When it comes to football, there are some players who stand head and shoulders above the rest. These are the players who have made a lasting impression on the game, either through their skill and ability, or their commitment to the sport. Here, we take a look at the top five greatest footballers of all time, who have achieved legendary status in the beautiful game. Read on to find out who they are and why they have earned their place among the greatest of all time.
1: Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the most iconic and celebrated footballers in the history of football. He is widely considered one of the greatest players of all time, with an incredible amount of individual awards and team accolades to his name.
Ronaldo began his professional career with Sporting CP in Portugal, before moving to Manchester United in 2003. During his time at the club, he established himself as one of the best players in the world and helped the team win three Premier League titles, an FA Cup, and a UEFA Champions League title.
In 2009, Ronaldo made the move to Real Madrid, where he went on to break all sorts of records. He scored 451 goals in 438 appearances for Los Blancos, helping them win 16 trophies in nine seasons. He is also the only player in history to have won four European Golden Shoes.
Ronaldo’s international career is also remarkable, as he represented Portugal in multiple tournaments, including three UEFA European Championships and four FIFA World Cups. He scored 85 goals for Portugal, making him their highest-ever goal scorer.
Overall, Cristiano Ronaldo established himself as one of the greatest players of all time. His skill, tenacity, and relentless drive have made him an idol for millions of football fans around the world. Before returning to Manchester United in 2021, he was the inaugural Serie A Most Valuable Player and the first footballer to finish as the top scorer in the English, Spanish, and Italian leagues. He left when his contract with the club expired in 2022. Ronaldo joined Al Nassr in 2023.
2: Lionel Messi(Hero of FIFA World Cup 2022)
One of the greatest footballers of all time is Lionel Messi. He is an Argentinian forward, who currently plays for Barcelona and is widely regarded as one of the best players ever to have graced the pitch.
Messi made his debut for Barcelona in 2004 and has since then broken numerous records and achieved great success with both the club and country. He has been voted the FIFA World Player of the Year five times, the Ballon d’Or four times and was named UEFA Men’s Player of the Year in 2011.
Throughout his career, Messi broke several records, including the most goals scored in La Liga (367), the most assists in La Liga (150), and the most hat-tricks in La Liga (37). He is also the all-time top scorer for Barcelona, with 634 goals in 731 appearances.
In terms of international honors, Messi won Olympic gold with Argentina in 2008 and captained the side to a runner-up finish in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He was also the joint top goalscorer in that tournament, with four goals.
Messi has been hailed by many as the greatest footballer of all time and it’s not difficult to see why. He has enjoyed immense success at both club and international levels and has broken countless records along the way. His achievements speak for themselves and cement him as one of the greatest footballers of all time.
He captained his nation to victory in the 2022 FIFA World Cup, for which he received the Golden Ball for a record second time, and he broke the record for most World Cup appearances with 26 matches played.
Neymar da Silva Santos Junior, often known as Neymar Jr. or just Neymar, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a forward for the French club Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil national team. He is widely regarded as one of the best players in the world, and one of the greatest footballers of all time.
Neymar began his career playing for Santos FC, where he helped the club win two successive Campeonato Paulista championships, a Copa do Brasil, and the 2011 Copa Libertadores – South America’s premier club tournament. He moved to Europe in 2013 to join Spanish giants Barcelona, with whom he won the UEFA Champions League, two La Liga titles, and the Copa del Rey. In 2017 he transferred to Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record fee of €222 million, making him the most expensive footballer in history.
At the international level, Neymar has represented Brazil in three FIFA World Cups, winning a bronze medal in 2014. He has also won numerous individual accolades such as the 2012 South American Footballer of the Year, the 2013 Confederations Cup Golden Ball, and the 2015 FIFA Puskás Award for Goal of the Year. He was named by The Guardian as one of the 100 best players in the world in 2017 and has been included in several editions of the FIFA World XI.
Despite his young age, Neymar has already made his mark on football history with his unique style of play and incredible skills on the ball. He is renowned for his flair, dribbling ability, and creativity, and is widely considered one of the greatest players of all time.
Neymar was chosen to the Brazil roster for the 2022 FIFA World Cup on November 7, 2022. He played 79 minutes of Brazil’s opening match, a 2-0 win against Serbia on November 24, but was unable to participate in the next two group games due to ankle ligament injuries.
Neymar recovered from his injury in time to play against South Korea in the last 16 on 5 December, when he assisted Vinicius Junior’s first goal and scored a penalty in a 4-1 win for Brazil, becoming only the third Brazilian player, after Pelé and Ronaldo, to score in three World Cups. Four days later, in the quarter-final encounter against Croatia, Neymar tied Pelé’s official goal total with his 77th international goal.
Pele or Edson Arantes do Nascimento, is often regarded as the greatest footballer of all time history of football. He played for Brazil, winning three World Cup titles (1958, 1962, and 1970), becoming the only player in history to do so. He is also the all-time top scorer in the history of the sport with 1,281 goals in 1,363 games.
Pele was one of the most technically gifted players to ever grace a football pitch. His speed and agility were remarkable, making him a nightmare for defenders. He was also an incredibly prolific goalscorer and an incredibly effective playmaker, providing countless assists throughout his career.
In his club career, he spent 18 years with Santos and won countless trophies with them. He was part of the iconic ‘Santos FC side, which is widely considered to be one of the greatest club teams in history. During his time with Santos, Pele won 6 Brazilian titles and 2 Copa Libertadores titles.
Pele was a highly decorated individual too. He was awarded the Ballon d’Or twice (in 1958 and 1970) and was named South American Footballer of the Year 3 times (in 1973, 1974, and 1975).
In 1999, he was awarded the FIFA Player of the Century award and in 2013, he was named FIFA’s “Player of the Century”. Pele is also an ambassador for UNICEF and involved in numerous charity projects over the years.
Without a doubt, Pele is a living legend and an icon of world football. He is widely regarded as the greatest footballer of all time and his accomplishments are unmatched by any other player in history. Pelé died on December 29, 2022, at the age of 82, from multiple organ failure, a side effect of colon cancer. Current players, including Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappé, and Lionel Messi, as well as other notable athletic personalities, celebrities, and international leaders, paid tribute.
5: Diego Maradona
Diego Maradona is one of the greatest footballers of all time and is widely considered to be one of the greatest players in the history of football. Born in 1960, he began his career with Argentinos Juniors at the age of 16 and went on to play for Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla, Newell’s Old Boys, and Dorados de Sinaloa. Maradona is most famous for leading Argentina to victory in the 1986 World Cup, where he was awarded the Golden Ball for his incredible performance throughout the tournament.
Maradona’s technical ability and skill were unparalleled during his time in the sport. He had an eye for goal and was equally adept at creating chances for his teammates. His technique and dribbling ability made him incredibly hard to defend against, and he was known for his ability to score spectacular goals as well as make timely assists. He also had an unwavering determination and will to win, which made him an inspirational leader on and off the pitch.
Maradona’s success in the sport was not limited to the pitch; he was an astute tactician and manager as well. After retiring from playing football in 1997, he took on several managerial roles, including head coach of Argentina from 2008-2010.
During his time as a player, Maradona achieved numerous accolades and honors, such as the FIFA World Player of the Year in 1986, La Liga top scorer in 1987, Serie A Footballer of the Year in 1989, and FIFA Goal of the Century in 2000.
Maradona always remember as one of the greatest footballers of all time and an icon of the sport. His legacy continues to live on through his many fans around the world.
Maradona died in his sleep on November 25th, at the age of 60, after suffering a heart attack at his residence in Dique Luján, Buenos Aires Province. “You will always be in our hearts”