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12 Feb 2019

40 Best Soccer Players of All Time

 

Soccer (or football and futbol) is the world’s sport. There have been some incredible players over the past century which have influenced the game in a variety of ways. Then there are the ones who became the best of all time at their craft.

Do you agree with this list of the best soccer players of all time?

1. Pele

2. Lionel Messi

3. George Best

4. Cristiano Ronaldo

5. Diego Maradona

6. Bobby Moore

7. Thierry Henry

8. Zinedine Zidane

9. Sir Bobby Charlton 

10. Kenny Dalglish

11. David Beckham

12. Bastian Schweinsteiger

13. Franz Beckenbauer

14. Johan Cruyff

15. Eusebio

16. Ronaldo

17. Paul Gascoigne

18. Gary Lineker

19. Ronaldinho

20. Steven Gerrard

21. Ryan Giggs

22. Wayne Rooney

23. Alfredo Di Stefano

24. Dennis Bergkamp

25. Denis Law

26. Ferenc Puskas

27. Xavi

28. Michael Owen

29. Sir Tom Finney

30. Michel Platini

31. Lev Yashin

32. Gareth Bale

33. Gianluigi Buffon

34. Kevin De Bruyne

35. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

36. Bryan Robson

37. Mohamed Salah

38. Lothar Matthaus

39. Marco van Basten

40. Jurgen Klinsmann

Why Choose Pele as the Greatest of All Time?

Although there are several candidates who could feasibly be called the greatest footballer of all time, it is the statistics which Pele put up over the course of his career that make him stand out.

Over 21 years of playing football at the club and international levels, Pele scored 727 goals. That includes 77 which he scored on behalf of Brazil over 92 caps. He appeared in the 1958 World Cup tournament at the age of 17. 

Pele also debuted for his club as a professional at the age of 16, playing for Santos FC until 1975 when the New York Cosmos paid him an enormous sum of cash to play out the final two years of his career there.

Why Place Lionel Messi Over Cristiano Ronaldo?

When choosing between Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and George Best, there were three elements to consider.

  • Talent for the game.
  • Team leadership qualities.
  • Off-the-field issues.

Lionel Messi was convicted of tax fraud in Spanish courts, then directed to spend 21 months in prison before the sentence was reduced to a fine of £223,000. He agreed to pay £400 per day of the judgment that he would serve.

Messi’s father was also found guilty, given a fine as well instead of his original 15-month sentence.

Cristiano Ronaldo is accused of sexual misconduct during a trip to Las Vegas, NV. Law enforcement officials in 2019 continue to look at the case. The soccer player already paid a monetary settlement as a way to keep it out of the news.

George Best never had controversies like these, though he did struggle with alcoholism throughout his entire life.

Based on this combination of factors, including overall skill in reading the game, we generated the list as printed above. 

Who are your favorite soccer players of all time? Where did we get things right?

Did we get some things wrong? Let the debate begin!

14 Oct 2018

7 Best Male Soccer Goalies of All Time

 

Why waste time with a lengthy introduction? This list is the definitive ranking of the best soccer goalies of all time.

#1. Iker Casillas

After debuting for the most significant club team in the world at age 16, Saint Iker has won everything he can in the sport. He’s captained his country to their first national title in over four decades. Casillas also led Spain to their only World Cup championship in South Africa. He has won every significant domestic and world title for which he has ever competed.

#2. Oliver Kahn

There has never been a better keeper in the world than this man when faced with a one-on-one situation. His heroics during the penalty shootout during the 2001 Champions League final will never be forgotten. He also single-handedly dragged his country to the finals in the 2002 World Cup, where he was named the player of the tournament.

#3. Peter Schmeichel

This keeper perfected the art of the “starfish” save between the post. In the 1990s, he appeared almost 300 times for Manchester United, winning five league titles during the decade. He also won the 1999 Champions League with the squad where he was the captain and the man-of-the-match. Schmeichel also has 129 caps for his home country of Denmark.

#4. Lev Yashin

His name isn’t one that usually that makes lists like this, but it is a recognition he clearly deserves. He earned the nickname of “Black Spider” because his reaction times were second-to-none for his era. Yashin appeared over 300 times for Dynamo Moscow, earned 78 caps while playing for the Soviet Union, and won a gold medal in the 1956 Olympics.

#5. Nevill Southall

This goalie was easily the best British keeper of his era. The only problem was that he played for Wales, so he never really got to make a mark on the global stage. His country never qualified for a significant final while he was between the sticks. Over his 17 years as a professional with Everton, he appeared in 592 matches. He also played a role in their title wins of 1985 and 1987.

#6. Gianluigi Buffon

Buffon made his first international appearance filling in for a crucial play-in series, then turned his excellent sixth-sense for the game into a professional career spanning 10+ years. He’s won titles with Juventus and is frequently named as the best goalkeeper in Europe. His play during Italy’s 2006 World Cup run was crucial to their success, earning him a second-place vote for the FIFA world player of the year.

#7. Sepp Maier

This goalie played in 422 consecutive matches in the Bundesliga. The Cat from Anzing won four domestic titles, three European Cups, the Euro Championship, and even a World Cup. He was also a three-time German Footballer of the year. No one was more dominant in Europe during the 1970s.

These are just a handful of the best keepers who have ever played the game. Who are some of your favorite players that put on the gloves between the sticks?

05 Oct 2018

5 Coolest Soccer Players of All Time

 

What does it mean to be a “cool” footballer?

You must first be one of the best in the game. There must be evidence that you know how to read what is happening, respond proactively, while keeping your head cool most of the time.

The coolest players are leaders on the pitch. They inspire others to go above and beyond as the team surges forward to secure a victory. 

Here is our list that includes the best of those that have the “cool” factor today. 

#1. Cristiano Ronaldo

This footballer started his career at age 16 when his manager promoted him from Sporting CP’s youth squad. Since then, he has gone on to become one of the best to play the game of all time, making a name for himself at Manchester United. He also established his greatness while playing for Real Madrid and Juventus.

#2. Pele

Pele started at the age of 16 as well, making his domestic debut for Santos FC. Unlike the other best players of this era, he remained at his home club for almost the entirety of his career. He would also work to establish soccer in America, joining the New York Cosmos for two seasons during the NASL era. 

#3. Andrea Pirlo

Pirlo played the majority of his career in Italy, continuing the trend of making his professional debut at the age of 16 for Brescia. He became the club’s youngest player to make an appearance in the top flight. Pirlo would then go back for a year with the youth team before breaking into the senior squad for good during the 1996-97 season. He transferred to New York City FC in 2015 to make 60 appearances in MLS. 


#4. Zinedine Zidane

Most people remember this footballer for his graphic headbutt of Materazzi during the 2006 World Cup final. Italy would go on to win the tournament in penalty kicks. Despite the violence, he would win the Golden Ball for the tournament. He has also gone on to be a dominating manager, leading Real Madrid to consecutive Champions League finals before retiring.

#5. Kylian Mbappe

The youngest member of the coolest soccer players of all time list, Mbappe made his professional debut at 16 as well. He helped Monaco achieve their first Ligue 1 title in 17 years, then promptly transferred to Paris Saint-Germain for over $200,000. He also became the youngest French player in history to score in the World Cup in the 2018 competition. Growing up, he always said that his idol was Cristiano Ronaldo – and wanted to pattern his game after the best of all time.

The world’s game offers many different levels of “coolness” that can be seen at every level. Whether you get involved at the youth level as a coach, stay engaged with the sport as a player, or manage one of the best teams in the world, you will not find a closer family than those who live and breathe football.