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Greatest players of all time of 'the beautiful game'

Hyderabad: Football is the biggest sport in the world. In fact it is more than just a sport for millions of fans around the globe. The game has seen many special talents over the years but, their are some who have etched their names in the history books.

Every generation has great players that come and change the game forever, here's a list of greatest players to have ever walked on earth
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  • Pele

Arguably the greatest to have played the game on the world stage. The Brazilian legend won three World Cups (1958, 1962, 1970) more than any player to have ever played the game.


The youngest ever player (17 years and 249 days) to score in a World Cup, Pele scored twice in the 1958 World Cup final against Sweden. Scoring more than 1200 senior goals in his career, Pele is right up there in everybody's top 3 list in not at no.1.

  • Diego Maradona

Argentine playmaker, Diego Maradona among his fans is regarded as the best to have laid feet on the football pitch.

Maradona played in four World Cups, including the 1986 World Cup in Mexico where he captained Argentina and led them to victory over West Germany in the final, and won the Golden Ball as the tournament's best player.



Maradona also had a telling club career in Europe first at Barcelona and then more famously at Napoli. His exploits on the pitch at Barcelona even won him a standing ovation from the hostile Santiago Bernabeu crowd, which is greater than any trophy.


  • Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo will go down in history as one of the game's greats. The Portuguese is Real Madrid's all-time top goalscorer, with an astonishing 450 strikes for Los Blancos, while he has five Ballons d'Or and five Champions League crowns – four with the Spanish side.



With 5 Ballons d'Or each, Ronaldo and Messi are unquestionably two of the best players to have ever walked the planet.

The only point used by his fans to put him above Messi is the winner's medal of Euro 2016 with Portugal.
  • Lionel Messi

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, is one of, if not the greatest dribblers to torment the defenders and the goalkeeper on the pitch. Along with Cristiano Ronaldo he is undoubtedly among the greatest players of our generation and of all time.

The amount of domestic success he has had with Barcelona is unparalleled and that'll etch his name as one of the greats.


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  • Zinedine Zidane

ZiZu, as he his fondly called among his fans, is arguably the greatest midfielder to have played the game.

Winner of the Ballon d'Or in 1998, Zidane had an extremely successful career at both Juventus and Real Madrid. However, Zidane first truly came into the public conscience as a truly world class player with his performance against Brazil in the 1998 World Cup final.

  • Garrincha

Winner of two World Cups and considered to be one of the most talented players ever, Garrincha was an iconic number 7 for both Brazil and his club side Botafogo. From 1953-1965, Garrincha entertained the Brazilian public with his skills, tricks. and flicks often bringing sheer joy to the people by the unique way in which he played football.

In the 1962 World Cup, Garrincha in the absence of Pele led Brazil to glory and he was the best player in the tournament receiving the World Cup Golden Ball for player of the tournament, the Golden Boot as leading goalscorer, and was named in the World Cup All-Star Team.

  • Ronaldo Nazario

Ronaldo Nazario also popularly known as 'O Fenomeno' (The Phenomenon) is probably the greatest striker to ever play the game. The Brazilian striker is perhaps best remembered for his performances in the 1998 and 2002 World Cup for the Brazil national team.



The question that's always asked, though, is who is better, and almost everyone in the world of football has his or her own opinion on the matter. So, this is a list in no particular order, just whom we thought were the greatest players to have ever played 'the beautiful game'.

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