Greatest Footballers of the 20th Century

The Top Ten
1 Diego Maradona Diego Armando Maradona (October 30, 1960 - November 25, 2020) was an Argentine professional footballer. 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.

His skill to run with the ball, this passing skill and his finishing is the best of all... His abilities and his achievements cannot be matched. He is the all time footballer, and he is the living legend. He is the heart of the many football fans...

By far the greatest what he did in 86 no other player has come close too that 4get messi

I have not seen such a talented complete footballer on my life.

Won the scudetto with a below average napoli team

2 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".

Pele is a kind of player that would always light the game up, with a great goal, piece of skill or tackle, he was the most perfect player of all time.

Definitely the best player of all time.

Greatest ever
Idiot maradona fanboys put him at no 2

Best player of all time is king pele 1283 goal
650 goal pass

3 Zinedine Zidane Zinedine Yazid Zidane, nicknamed "Zizou", is a retired French footballer and current manager of Real Madrid.
4 Johan Cruijff

Hendrik Johannes Cruijff, anglicised to Cruyff 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 the most famous exponent of the football philosophy known as Total Football explored by Rinus Michels, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in football history. He played as a forward or attacking midfielder. Cruyff led the Netherlands to the final of the 1974 FIFA World Cup and received the Golden Ball as player of the tournament.
Wearing the number 14 jersey, he set a trend for wearing shirt numbers outside the usual starting line-up numbers of one to eleven.
He was elected :
World Soccer's The Greatest Players of the 20th Century: 3nd
France Football's Player of the 20th Century: 3nd
IFFHS European Player of the 20th Century: 1st
IFFHS World Player of the 20th Century: 2nd.

5 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.
6 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.
7 George Best George Best was a Northern Irish professional footballer who played as a winger for Manchester United and the Northern Ireland national team.

Best tribbling skills!

A shame he couldn’t play World Cup on a UK team, rather than one limited to Northern Ireland.

8 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.
9 Alfredo di Stefano

ONE OF THE MOST LEGENDARY PLAYERS IN FOOTBALL HISTORY. He was voted 4th player of 20th century behind Pelé, Diego Maradona, and Johan Cruyff, in a vote organised by France Football magazine.

10 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.
The Contenders
11 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.
12 Ferenc Puskás

"The Galloping Major" could had won 4 Ballon d'Or (1948,1952,1953,1954) if this award was founded ten years earlier.
But even without them, he is one of the greatest and most famous football players in the history of the most popular sport in the world.

He is the official goalscorer of the 20th century and the best europen player of the 20th century!

13 Roberto Baggio Roberto Baggio (Italian pronunciation: roˈbɛrto ˈbaddʒo), born 18 Feb 1967, is an Italian former professional footballer who mainly played as a second striker, or as an attacking midfielder. In 1993, he was named FIFA World Player of the Year and won the Ballon d'Or. He is the former President of ...read more.

Il DIVIN CODINO... NOBODY LIKE HIM... Italy WILL NEVER HAVE AGAIN A GENIUS LIKE HIM.. WHEN HE PLAYED HE GAVE PEOPLE EMOTIONS... AND THERE' AN Italian SONG THAT SAYS" SINCE BAGGIO DOESN'T PLAY ANYMORE, IT'S NOT SUNDAY ANYMORE"...

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

As good as Pele

16 Stanley Matthews

Greatest British football player ever.

17 Gerd Muller

One of the greatest scorers in football history.
The 'bomber' netted 1,461 goals in his career (more than Pele) 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). As far as I know he is the only one who managed to do so.

One of the greatest players

18 Hristo Stoichkov Hristo Stoichkov is a retired Bulgarian footballer who is currently a football commentator for Univision Deportes.

Underrated genius from Bulgaria

19 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.

3 Ballon d'Or. That's enough.

20 Dennis Bergkamp Dennis Nicolaas Maria Bergkamp is a Dutch former professional footballer, who is the assistant manager to Frank de Boer at Ajax.
21 Giuseppe Meazza

Best Italian football player ever.

22 Juan Alberto Schiaffino
23 Zico

The 'white Pele' was arguably the world's best player of the late 1970s and early 80s, and he is regarded as one of the best playmakers and free kick specialists in history,.

24 Lothar Matthaus

Lothar Herbert Matthäus is a German great footballer of the 20th century. After captaining West Germany to victory in the 1990 FIFA World Cup where he lifted the World Cup trophy, he was named European Footballer of the Year (Ballon d'Or). Matthäus held the record of having played in five FIFA World Cups (1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998), more than any other outfield player in men's football, until the 2018 World Cup, in which Mexico's Rafael Márquez equalled his record and holds the record for the most World Cup matches played by a single player (25 games). Matthäus is the most capped German player of all time, retiring with a total of 150 appearances (83 for West Germany) in 20 years which was a World record at that time (2000).
During his career, he usually played as a box-to-box midfielder, although late in his career he played as a sweeper.

25 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.
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