Football is one of the most played sports in the world. The popularity and the fan following of the game have given birth to many greats since the inception. The players have played for the national teams and clubs to enthrall the crowd. There were many legends played and many playing, but only a few live in the heart of the game. Here are the Top 10 most famous football players of all time.
The legendary Portuguese player is considered one of the finest forwards of the game. He has scored 53 goals in UEFA competitions and is still the 8th highest goal scorer of the championship.
9. Gerd Muller
He is the legendary football player of Germany who held a number of records. He scored 10 goals in 1970 FIFA world cup and is the third highest goal scorers of World Cup for all time. He is also the 11th highest goal scorers of all time playing fewer matches than others.
8. Franz Beckenbauer
One of the best football players of the world, the German player is known for his intellectual football. He was named European Footballer of the year twice in his life.
7. Alferdo Di Stefano
Regarded as one of the finest football players, Stefano has made plenty records. He has played five consecutive European Cup finals and scored in all of them. He played for three different teams, Spain, Argentina and Colombia.
6. Johan Cruyff
He is often regarded as the ‘Total Football’ and best European player of all time. He is included in the FIFA Dream Team and FIFA Team of the 20th Century. The Dutch Footballer has won 8 Dutch titles and 3 European titles.
5. Cristiano Ronaldo
One of the most popular football players in recent time, Ronaldo is one of the most prolific scorers of all time. He is expected to break many records once he is done with football. The Portuguese player has played for clubs like Manchester United and currently plays for Real Madrid.
4. Zinedine Zidane
The efficient midfielder of France, Zidane has won FIFA World Player Title thrice. The legendary footballer is considered one of the best footballers of all time and played for Real Madrid.
3. Lionel Messi
Another playing legend Lionel Messi of Argentina has set new standards in football. He is the only player to top-score in Champions League for four consecutive times. He is also the only player to win Four Ballonsd’Or titles. He is also the highest goal scorer of La Liga and Barcelona.
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2. Diego Maradona
He is second in the list, but many would argue the top spot for him. He was joint best footballer of the 20th century and is known for his classic football. It is said that Maradona can alone beat a team. He was involved in many controversies in his life.
If you love football, you will love watching him play. The greatest footballer of all time and the most skilled athlete has set new dimensions in football. He was the joint best footballer of the 20th century. His banana kick is still the most lethal technique for scoring goal.
All the footballers in the list are immensely popular and equally famous for their skills and game.