Top 5 Greatest Footballer of All Time. Users rating.

Ever wondered who reigns supreme in the footballing world? With centuries of history, how can we possibly pin down the top 5 greatest soccer (footballer) players of all time? Check out our in-depth guide and users rating.

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From leather balls to modern aerodynamics, football has evolved. But you know what remains? Legends! They’re carved into the annals of time, never to be forgotten. Imagine a tapestry, each thread representing a story. These players are the most radiant of threads.

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Selecting the best isn't just about numbers. It’s about influence, moments of magic, and legacy. You decide who will win! Can we quantify goosebumps? No, but we can feel them!

The Legends

1. Diego Maradona

Born on October 30, 1960, in Lanus, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Diego Armando Maradona’s journey from the streets of Buenos Aires to the world’s biggest stadiums is a testament to his unparalleled skills and undying passion for the sport. The world of football was blessed with his prowess until his demise on November 25, 2020, in Tigre, Buenos Aires.

At the tender age of eight, Maradona’s football genius was evident when he joined Las Cebollitas. Under his leadership, this prodigious team won 136 consecutive games. By the time he was 14, he was already associated with Argentinos Juniors, making his first-division debut in 1976. His national team debut came just four months later, making him the youngest Argentine to achieve this honor. And while he was considered too young for the 1978 World Cup-winning squad, he swiftly silenced doubters by leading the national under-20 team to a Junior World Cup win the following year.

Career peak

Diego Maradona was at his best from 1980 to 1988. His off-field actions later affected his skills. Many consider him the world’s top player, especially between 1984 and 1988.

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2. Pelé

A name synonymous with football. What makes him tick?

Unforgettable Goals

1,283 goals. Yes, you read that right! But which ones stole our breath away?

Impact Beyond the Pitch

More than a player, Pelé became a symbol of hope. Ever considered football as a bridge to peace?

3. Lionel Messi

From Rosario to Barcelona, Messi’s journey is one for the ages.

La Liga Legend

Records upon records. But which ones stand out the most in the mosaic of his career?

Messi’s Magic Moments

That dribble against Getafe? A moment frozen in time. What else makes the list?

Messi dribbling past defenders

4. Cristiano Ronaldo

Determination personified. How did the boy from Madeira conquer the world?

Clubs and Achievements

Manchester, Madrid, Turin, and more. But which club saw the best of CR7?

Ronaldo’s Remarkable Resilience

Against all odds, Ronaldo rises. Why? Let’s find out.

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5. Johan Cruyff

Football’s philosopher. But what were his teachings?

The Philosopher of Football

The ‘Cruyff Turn’. Not just a move, but art. What’s the story behind it?

Legacy in Management

Barcelona’s golden era? Thank Cruyff. But how did he change the game?

Cruyff stats

Johan Cruyff, an emblematic figure in football, boasts an impressive playing record that speaks volumes about his skill and commitment to the game. In total, he played 540 matches, scoring 291 goals, providing 179 assists, and receiving 31 yellow cards in 46,920 minutes of play. In the Eredivisie, he showcased his brilliance by netting 163 goals in 254 appearances, and his magic further flowed in LaLiga with 47 goals in 139 matches.

On the European stage, Cruyff left his mark with 19 goals in 49 European Cup fixtures. The KNVB beker saw him score an astounding 40 goals in 48 matches. His versatility was further demonstrated in the UEFA Cup, Fairs Cup, Copa del Rey, UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup, and Intertoto-Cup, wherein he consistently found the back of the net.

Johan’s stats, undoubtedly, reinforce why he’s celebrated as one of football’s all-time greats.

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Questions to the expert
How are these rankings determined?
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Personal opinions, statistics, and legacies all play a part. It's subjective, as greatness often is.
How has football evolved over the years?
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From tactics to technology, the game keeps transforming. Yet, passion remains its core.
What's the significance of iconic moments in a player's career?
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Moments define legacies. They resonate, create narratives, and immortalize players.
Can current players make it to this list in the future?
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Time will tell. As football evolves, so will its legends.

Football’s philosopher. But what were his teachings?

The Philosopher of Football

The ‘Cruyff Turn’. Not just a move, but art. What’s the story behind it?

Legacy in Management

Barcelona’s golden era? Thank Cruyff. But how did he change the game?

Cruyff directing his team

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Questions to the expert
Who is the greatest footballer in history?
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Pele, whose real name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, is considered one of the best footballers ever. FIFA named him "the greatest," and he was famous for scoring goals. He was once the most popular and top-paid footballer globally.
Who is best Pele or Messi?
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Club Games: Pelé played the most club games (647), followed by Messi (610), and then Maradona (491).

Club Goals: Pelé also leads in club goals with 606, Messi is next with 507, and Maradona has 259.

Domestic League Titles: Messi has won the most Domestic League Titles (10), Pelé has 7, and Maradona has 3.

International Club Titles: Messi leads with 7 titles, Pelé has 4, while Maradona secured 1.

Senior International Games: Messi has played the most with 174 games, followed closely by Pelé with 92 and Maradona with 91.

Senior International Goals: Messi is again on top with 102 goals, Pelé has scored 77, and Maradona has 34.

Continental Titles: Only Messi has a continental title among the three.

World Cup Titles: Pelé stands out with 3 World Cup titles, while both Messi and Maradona have 1 each.

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Lionel Messi
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Diego Maradona
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Pelé
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Johan Cruyff
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Cristiano Ronaldo
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