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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!
hi   March 31, 2015 at 12:58 pm
Although I support man city and I think LM is the f***ing best, where's Luis Suarez. Sod whoever f***ing made this bull sh**.
hi   March 31, 2015 at 12:52 pm
Ross Barkley could thrash neymar.🙆🙋🙅🙅🙋🙅😭😪😫😽🙌🙆🙋🙇😌🙇😫🙇😽😹😼😽🙏😿😫💏👥👨👴👧👩👨👤👧👴👨👴👧👴👨👤🙀👴👧 if you think neymars best well then you're shi***.
hi   March 31, 2015 at 12:42 pm
Messi is best, cronaldo second, aguero third, Luis Suarez fourth, pelle fifth, Rooney six, lampard seventh, kaka eighth, beckham ninth, Paolo di canio tenth, yaya toure eleventh, David Silva twelfth, hazard thirteenth, edin dzeko fourteenth, van persie fifteenth, di maria sixteenth, Oscar seventeenth, neymar is the worst
hi   March 31, 2015 at 12:33 pm
NEYMARS ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuubbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiissssssssssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhh Messi rules
hi   March 31, 2015 at 9:31 am
Petr cech is the best goalkeeper in the world
hi   March 30, 2015 at 10:32 pm
Although messi is the bitc6Ł&#'Ł'ng best why aren't Alan shearer, Dennis bergkamp, Paolo di canio, yaya you're or Wayne Rooney, edin dzeko, Pablo zableta, Vincent kompany, Sergio aguero, David Silva, radamel falcao, angel di maria, Juan mata or robin van persie there
hi   March 30, 2015 at 10:21 pm
hi   March 30, 2015 at 10:20 pm
This made me angry because there was no man city players and they got wilfried bony and frank lampard recently. Sadly, lampards moving again
hi   March 30, 2015 at 10:17 pm
Where's f@"%%'+:(%ing aguero
hi   March 30, 2015 at 10:14 pm
Neymars rubish messi is the best but aguero is my hero
CRISTIAN0 BIKEMS   March 27, 2015 at 5:40 pm
cristian0 bikems   March 27, 2015 at 5:36 pm
r0nald0 is best 0f all and he sh0uld be at the t0p 0f list n0ne any 0thers 0nly CR77777
SACHIN RAWAT   March 25, 2015 at 12:30 pm
kaka is the best football player
arun singh   March 24, 2015 at 12:40 pm
Cristiano is the best player of the world .best.........
Tenzin   March 24, 2015 at 5:34 am
Messi is like god in fooball.. he s bedt ever in planet
Paya Thani   March 22, 2015 at 2:36 pm
Messi is the best footballer presently, cn't compared with C ronaldo with messi, messi is far better
M Tushar   March 21, 2015 at 3:19 pm
Messi is best all time
Monty   March 20, 2015 at 5:05 pm
Zaltan Ibrahimovic My Best player
Divya V   March 18, 2015 at 4:43 pm
Messi and Ronaldo both are the best players I have ever seen But something is more perfect in Messi
Ronaldo   March 16, 2015 at 5:04 pm
Neymars tricks are awesome!!!!
Shovakar   March 16, 2015 at 4:59 am
Messi is best
aguero 16   March 10, 2015 at 10:40 am
aguero is a very very good player where is he
unknown   March 7, 2015 at 9:56 pm
Those who say messi and C Ronaldo at top then they had never watched Ronaldo(Brazil) ,Maradona, Pele, Cruyff, di Stefano, Roberto Carlos or Zinedine zidane class. They r the real legends. Messi nd C Ronaldo r definetly class players bt they cn never b compared to above players. They r emerging legends bt all others r origin of class football.
ASHER MS   March 7, 2015 at 7:25 am
ZALTAN IBRAHIMOVIC..he is the best foot baller ever in the history
john   March 5, 2015 at 5:50 pm
thank god there's cr7
thivesharan   March 5, 2015 at 5:32 pm
BB Hazard   March 5, 2015 at 11:54 am
CR7 all the waaaaaaay!!!!!
Stephen touthang    March 2, 2015 at 11:19 pm
Lionel Misse is the Best player in the World ......@@////
Tom   February 20, 2015 at 9:35 pm
Maradona is the best football player of this world, because Pele is not from this world.
fan   February 20, 2015 at 9:30 pm
Neymar is the best player!
Liga BBVA   February 20, 2015 at 4:36 pm
CR7 is my favorite! Messi is also good. All those who have commented that Ronaldo is the worst and Messi is the best and the one's who have commented that Cristiano Ronaldo is the best and Messi is the worst,please look at yourself and more over you are no one to judge anyone.Even if you think that they are opponents,they are just opponents in match,in real life,they are very good friends and Cristiano Ronaldo's son is fan of Messi and Messi's son is fan of Cristiano Ronaldo.
amit yadav   February 18, 2015 at 3:07 pm
This are the best player in the world.special to cristiano ronaldo my best player .
Soccer worm   February 11, 2015 at 3:22 pm
cristiano ronaldo is the best.second messi .third ronaldinho.fourth zlatan
Dodger   February 9, 2015 at 10:49 pm
George Best was the most natural gifted player ever,a true genius.
DINHO FAN   February 6, 2015 at 9:14 am
Where is RONALDINHO???? He should be #1 on the list
kiran   January 27, 2015 at 12:47 pm
RONALDO is the greatest player
bharat   January 26, 2015 at 4:04 pm
all who have commented against maradona being no.1 either have no idea of football or have never seen the god of football at work
Abhishek   January 26, 2015 at 7:13 am
Pele maradona di stefeno Zidane Bakenbauer Cruyff garincha Eusabio Ronaldo 9 Yashin
WTF   January 18, 2015 at 12:04 am
Nobody has played better footbal then ronaldinho gaúcho. Nobody controled the ball like zidane or messi, nobody has cristiano ronaldo head/jump capacity. Nobody could deafeat an intirr team by himself like maradona pele and ronaldo. They are all good and different players, from diferent eras. But one thing is for sure. The only player that i saw making de real madrid fans cheer was Ronaldinho Gaucho. So for that i choose ronaldinho. But they are all good players. For me.
owolabi samuel   January 11, 2015 at 7:41 pm
Messiless alwayz on top

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