In the last century or so, the game of football has produced many excellent players dedicated to entertaining the fans and helping their clubs and country’s to success. Some of these players excel even further and can be said to provide a little more than the rest. This is a list of some of the best players to ever grace the ‘beautiful game,’ though the order and names on the list are highly debatable.
Diego Maradona is considered to be a football genius who mesmerised fans with his ability to dance around defenders. The Argentinian international was also one of the best passers the world had ever seen and was a clinical goal scorer to boot, scoring 345 goals in 680 games, from midfield.
Brazil’s Pele wowed the crowds in the 1960s and early 1970s, helping his country win the 58, 62 and 1970 World Cups. Known for his strength and pace, in a glittering career, he played 1366 games and scored 1282 goals.
Michel Platini is widely seen as the best player of his generation and perhaps the best French player of all time. The attacking midfielder scored 353 goals in 652 games and as well as being an excellent passer, had one of the most feared free kicks in the World.
Contending with Platini for best French player and certainly not far behind is the great player from the 1990s Zinedine Zidane. The inspired leader was known for his ball control and passing, and for his ability to handle the pressure.
Roberto Carlos, the Brazilian and Real Madrid left wing back is one of the most consistent players of all time. His ability to put in performances at the highest level week in, week out have made him one of the most respected professionals in the game.
Alfredo di Stefano
Nicknamed the ‘Blond Arrow’, Alfredo di Stefano was a complete footballer who was as solid defensively as he was dangerous going forward. He is one of Madrid’s best ever scorers notching up 216 goals in 282 games and is also one of the most prolific scorers Spain has ever seen.
Another Madrid legend, Raul Gonzalez or simply Raul to his adoring fans, spent 16 years at the club, scoring 323 goals in 741 appearances making him the club’s top scorer. Raul was made club captain in 2003 and led them to so many victories that he earned the nickname the ‘Angel of Madrid’.
Gerd Muller of Germany was everything a great footballer should not have been, awkward and rather slow. However what he lacked in speed and grace he made up in acceleration over a short distance, which he used to devastating effect scoring 365 times out of 427 league games, and 68 goals in 62 internationals.
Johann Cruyff of Holland is the penultimate name on the list. The three times European Footballer of the Year was known for his great vision as he seemed to have the knack for always be able to anticipate the way a situation would play out.
Franz Beckenbauer gets the final spot on the list and is credited with having invented the attacking sweeper position. He is also the only person to have the distinction of winning the World Cup as both a player and a manager showing him to be a great leader.
Morgan Payne likes writing about football matches, afl tips and playing football whenever possible.