Soccer is rated the most popular sporting activity and there are individuals who played great roles in making football acquire its popularity. Dating back to early 70’s, players started achieving their best for their teams. Here follows a great list of fame that entails the top 10 best soccer players of all time. These players are ranked in consideration on the titles they won with various teams and other special recognition accorded to them during their time. Join me for this explicit review of the champions.
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10. Michel Platini
Michele Platini best history dates back to the 80’s with a win of European Championship title 1984 for France. He was a great player of his time and gave the best to his national team, France as well as his various clubs. He also played the greatest role in ensuring that 1985 European Cup goes to Juventures.
This Frenchman was the first non-English player to be crowned the great European Footballer, a title that gives one access to the English Football Hall of Fame and there he was.
9. Franz Beckenbauer
His major success records lies with Bayern Munich of Germany where he achieved 5 Bundesliga cups and 3 European cups. He actively performed for his clubs and his Germany National team from 1964 to 1983. He saw German national team through to win European Nations Championship 1972 and the 1974 World Cup.
8. Ferenc Puskas
Ferenc is a renowned great footballer for Hungary national team. During his time in the 1950’s, his team was a major threat in the international football championships. He ensured no game ends without a goal originating from his left foot.
Some of his success records include seven goals he scored in two European Cup finals. At the club level, he was the top scorer for Real Madrid and 5 league wins for Budapest Honved. He stood out as the best striker of her time. He is known to have played for two national teams; Hungary and Spain.
7. Johan Cruyff
During his time, Johan was known as the total football management by his colleagues. His twenty years career as a footballer left remarkable success to Ajax and Barcelona giving 3 European cup wins to Ajax and 2 to Barcelona. He managed to score 33 goals in 48 matches he played for the Netherlands national team.
6. Ronaldo de Lima
Ronaldo is regarded as the Brazilian Football Legend. His great moments were the period between 1993 and 2011 when he gave the best to his national team and various clubs. His history with Brazil national team is 62 goals in 97 matches including two world cup wins of 1994 and 2002. At the club level, he managed UFA champions league win for Barcelona in 1997 and the same title win for Intermittent in 1998. He has a history of two prestigious UEFA wins in two consecutive years. He is the second top scorer of all the time for Brazil with a record of 15 goals in World cup tournaments. He holds 3 FIFA player of the year Awards.
5. Zinedine Zidane
Zidane became famous in the football arena between 1988 and 2006. His succeeded both at the club level and national level. He scored a total of 31 goals for France and was known to be the best in shots and penalties take out. He won the 1998 world cup title with France and has equally won all the major tournaments in Europe.
At club level, he gave his best to Juventus and Real Madrid including the UEFA champions league title win with Real Madrid in 2002. He got 3 FIFA player of the year titles.
4. Christiano Ronaldo
Christiano Ronaldo is not a new name but rather a common name in football. He plays for Portugal national team and has played for various clubs; Andorinha, Sporting C.P, Manchester United, and is currently playing for Real Madrid. He has various lists of success and titles but to mention just a few, 3 golden boots (2008,2011 and 2014), FIFA Pro Player of the year, Footballer of the year (2007 and 2008), Puskas gold of the year 2009. He has a record of 17 goals in 2013/14 champions league, the highest ever in a single champions league. He won the UEFA champions league title the same season with Real Madrid.
3. Diego Maradona
In absence of further analysis, anybody else have it that Maradona is the best and should appear position one in this list. However, considering the detailed list of success, allow him to be here. Maradona, the Argentina national team captain who took the world cup title in 1986 is the best known dribbler. He scored 34 goals in total for Argentina and also played for great clubs such as Napoli, barcelona, Boca, Sevilla among others. In every undertaking, Diego was a success. He won Seria A in 1987 and 1990, and UEFA Cup 1989 with Napoli. His position as the head coach for Argentina national team from 2008 to 2010 adds to his success.
2. Lionel Messi
Messi is also a figure that needs no publicity in the football arena. His dominance in the FIFA player of the year title has been a success on its own. He has played for his national team Argentina at the World cup tournament thrice with the latest in 2014 which saw Argentina clinching position 2 after Germany. However, most of his success story revolves around his only ever club, Barcelona. He has won 6 La Liga titles and 3 champions league titles with Barcelona. He is the top scorer ever for Barcelona. He also possess 4 Ballon d’Or awards.
Call him the Brazilian Legend and you wont be criticized. His official name is Edson Arantes Do Nascimento, the great Pele is really a football Legend born Brazil. His list of success is too long to exhaust but mentioning his 760 goals as a footballer between 1956 and 1977 cannot be missed out. Out of his, 77 goals he scored for the national team and the rest for the various clubs he played for. He won 3 world cup tournaments and 11 Championship titles for Sao Paulo Football Club. Currently, Pele is the ambassador for the football game.
As explicit as it is, the top 10 best soccer players of all time cannot end without a big congratulations from the writer of this piece and the loyal readers. Congrats all !