Greatest Footballers of the 20th Century

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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.

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...

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

2 Pele 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

Best player of all time is king pele 1283 goal
650 goal pass

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3 Zinedine Zidane Zinedine Zidane Zinedine Yazid Zidane, nicknamed "Zizou", is a retired French footballer and current manager of Real Madrid.
4 Johan Cruijff
5 Franz Beckenbauer 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.
6 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.
7 Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Portugal national team.
8 David Beckham 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.
9 Hugo Sanchez 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.
10 Roberto Baggio 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"...

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The Contenders

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

Underrated genius from Bulgaria - danoir999

12 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 ...read more.
13 Dennis Bergkamp Dennis Bergkamp Dennis Nicolaas Maria Bergkamp is a Dutch former professional footballer, who is the assistant manager to Frank de Boer at Ajax.
14 Alfredo di Stefano
15 Eusebio 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.
16 Ferenc Puskás
17 Johan Cruyff 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.
18 Zico
19 Garrincha Garrincha Manuel Francisco dos Santos, known by the nickname Garrincha, was a Brazilian footballer who played right winger and forward. V 1 Comment
20 Stanley Matthews
21 Chuni Goswami
22 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.
23 Lev Yashin Lev Yashin Lev Ivanovich Yashin, nicknamed the "Black Spider" or the "Black Panther", was a Soviet-Russian football goalkeeper, considered by many to be the greatest goalkeeper in the history of the game.
24 Héctor Scarone

The best player of the first great team in football history, the National team of Uruguay of the 20s (two Olympic gold medals, winner of the first World Cup).

25 Didi

Originally Waldyr Pereira.
One of the greatest Brazilian players, took part in three World Cups, won 2 of them and was Best player of the 1958 one.

26 Eric Cantona
27 Paolo Maldini Paolo Maldini Paolo Cesare Maldini is a former Italian professional footballer who played as a left back and central defender. Maldini captained Italy for 8 years and AC Milan for 12, and was renowned for his leadership skills, earning him the nickname “Il Capitano”, or ‘The Captain’.
28 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.

29 Raúl
30 Ronaldinho Gaucho Ronaldinho Gaucho Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, commonly known as Ronaldinho or Ronaldinho Gaúcho, is a retired Brazilian footballer.

The most skillful footballer to play the game. Full stop!

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31 Josef Bican

GREATEST SCORER OF ALL TIMES.
He scored 1,468+ total goals in his career, 805+ of them in official matches. At least 36 more official goals are to be verified increasing his numbers.He's the first of all times (second in total goals is G.Muller with 1,461 and in official matches Romario with 772).
When Pele scored his 1,000th goal (1969),Franz Binder (one of the few with more than 1,000 goals) said that 'if Pele scored 1,000 goals, then Bican had scored 5,000(! ). Bican was asked about this comment and said :'who would believe me if I say that I have scored 5,000 goals? '
Josef Bican was awarded the Golden Ball by IFFHS as the greatest scorer of the 20th century.

32 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.
33 Giuseppe Meazza

Best Italian football player ever.

34 José Leandro Andrade

Uruguay was the first great National football team.
If Scarone was the best, Andrade was also great.

35 Bobby Moore Bobby Moore
36 Fritz Walter

German legend, the best of the National team that won the 1954 World Cup.

37 Juan Alberto Schiaffino

Greatest Uruguayan player ever.

38 Lothar Matthaus Lothar Matthaus
39 Tom Finney

A 'Sir' of the English football.

40 Raymond Kopa Raymond Kopa
41 Ricardo Zamora
42 Gordon Banks

One of the best goalkeepers and English players of all times.

43 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.

2 Ballon d'Or.

44 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

2 Ballon d'Or.

45 Sándor Kocsis

The best Hungarian player after Puskas, member of the legendary Hungarian National team of the 50s.
Top scorer of the World Cup of 1954.

46 Zizinho

One of the best Brazilian players.

47 Just Fontaine

The greatest French scorer and one of the best in football history.His record of 13 goals in single World Cup (1958) will never be broken.

48 Cafu

In the best 11 team of all times as a right wing defender.

49 Gianni Rivera
50 Rui Costa
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