What distinguishes soccer from other sports is the freedom of expression. Football players may shoot, pass, tackle, and dribble in many ways. This is what allows the most talented footballers to reach the very peak of the game.
Here is an interesting top 10 with the best football players of all time.
Ronaldinho has had some major achievements. He won the 2004 & 2005 FIFA World Player of the Yea and FIFPro World Player of The Year, and two La Liga titles.
Moreover, he also won in 2005 the Ballon d’Or and one UEFA Champions League.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
Another great football player, Cristiano Ronaldo also had plenty of achievements. He is being considered one of the best football players of all time.
The many goals prove it. The 5 Ballons d’Or prove it. The stats prove it. Other achievements include one UEFA European Championship and two La Liga titles.
3. Paolo Maldini
Paolo Maldini won 5 European Cups, 7 Scudetti, 2 International Cup, and one Coppa Italia. He was considered a player with an excellent vision on the field. He was and still is very loved in every corner of the world.
4. Zinedine Zidane
Who hasn’t heard about Zidane?! During his career, he had plenty of great achievements. His first achievement was in 1998 when he won the Ballon d’Or. In 2000 and 2003, he has the FIFA World Player of the Year.
In 2002, he won the title of the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year. Other similar titles were given to Zidane during his career. Plus, he won the 2006 FIFA World Cup Golden Ball.
Zidane was the only football player to be named Player of the Year in 3 of the top 5 leagues.
5. Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi is extraordinary. He won Ballon d’Or in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, and 2019. Other major achievements include 2009 FIFA World Player of the Year and La Liga all-time top goal-scorer.
In 2009, he won the title of the FIFA Player of the Year. Other great achievements followed the next year.
6. Diego Maradona
Diego Maradona scored the two most important goals in footballing history. These goals made him a true genius. His achievements include the FIFA World Cup All-Time Team, 1986 FIFA World Cup, and 1986 FIFA World Cup Golden Ball.
This is not everything, because this talented football player achieved much more. He won 2 Scudetti, one UEFA Cup, one Coppa Italia, and much more.
Pele is one of the most important footballers of all time. No football player has ever scored more goals than Pele. His fantastic achievement was leading the greatest football team of all time to the 1970 FIFA World Cup glory.
Major achievements include France Football’s greatest FIFA World Cup Player and the youngest FIFA World Cup winner. Let’s not forget about 1958, 1962 % 1970 FIFA World Cup.
He also was in top goalscorer in FIFA World Cup finals and won 2 Copa Liberatoders titles.
8. Michel Platini
His major achievements include 1983, 1984, and 1985 Ballon d’Or. Also, he was considered the French Player of the Century. He won in 1984 the UEFA European Championship, 2 Scudetti, and one Coppa Italia.
In 3 consecutive seasons in his prime, this talented footballer won the Golden Boot award.
9. Gerd Muller
Gerd Muller scored 67 goals in only one season. No other footballer has ever done that. Moreover, he scored a fantastic goal that won West Germany the 1974 FIFA World Cup.
Other major achievements include the 1970 Ballon d’Or and 1974 FIFA World Cup. We also want to mention the 1972 UEFA European Championship and the 1970 FIFA World Cup Golden Boot.
Zico was a genius who saw football in a different way. He had many achievements during his career. Zico won three times the title of Footballer of the Year and one title of Copa Libertadores Best Player.
In 1981 won the International Cup and later 3 Campeonato Brasilerio Serie A titles.