There will never be another like Lionel Messi: an individualist who sacrificed everything to chase his dream of being a footballer, who grew up in one of the greatest club teams of all time, which was then built around his unique ability, and at time where he was challenged to the crown of “World’s Best” by one of the most outstanding footballers of any generation (Ronaldo).
Beckenbauer claims it was because, in 1968, he posed alongside a bust of former Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph, and the media referred to him as Fussball Kaiser afterwards. Alternatively, it was because in the 1969 German Cup Final he fouled Schalke’s Reinhard Libuda, often known as Konig von Westfalen (King of Westphalia), and the press believed that Beckenbauer had now trumped him.
Ronaldinho is the most talented and the best player the world has ever seen. Nobody ever had such a technique, dribbling, vision of the game. He took our breathes away with his passes, dribbles, shoots, precision. Football is not about statistics, its about enjoying the game and the way players play. Nobody ever did what Ronaldinho did on the field.
Alfredo Stéfano Di Stéfano Laulhé (Spanish pronunciation:; 4 July 1926 – 7 July 2014) was a footballer and coach. He is regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time and is best-known for his achievements with Real Madrid, where he was instrumental in the club's domination of the European Champions' Cup and La Liga during the 1950s.
Brazil legend Ronaldo believes it is merely a matter of time before Neymar is considered the world's best player. The 38-year-old believes Neymar has given the Brazil team a much-needed boost, and that the Barcelona star is catching up to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Gordon Strachan: Andres Iniesta is one of the best players I've ever seen, but Alex Ferguson was the best sports psychologist. Graham Hunter sits down with Scotland manager Gordon Strachan as the pair discuss Spanish football, the state of the British game, sports psychology and Sir Alex Ferguson.
Platini’s best games were saved for his national team, however, with whom he fronted of one of the best midfield trios ever alongside Alain Giresse and Jean Tigana. They came close at the 1982 World Cup, before dramatically losing to West Germany on penalties in the semi-final.
Maldini was part of not just one but two of the all-time great defensive partnerships, with Franco Baresi and then Alessandro Nesta. It was his achievements alongside the former, which peaked in 1992 with an unbeaten title-winning campaign, that arguably rank at the top of a remarkable CV.
Its hard to compare footballers from different eras. Today’s footballers are of course stronger, faster, fitter and more skilled now than ever before. In 20 years time we will be saying that whoever the star footballer is of that day, that he (or maybe even she) is the best of all time. So yes Bale probably is the best ever.
He talks about Charlton’s humility: “He never changed… success can change people. It never changed Bobby Charlton.” Ferguson also talks of his debt to Charlton. Ferguson doesn’t often do humility himself, but he does when he speaks of Charlton. That’s worth paying attention to.
He became one of the most hailed footballers of the game, admired from Japan to his childhood suburb of Quintino in Rio de Janeiro, and dubbed the ‘White Pele’. You don't get that for nothing. King of the Maracana. He’s the greatest Brazilian to never win a World Cup.
Van Basten and the greatest European Championship goal ever scored Arnold Muhren's cross was wafting slowly, aimlessly, over the Soviet Union's penalty area. Muhren, then 37, had a crafty left foot and had been aiming to supply Dutch striker Marco van Basten at the back post.
Marcelo Vieira da Silva Júnior (born 12 May 1988), known as Marcelo (Portuguese pronunciation: [maʁˈsɛlu]), is a Brazilian professional footballer for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Brazil national team. He plays mainly at left back but can also operate as a left winger.
The footwear breakthrough that has Sergio Agüero, Marco Reus, Radamel Falcao, Marco Verratti and Antoine Griezmann outrunning their competition. The footwear breakthrough that has Sergio Agüero, Marco Reus, Radamel Falcao, Marco Verratti and Antoine Griezmann outrunning their competition.
Manuel Neuer has been called the best goalkeeper of all time. We look at the cases for and against... Bayern Munich may have lost the first leg of their Champions League semi-final to Barcelona – but it could have been a lot worse for Pep Guardiola’s men had Manuel Neuer not pulled off several fine first-half saves at the Nou Camp.
Outside football Personal life. Lewandowski was given a name that would make it easier for him when moving abroad as a professional footballer. Lewandowski's father, Krzysztof (died in 1995), was a Polish judo champion, and also played football for Hutnik Warszawa in the second division.
Are Toni Kroos and Luka Modric good? - Yes. Are they better than Xavi and Iniesta? - Maybe. Modric and kroos midfield pair is certainly one of the best. They complement each other well. Modric’s dribbling and defence tearing passes and kroos’ stability and passing accuracy are noteworthy.
Roberto Carlos da Silva Rocha (born 10 April 1973), more commonly known simply as Roberto Carlos, is a Brazilian retired professional footballer. He started his career in Brazil as a forward but spent most of his career as a left-back and has been described as the "most offensive-minded left-back in the history of the game".
Luka Modric the No.1 player in the world in 2017, Lionel Messi only seventh best and not a single Juventus player among the top 25 - those are the controversial views of Goal's Peter Staunton. As ever, the Goal 50 is already provoking plenty of debate - despite the fact that the release of this year's list of the 50 finest footballing talents in the game today is still two days away.
Considered one of the best players of his generation, and one of Italy's greatest players; Baggio is regarded by many as the best Italian player of all-time. Italian journalist Gianni Brera, who had observed both Giuseppe Meazza and Gianni Rivera, stated Baggio was the best Italian player he had ever seen.
Eden Hazard is having his best ever start to a season - but the Chelsea playmaker still doesn't even rank himself among the top five players in the world. The 23-year-old has starred in Chelsea's impressive opening to the new Premier League campaign, and was chosen as man of the match in their recent London derby against Arsenal.
In 2012, Pirlo was named the eighth best footballer in the World by The Guardian. In 2013, Bloomberg ranked him the fifth best player in Europe. In 2015, France Football rated him as one of the 10 best footballers in the world who are over the age of 36.