Top 10 Best Footballers (Soccer Players) of the 70s

The 1970s is a period that has its unique charm and is often considered a golden era of football. A decade brimming with flamboyant styles, fascinating tactics, and, of course, legendary footballers who graced the pitch with their unmatched skills and charisma.

Now, we delve into a question that's a delightful dilemma for fans worldwide: Who were the best footballers (or soccer players, for our American friends) of the 70s? When the sport was blessed with abundant talent, it can be quite a challenge to narrow down the standouts.

Will the enigmatic Johan Cruyff, with his 'Total Football' ethos, win the hearts of fans? Or will the electrifying speed and skill of George Best place him at the top? Or perhaps the unyielding consistency of Franz Beckenbauer will be what voters value most? Your votes will carve the path to answer these questions.
The Top Ten
1 Diego Maradona Diego Armando Maradona (October 30, 1960 - November 25, 2020) was an Argentine professional footballer. Widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, he was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the 20th Century award. Maradona was given the nickname "El Pibe de Oro" ("The Golden Boy"). He was known for the "Goal of the Century" and the "Hand of God" goal... read more

He is the best

2 Pelé Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as "Pelé", was a Brazilian professional footballer who played as a forward. In 1999 he was named Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee and was included in the Time list of the 100 most important people of the 20th century. In 2000, Pelé was voted World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics... read more

I wrote a paper in High School about Pele.1984 ish
Anything they could make a ball out of.. sock what ever was a soccer ball/foot ball was game me and my buddy could make moves and had fun with the sport. Long story before Hackie Sacks.. at the end he had the drive and pure passion to do what he did. Don't matter where you came from, passion.. Enjoy

Pele is the best because he was the youngest and the most talented soccer player.

Pele is easily the greatest Athlete of all time, and defintely the best soccer player of the 20th century.

3 Johan Cruyff Hendrik Johannes "Johan" Cruijff (25 April 1947 – 24 March 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. Cruyff was a proponent of the football philosophy known as Total Football explored by Rinus Michels, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest and the most prolific players in the history of the sport.

Should be number 1

Pele was better through the 60s from what I know so overall the 70s is Cruyff for me

4 George Best George Best (22 May 1946 – 25 November 2005) was a Northern Irish professional footballer who played as a winger, spending most of his club career at Manchester United. A highly skillful dribbler, Best is regarded as one of the best players in the history of the sport. He was named European Footballer of the Year in 1968 and came sixth in the FIFA Player of the Century vote. Best received plaudits... read more

Pele called him the greatest footballer in the world and stated he should have been Brazillian. Need anymore be said?

The others here couldn't lace George's boots.

Best footballer ever

5 Franz Beckenbauer Franz Anton Beckenbauer (born 11 September 1945) 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. He is widely regarded to be one of the greatest players in the history of the sport. A versatile player who started out as a midfielder, Beckenbauer made his name as a central defender. He is often credited as having invented the role of the modern sweeper (libero).

Ranking Beckenbauer behind Best and especially Johnstone is disgraceful.
In his prime, he was the best defender in the world and at the same time one of the best midfielders. As one of the most complete players to ever grace the game, he combined speed, elegance, superb tacklings, powerful long shots and amazing passes.
He was known for being a smart tactician and his interpretation of the "sweeper" heavily influenced football.
When it comes to trophies, Beckenbauer cannot be forgotten: As a player, he led West Germany to a WC title in 1974 and an EC title in 1972. He won the Champions League 4 times (1974,75,76 and 83) and became German Champion 5 times. He was even determined as the 3rd best footballer of the 20th century by the FIFA in 2000, behind Pele and Cruyff, but in front of Maradona. He's clearly one of the greatest ever, only few players in the history of this sport can compare with his skills and fame. Nicknamed "The Emperor" (Der Kaiser) he established an era of ...more

6 Gerd Müller

One of the greatest scorers in football history, Ballon d'Or 1970.
The 'bomber' netted 1,461 goals in his career (more than Pele in less matches) 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).Top scorer of the World Cup 1970 (10 goals).

7 Kenny Dalglish
8 Michel Platini Michel François Platini (born 21 June 1955) is a French football administrator and former player and manager. As the president of UEFA in 2015 he was banned from involvement in football under FIFA's organisation, over ethics violations. The ban will last until 2023. 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 seventh in the FIFA Player of the Century vote. In recognition of his achievements, he was named a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur in 1985 and became an Officier in 1998. more.
9 Kevin Keegan Joseph Kevin Keegan (born 14 February 1951) is an English former football player and manager. A forward, he played for several clubs including Liverpool and Hamburger SV.
10 Zico
The Contenders
11 Mario Kempes
12 Oleg Blokhin
13 Luigi Riva

One of the greatest ever! The best scorer of italian national team, Cagliari's legend!
The man known as "roar of thunder"!

The best Italian striker of all time, the legendary "roar of thunder"!

14 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
15 Jimmy Johnstone

Enshrined the ethos of the 1967 Lisbon Lions. Celtic legend and under appreciated footballer.

16 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.
17 Fausto Rossi
18 Peter Lorimer
19 Roberto Rivelino
20 Allan Simonsen
21 Bobby Charlton Sir Robert "Bobby" Charlton is an English football player, regarded as one of the greatest midfielders of all time. He was an essential member of the England team that won the World Cup in 1966, the same year he also won the Ballon d'Or.
22 Stan Bowles
23 John Giles
24 Elias Figueroa

One the best deffenders of all times.
P. S. There is a little mess in this list: Van Basten was a kid in the 70s,Messi wasn't even born(! ),there's no player named Fausto Rossi-it's Paolo and Diego Maradona was just starting his career (youth world champion with the National team). This decade belongs to Cruyff.

25 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.
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