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The 5 most Successful Football Players of all Times

The 5 most Successful Football Players of all Times

Football is by far the most played sport in the world, and this sport has seen some of the greatest athletes over the years and decades. Every time a golden generation hangs up their shoes, a new generation comes in and warms our hearts. We look at the five best footballers of all time. 

Edson Arantes do Nascimento

Better known as Pelé, the world star born in Brazil on 23 October 1940 is undisputedly considered the most successful footballer of all time. Pelé began his professional career in 1956 (at the age of 15) with Brazilian club FC Santos. During his time there, he scored an incredible 1,088 goals in 1,114 matches. At 16, he was nominated for the national team, and just one year later he and his team won the World Cup. 4 years later (1962), and in 1970 he achieved this triumph again. This makes Pelé the footballer who won the most World Cup titles during his career. His speed, agility and exceptional technique were particularly impressive. FIFA has also recognised his achievements by awarding him the title of World Footballer of the 20th Century.

Diego Armando Maradona

In a train with Pelé, Maradona is often mentioned, who is not listed here as the best footballer of all times but can undoubtedly be called the best footballer of his generation. In addition to his club titles with Boca Juniors and FC Barcelona, Maradona also won the 1986 World Cup with the Argentinian national team. Much of the credit for winning this title goes to Maradona’s exceptional class. Probably the best dribbling football of all time, Maradona led a very average Argentina to the 1986 World Cup title, scoring two of the best goals in the history of football.

When he moved to Barcelona, it was a world record transfer fee at the time, but his time in Barcelona was short-lived, full of controversy and lack of performance, as he could only win a “Copa del Rey” trophy with Barcelona. He switched to Napoli, who were not yet title candidates at that time. Juventus, AC Milan, Roma and Inter Milan dominated Italian football.

But his time with Napoli proved a success, leading them to Italian Serie A titles in 1987 and 1990, as well as several other trophies such as the Coppa Italia 1987 and the UEFA Cup (now Europa League).

Johann Cruyff

The Dutchman Johann Cruyff is considered the best soccer player in Europe. This is mainly due to his inspiring technique and his dynamism. Cruyff played for Ajax Amsterdam from 1964 to 1973 (190 goals in 240 games) and for FC Barcelona from 1973-1978. Three times during his career he was named European Footballer of the Year and reached the 1974 World Cup final in Munich with the Dutch national team. Because of his achievements, Cruyff is considered, especially in Holland, to be the most gifted striker and playmaker of the last century.

Lionel Andrés Messi

The best footballer currently still active is without doubt Lionel Messi from FC Barcelona. Three times in a row he has already been voted World Footballer of the Year. He has already won the Spanish championship five times and the Champions League three times. He is the only one on this list still missing a world championship title, which he has not yet won with Argentina.

Franz Beckenbauer

From a German perspective, “Der Kaiser” is probably considered the best footballer of all time. He won the European Cup three times with Bayern Munich, and his contribution to winning the 1974 World Cup is undisputed. As a libero, he is rather an exception in this list, which is mainly led by strikers. Beckenbauer won the World Cup once again during his coaching career in 1990 in Rome.

Many more exceptional players can, of course, extend our list of the 5 best footballers of all time. Nevertheless, the five players mentioned above stand out clearly from the vast pool of other world stars. 

24 Comments

24 Comments

  1. Kazi Akhtaruzzaman

    May 31, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    1.messi(argentine) 2.pele 3c.rolando4pele(brazil).3maradona 4.maldini(italy)5.beckenbower(germani)6.gardmullar(england) 7johankraf(nedarland)8.franko bersi(italy).9 matius(germani)10 piter shilton (england).1bufhan(itly.)12.valdarama c colombo)14.patini.zidan (france)16.xavi(spain)17.d barkem(nedarland no 5 dress)18.

  2. Otto

    May 31, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    Zidane. Zidane. Zidane. Zidane. Zidane

  3. José

    May 31, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    You’re joking right?

  4. Phil Mooney

    June 2, 2020 at 12:41 pm

    Its says is the only one not to win a world cup. But cruyff never did.

    • Fathi Milad

      June 15, 2020 at 3:47 am

      It’s not fair to ignore Zeiden !!

  5. Rui Sousa

    June 3, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    What a crock of s*hit…messi 4th??? No cristiano ronaldo??? Messi undoubtly the vest today???? Says who??? Ronaldinho Gaúcho is much better than messi its not even in the list??? The other ronaldo???
    1 Maradona
    2 Pelé
    3 Ronaldinho
    4 Cruyff
    5 Cristiano Ronaldo
    6 Van Basten
    7 Messi
    8 Zidane

  6. Marina Sing-Forgione

    June 3, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    Ummm George Best?

  7. Jorge

    June 3, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    Why cruyff and beckenbower on this list! Where is CR7

  8. Dico

    June 4, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    Cristiano Ronaldo???????????

  9. John Comba

    June 4, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    And Eusébio?!

  10. JOAQUIM SOUSA

    June 4, 2020 at 6:25 pm

    you guys are lost seriously , Cristiano Ronaldo is by far superior player than all 5 here which i have lots of respect for . Pele Maradona ok we can discuss but beckenbauer really? messi and cruyff are nowhere near cr7 .

  11. Eric

    June 5, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    Cristiano Ronaldo the Number one

  12. Styart

    June 5, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    Messi is a brilliant player but has done nothing internationally.

  13. Rui

    June 5, 2020 at 11:48 pm

    Está relação é imprecisa. Falta o CR 7 após o Pelé.
    Too bad.

  14. Andre Cavalcanti

    June 6, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    If you don’t include Garrincha, who won two World Cups, you are misinformed. In 62 Pele was injured during Brazil’s second match and Garrincha was the most valuable player of the team.

  15. Jorge

    June 7, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    ?????? Joking….. Ronald a won 5 champions League (3 in 3 years) 1 European – nations cup etc…. Messi only won 3 champions and some Spanish leagues but OK ok…. Messi is the best…. 👌👋👏👏👏👏👏

  16. Robert

    June 8, 2020 at 3:07 pm

    Maradona The best

  17. John Winston

    June 11, 2020 at 10:06 am

    You don’t know nothing about football. Cristiano Ronaldo is the greatest of all time. If we are talking about sports success, compare the number of champions league he won in different clubs with all of that players! Do you have anyone with more titles in different clubs? If you want to compare the success on media or on social life, just Look to the number of followers on instagram. CR7 beats all records in all areas! 🐐

  18. Kazi Akhtaruzzaman

    June 11, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    22 player all times (1Messi argen)2 pele brazil.3 C maradon 4.c Rolando portugal.5 becken bowergermani6.Gurd mullar ‌England 7zidan France 8 mattius germani 9 platini france 10’maldini italy 11 franko berisi itali.12 Xavi spain 13 buffan itali 14 peter shilton England 15 valdaram colombo.16 R carlos brazil.17 D barkem Nedarland 18 surez Uruguay 19 Rolando brazil 20 R bazzio itali 21Romario brazil 22 Rud Gullit Nedarland

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  19. Mark Hill

    June 11, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    There are only three players in history to win the world cup, European Cup / Champions League/ all domestic trophies multiple times and also win the Balloon d’Or. That is the criteria for most successful. And they are Gerd Muller, Franz Beckenbauer and Zinedine Zidane. We’re talking about most successful, not best. Those three come first

  20. Paulo Leite

    June 12, 2020 at 11:04 am

    Wait… I can’t stop laughing…sorry!

  21. J

    June 12, 2020 at 7:27 pm

    Bullshit! Where is CRISTIANO RONALDO!!! Is this some kind of JOKE????

  22. David

    June 13, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    propaganda, everybody knows, the best one is Cristiano Ronaldo

  23. Miguel Teixeira

    June 15, 2020 at 2:17 am

    Falta de conhecimento, com tantos outros grandes futebolistas com ex: CR7 ainda na atualidade com muito mas muito mais títulos e golos marcados do que a maior parte dos jogadores referenciados pela Izpert não esta nos melhores 5 ou será anti Cristiano Ronaldo?

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