There are some sports that have the distinction of being the most difficult sports in the world, while other while tough also enjoy a lot of popularity. Football is probably the most famous sport in the world with a huge fan following spread across all the continents. There have been numerous world-class players in the game so far and we are now taking a look at 10 of these legends to have ever played football.
Legends Of Football
This 1940 born Brazilian legend is regarded the best football player ever by a number of football pundits, critics, followers and fans. When he was at the peak of his football career between the 50s and the 70s, he had the unique distinction of getting the highest pay of his time. Apart from playing for Brazil, Pele also played for clubs Santos and New York Cosmos.
2. Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi is an Argentinean Footballer who was born in 1987 in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina. He is a talented player who represents the club Barcelona as a forward and is also the captain of his national team that recently participated in the football World Cup in Brazil, where his national team was placed a poor fourth in the competition. He is arguably the greatest striker of all time.
3. Diego Maradona
One more Argentinean in the list, Maradona was born in the year 1960. He played a key role as captain of the Argentinean team, which won the World Cup in the year 1986. In the quarter-final of the same World Cup against England, Maradona was notoriously criticized for the “Hand Of God” goal which was considered a foul by many. Football followers consider him as one of the best ever but he was also a controversial figure during his playing days, being named in many doping scandals.
4. Zinedine Zidane
Zidane is a 1972 born French footballer who also played for clubs like Juventus and Real Madrid. He played as an attacking midfielder for his teams during his time. He played a vital role for his national team when they won the 1998 FIFA World cup held in that country. In 2001, he created a record of sorts by signing a 75 million euro deal with Real Madrid.
5. Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo was born in Portugal in the year 1985 and plays football for his country as well as the club Real Madrid as forward. During the period between 2003 and 2009 he played for the club Manchester United. The football world rates him as one of the greatest footballers in the history of the game and he is also Portugal’s highest goal scorer.
Ronaldo was born in the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil in 1976 and was fondly called “the phenomenon” for his guile and skills in the football field. He has the honor of winning the FIFA World Player of the Year award three times. He was one of the most talented strikers the game has ever seen and helped his national team Brazil win the 1994 World Cup and also reach the final of the 1998 World Cup.
7. David Beckham
Beckham is an England born footballer who represented his country and popular football clubs like Manchester United, Real Madrid and several other clubs. He was born in 1975 and regarded as one of the finest footballers of all time. Football critics rate Beckham as one of the most elegant and stylish football players ever.
8. Raul Gonzalez
Raul Gonzalez was born in the year 1977 in Madrid and played all his soccer for Spain and clubs like Real Madrid. He was one of the most skillful and talented strikers the game has ever seen and has played in 3 world Cups for Spain. While playing for the club Real Madrid for around 16 years, he scored 323 goals for them, a record.
9. Franz Beckenbaur
Franz Beckenbaur was born in Germany in the year 1945 and is currently the coach of the national team. Football watchers consider him the most all round footballer ever to have come out of Germany. He was very popular around the world in his playing days for his versatility and skills in the football field and he was the European Footballer of the Year twice during his prime football days.
Eusebio was a Mozambican born Portuguese football player, born in 1942, who played soccer between the 1950s to the late 70s. Eusebio represented the club Benfica for approximately 15 years and was known for his memorable skills in the field. He played a striker for his teams and has scored more than 790 goals, both while playing for Portugal as well as the clubs he represented.