Greatest Footballers of the 20th Century

The Top Ten

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.

His skill to run with the ball, this passing skill and his finishing is the best of all... His abilities and his achievements cannot be matched. He is the all time footballer, and he is the living legend. He is the heart of the many football fans...

By far the greatest what he did in 86 no other player has come close too that 4get messi

I have not seen such a talented complete footballer on my life.

Won the scudetto with a below average napoli team

Pele Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as "Pelé", is a retired Brazilian professional footballer who played as a forward. He is one of the best players in football, hence why he's nicknamed the "king of football".

Pele is a kind of player that would always light the game up, with a great goal, piece of skill or tackle, he was the most perfect player of all time.

He is a epic player and should be first because he is the king of football and he also had a sad life

Pele, Cruyff maradona, beckenbauer and best are the top ones I've seen top British player outside best bobby Charlton

Definitely the best player of all time.

Zinedine Zidane Zinedine Yazid Zidane, nicknamed "Zizou", is a retired French footballer and current manager of Real Madrid.
Johan Cruijff

Hendrik Johannes Cruijff, anglicised to Cruyff was a Dutch professional football player and coach. As a player, he won the Ballon d'Or three times, in 1971, 1973, and 1974. Cruyff was the most famous exponent of the football philosophy known as Total Football explored by Rinus Michels, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in football history. He played as a forward or attacking midfielder. Cruyff led the Netherlands to the final of the 1974 FIFA World Cup and received the Golden Ball as player of the tournament.
Wearing the number 14 jersey, he set a trend for wearing shirt numbers outside the usual starting line-up numbers of one to eleven.
He was elected :
World Soccer's The Greatest Players of the 20th Century: 3nd
France Football's Player of the 20th Century: 3nd
IFFHS European Player of the 20th Century: 1st
IFFHS World Player of the 20th Century: 2nd.

Franz Beckenbauer Franz Anton Beckenbauer is a German former professional footballer and manager. Early in his playing career he was nicknamed Der Kaiser because of his elegant style, dominance and leadership on the field, and also as his first name "Franz" is reminiscent of the Austrian emperors.
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Italian club Juventus and the Portugal national team.
George Best George Best was a Northern Irish professional footballer who played as a winger for Manchester United and the Northern Ireland national team.

Best tribbling skills!

David Beckham David Robert Joseph Beckham is an English retired professional footballer. He played for Manchester United, Preston North End, Real Madrid, Milan, LA Galaxy, Paris Saint-Germain and the England national team, for which he held the appearance record for an outfield player until 2016.
Alfredo di Stefano

ONE OF THE MOST LEGENDARY PLAYERS IN FOOTBALL HISTORY. He was voted 4th player of 20th century behind Pelé, Diego Maradona, and Johan Cruyff, in a vote organised by France Football magazine.

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 ...read more.

The Contenders

Hugo Sanchez Hugo Sánchez Márquez is a retired Mexican professional footballer and manager. A prolific goalscorer known for his spectacular strikes and volleys, Sánchez is widely regarded as Mexico's greatest-ever footballer, and one of the greatest players of his generation.
Ferenc Puskás

"The Galloping Major" could had won 4 Ballon d'Or (1948,1952,1953,1954) if this award was founded ten years earlier.
But even without them, he is one of the greatest and most famous football players in the history of the most popular sport in the world.

Roberto Baggio Roberto Baggio (Italian pronunciation: roˈbɛrto ˈbaddʒo), born 18 Feb 1967, is an Italian former professional footballer who mainly played as a second striker, or as an attacking midfielder. In 1993, he was named FIFA World Player of the Year and won the Ballon d'Or. He is the former President of ...read more.

Il DIVIN CODINO... NOBODY LIKE HIM... Italy WILL NEVER HAVE AGAIN A GENIUS LIKE HIM.. WHEN HE PLAYED HE GAVE PEOPLE EMOTIONS... AND THERE' AN Italian SONG THAT SAYS" SINCE BAGGIO DOESN'T PLAY ANYMORE, IT'S NOT SUNDAY ANYMORE"...

Eusebio Eusébio da Silva Ferreira was a Portuguese footballer who played as a striker. Eusébio is considered by many as one of the greatest footballers of all time. During his professional career, he scored 733 goals in 745 matches.
Garrincha Manuel Francisco dos Santos, known by the nickname Garrincha, was a Brazilian footballer who played right winger and forward.

As good as Pele

Hristo Stoichkov Hristo Stoichkov is a retired Bulgarian footballer who is currently a football commentator for Univision Deportes.

Underrated genius from Bulgaria

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.

3 Ballon d'Or. That's enough.

Stanley Matthews

Greatest British football player ever.

Dennis Bergkamp Dennis Nicolaas Maria Bergkamp is a Dutch former professional footballer, who is the assistant manager to Frank de Boer at Ajax.
Gerd Muller

One of the greatest scorers in football history.
The 'bomber' netted 1,461 goals in his career (more than Pele) and won all the tophies (team and personal as top scorer) in all the tournaments he took part (both with Bayern M. and the National team). As far as I know he is the only one who managed to do so.

One of the greatest players

Giuseppe Meazza

Best Italian football player ever.

Juan Alberto Schiaffino
Zico

The 'white Pele' was arguably the world's best player of the late 1970s and early 80s, and he is regarded as one of the best playmakers and free kick specialists in history,.

Johan Cruyff Hendrik Johannes Cruijff (1947-2016) was a Dutch professional football player and coach. As a player, he won the Ballon d'Or three times, in 1971, 1973, and 1974.
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.
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