10. Sir Robert “Bobby” Charlton
Sir Bobby Charlton is a legend of the game; Charlton was an England national player who played for the English club Manchester United. Sir Bobby was known for his attacking play and his success for both club and national team. For Manchester United, Sir Bobby won a UEFA best player in the world, a Champions League cup, an FA cup, and 3 English Leagues. For England he was an important player for the national team when they won the World Cup of 1966, this year he also won the Ballon D’or. Sir Bobby Charlton is now a board member at his old club Manchester United.
9. George Best
George best was a great player in his time. George Best played for the English club Manchester United and was a Northern Ireland national team player. Best won multiple awards while he played: 2 English leagues, 1 Champions League Cup, 1 English FA Cup, 1 English Super Cup, and he won the UEFA best player in Europe award in 1968. George Best was an attack-minded midfielder with excellent individual skill which showed in his goal scoring abilities.
8. Alfredo Stefano Di Stefano Laulhe
Alfredo Stefano Di Stefano Laulhe is a legend for his Spanish club Real Madrid and a legend for all of soccer. Alfredo Di Stefano was born in Argentina but played for the Spanish national tem and the Spanish club Real Madrid. Di Stefano has many awards including: 5 Champions League Cups, 9 Spanish leagues, 1 Spanish Cup, 1 Intercontinental Cup, and many other awards with his national team and his teams prior to Real Madrid; Di Stefano is a 13 time Spanish league top scorer and 2 time UEFA best player in Europe winner.
7. Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima
Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima is a widely known legend of the game, Ronaldo Lima is an amazingly talented player from Brazil who played for both the Spanish rival clubs Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. Ronaldo won many awards for all his club teams: 2 Spanish leagues, 2 Spanish Super Cups, 1 Spanish Cup, 1 UEFA Cup, 1 Intercontinental Cup, 1 Dutch Cup, 2 Brazilian Cups, 1 UEFA Super Cup, 1 UEFA best player in Europe, and 3 FIFA Ballon D’or’s. Ronaldo was also part of the arguably best national team to ever play, which was the Brazilian national team, he won many awards with his national team including 2 World Cups, 2 Copa America Cups, and 1 Confederations Cup. Ronaldo Lima is a gifted player with ball control and skill that is out of this world.
6. Zinedine Zidane
Zinedine Zidane is a talented midfielder who played for the Spanish club Real Madrid and the national team of France, he is now retired and the head coach for Real Madrid. Zidane is a legend of the sport with lots of honors and awards under his belt; Zidane has won 3 FIFA Ballon D’or’s, 1 UEFA best player in Europe, 1 European Cup, 1 World Cup, 1 Champions League Cup, 1 Spanish league, 2 Spanish Super Cups, 2 Italian leagues, 2 Intercontinental Cups, 1 Italian Super Cup, 2 UEFA Super Cups, and many more personal honors. Zinedine Zidane is an attack-minded player with great vision, fantastic passing, and amazing ball control.
5. Gerhard “Gerd” Muller
Gerd Muller is one of the best goal scorers to ever set foot on a field, Muller is widely recognized as a goal scoring legend. Gerd Muller played for the German club Bayern Munich and the German national team, with both these teams he won many awards: 3 Champions League Cups, 1 European Cup, 1 World Cup, 4 German Cups, 4 German leagues, 1 Intercontinental Cup, and many other personal awards including 13 top goal scorer awards. Gerd Muller is undoubtedly a legend of the game due to his amazing goal scoring ability.
4. Franz Beckenbauer
Franz Beckenbauer is another German legend who played for the German national team and the German club Bayern Munich. Almost all of the players in this list are attackers, but Beckenbauer is a defender that is so good he deserves a spot in this list. Franz has won many awards, including 1 World Cup, 1 European Cup, 3 Champions League Cups, 2 UEFA best player in Europe awards, 4 German Cups, 5 German Leagues, 1 Intercontinental Cup, 3 NASL soccer leagues, and many more personal awards. Beckenbauer has won so much due to his incredible leadership ability, Franz lead his teams from defense as captain for his very successful career.
3. Hendrik Johannes “Johan” Cruyff
Known as Johan Cruyff, he is a legend in this sport and is widely known as a very talented player. Cruyff played for the Dutch club Ajax and the Spanish club FC Barcelona, he also played for the Dutch national team. With Ajax he lead them to many awards such as 3 Champions League Cups, 6 Dutch Cups, 1 Intercontinental Cup, 1 UEFA Super Cup, and 9 Dutch leagues. For FC Barcelona, Cruyff won a Spanish league and a Spanish Cup; he also won 3 UEFA best player in Europe awards. Johan Cruyff was known for his brilliant skill and his goal scoring ability; Cruyff has his own skill move named after him called the Cruyff turn.
2. Diego Maradona
Diego Maradona is a widely known legend of the sport, he is an easily angered player so there are definitely people that don’t like him, but there is no doubt he is one of the best legends to ever play. Maradona played for the Argentina national team, the Italian club Napoli, and the Spanish club FC Barcelona. He won lots of awards for all these teams including 1 Spanish Super Cup, 1 Spanish Cup, 1 Spanish league, 2 Italian leagues, 1 Italian Cup, 1 Italian Super Cup, 1 UEFA Cup, 1 Argentinian league, 1 World cup, and many other personal awards. Maradona is best known for his amazing dribbling and goal scoring ability which he used to lead his country to win the World Cup. Maradona will always be remembered for his short temper and furthermore for his fantastic soccer playing ability.
1. Edson Arantes do Nascimento (Pele)
Edson Arantes do Nascimento, also known as Pele, is one of the most well known players to ever play. Pele was a Brazilian national team player who played for the Brazilian club Santos FC and the American club New York Cosmos. Pele had the ability to lead his teams to many awards, for Santos FC he won 6 Brazilian leagues, 2 Intercontinental Cups, and 2 Copa Libertadores Cups, and for New York Cosmos he won 1 NASL soccer league. Pele was most known for his ability to lead his country of Brazil to 3 World Cups with his natural ability to dribble skillfully and prolifically score goals. One thing that makes Pele a legend is the fact that he led his country to their first World Cup when he was just 17 years of age; Pele has been an amazing player ever since he was a kid and once he started, he never stopped. Pele has been and will always be seen as one of the greatest legends to ever play this sport.