Top 10 Best Football Players of all Time

10. George Best, Northern Ireland

George  Best

–  Playing positions: Winger, attacking midfielder   Famed for his dribbling abilities, he won the 1968 European Cup and two league titles during his time with Manchester United. As an attacking midfielder, he scored a remarkable 205 goals in 579 games and won the Ballon d'Or in 1968.

9. Zinedine Zidane, France

Zinedine Zidane

–  Playing positions: attacking midfielder   Zidane's strengths are his individual skill, ball control, physical strength and passing. After retiring, Zidane brought his intelligence to football management, guiding Real Madrid to three consecutive European Cups.

8. Alfredo Di Stéfano, Argentina

Alfredo Di Stéfano

–  Playing positions: Forward  With 511 goals in 702 games, Di Stefano was a prolific goalscorer for Real Madrid. He won 13 league titles in his career (1945–1966) along with a Copa America with Argentina.

7. Ferenc Puskás, Hungary

 Ferenc Puskás

–  Playing positions: forward  Ferenc Puskás was probably the most precise goalscorer ever. Combining his finishing prowess with a general intelligence , he scored a sensational 700 goals in 705 appearances during his career (1943–1966).

6. Franz Beckenbauer, Germany

Franz Beckenbauer

–  Playing positions: sweeper  Beckenbauer was the ultimate captain, but combined with his dribbling, passing and all-round technical ability, he was one of the greatest players ever. He won the 1974 World Cup and the 1972 European Championships.

5. Michel Platini, France

Michel Platini

–  Playing positions: attacking midfielder   Almost single-handedly, he guided France to the 1984 European Championships, scoring nine goals in the process. He lifted the European Cup with Juventus, and also won three league titles in his club career.

4. Zico, Brazil


–  Playing positions: foward, attacking midfielder   Zico was a remarkable creator of goals with a deft touch and an ability to produce unique shots and skills. He also won the South American equivalent of the European Cup, the Copa Libertadores, and four league titles.

3. Johann Cruyff, Netherlands

Johann Cruyff

–  Playing positions: forward, attacking midfielder   Cruyff was a prolific goalscorer as well, scoring 401 goals in 710 appearances from attacking midfield. He won three European Cups and 10 league titles, but he wasn't able to gain an international medal.

2. Pelé, Brazil


–  Playing positions: forward, attacking midfielder   Pelé was the ultimate goal-scoring machine in his native Brazil, having scored an incredible 1,282 goals in 1,366 games. Furthermore, he won two Copa Libertadores and five league titles.

1. Diego Maradona, Argentina

Diego Maradona

–  Playing positions: second striker, attacking midfielder   Maradona's dribbling ability was mesmerizing, his goal-scoring was unique with his passing and crossing being precise—that earned him many assists in his career. From attacking midfield he scored 345 goals in 680 games.