It’s one of those debates that can never truly be settled, like what came first, the chicken or the egg? Or who would win between prime Ali and prime Tyson. To choose the best footballer of all time is an objective opinion, and will vary depending on where you’re from, how old you are and what team you support. So we’ve put together a short list of the 5 best footballers of all time, in no particular order, just to appreciate the best of the best and not settle an impossible debate. Enjoy!
For Maradona, there was nothing he couldn’t do with a football. We’ve all seen what he can do with the ball at his feet, skipping past defenders with a touch that made it seem like the ball was on a string. His exploits for Argentina at the 1986 World Cup cemented his legacy.
No list can leave off these first two names, and Pele might well be the more famed of the two thanks to his longevity, three World Cups and brief stardom in the United States. He scored more than 1,000 career goals and helped football reached the heights it remains at today.
Next, the two modern day footballing icons that spark debates on their greatness as much as Pele and Maradona. Messi shares many similarities with his fellow countryman, Maradona. Small, extraordinary dribbler and has won his team many games by himself. When it’s all said and done, he may be referred to as the greatest.
Already surpassing the great Eusebio as the best Portuguese player ever, this last year has proved Ronaldo still has so much more to give to football. With possibly a fourth Champions League title coming his way this summer, he’ll go down as one of the greatest winners the port has ever seen.
Zidane was a true pleasure to watch, possessing a delightful first touch, ability to pass the ball anywhere a pull off some spectacular strikes. Despite all his achievements as a player, it’s possible Zidane will be best remembered as a coach, having overseen a Champions League win in his first season at Madrid and a chance to repeat the feat in June.
The original Ronaldo was from Brazil and he was every bit the player as Cristiano (and maybe more) until injuries slowed him down. Despite the injuries and gradual weight gain, he was still phenomenal, practically winning Brazil the World Cup on his own while he was just leaving his prime.