In recent years there has been a lot of controversy around the best soccer players, Messi or Cristiano? who is better? Many players have left their mark throughout history, and today we want to make a small memory for the best soccer players, those who have had something so special that it has kept them forever among the best of all time.
It is clear that in the last 10 years there has been no player capable of overshadowing Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, regardless of who wins the awards each year, they have both been the benchmarks in kicking the ball. But do they measure up to the greatest? Are they really the best in history?
These are some of the best soccer players of all time
1. Diego Armando Maradona
The only reason that Messi has not dethroned him yet is that he has not won a World Cup with his team, but there is no doubt that Maradona is still the best of all time. A unique quality, many titles, and a somewhat controversial personality that has brought him many problems, both on and off the field. He alone took Napoli as a normal team and led him to be great.
2. Lionel Messi
Perhaps it is a little daring to put Messi ahead of Pelé, but there is no doubt that he has earned more than enough merits and that his talent added to the titles he has earned him clearly deserves to be the best in history or at least the second. Messi has incredible talent, whatever team you are, it is impossible not to admire the quality he has, innate, with the ball at his feet.
The Brazilian, the best carioca of all time without a doubt, was proclaimed world champion three times with his country. He scored over 1,000 goals in his career but the fact of not having played in Europe is what perhaps prevents him from being clearly among the best.
4. Johan Cruyff
The Dutchman, who triumphed at Ajax and FC Barcelona, caused a sensation for his quality and style, which moved his players when he became a coach. It was the soul of the Dutch National Team and marked an era, is even today a benchmark for many players, especially those from their country.
5. Cristiano Ronaldo
As much as he is one of the two best players of the time, the Portuguese is still far from the previous ones, perhaps also because of a personality that does not help at all to rise positions. If Messi is the talent, CR7 is the work, the example that if you prepare you can get everything you want.
6. Alfredo Di Stéfano
Di Stéfano was a legend at Real Madrid, and although Cristiano surpassed him in numbers, experts continue to say that there has never been another man with more talent than himself in the Madrid club.
7. Franz Beckenbauer
This German was a central defender of those who marked an era, a true idol at Bayern Munich and in his country’s national team, with whom he proclaimed himself world champion in 1974. In that World Cup, he came to play a game with his shoulder dislocated. He is the best defender in history.
8. Zinedine Zidane
Today’s coach of Real Madrid was also a legend as a player in the white team, which he came from Juventus in Turin. He was a world champion in 1998 with France and also guided Madrid to conquer the Champions League with his volley goal that seems unforgettable. The stain on his career was his last game, in which he was sent off for hitting a rival with a header.
9. Ferenc Puskas
This Hungarian footballer made history at Real Madrid and is also one of the great legends of the white team. He was an Olympic champion and with Real Madrid, he won 5 Leagues and 3 European Cups, among others. FIFA currently awards the best goal of the year with an award that bears his name.
The Brazilian 9 is considered the best pure striker of all time, a unique player who due to illness could not finish his career in the best way. He triumphed in all his teams, won many titles and today he is the owner and president of Real Valladolid, a club he wants to take to the top.