more skilled and he has broken records that Cristiano Ronaldo will never brake. Lionel Messi is the greatest Football player in the making.
arisilejoye sodiq   December 21, 2014 at 2:14 am
L.m10 iz the best all the time bcos no one can brake his record in this world may be it can be heaven but in this world
Rupesh Singh   December 20, 2014 at 4:36 pm
messi the king
guy   December 15, 2014 at 10:44 pm
CR7 is the best ever. no doubt
diegom   December 13, 2014 at 9:12 am
nobody can stop maradona for first place .no 1 maradona no 2 3 the rest .sorry thats my list mpin
raghu   December 12, 2014 at 6:18 am
Cristiano Ronaldo is best player in ever seen
Robbie King of Football   December 11, 2014 at 12:56 pm
Robbie Savage is the BEST EVER #GOAT King Jimmy is not far off either *Robbie Savage did not write this, no bias involved at all, #itwasjustbanter
Qamardin    December 8, 2014 at 1:25 am
May pp know that Lionel Messi is the best player in the world C7 is good player but not like Messi cuz messi done has histroy so no one good the then Lionel Messi ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️👈👈👈👈👈
Qamardin    December 8, 2014 at 1:21 am
Lionel Messi is the best player in the world ever there is lots football player but Lionel Messi is the best and perfect layer ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️👍👍👍👍👍👌🚶
ravi   December 5, 2014 at 7:28 am
Messi is the best and will be the best.....
Alix Ali   December 1, 2014 at 9:10 pm
messi's the best he won more balloon d'or trophy's than cr7, messi won 4, cr7 won 2! MESSI IS THE BETS MESSI IS THE BEST MESSI IS THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cccccc   December 1, 2014 at 2:25 pm
CR7 is the best
Chandan   November 29, 2014 at 7:53 am
CR7 is best!!!!!!!!!!!!!! messi is scared to play in another team as he would not get passes inside D.
OWAIS QUARNI   November 28, 2014 at 7:51 am
sujan karki   November 28, 2014 at 3:04 am
messi is always best over the world than cronaldo loser messiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!! the best player
aadhi   November 25, 2014 at 1:27 pm
cr7 is first then followed by others
jim    November 23, 2014 at 10:47 pm
Where is Ronaldinho, the best player ever ?
jubin   November 21, 2014 at 5:53 am
New rankings.....1)Cristiano Ronaldo 2)Lionel Messi 3)Ronaldinho. 4)Maradona 5)Pele 6)Beckham 7)Ronaldo 8)George Best 9)Alfredo Stefano 10)Zlatan Ibrahimovic
alapan kar   November 18, 2014 at 12:31 pm
diego armando maradona and lionel messi is the best player in the world forever.....not those worst pele and christiano ronaldo
MUFC Fan   November 15, 2014 at 9:35 am
@Footballs Greatest Nice compilation
Footballs Greatest   November 15, 2014 at 9:29 am
I think above list might be true a few years ago, but CR7 and Messi have come a long way since. Below post compiles nice list of currently playing best players.
William Adu Sarkodie   November 15, 2014 at 1:36 am
L.Misse is the best all time
William Adu Sarkodie   November 15, 2014 at 1:35 am
L.Misse is the best all time
Nilay Singha Roy   November 12, 2014 at 11:20 pm
Cr7 s the bst of all time... The only playr to win 2 ballon d'or in two diffrnt leagues... Messi may hv won 4 but in the same league... CR7 s the bst..if u think messi s the bst,then tell him to play one season in any other league or rather other team...
young balo   November 9, 2014 at 7:54 pm
ronaldo is the best
young balo   November 9, 2014 at 7:50 pm
ronaldo is best player in this 21st century
zul   November 9, 2014 at 4:46 am
r9 is no. 1... not maradona
Jackson Roy   November 7, 2014 at 10:15 am
For me its Eden Hazard from chelsea fc. 520
SATHISEELAN   November 7, 2014 at 10:14 am
Hazard chelsea...
REMY VINO   November 7, 2014 at 10:12 am
covenant   November 7, 2014 at 5:58 am
Messi is the greatest player that have ever lived
madridi   November 6, 2014 at 11:54 am
CR7 is theeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Besttttttttttttttttttttt
shubham   November 3, 2014 at 6:58 pm
luis figo is best ever
festus uchenna ogueri   November 2, 2014 at 9:27 pm
Messi is world best today and tomorrow after Messi den c7 Ronald
Rustam Aryoobi   November 1, 2014 at 6:24 pm
Ronadlo is sh*t!!!!!!!! Messi is the best and will be the best.

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