Talking about the best player of all time in the history of the beautiful game implies landing in an objective way a concept that is so subjective and typical of each personal taste
Maybe you don’t agree with this list very much and think that there are some players missing that you like. But I can assure you that these 10 players have marked a key moment in the history of the sport that moves the most masses around the world.
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Now, the list of the 10 best soccer players in history:
He was chosen the best player of the century in a vote made by the winners of the Ballon d’Or.
The IFFHS named him the best player in the world and the International Olympic Committee awarded him the title of best athlete of the 20th century.
2- Johan Cruyff
He is considered by FIF one of the four best football players of the 20th century. Along with Pele, Diego Armando Maradona, and Alfredo Di Stéfano, and the best in Europe.
He was also voted second as Best Player of the 20th Century by the IFFHS and in 1999 as the third Best Player of the Century by all Ballon d’Or winners.
3- Franz Beckenbauer
He was awarded the European Ballon d’Or in 1972 and 1976.
He occupies third place in the ranking of the Best Footballer of the Century published by IFFHS in 2004.
4- Alfredo Di Stefano
He is considered by FIFA as one of the five best soccer players of the 20th century.
In 2004 he was elected the fourth-best player in the twentieth century by the IFFHS. And best of all the winners of the Golden Ball until 1999.
He is considered one of the best players in the history of this sport. He has also been listed as the best player in the history of the World Cup.
Diego Maradona has been chosen as the Best Player of the Century with 53.6% of the votes in an official vote carried out on the FIFA website and obtained the third position in a survey carried out by the members of the Football Commission of that institution. and subscribers to FIFA Magazine.
6- Ferenc Puskas
He was chosen by FIFA as the top scorer of the century in 2004 and ranks sixth in the ranking of the Best Footballer of the Century published by IFFHS in 2004.
He belonged to the incredible Hungarian National Team known as Los Magiares Mágicos, which won the Gold Medal at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics and was runner-up in the 1954 Swiss Soccer World Cup.
7- Michel Platini
He is considered by FIFA as one of the best European players of the 20th century. And one of the great midfielders in the history of football.
Winner, among other titles, of the Italian championship, the European Champions Cup and the Intercontinental Cup with Juventus and the European Nations Cup with France, he received the Ballon d’Or for three consecutive years between 1983 and 1985.
8- Manuel Francisco dos Santos “Garrincha”
He is considered one of the greatest glories of world football. He was part of the Brazilian soccer team that won the Soccer World Cup in Sweden 1958 and Chile 1962, and where he was unanimously chosen as the best soccer player of the tournament.
Along with Pele, he became the most beloved player among Brazilian fans. This is why he was nicknamed La joy del pueblo.
He is considered by FIFA one of the best European players of the 20th century. And one of the great forwards in the history of football. He is ranked 9th in the list of the 50 best players of the 20th century according to the IFFHS.
In 1965 he won the Golden Ball for the best player in Europe, in 1966 and 1973 the Golden Boot.
10- Bobby Charlton
He is considered by FIFA as the best English player of all time and one of the best European footballers of the 20th century. It was he who christened Old Trafford the Theater of Dreams.
He is the second-most-played and goal-scoring player in Manchester United history, with 249 goals in 758 appearances.