Best Footballers of the 70s


The Top Ten

1 Diego Maradona Diego Maradona Diego Armando Maradona is a retired Argentine professional footballer. He is known for "The Goal of the Century" and the "Hand of God" goal.

He is the best

2 George Best George Best George Best was a Northern Irish professional footballer who played as a winger for Manchester United and the Northern Ireland national team.

The others here couldn't lace George's boots.

Pele called him the greatest footballer in the world and stated he should have been Brazillian. Need anymore be said?

Besty was amazing player, like jimmy johnstone from celtic in the 60s n 70s I sometimes imagine if they played in the same team that would be a joy to watch,man utd wher intrested in him when celtic boys team travelled to old trafford to play man utd boys and saw his potential but jock stien came to celtic and signed him up/

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3 Pele Pele Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pelé, is a retired Brazilian professional footballer who played as a forward.

Pele is easily the greatest Athlete of all time, and defintely the best soccer player of the 20th century.

Pele is the king of football and best of all time

He just is simply amazing
JUST LOOK AT THE STATS over 1 thousand goals - aido17

I wrote a paper in High School about Pele.1984 ish
Anything they could make a ball out of.. sock what ever was a soccer ball/foot ball was game me and my buddy could make moves and had fun with the sport. Long story before Hackie Sacks.. at the end he had the drive and pure passion to do what he did. Don't matter where you came from, passion.. Enjoy

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4 Jimmy Johnstone

Jinky on the wing was amazing,his dribbling was superb,the guy was special,he toyed with reall madrid at alfredo destefanos testimonial.only 2 weeks after winning the European cup wit celtic in 67,they won every tournament they entered tat year with a domestic treble same year.and the rest is istory

5 Kenny Dalglish
6 Johan Cruyff Johan Cruyff

Pele was better through the 60s from what I know so overall the 70s is Cruyff for me


Simply world class 👌

Ajax 240/190
Barcelona 143/48
Los Angeles Aztecs 27/14
Washington Diplomats 32/12
Levante 10/2
Ajax 36/14
Feyenoord 33/11 Netherlands 48/33 - SimichSoso

7 Zico (Arthur Antunes Coimbra)
8 Franz Beckenbauer Franz Beckenbauer

Bayern Munchen 427/60
New York Cosmos 105/19
Hamburger SV 28/0
New York Cosmos 27/2
West Germany 103/14 - SimichSoso

Ranking Beckenbauer behind Best and especially Johnstone is disgraceful.
In his prime, he was the best defender in the world and at the same time one of the best midfielders. As one of the most complete players to ever grace the game, he combined speed, elegance, superb tacklings, powerful long shots and amazing passes.
He was known for being a smart tactician and his interpretation of the "sweeper" heavily influenced football.
When it comes to trophies, Beckenbauer cannot be forgotten: As a player, he led West Germany to a WC title in 1974 and an EC title in 1972. He won the Champions League 4 times (1974,75,76 and 83) and became German Champion 5 times. He was even determined as the 3rd best footballer of the 20th century by the FIFA in 2000, behind Pele and Cruyff, but in front of Maradona. He's clearly one of the greatest ever, only few players in the history of this sport can compare with his skills and fame. Nicknamed "The Emperor" (Der Kaiser) he established an era of ...more

9 Fausto Rossi
10 Mario Kempes

The Newcomers

? John Giles

Could easily play for the current Barcalona team

The Contenders

11 Gerd Muller

1861 Nördlingen 31/51
Bayern Munchen 453/398
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 71/38
West Germany 62/68 - SimichSoso

12 Kevin Keegan Kevin Keegan Joseph Kevin Keegan is an English former football player and manager. A forward, he played for several clubs including Liverpool and Hamburger SV.
13 Michel Platini Michel Platini Michel François Platini is a football administrator, who served as the president of the Union of European Football Associations from 2007 until 2015, after which he was banned for 8 years following an ethics investigation by the FIFA Ethics Committee on 21 December 2015, and formerly a French football more.

Nancy 181/98
Saint-Etienne 104/58
Juventus 147/68
France 72/41 - SimichSoso

14 Marco van Basten Marco van Basten Marcel "Marco" van Basten is a Dutch football manager and former football player, who played for Ajax and Milan, as well as the Netherlands national team, in the 1980s and early '90s as a forward.
15 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

Bayern Munich 310/162
Internazionale 64/24
Servette FC 50/34
West Germany 95/45 - SimichSoso

16 Oleg Blokhin
17 Luigi Riva

The best Italian striker of all time, the legendary "roar of thunder"!

One of the greatest ever! The best scorer of italian national team, Cagliari's legend!
The man known as "roar of thunder"!

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18 Peter Lorimer
19 Bobby Charlton Bobby Charlton Sir Robert "Bobby" Charlton is an English former football player, regarded as one of the greatest midfielders of all time, and an essential member of the England team who won the World Cup in 1966, the year he also won the Ballon d'Or.

A brilliant goal scoring midfielder

20 Stan Bowles
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