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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 
7945  votes

2. Lionel Messi 
6540  votes

3. Cristiano Ronaldo 
5656  votes

Vote on your favorite player!
koushik   September 7, 2015 at 3:21 pm
messi is the only player in the world who is best
yankey joseph   September 2, 2015 at 12:46 am
I no dat people dnt like messi bug war x written x written ...messi x de best player on earth
Bhaichung Bhutia   August 31, 2015 at 7:41 pm
U all r nutty A**h****. I am the best player in the world.
raj   August 31, 2015 at 4:15 am
Cr7 the king of football bt some time messi
nongdrenkhomba maibamcha   August 29, 2015 at 9:07 am
Messi is the best player in world because he is extra-ordinary skill to the other player and good discipline manner and other having good quality inside him.
cr7    August 28, 2015 at 12:23 pm
i am the best football player and king of football,even Neymar is like me the king of football WE ARE THE BEST PLAYER OF FOOTBALL WE ARE AND WE WILL BE. CR7 CRISTIANO RONALDO DOS SANTOS AVEIRO DOLERUS AVEIRO
messi   August 28, 2015 at 12:18 pm
i am the worst football player ever
Sarim khAn..   August 24, 2015 at 1:42 pm
Lionel Messi is the best player from my point of view he's not selfish like cristiano ronaldo
chartwell   August 20, 2015 at 10:55 pm
c ronaldo is the best player in the world cos messi is obviously from a different planet, a world of loins.
midhlaj   August 19, 2015 at 9:02 pm
Messi is the king of football
cr7john   August 17, 2015 at 6:14 pm
cristiano ronaldo should be in the top 1 because all football player knows that cr7 is better than them.#CRISTIANO RONALDO
cr7john   August 17, 2015 at 6:13 pm
cristiano ronaldo should be in the top 1 because all football player knows that cr7 is better than them.#CRISTIANO RONALDO
cr7 john   August 17, 2015 at 6:10 pm
cristiano ronaldo should be in the top 1 because all football player knows that cr7 is better than them.#CRISTIANO RONALDO
tjg   August 14, 2015 at 2:24 am
and Beckenbauer was third on the Century list, not second.
tjg   August 14, 2015 at 2:21 am
Cruyff is the best in the modern game, Bobby Moore (greatest defender and English player) is sadly lacking in this list. George Best should be in the top 5. Messi is a great attacking player no doubt but Cruyff changed the game completely and had everything, as did apparently Duncan Edwards (as per my Dad)
MESSI   August 10, 2015 at 4:32 am
cr7 is the best i have to say that because messi is not the best it's cr7, and maradona is nto the best he is a hand god.
kai   August 8, 2015 at 12:58 am
Cristiano Ronaldo!
THE REALITY   August 7, 2015 at 1:00 pm
Thierry Henry is the best. When Messi and Ronaldo go to sleep they wear Superman pajamas. When Superman goes to sleep he wear Henry pajamas.
Akib   August 5, 2015 at 5:17 pm
messi is the best.... his name list rank 1..
unknown   July 21, 2015 at 8:43 am
Obash   July 19, 2015 at 4:04 pm
There kw other player lik lionel messi,he is d world best ever
roshan   July 18, 2015 at 6:09 am
who can handle ball like ronaldino
ajani   July 16, 2015 at 6:18 am
Mesiii is uncoparable to any player. D world best ever.
adaw   July 2, 2015 at 8:19 pm
how about ronaldinho ?
Petru   June 30, 2015 at 10:11 pm
Messi is the best. He breaks record after record. He is a true lider.
Anoop Jose   June 29, 2015 at 5:58 am
Rooney is my fav player... But I will say messi is the best player ever
suraj   June 26, 2015 at 10:19 pm
for me 1.messi 2.maradona 3.pele 4.c ronaldo 5.zidane 6.ronaldo 9 7.cyruff 8.rooney 9.neymer 10.suarez 11.ibrahimovic 12.robben 13.aguero
rex   June 23, 2015 at 11:51 pm
Messi. The one man army, and the best in the world.. Time will come when people will worship MESSI as maradona and Pele
sohag md   June 21, 2015 at 4:11 pm
Messsssssiiiiii.who will be worlds best if he can win one world cup undoubtedly.Russia get prepared for messi.Jermany uuuuuffff will be crying in finallllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!
JR   June 17, 2015 at 6:18 pm
Ronaldo(Brasil)best dribbler,finisher and best player in the world'
denny roeser   June 12, 2015 at 3:44 pm
no one can compete with pele
simeon    June 12, 2015 at 1:16 am
messi messi messi lionel messi or should I say lion messi? no doubt he is d best
kelvin   June 11, 2015 at 3:13 am
up cr7 u pass messi
hose   June 9, 2015 at 10:42 am
I vote to messi...yeah ronaldo stand up in same level with messi about goal scoring.but messi in another level about assist n drible..messi the greatest
Xhemil   June 7, 2015 at 4:24 pm
Ronaldo is a good player. But Messiiiiiiiiiii is the best player in the world.
Ronaldinho   June 6, 2015 at 11:55 pm
Ronaldo,Ronaldinho, Emerson, Zidane Those werde the players who could possibly decide every match. I dont understand the messi-hype. Hes a goood one but not the best in earth. Its FUNNY how quick people forget the real stars.
cristiano ronaldo*   June 2, 2015 at 6:54 am
!! i recommend , messi is the best !!
Nash   June 2, 2015 at 6:41 am
Messi of course
abhay   May 28, 2015 at 2:15 pm
kavanjot singh ghuman   May 27, 2015 at 3:26 pm
cr7 is the best player in the world

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