Football is a sport that has been around for centuries, and over the years, some of the greatest football players have graced the pitch. From the likes of Pele, Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi, to Cristiano Ronaldo, Johan Cruyff and Franz Beckenbauer, the list of the greatest football players of all time is long and impressive. Here we take a look at the top 10 greatest players of all time.
Widely regarded as the greatest football player of all time, Pele was a Brazilian forward who played for Santos and New York Cosmos during his career. He scored over 1,200 goals in his career and won three World Cups with Brazil, making him one of the most successful footballers in history.
2. Diego Maradona
The Argentine forward is widely considered to be one of the greatest ever. His dribbling skills, passing ability and vision made him an unstoppable force on the pitch. He was a key member of the Argentine team that won the 1986 World Cup, scoring 5 goals in the tournament.
3. Lionel Messi
The current Barcelona star is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. He has won a record six Ballon d’Or awards and has scored 604 goals for Barcelona, making him the club’s all-time leading scorer. He has also won a record four UEFA Champions League titles.
4. Cristiano Ronaldo
The Portuguese forward is one of the most successful footballers of all time. He has won five Ballon d’Or awards and has scored over 700 goals in his career. He won five Champions League titles, four with Real Madrid and one with Manchester United.
5. Johan Cruyff
The Dutch forward is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. He was known for his technical ability and vision, and was a key member of the Netherlands team that won the 1974 World Cup. He also won three consecutive European Cups with Ajax.
6. Franz Beckenbauer
The German defender is considered one of the greatest defenders of all time. He was known for his attacking style of play and was a key member of the West Germany team that won the 1974 World Cup. He also won three consecutive European Cups with Bayern Munich.
7. Michel Platini
The French midfielder is considered one of the greatest players of all time. He was known for his passing ability and vision, and was a key member of the France team that won