- George Best:
Words don’t suffice the greatness of George Best and his abilities on the ball. He was an excellent dribbler on the ball as he could easily glide past players to score and create goals. His aura brought a different feel to the game of football and it was his glamorous image that brought him more attention.
- Rogerio Ceni:
Ceni was no ordinary goalkeeper and was certainly a legend in Brazil. He was effective between the sticks but his biggest strength was scoring from a dead ball situation. He scored 131 goals in his 25 year football career which is outstanding from a goalkeeper’s perspective. Ceni entirely changed the way a goalkeeper is supposed to be looked at.
- Lev Yashin:
The former USSR goalkeeper remains the only goalkeeper till date to win the Ballon d’Or and there is a reason to it. In his generation, goalkeepers were only used to save their team from conceding but he was the one who changed the outlook and acted as an extra defender for his team, like it is the sweeper-keeper role these days. He was the one to bring in a new dimension to the goalkeeping position.
- Alfredo Di Stefano:
Real Madrid have a rich history especially in the Champions league and they have to lot to thank Di Stefano for that. The Argentine was the core reason why Real Madrid went on to win the competition five times in a row when the tournament started. Stefano scored in all the five finals and took the club to a glorious level right from the beginning of the Champions league.
- Franz Beckenbauer:
Beckenbauer has a lot of accolades both as a player and also as a manager. He remains one of the three players to win the World Cup both as a player and as a manager. As a player his leadership skills at the back and contribution in the attack made him a stellar defender and arguably one of the best German players ever to grace the game.
- Ferenc Puskas:
The former Captain of the Hungary team was a legend for Real Madrid. He didn’t score the amount of goals Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are scoring right now but his efficiency in front of the goal was splendid. He scored 622 goals in 629 appearances at the club level and 84 goals in 85 games. His clinical abilities made him the deadliest goalscorer in the history of the game.
- Lionel Messi:
The greatness of the Argentina is unmatchable. The things he has done on the football pitch have been mindboggling and it is a blessing to see Messi play. By his standards, a 50-goal season has looked pretty normal and Barcelona couldn’t have wished a better and quality servant than him. And it is not just his goalscoring abilities but also his playmaking skills that make him one of the best in the world and surely one of the best ever to play the game.
- Cristiano Ronaldo:
There will always be comparisons as to who is the better among Ronaldo and Messi but there will never be a clear cut answer to it. Ronaldo has gone from strength to strength and shown the world that nothing pays off better than hard-work. The amount of records Ronaldo has broken is simply brilliant. His goal scoring abilities has gone to another level with his age and God knows what more he will achieve before he finally hangs up his boots.
There has been no bigger player for Brazil as Pele has been for the South American nation. The Brazilian has been seen as a Godly figure in Brazil and rightly so. He scored 1281 goals in 1363 matches which cannot be matched under any circumstances and it is not just that. Pele has been very active in promoting the sport and giving his best even after retiring from the game years ago.
- Johan Cruyff:
Very few words would do justice to the magic Johan Cruyff presented us with on the football pitch. As a player, Cruyff was very difficult to handle with his twist and turns and amazing creative abilities. It is not just that, his influence on the game on a managerial level was very strong too. It was him who invented the tactic to involve a player more than what his position defines. The tactical brilliance of Cruyff laid the foundation for the Tiki Taka style of football by which the likes of Pep Guardiola is inspired from and is doing wonders right now. Cruyff had a big part in revolutionizing the game and taking it to a new level.