Top Ten Players to have Won the Golden Ball/Best Player in the FIFA World Cup
The Top Ten
1 Pelé (1970 Mexico) 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".
2 Diego Maradona (1986 Mexico) 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 Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima (1998 France) 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.
4 Johan Cruyff (1978 West Germany) 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.
5 Lionel Messi (2014 Brazil) 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.
6 Zinedine Zidane (2006 Germany) Zinedine Yazid Zidane, nicknamed "Zizou", is a retired French footballer and current manager of Real Madrid.
7 Paolo Rossi (1982 Spain)
8 Romário (1994 United States) Romário de Souza Faria, known simply as Romário, is a Brazilian politician, who previously achieved worldwide fame as a footballer.
9 Leônidas da Silva (1938 France)
10 Mario Kempes (1978 Argentina)
He was also the top scorer of the Cup.
11 Gerd Müller (1970 Germany)
12 Ronaldo (2002 Brazil) 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.
13 Eusébio (1966 Portugal) 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.
14 Just Fontaine (1958 France)
15 Sándor Kocsis (1954 Hungary)
16 Gary Lineker (1986 England) Gary Winston Lineker is an English former professional footballer and current sports broadcaster. He holds England's record for goals in FIFA World Cup finals, with 10 scored. Lineker's media career began with the BBC, where he has presented the flagship football programme Match of the Day since the ...read more.
17 Miroslav Klose (2006 Germany) Miroslav Josef Klose is a German professional footballer who last played as a striker for Serie A club Lazio.
18 Grzegorz Lato (1974 Poland)
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