Top 10 Most Legendary Football (Soccer) Players

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The Top Ten

1 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".

He is the best

He scored 1,284 goals like what the legitimate heck.

€ “The greatest player in history was Di Stefano. I refuse to classify Pele as a player. He was above that.” Ferenc Puskas
• "Pele is the best player of all time, better than Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo." Alfredo Di Stefano
• “I can be a new Di Stefano, but I can’t be a new Pelé. He is the one that goes beyond the limits of logic.”
Johan Cruyff
• "Pele played in an era which had so many great players and in that atmosphere he stood out above the others. He was the complete player in every aspect as well as being a kind human being. Cristiano Ronaldo is young yet, and has many years ahead of himself. But as of now, I do not see anyone who can compare with Pele". Eusébio
• "However, I do think there's someone who was even better(than Messi) and that's Pele. He used both feet on the pitch. He was as dangerous with his right as he was with his left. He was strong in the air as well, and created a lot of chances." Gianni Rivera
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2 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.
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.

Amazing technical abilities but not a leader. That's why Argentina lost two Copa America finals and one World Cup final. Maradona is still the God of football for the Argentinians.

Messi the best stupid Ronaldo

4 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.

Underrated in this list, he's still the best European football player ever.

5 Alfredo Di Stefano

The greatest football player till Pele appeared.

6 Cristiano Ronaldo 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.

Second best European football player ever.

This guy should be second under pele because pele is like the best ever
anyway messi is a guy who shoots while ronaldo is a team player you don't see him shoot from half field just for cheers

WTFF IS Christiano Ronaldo 12TH PLACE HE 100 % SHOULD BE 1ST

7 Ferenc Puskas Ferenc Puskas Ferenc Puskás was a Hungarian footballer and manager, widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time.
8 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.
9 Zinedine Zidane Zinedine Zidane Zinedine Yazid Zidane, nicknamed "Zizou", is a retired French footballer and current manager of Real Madrid.
10 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.

The Newcomers

? Raymond Kopa Raymond Kopa
? Franco Baresi Franco Baresi

The Contenders

11 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.

Michael François Platini is a former French football player.
Regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, Platini won the Ballon d'Or three times, in 1983, 1984 and 1985, and came 6th in the FIFA Player of the Century vote.
He holds the record for most goals (9) scored in the European Championship despite only appearing in the victorious 1984 edition

12 Zico
13 Juan Alberto Schiaffino

Greatest Uruguayan player ever.

14 Garrincha Garrincha Manuel Francisco dos Santos, known by the nickname Garrincha, was a Brazilian footballer who played right winger and forward.
15 Gerd Müller Gerd Müller

The "Bomber der Nation" is one of the most decorated players in football history and ranked 13th in the IFFHS 20th century elections.

16 Giuseppe Meazza

Best Italian football player ever, with two World Cups (1934,1938).

17 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.
18 José Manuel Moreno

'El Charro' was the first Argentinian legend. He played in 5 differend countries winning 12 top league championships.
He was elected by IFFHS as the 5th South American football player of the 20th century (after Pele, Maradona, Di Stefano and Garrincha).

19 Sir Stanley Matthews

Greatest English football player ever (that's why he's a Sir-the first one).

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 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.

A f... a... who should register votes deleted 2 votes of mine some hours ago making another non voting list.

22 Lothar Matthaus Lothar Matthaus
23 Gianni Rivera

For those who disagree with the comment about Meazza, there's only one other choice:Gianni Rivera.
He was voted 19th player of 20th century in the elections of IFFHS whereas Meazza 21st.

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).

The best player of the first great team in football history, National team of Uruguay (1920s):two gold medals in Olympic Games, winner of the first World Cup

P. S. This top 10 is one of the best I've seen till now.

25 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.

26 Matthias Sindelar Matthias Sindelar

Austrian great of the midwar years. He was named Austria's sportsman of 20th century in 1998.

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.

Best goalkeeper of all times with no doubt.

28 Romário de Souza Faria Romário de Souza Faria Romário de Souza Faria, known simply as Romário, is a Brazilian politician, who previously achieved worldwide fame as a footballer.
29 Bobby Moore Bobby Moore Robert Frederick Chelsea "Bobby" Moore was an English professional footballer. He captained West Ham United for more than ten years and was captain of the England team that won the 1966 World Cup.
30 Fritz Walter
31 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’.

I think the best defender after Beckenbauer.

32 Ricardo Zamora

'El Divino' was a legendary Spanish goalkeeper of the midwar years,the best of the first half of 20th century.
He was also the subject of controversy throughout his career which increased his fame. Some football experts regarded him as the best player of the first half of 20th century.

33 Arsenio Erico Arsenio Erico

Greatest Paraguayan player ever.
He was one of the finest players of 1930s, a prolific striker noted for his technique.

34 Zizinho Zizinho

Thomaz Soares da Silva, also known as Zizinho, was a Brazilian attacking midfielder.
He came to international prominence at the 1950 World Cup, elected as the best player of the tournament.
He's still the all time top scorer of Copa America with 17 goals.

35 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.
36 Steven Gerrard Steven Gerrard Steven George Gerrard is an English professional footballer who plays for Major League Soccer club LA Galaxy.
37 Gianluigi Buffon Gianluigi Buffon Gianluigi "Gigi" Buffon is an Italian professional goalkeeper who plays for and captains both Serie A club Juventus and the Italian national team.
38 Josef Bican Josef Bican
39 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.
40 Oliver Kahn Oliver Kahn Oliver Rolf Kahn is a German former football goalkeeper. He started his career in the Karlsruher SC Junior team in 1975. Twelve years later, Kahn made his debut match in the professional squad.
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