Football has been graced by the greatest of players from time to time. While you have modern greats like Messi or Ronaldo, we had the all-times greats as well, namely Maradona and Pele. The game evolves and it is unfair to compare one age to another, yet comparisons are due and we bring to you the list of 5 Best Footballers of all time.
One of the most decorated players of all time, Ronaldinho has won everything available on the European circuit. Having represented huge clubs like Barcelona, AC Milan and PSG during his time, the Brazillian has also won World Cups and Copas with his national team. However, it is not trophies that define the masterclass that was Ronaldinho. His incredible range of skills, ball control and temperament are what makes him one of the all time Greats.
4. Lionel Messi
La Pulga has had his share of criticism when pulling on the Argentina jersey but no one doubts that he is one of the best to have ever walked the football pitch. He is yet to win any major trophies with Argentina and has everything to his name in the European club game. A one-club man, Lionel Messi is a true genius and his antics on the field will be remembered long after he’s gone.
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3. Diego Maradona
Another Argentine, another controversial character. The two-time World Cup winner with Argentina, Diego Maradona is third on this list – primarily because of his not-so-amazing records on the European circuit. Fans believe he had much more to offer than he did had he chosen a different path on the personal front. Yet, as long as he graced the game, the game was fortunate to have him.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
A true beast when it comes to achievements. And the only European on this list. Cristiano Ronaldo has challenged all and won it all when it comes to football. The Portuguese star has 5 Ballon d’Ors to his name, same as Leo Messi and still is one of the most lethal finsiher of the game. Apart from the Portuguese League, Premiership, multiple La Ligas and Copas and now the Scudetto, he has five Champions League winners’ medals and a UEFA Euro Championship Champions’ medal to his name.
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It will take some effort to beat this Brazillian wizard to the Number One spot. Pele never played for European clubs, having started and ended his journey with his boyhood club Santos in Brazil but it is his skills and ball play that make him truly one of the greatest of all time, if not the greatest. A World Cup winner with Brazil, Pele is an example to anyone learning the game and stands out to be a true gentleman even today.