Soccer is a team sport, with eleven players representing each team on the peach, not counting the substitutes waiting on the bench. What this implies is that, over the cause of history, so many players have come and gone in the football world. While some went unnoticed, there are some who made their marks and left their foot prints on the sands of football time. We will take a look at the three players leading this pack of extraordinary footballers.
The Brazilian legend undeniably takes top spot in the history of the sport. Real name: Edson Arantes do Nascimento. He is regarded by all as the greatest footballer of all time, and was voted world player of the century in 1999. He holds the record for the most goals scored in domestic leagues, scoring 650 goals in 694 matches. He has a career high of 1281 goals having played 1363 times in his career. Pele is also a Guinness world record holder. The Brazilian began his career early at only the age of 15 and he played his first game for his national side at 16. Pele could make use of both foot and his ability to predict his opponents made h
Lionel Messi (Argentina)
Currently the captain of Argentina’s senior national team and Spanish club side, Barcelona, Messi has cemented his place in the history books and he is only second to Pele. Tying with Portugal’s Christiano Ronaldo, Messi has won a record five Ballon d’Or awards and he has a record of five European golden shoe awards. The argentine has played the entirety of his career with his current side, Barcelona and he has won 33 trophies with the side, with the only titles evading him being National team titles. He once lost three finals in a row while captaining the national team and once announced retirement when he was frustrated. There won’t be enough space to write if this post was to mention every award in Messi’s trophy cabinet.
The argentine claims the third and only spot left in this ranking. He is highly regarded among football lovers, players and writes as one of the greatest men to have ever kicked the ball. His smallness didn’t deprive him of much as his vision and dribbling covered for his deficiency in height. He would often dribble past multiple opponents in a single run. Maradona was nicknamed ‘the golden boy’, a name that stuck to him all through his playing days. The golden boy set the world record transfer fees twice in his career, making him the only player in the world to have done so. Maradona, unlike Messi, won the world cup with Argentina in1986 with a victory over west Germany in the final, he was also the tournament’s best player. Maradona went ahead to coach the Argentinian national side and took them to the 2010 world cup.