The Ten Greatest Soccer Stars of All Time

Who is the greatest soccer star of all time? Who is the world’s best footballer of all time? You are wrong if you answered David Beckham or Lionel Messi or Christiano Ronaldo. He is nowhere near the greatest twenty soccer stars of all time; leave alone the best of all time.

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Who is the greatest soccer star of all time? Who is the world’s best footballer of all time? You are wrong if you answered David Beckham or Lionel Messi or Christiano Ronaldo. He is nowhere near the greatest twenty soccer stars of all time; leave alone the best of all time.

  1. Diego Armando Maradona – The Argentine megastar was controversially left out of the 1978 world cup in Buenos Aires but made for this by an above average performance in the 1982 world cup in Italy and a superb performance at the 1986 world cup in Mexico. He was muscled shy of winning again in 1990 but single handedly guided Napoli, a middle table outfit into winning the Italian Serie A and the UEFA Cup. He had amazing ball control, a penchant for outwitting opponents and strong on whatever part of the pitch he was playing.
  2. Donascimento Arantes Edison Pele – Pundits are divided as to who between Pele and Maradona deserve a place at the summit of soccer’s greatest. His performances were in deed great and he did inspire Brazil to World Cup glory in 1958, 1962 and 1970, but watching these performances, I would say they were more team victories than those of an individual. He wasn’t a great playmaker like Maradona, but he surely could score goals in whatever position the ball found him. He deserves his place in History as the most prolific of all goal scorers.
  3. Alfredo di Stefano – Little is said of this other Argentine wonder boy who has been completely eclipsed by the success enjoyed by Maradona. Alfredo was responsible for the success enjoyed by Real Madrid in the forerunner of the UEFA Champions League back in the 1950s a period during which they won five consecutive Champions league trophies from 1956. He played for more than one national team, bearing in mind the fact that FIFA was yet to restrict movement between national soccer teams. What dims his position is the fact that he never replicated club success with the national teams he played for; Argentina, Colombia and Spain.
  4. Johan Cruyff – He was one of the best players of all time having played for the amazing Dutch team of 1974 that lost in the final to West Germany. He also enjoyed awesome club success with Ajax Amsterdam and Barcelona.
  5. Bobby Charlton – Knighted by Queen Elizabeth, this Englishman is not here for surviving the Munich air disaster that claimed almost the whole of the Manchester United squad of 1958 popularly known as the Busby babes. His antics on the pitch are rather the determinant factor and he remains one of the greatest soccer players from the United Kingdom. He was rightfully named the European footballer of the year in 1966 after helping England win that year’s world cup edition.
  6. Ferenc Puskas – The Hungarian striker is more of a phenomenon than a god like Maradona or Pele when it comes to soccer but his performance especially at the 1954 edition of the FIFA World Cup, then known as the Jules Rimet trophy has many agreeing that he was a master play maker and goal scorer deserving of a place in the world’s greatest soccer stars of all time. Many agree that the 1954 world cup would have been different had he been fully fit.
  7. Zinedine Zidane – of the modern soccer darlings of the world, nobody, and I mean nobody played as beautifully as Zinedine Zidane. He almost single handedly helped France win the 1998 world cup by scoring two superb headers against Brazil in the final and the 2000 Euro Cup and also ensured the French a place in the 2006 FIFA World Cup final against Italy after neutralizing a mighty Brazil in
  8. Franz Beckenbaur – Better known as the Kaiser (Emperor) because of awesome leadership qualities, he captained West Germany to the summit of the 1974 FIFA World Cup and is arguably one of the best liberoes in the history of Soccer. He did win the world cup again in 1990, this time as Coach.
  9. Eusebio da Silva – This Portuguese import from Mozambique is one of the greatest soccer stars of all time. Though he never won the World cup, his skills at both club level with Benfica and nationally with Portugal put him in the spotlight. He did win the European footballer of the year in 1965 and was the leading goal scorer in the 1966 world cup where he scored nine superb goals.
  10. Roger Milla – He inspired Cameroon to a place in the quarter final of the 1990 FIFA World Cup, after inspiring the same team to Africa Cup of Nations victories in 1984 and 1988. He became the oldest player to not only play in a world cup also scored against Russia in their 6-1 demolition of 1994. His characteristic corner post celebrations shall forever be remembered by many soccer pundits.

Like I usually remind readers, this is my pick as one of soccer’s fanatical supporters. Ten is a small number, when I increase this number to twenty or a hundred greatest players of all time, George Weah, Garrincha and the rest that seem left out shall earn their place. Have your pick.

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14 Comments
  1. Posted March 28, 2010 at 10:00 am

    wow, though I may not know them, but I think they are just cool!

  2. Posted March 28, 2010 at 10:04 am

    You forgot Jimmy Johnson the Celtic winger he was my best.
    a great post once more my friend…. cheers

  3. Posted March 28, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Great post. Definitely some great players in there, although Maradona still hasn’t been forgiven in England for the ‘Hand of God’ World Cup goal!!

  4. Posted March 28, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Great post, definitely some great players in there, although Maradona still hasn’t been forgiven in England for his ‘Hand of God’ World Cup goal!!

  5. Posted March 28, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Hi Vaughan, what about the second goal in which he weaved past six of England’s defenders? It was declared the best goal of the century, and I believe its the best of all time. Matt, I have never heard of Jimmy Johnson, but if you say he was great, I believe he was.

  6. Posted March 28, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    thumbs up, well done.

  7. Posted March 28, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    wow… I was going to say Beckham!

  8. Posted March 28, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Nice article The only soccer player I can remember is Pele.

  9. Posted March 28, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    Well done. I agree with your choice of Maradona to be in first spot but I am not familiar with some of them.

  10. Posted March 29, 2010 at 9:10 am

    a very good article

  11. Posted March 30, 2010 at 2:49 am

    Nice share…well written…..

  12. Bomb
    Posted April 1, 2010 at 12:22 am

    Zico.Where is Zico?Romario.Ronaldo.It’s a joke.

  13. Posted April 1, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Hi Bomb, I have only looked at the top ten alone

  14. Posted April 2, 2010 at 2:19 am

    Good share Shilaho. Unfortunately I am not a soccer fan and the only soccer person I know who I think was great is an old friend of mine from Peru.

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