Diego Armando Maradona has died at the age of 60 due to a cardiorespiratory arrest weeks after being operated on for a brain hematoma. After his death and with the world of football mourning his loss, we review the list of the best footballers in the world.
Although in recent years the controversy has centered around Leo Messi and Cristiano, there are many players who have left their mark on the history of football. For this reason, and after Maradona died, we make a small memory of the best soccer players, those who have had something so special that they have remained forever among the best of all time.
It is clear that in the last 10 years there has not been any player capable of overshadowing Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, regardless of who wins the awards each year, they have both been the benchmarks in kicking the ball. But are they at the height of the greatest? Are they really the best in history?
10 Best Soccer Players In History
These are some of the best soccer players of all time:
1. Diego Armando Maradona
The only reason why Messi has not dethroned him yet is that he has not won a World Cup with his national team, but there is no doubt that Maradona is still the best of all time. A unique quality, many titles and a somewhat controversial personality that has brought him many problems, both on and off the field. He alone took Napoli being a normal team and led them to be great.
2. Lionel Messi
It may be a bit daring to put Messi ahead of Pelé, but there is no doubt that he has achieved more than enough merits and that his talent, added to the titles he has won, clearly deserves to be the best in history, or at least the second. Messi has incredible talent, whatever team you belong to as a fan, it is impossible not to admire the quality he has, innate, with the ball at his feet.
The Brazilian, the best carioca of all time without a doubt, was proclaimed world champion three times with his country. He scored more than 1,000 goals in his career but the fact of not having played in Europe is what perhaps prevents him from being clearly among the best.
4. Johan Cruyff
The Dutchman, who triumphed at Ajax and FC Barcelona, caused a sensation with his quality and style, which he transferred to his players when he became a coach. He was the soul of the Dutch National Team and marked an era, being even today a benchmark for many players, especially those from his country.
5. Cristiano Ronaldo
As much as he is one of the two best players of the time, the Portuguese is still far from the previous ones, perhaps also because of a personality that does not help at all to climb positions. If Messi is the talent, CR7 is the work, the example that if you prepare, you can achieve everything you set your mind to.
6. Alfredo Di Stéfano
Di Stéfano was a legend at Real Madrid, and although Cristiano outnumbered him, experts continue to say that there has not been someone more talented than him at the Madrid club in history.
7. Franz Beckenbauer
This German was an epoch-making center-back, an idol at Bayern Munich and in the national team, with which he was proclaimed world champion in 1974. In that World Cup he played a game with a dislocated shoulder. He is considered the best defense in history.
8. Zinedine Zidane
The current Real Madrid coach was also a legend as a player in the white team, which he arrived at from Juventus in Turin. He was world champion in 1998 with France and also guided Madrid to win the Champions League with a volley goal of his that seems unforgettable. The stain in his career was put by his last game, in which he was sent off for hitting a rival with a head butt.
9. Ferenc Puskas
This Hungarian footballer made history at Real Madrid and is also one of the great legends of the white team. He was Olympic champion and with Real Madrid, he won 5 Leagues and 3 European Cups, among others. Currently, FIFA awards the best goal of the year with an award that bears his name.
The Brazilian 9 is considered the best pure striker of all time, a unique player who due to illness could not finish his career in the best way. He triumphed in all his teams, he won many titles and today he is the owner and president of Real Valladolid, a club he wants to take to the top.