To classify the greatest soccer or football players of all time is not so simple because the efforts of each player is massive for its team and country. Top 10 greatest players are classified here by their techniques, skills, spirit and inspiration on the game. We made a fair comparison and list below the top of the list players that people really want to know:
10 – Franz Beckenbauer
National Team: Germany (103 Caps)
Years Active: 1964 to 1983
Clubs: Hamburger SV, New York Cosmos, Bayern Munich
Born: 11 September 1945 (Age 71)
He was a German footballer known by his achievements and called as a greatest soccer Defender of all time. He was a versatile player start his career as a midfielder. Twice time won the title of the European Footballer of the Year. German Franz Beckenbauer played in three FIFA World Cups.
He has done the impressive records in Bayern Munich club where he spent most of his career. Also, won the European Champions Cups of 1974, 1975 and 1976 under his captaincy. Beckenbauer won the 1972 European Nations Championship and 1974 World Cup. He ended his footballer career in 1983.
9.) Michel Platini
National Team: France (72 Caps, 41 Goals)
Years Active: 1972 to 1987
Clubs: Nancy, Juventus, Saint-Etienne
Born: 21 June 1955 (Age 61)
He was a French footballer won the Ballon d’Or three times in 1983, 1984 and 1985 respectively. He was also a participant of 1978, 1982 and 1986 World Cups where he played as an attacking Midfielder. Platini is a principal architect of the achievement of the French Soccer Squad. Due to his techniques and class made his name Le Roi (The King, in French). He is known as the best free kick specialist of all time history.
Michel Platini has an unbeaten record of 9 Goals in 5 Matches in European Football Championship 1984. After the retirement in 1987 he became the coach of France National Team and ended his career in 1992. In 2007, Platini won UEFA presidency, a position he holds till now.
8.) Johan Cruyff
National Team: Netherlands (48 Caps, 33 Goals)
Years Active: 1964 to 1984
Clubs: Barcelona, Ajax, Los Angeles Aztecs, Washington Diplomat, Feyenoord)
Born: 25 April 1947 | Death: 24 March 2016 (Aged 68)
Johan Cruyff was a Dutch Football team player known as a modern player in the 70s due to his techniques, speed and physical moves. Due to this he got a nickname “El Flaco”(The Skinny). He left too many defenders on the back due to his God gifted speed. He was the incredible captain of Netherlands Team. But he never won any championship with Netherlands Football Team and lost 1974 World Cup final against West Germany.
After ending his career he become the manager of Barcelona and Ajax clubs. He won European Cup with both teams.
7.) Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima
National Team: Brazil (97 Caps, 62 Goals)
Years Active: 1993 to 2011
Clubs: Cruzeiro, PSV Endhoven, Barcelona, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Inter Milano, Corinthians
Born: 18 September 1976 (Age 40)
Ronaldo was a Brazilian Football player known in most goal scorers in football history. He was a main striker of his team and put 15 goals the second most goals in football World Cup history, he was also a two time World Cup winner.
Ronaldo de Lima was also deadly goal scorer and known by his speed, power and accuracy of hitting football towards goal. He also get a nickname Fenomeno and he also get many titles from Brazilian football. He won the FIFA World Cup in 1994 and 2002 with 97 appearances and 62 goals, also was a second top scorer after Pele. He was three times FIFA Player of the year.
6.) Miroslav Josef Klose
National Team: Germany (137 Caps, 71 Goals)
Years Active: 1998 to 2014
Clubs: FC 08 Homburg, Werder Bremen, Bayern Munich, Lazio
Born: 09 June 1978 (Age 38)
Miroslav Klose the former German footballer known as the record breaker in World Cup. He brake the 15 goals record of Ronaldo and finish the tournament by 16 goals. He is also the second most capped player of a German team. He is now the top scorer in the history of FIFA World Cup. In the history of World Cup, he scored 5 goals on his debut match in 2002.
He is also a top scorer of German football team. His team never lost any match in which Klose scored a goal. As a team player he won the Golden Boot in 2006 FIFA World Cup and won the 2014 FIFA World Cup and made his retirement after this huge victory.
5.) Zinedine Yazid Zidane
National Team: France (108 Caps, 31 Goals)
Years Active: 1988 to 2006
Clubs: Real Madrid, Cannes, Bordeaux, Juventus
Born: 23 June 1972 (Age 44)
Zinedine Zidane was a French football player known by a French football legend. He is known by the most brilliant techniques in football world. He was an attacking midfielder where he got a proper control on ball. He prove his self a complete football player by his techniques and control.
Zidane win all the trophies as a player and with French national team won 1998 FIFA World Cup with his 2 goals in a final match against Brazil. Also he won 2000 European football Championship and championship league in 2002 with Real Madrid. Now he is a part of Real Madrid team as a Team Coach.
4.) Diego Maradona
National Team: Argentina (91 Caps, 34 Goals)
Years Active: 1976 to 1997
Clubs: Barcelona, Argentino Juniors, Sevilla FC
Born: 30 October 1960 (Age 55)
Diego Maradona was a former Argentine football player known as Maradona. Appeared in 4 FIFA World Cups and in 1986 as a team captain he got a victory over Germany. He also won the Golden Ball Award that time. He was a second striker and attacking midfielder. Mostly football writers, former and current players regard him as a greatest football player of all time.
Maradona was a best controller of ball on his time where he confused most of the defenders by his techniques and ball touch. The end of his career by addiction to cocaine. He was also appointed as a team manager in 2008 but after the defeat on 2010 against Germany he ended his career.
3.) “Pele” Edson Arantes do Nascimento
National Team: Brazil (92 Caps, 77 Goals)
Years Active: 1956 to 1977
Clubs: Santos, New York Cosmos
Born: 23 October 1940 (Age 75)
Pele was a former Brazilian football team player, he is a greatest legend of football era. Also welcomed by International Olympic Committee as the “Athlete of the Century” in 1999. He was forward attacking midfielder. He was a complete player due to his techniques, special moves, speed and precise passing.
Pele made a World record of 1281 goals in 1363 matches that has not be broken by any player. He spent 22 years as a football player. There will be no one who will take place that he left after retirement. He was a professional soccer player due to his impact on football.
2.) Lionel Andres Messi
National Team: Argentina (over 114 Caps, 56 Goals)
Years Active: 2004 to Present
Clubs: Newell’s Old Boys, Barcelona
Born: 24 June 1987 (Age 29)
Lionel Messi is an active Argentina football team player rated as a greatest footballer of all time in football history. He is known by his fancy looks, speed, accurate passing and free kicks. He is also a captain of Argentine football team. He is the only footballer to win five FIFA Ballons d’Or and the first player to won 3 European Golden Shoe awards with Barcelona. He has scored over 500 career goals for his national team and clubs.
He is also a captain of Argentina team and was a Runner Up of 2014 FIFA World Cup. Most of the people around the world likes his game and spirit of football player, also he got appreciation by his team management and country. He is the only one who takes place after Maradona in Argentina to lead his team from front. He plays as forward playing position in team.
1.) Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro
National Team: Portugal (over 130 Caps, 58 Goals)
Years Active: 2003 to Present
Clubs: Sporting CP, Manchester United, Real Madrid
Born: 05 February 1985 (Age 31)
Cristiano Ronaldo is a Portuguese football team player and captain. He is the best Portuguese player of all time. He is the only player to win European Golden Shoe award. He is also the highest paid and famous athlete of all time. He is known by his magical moves, free kicks and control on ball. He is also a fastest player in football history due to his God gifted speed.
He is the fastest 200 goal scorer in La Liga. He is also a top goal scorer in UEFA Champions League. He is also the most goal scorer of Real Madrid club of all time. He was the most expensive player while transferring from Manchester United to Real Madrid in football history, transfer worth €94 million ($132 million). He get too much awards and fame as a football player. As a captain, he lift the Euro Cup 2016 trophy by defeating France. He is also known as a greatest footballer of all time.