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.
He died of cardiac arrest on November 25, 2020 at the age of 60
He is the best
Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as "Pelé", is a Brazilian former 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 ...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 easily the greatest Athlete of all time, and defintely the best soccer player of the 20th century.
Pele is the best because he was the youngest and the most talented soccer player.
One of the greatest footballer in 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 ...read more.
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 ...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
Simply the best
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. ...read more.
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 ...read 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.
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 Fausto Rossi
17 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.
18 Peter Lorimer
19 Stan Bowles
20 Roberto Rivelino
21 John Giles
22 Allan Simonsen
23 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.
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 Rudy Ruettiger