Football or Soccer as it is popularly referred to as in the states, is undoubtedly the most played and watched sport all over the world. The game has enjoyed some of the greatest athletes over the years and decades. Here is a list of top five soccer players of all times:
The player is three time world cup winner with Brazil. He had won in the years 1958, 1962 and 1970. Pele is the greatest footballer of last century. FIFA recognized his unprecedented skills and awarded him with the title of the best footballer of the 20th century. Pele’s international career was a huge success. As per an unofficial statistics, Pele had scored around 1,281 goals in 1,363 games. The player scored over one hundred goals in a year. His brilliant international success with native Brazil combined with exceptional aptitude to score significant goals steadily truly made him the greatest soccer player of all times.
Messi is considered as the greatest footballer to have ever played. He is 28 and has several more years in hand. In 2015, he had 53 goals to his name. Messi joined Barcelona at a tender age of 13. At 17, he made his first team debut. There was no looking back since then. His contribution was significant in all of the successes Barcelona had since last decade. Live football scores state that Lionel Messi has 452 goals in around 575 competitive matches.
One of the greatest players of all times, the 30 year old Ronaldo is still going strong. Ronaldo is known to be one of the fittest athletes. He started his career in Portugese team Sporting Lisbon. He played as a forward who possessed pace and an amazing range of skills to hoodwink defenders. Manchester United observed this talent and signed him up. The premier league was lucky to rope in the player for the year 2003. Later on, he matured as a top notch performer for United.
A part of very successful era in the United history where they enjoyed 3 back to back premier league titles, Ronaldo was considered gold. In the year 2009 he moved to Real Madrid. Here he got a record-breaking fee $100 million.
Xavi managed to enjoy success with Spain as well as FC Barcelona. No wonder he was at the top of every list of the greatest soccer players of all times. Hernandez started his career in Barcelona youth teams in the year 1998. In 2002 when Barcelona was struggling hard to buy new players, Hernandez emerged as a boon. He started as a defensive midfielder. Later on, his magical touch and ability to control matches with excellent compose passes made him stand out. Hernandez teamed up with Iniesta and Messi and took the Tiki Taka style of Barcelona to another level. Later on, this style was adopted by the Spanish national team. The greatest central midfielder of all times, Hernandez had no competition. Barcelona won back to back trophies when he was at the peak of his career.
Platini is one of the greatest French players. Most part of his career was spent in attacking midfield roles for Juventus, Nancy, and Saint-Étienne. The talented football player has played over 432 games in his lifetime and scored around 224 goals achieving a huge number of club honors. The major highlight of his club career was the victory during the 1985 European cup with Juventus. This is where he played a pivotal role in the game and emerged as the first player to win three Ballon d’OR awards back to back for the years 1983, 1984 and 1985.
He also represented his team as Captain France to the European championship in 1984. This was the team’s first major trophy in international football match. Michel Platini was declared the ‘player of the 1984 European championship’. His amazing skills helped him grab the top goal scorer award. Later on, he managed France from 1988 to 1992. Platini also became the “UEFA” president.