Top 10 Male Soccer Players
Written by: Jalaluddin Mughal
Pele is a retired Brazilian football player. He was born on 21 October in the year 1940. Many football critics, experts and former players regard him as the best player of all times. During his time, he was the athlete who was paid best in the world. Pele was voted World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics. so he has deserved 2nd place in our list of Top 10 Greatest Soccer Players of All Time.
2. Lionel Messi
The first in the list is Lionel Messi who is a Argentine footballer born on 24 June 1987. He plays for La Liga club FC Barcelona as a forward, Argentina national team. He is the captain of the national team. most of the commentators, players and soccer guru considers him as best striker in history of the game.Messi is the only player to top-scorer in four consecutive Champions League campaigns.Messi is the first football player in history to win four FIFA/Ballons d’Or, all of which he won consecutively.Youngest Player to Score 200 La Liga goals, and all time goal scorer in the competition. and most consecutive goals in La Liga. All time goals scorer for Barcelona, in all official club competitions.Currently the 2nd Highest Paid Soccer Player in the World.He is only 27 years old, but he has achieved what others can just think about. keeping in mind his career records, nobody can doubt that he is the finest soccer player of all time.
3. Diego Maradona
Diego Maradona is a manager for Argentine football as well a coach and a former player. He is the only who have set the transfer fees record twice. Meradona has played and outshined in many tournaments during his lifetime. He was born on 30 October in the year 1960. his infamous “hand of god” goal was one of the biggest sports scandal in history. he was jointly FIFA Player of the 20th Century with Pele. one of the all time best footballer deserve a top place in the list, so he has.
4. Zinedine Zidane
One of the greatest muslim athlete: Born on 23 June 1972, Zinedine Zidane is a legendary retired footballer who used to play as a midfielder for the France team. He was crowned as the finest European footballer of all times as well. he is the winner of FIFA World Player of the Year three times. also won the Ballons d’Or once. no hesitation whatsoever to include this super-star into Best Soccer Players list. his headbutt to Italy’s Marco Materazzi in Worldcup 2006 considered to be one of most spacial/remembered moment in football history.
5. Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo is a forward player for Spanish La Liga Club Real Madrid. he is also captain of the national team of Portuguese. He was born on 5 February on 1985. He was the most expensive football player in the year 2009 when he moved from Manchester united to Real Madrid. in 2013 Gareth Bale breaks the record, when he transfer to Real Madrid in €100. for sure he is one of the best footballer of all time
6. Johan Cruyff
The outspoken Dutchman excelled for Ajax and Barcelona in the 1960s and 1970s and is considered by many experts to be Europe’s best player of all time. He was also named in the FIFA 100 list of the world’s greatest living players by Pelé in 2004. He was included on the World Team of the 20th Century in 1998, and the FIFA World Cup Dream Team in 2002.
His name was synonymous with Rinus Michels’ “Total Football” movement where by players interchanged the positions. Cruyff was equally effective in both wide and central positions, and was famous for his ability to turn players. Winner of three Ballon D’Ors (European Player of the Year awards), Cruyff won 8 Dutch titles and also three European Cups with Ajax. Cruyff also made a controversial move to bitter rivals Feyenoord. Sadly never fell agonizingly short of winning the World Cup.
7. Alfredo Di Stéfano
Born in Argentina to Italian immigrants, but playing internationally for three different teams, Di Stéfano’s achievement of scoring in 5 consecutive European Cup finals is unlikely to ever be matched. Di Stéfano’s career was nothing if not cosmopolitan. A player with exceptional fitness levels, the Saeta rubia (blond arrow) was instrumental in Real Madrid’s dominance in the 1950s, although the history books could defiantly tell a very different story if he had joined the Barcelona instead of the Merengues in 1943.
8. Franz Beckenbauer
He was born on 11 september 1945, is a coach for the Germany team and also the manager and the former player. He is regarded as the best German football player of all times. He was a versatile player with the best soccer skills. he was selected the European Footballer of the Year twice in his career.
9. Gerd Müller
Retired German footballer Gerd Müller is the 11th on the list of Highest International Goalscorers of All Time despite playing lesser matches than others on the list. He was nicknamed Bomber der Nation due to his amazing scoring abilities. Müller was named European Footballer of the Year in 1970. He received the Golden Boot scoring 10 goals at the 1970 FIFA World Cup for West Germany. He also held the all-time highest goal-scoring record in the World Cup with 14 goals until it was broken by Ronaldo [Brazil] at 2006 World Cup. Müller was ranked 9th in the European player of the Century by the IFFHS in 1999 and voted thirteenth in the World Player of the Century by IFFHS in the same year. He was also inducted in the FIFA 100 list of the world’s greatest living players by Pelé in 2004.
He was born on 25 January in the year 1942 and is a retired Portuguese football forward player. He is also considered as the best football players of all times. he has scored 53 goals in UEFA club competitions, which is the 9th most goals in these competitions. Also the 8th highest goal scorer in champions league history.