Who Are The Best Football Players?The creativity and ingenuity that typify
cheap authentic nfl jerseys the beautiful game would render it an art form if not for the physical context within which the sport is played. What distinguishes football from most other sports is the freedom of
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This list of the best football players does not include currently active stars such as Lionel Messi and Ronaldo. They can be properly judged once their careers are over. The list includes retired players from the entire recorded history of the modern game.
Youtube videos have been found to showcase the skills of the players listed. The Zidane and Diego Maradona videos are recommended for newcomers to the sport who wish to see a demonstration of the artistic brilliance of the beautiful game.
10. George Best Northern IrelandGeorge Best’s career was plagued by drink problems, but his talent was almost unparalleled. Famed for his dribbling abilities, he won the 1968 European Cup and two league titles during his time with Manchester United. As an attacking midfielder he scored a remarkable 205 goals in 579 games and won the Ballon d’Or in 1968. As Northern Ireland has never been a force in international football, he never made an impact on that stage. At the age of 28 his alcoholism sent his
cheap oakleys career into rapid decline, and he never achieved as much as his talent promised.
8. Alfredo Di Stefano ArgentinaThe first forward on the list has to be Di Stefano. With 511 goals in 702 games he was a prolific goalscorer for Real Madrid. He wasn’t your conventional striker though; he appeared all over the pitch, tackling, passing, and dictating the play. He was the most complete player ever to grace the game. With Real Madrid he won an incredible 5 European Cups, scoring in all of the finals. He won 13 league titles in his career (1945 1966). His international record is poor due to not featuring in a World Cup, although he did win a Copa America with Argentina.
6. Franz Beckenbauer GermanyBeckenbauer was a sweeper, or a defensive midfielder in today’s lingo, but that didn’t stop him scoring 111 goals in
fake ray ban 776 appearances for Germany and Bayern Munich. Much like Di Stefano, he never had a true position, he was literally everywhere at once, dictating the game and exerting his influence. He was the ultimate captain, but combined with his dribbling,
cheap fake oakleys sales passing and all round technical ability, he was one of the greatest players ever. He won the 1974 World Cup, the 1972 European Championships, as well as 3 European Cups and 8 league titles during his club career.
4. Zico BrazilOften removed from top 10 lists due to his lack of achievements, Zico’s footballing ability was never in question. With 527 goals in 769 games he was a prolific goalscorer, but also a remarkable creator of goals with a deft touch and an ability to produce unique shots and skills. As an attacking midfielder, he further combined his talents with heading ability and free kick mastery to be one of the most complete offensive players ever. He made the famed Liverpool side of the 1980s look like amateurs in the 1981 Intercontinental Cup. He also won the South American equivalent of the European Cup, the Copa Libertadores, and 4 league titles.
2. Pele BrazilPele was the ultimate goal scoring machine in his native Brazil, and is often ranked the best player ever to grace the sport. He scored an incredible
replica ray bans 1282 goals in 1366 games. His sheer power, strength, pace and dribbling ability saw him score all varieties of goal for fun. He brought his goal scoring to the World Cup, which saw Brazil win the tournament in 1958, 1962 and 1970. He also won 2 Copa Libertadores and 5 league titles. These victories saw him within teams of highly talented players such as Garrincha and Carlos Alberto. He became
cheap ray ban outlet a symbol for these teams, and as a result he is often accredited with all of the praise.
1. Diego Maradona ArgentinaMaradona’s talent was without a doubt the
jerseys wholesale greatest ever seen in football. His dribbling ability was mesmerizing, his goal scoring was unique and clinical, and his passing and crossing were precise earning him many assists in his career. From attacking midfield he scored 345 goals in 680 games. With a much more difficult career than Pele, he still won the 1986 World Cup with Argentina as well as 3 league titles, and 1 UEFA Cup with
cheap michael kors Napoli. Against England he scored one of the
fake cheap oakleys greatest goals of all time.
In summary, the beautiful game has witnessed many geniuses on the field. Whether you are a football fan or not, these videos should demonstrate the artistic brilliance and unique talent shown by the best football players of all time.
While some of the picks may be controversial, remember this is a top 10 list of the best football players, not the greatest. While pure ability
wholesale oakleys and talent often result in trophies, so does being in a team of other talented players. If Messi won a World Cup it would make him a greater player, but it wouldn’t make him a more talented player.
Many players marginally missed out on this list. Honorable mentions go to Eusebio, Marco Van Basten, Garrincha, Dennis Bergkamp, Rivaldo, Gerd Muller, Ronaldo (Brazil), Romario, and Giuseppe Meazza. Current players making a case to be on the list in future include Lionel Messi, Ronaldo (Portugal) and Andres Iniesta. However, I would rank Messi somewhere between 1 and 4. Ronaldo would be somewhere between
fake oakleys 7 and 10. It’s hard to compare between eras, while defending has improved, the contact side of the game has decreased, meaning defenders are
fake oakleys Sunglasses less likely to dive in. I think these two factors cancel out for the most part. The answer is probably no because I haven’t watched any La Liga matches from the 1950s. With these lists you have to go by a number of factors including video clips, stats, reputation, achievements at club and country level, how they carried teams they were in, etc.
In my opinion attacking players demonstrate a higher degree of natural talent for the game, although I have included Beckenbauer, who had a big defensive role. I’ve also recognised Di Stefano’s non attacking qualities. A defenders main focus is on stopping other people playing the game.
JKenny 3 years ago from Birmingham, England
A good list, with some very talented players. Of course being only 25, the only one I saw play frequently was Zidane, although I do
jerseys wholesale remember Maradona’s brief appearance in the 94 World Cup.
My own personal favourite is Bobby Moore, the model England captain, a man who led by example and had exceptional tackling skills and an excellent touch for a defender. Moreover he always played the game with a sense of decency, honour and fair play. There wasn’t a cheating bone in his body. Which is more than can be said for Maradona. I’m not really sold on the MLS or African football yet. It seems most of the best sportsman in America choose american football, basketball, hockey or baseball. For the Premier League, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain could have gone into any number of sports, but he chose football because it’s the biggest and most loved sport. USA are certainly well organised and tactically good, but in terms of flair and talent, I’m not seeing it. Donovan
discount oakleys Sunglasses certainly is very good, but a top 10 player? No chance. As for Africa, we get most of their best players in the European leagues. Apart from George Weah, I didn’t see much need to consider their players, and George is more
wholesale ray ban top 40 than top 10.
Richard Murray 3 years ago
I said Concacaf not MLS. Primarily Mexico, the coach for Santos LAguna was a great player, lovely skill. And, you are right, the best athletes and the strongest sports programs aren’t in soccer in the USA.
TP Mazembe made it the
cheap oakley finals of the club world cup, the first non UEFA or CONMEBOL team. And, players like Usubio for portugal and others have played for European countries when they would have played for their forebears on the international stage. Ghana and Ivory Coast and Cameroon and Nigeria are all countries whose players20 years ago would have played for England and
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So in terms of international play I think the CAF is only bested by UEFA and CONMEBOL. AFC and CONCACAF don’t field better teams than CAF. As for leagues, well, the fiscal situation in Africa makes it unfair to ask for a direct challenge to the other more fiscally prosperous regions, [not in terms of mineral wealth] but infrastructure and return value for trade. Africa
cheap jerseys gets very little for all the resources that come out of it, regardless of the why.
I think the next world cup in Brazil will show even stronger CAF sides, Ghana has a
wholesale jerseys great under 20 and they look to be very consistent over time. Ivory Coast has a great generation and youth players coming up as well.