Most Iconic Soccer (Football) Players of All Time


The Top Ten

1 Diego Armando Maradona

He is just #1 of all time

Yep, with probably the two most famous goals in the sport. A player who was on a league of his own in his time. - ParasN2000

There is only one God of football... D10S

2 Pelé

Pele the best in history.
LOL Messi better than Pele.

He is the GOAT

The best

3 Lionel Messi Lionel Messi Lionel Andrés "Leo" Messi is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona. He is also known as one of the greatest football players of all time. He was born in Rosario, Argentina on June 24th, 1987.

Wow. After years of television I have not found a single mistake in his plays. Anything he does is for a reason. His vision is what makes him superior to anyone else. And I am sure biome can be compared to his dribbling

Messi is the best soccer player in the world nobody could take the ball from him like wow I would want to be like him

Two words : the best

Best of all time by far

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4 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.

Absolutely the best! Hip Hip Hooray for Ronaldo! - PopGeorge1678

Cristiano Ronaldo You Beauty...

Best of all time...

Messi need iniasta,Xavi,Neymar and suarez for scoring.but but Ronaldo play alone and he is best

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5 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.
6 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.
7 Zinédine Zidane


-The best European player of the past 50 year award was given to him in 2004. Meaning no one who played in Europe was as good as him from 1954-2004 (this includes the argentine diego maradona who played for roma and Barcelona).
-Many agree he is the greatest French player of all time!
- he has won 4 awards equivelant to todays b'allon dor {3 FIFA player of the year award + 1 European player of the year(this was changed to ballon dor)}
-He has won every trophy you can win in soccer except confederation cup. But no one has as much variety of trophies as he does.

8 Ronaldinho Ronaldinho Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, commonly known as Ronaldinho or Ronaldinho Gaúcho, is a retired Brazilian footballer.

This tricks are inspirational and mesmerising

9 Ronaldo Ronaldo Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, commonly known as Ronaldo, is a Brazilian retired professional footballer who played as a striker. Popularly dubbed O Fenômeno, he is widely considered to be one of the greatest football players of all time.
10 Alfredo Di Stefano

One of the most legendary football players, best player till Pele appeared.

The Contenders

11 Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimović is a Swedish professional footballer who plays for an English club Manchester United and the Sweden national team for which he is captain.
12 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.
13 Férenc Puskás
14 Lothar Matthäus Lothar Matthäus
15 Garrincha Garrincha Manuel Francisco dos Santos, known by the nickname Garrincha, was a Brazilian footballer who played right winger and forward.

Garrincha sucks

The second after Pele :D. True Legend. RIP GARRINCHA

16 Thierry Henry Thierry Henry Thierry Daniel Henry is a French professional football coach and former player. He is the second assistant coach of the Belgium national team.
17 Eusébio Eusébio 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.
18 Stanley Matthews

Greatest British player ever. The first winner of Ballon d'Or (1956).
His professional career lasted 33 years (! ).

19 Juan Alberto Schiaffino

Greatest Uruguayan player ever.

20 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.
21 Josef Bican

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.

22 Giuseppe Meazza

Greatest Italian player ever.

23 Zico Zico
24 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.
25 José Leandro Andrade

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

26 Raymond Kopa Raymond Kopa
27 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.

Greatest goalkeeper ever.

28 Héctor Scarone

A legend of the first half of 20th century.

29 Ricardo Kaka

Don't forget this soccer legend played better at his time - paasadani

He is so cool

30 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.

He made some crazy goals and crazy back and front flips.

He was just amazing with one touch he could make a goal

31 Nicklas Bendtner Nicklas Bendtner
32 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.
33 Ali Karimi Ali Karimi Ali Karimi nicknamed "Maradona of Asia", is an Iranian coach and retired footballer. He has played for Fath Tehran, Persepolis, Al-Ahli Dubai, Bayern Munich, Qatar SC, Steel Azin, Schalke 04, Tractor Sazi, and the Iran national team for which he scored 38 goals in 127 appearances.

Ali Karimi for the win!

34 Steven Gerrard Steven Gerrard Steven George Gerrard is an English professional footballer who plays for Major League Soccer club LA Galaxy.
35 Elias Figueroa (Chile) Elias Figueroa (Chile)

One of the best deffenders of all times, 3 times best player in South America.

36 Tom Finney

Another 'Sir' of the English football.

37 Zizinho

One of the best Brazilian players.

38 Ricardo Zamora

A legend of the first half of 20th century, very little known.Elected among the top 5 goalkeepers of the century in any of the international media or organizations of football.

39 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.

40 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

2 Ballon d'Or.

41 Didi

Waldyr Pereira most known as Didi was a real legend of Brazilian football. He participated in 3 World Cups, won 2 and was the best player of one (1958).
He's regarded by many in the 5 best Brazilian players of all times with Pele, Garrincha, Zico and Ronaldo.

42 Kaka Kaka Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, commonly known as Kaká or Ricardo Kaká, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Orlando City SC in Major League Soccer and the Brazil national team.
43 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’.
44 Roger Milla

Best African player of the second half of 20th century.

45 Omar Sivori
46 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.

47 Just Fontaine

Greatest French scorer. His record of 13 goals in single World Cup (1958) will never be broken.

48 Franco Baresi Franco Baresi
49 Giacinto Facchetti

One of the 5 best centre backs of all times.

50 Sandro Mazzola
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