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Top 10 Football Players

The beautiful game of soccer symbolizes a Vast amount of creativity and ingenuity. If it was not for the physical context of this sport it could be easily passed as a form of art. Football stands out from other sports as, unlike other sports, the players are granted freedom of expression. Other sports like cricket or baseball allow only restricted movement. In football, a player can dribble, tackle, pass or shoot in various ways. A player can reach the top of his career using his own unique style.

10. George Best, Northern Ireland

Name of the Player: George Best

Life: 22nd May, 1946–25th November, 2005

Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75m)

Playing positions: Winger, attacking midfielder

George Best’s career was badgered by his drinking problem, nevertheless his talent was almost unmatched. He was well known for his dribbling abilities. He won the 1968 European Cup and two League titles during his experience with Manchester United. Playing as an attacking midfielder he scored an exceptional 205 goals in 579 games. He also won the Ballon d’Or in 1968. At the age of 28, he faced a decline in his career due to his alcoholism and could never achieve as much as his talent promised.

9. Zinedine Zidane, France

Name of the Player: Zinedine Yazid Zidane

Date of Birth: 23rd June,1972

Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85m)

Playing positions: Attacking midfielder

Zidane’s qualities are his individual expertise, ball control, physical strength and passing. His best exhibitions were frequently in the most pivotal games, showing a character not seen in numerous other players. Playing as a central midfielder he scored 159 goals in 789 matches. While playing with France he won the World Cup in 1998 and 2000 European Championships. While playing with Juventus and Real Madrid he won three league titles and one European cup. After retiring he used his expertise in football management by guiding Real Madrid to three consecutive European cups.

8. Alfredo Di Stéfano, Argentina

Name of the Player:  Alfredo Stéfano Di Stéfano Laulhé

Life: 4th July, 1926–7th July, 2014

Height: 5 ft 9.5 in (1.76m)

Playing positions: Attacking midfielder

Alfredo was a prolific goal scorer for Real Madrid. He scored 511 goals in 702 games. Unlike other conventional strikers he would appear all over the pitch passing, tackling and dictating the play. He was the most fulfilling player to grace the game. While playing with Real Madrid, he won 5 incredible European cups. He had a streak to score in all of the finals. He won 13 League title during his career. He also won a Copa America with Argentina.

7. Ferenc Puskás, Hungary

Name of the Player: Ferenc Purczeld (his father changed the family name to Puskás when Ferenc was 10)

Life: 1st April, 1927–17th November, 2006

Height: 5 ft 8 in (1.72m)

Playing positions: Forward

Ferenc Puskás was presumably the most exact goalscorer ever. Integrating his finishing prowess along with the intelligence to invent new skills, he scored a startling 700 goals in 705 matches during his career. While playing for Real Madrid he won three European Cups and 5 League titles. In Hungary, how won another 5 League titles. He led Hungary to the 1954 World Cup Final, at the international level.

6. Franz Beckenbauer, Germany

Name of the Player: Franz Anton Beckenbauer

Date of Birth: 11th September,1945

Height: 5 ft 11.5 in (1.81m)

Playing positions: Sweeper

Franz was a ball-playing defender who contributed to attacks. Despite of his position he managed to score 111 goals in 776 matches for Germany and Bayern Munich.  He never had one fix position on the field, He was found to be literary everywhere at once, dictating the game, exerting his influence and also sweeping up the opposition attacks who swayed through the defensive line. He was an ultimate captain but when combined with his dribbling passing an all-round ability, he is considered to be one of the greatest players. He won three European Cups and eight League titles in his career. He also won the 1974 World Cup and 1972 European Championship.

5. Michel Platini, France

Name of the Player:  Michel François Platini

Date of Birth: 21st June,1955

Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.79m)

Playing positions: Attacking midfielder

Michel played at the position of an attacking midfielder. He successfully scared 353 goals in 652 games.  He was had his expertise in free kicks. He was an excellent passer too. He combined these techniques with his ruthless goal scoring ability. He single-handedly guided France to the 1984 championship and scored 9 goals in the process. He also won three league titles and lifted the European Cup with Juventus.

4. Zico, Brazil

Name of the Player:  Arthur Antunes Coimbra

Date of Birth: 13th March,1953

Height: 5 ft 8 in (1.72m)

Playing positions: Attacking midfielder

Due to his lack of achievements Zico usually is not made a part of lists but his talent was never doubtful. He scored 527 goals in 769 matches.  He not only was a prolific goal scorer but also had the ability to create unique shots and skills. Along with an attacking midfielder he had excellent heading ability and was also a master of free kicks. He has also been recognised as one of the most offensive players. He won the South American equivalent of the European Cup, the Copa Libertadores, and four league titles.

3. Johann Cruyff, Netherlands

Name of the Player: Hendrik Johannes Cruijff (internationally spelled Cruyff)

Life: 25th April, 1947–24th March, 2016

Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78m)

Playing positions: Forward, attacking midfielder

Johann was inculcated the best of the two most promising players. He had the control and strength of Zidane and dribbling and pace of George Best. He was the absolute footballer, joining a magnificent beauty with a clinical capacity and figuring knowledge. He scored 401 goals in 710 appearances from attacking midfield. He won three European Cups and 10 league titles.

2. Pelé, Brazil

Name of the Player:  Edson Arantes do Nascimento

Date of Birth: 23rd October,1940

Height: 5 ft 8 in (1.73m)

Playing positions: Forward, Attacking midfielder

Pele was often called the ultimate goal scoring machine in his native Brazil. He is often ranked as the best player of this sport. He scored an astounding amount of 1282 goals in 1366 games. He was the absolute footballer, joining a magnificent beauty with a clinical capacity and figuring knowledge. He played a major role in scoring goals at the World Cup and making Brazil win in 1958, 1962 and 1980. He also won two Copa Libertadores and five league titles.

1. Diego Maradona, Argentina

Name of the Player:  Diego Armando Maradona

Date of Birth: 30th October,1960

Height: 5 ft 5 in (1.65m)

Playing positions: Attacking midfielder, second striker

Diego’s talent was undoubtedly the greatest ever seen in football. His ability to dribble was mesmerizing. He was precise at passing and crossing. His goal-scoring technique was unique and clinical.  From attacking midfield he scored345 goals in 680 games. He won the 1986 World Cup with Argentina. He also won 3 league titles and one UEFA Cup with Napoli. He has scored one of the greatest goals of all-time against England.

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