Soccer is one of the oldest and one of the most loved games. Throughout the history of soccer, there are many ups and down. Life of international soccer players are not always easy they have to face many hardships throughout their life. Anyways the long history of football given us a lot of football legends who took the game of soccer to a new level. These footballers are not only legendary in terms of playing football but also their life inspired us and teaches us the way to overcome the hardship of life.
Top 5 soccer legends of all time
Soccer dates back a long time in the history. The history of soccer has seen a lot of gems in its time span. Noting down all of them here will fall short of pages, hence most notable ones are mentioned below
If we talk about football legends Pele is the name that comes first. People say that Pele is and always will be the best player in the world. And the title of the greatest is rightfully his. He used to be an Inside forward, in his team i.e. Brazil and Santos both.
He inspired the whole team to win the world cup two times. He was seventeen years old when he started his career in Sweden in the year of 1958. He scored a hat-trick in the first match and showed a very well- formed football throughout the league.
His dedication helped the team to reach the finals. He scores twice in the final two. In the 1958 world cup final he scored a hat-trick and brought a cup for his team. Till today Pele is the prime goal scorer of Brazil.
Diego Maradona the greatest footballer of world cup football is the man who single-handedly brought world cup trophy for his team Argentina.
No footballer alive can claim his place in the history of world football. He scored five goals and made five assists in total seven games at 1986 world cup. He played for Argentina and Barcelona. He is truly a genius in his field. He has delivered an astonishingly incredible performance at club level too.
Johann Cruyff another addition in the history of football legends. Johann Cruyff is known for his versatile football. He is very creative and skillful in his field. He was the inspiration for the whole team. He used to be an all in one package as a footballer. He was extraordinarily talented in skills; he even created his own football move called ‘Cruyff turn’. He is a great dribbler, passer and also a prime goal scorer for his team. He played for the Netherlands and at the club level, he played for Ajax as well as Barcelona. As a manager, he led Barcelona to win European cup in 1992.
The modern-day legend Leonel Messi is known to be the best. He is a support sticker of Barcelona as well as Argentina. Messi is known for his breathtaking skills, super first sprinting dribbling. He is called “A miracle from God”, “The magician of football”.
There are a few things which he didn’t achieve as a footballer. His skills are so incomparable that people often forced to think if he is for real or a play station character. He has eight league titles, five Balloon d’Or, and four trophies from Champions League. He is the highest scorer of La Liga and got the golden ball in 2014 world cup.
Go to any search engine on the internet and search for the best footballers of all times. When you hit enter probably you are going to get Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of the list. Born and brought up in Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo was 18 years old when he was signed by Manchester United. Now he plays for Real Madrid and Portugal. He is a very controversial player often driven by his egotism. But there is no way of denying his charisma in the field of soccer.
Cristiano Ronaldo has won five Ballon d’Or and set a record for being the first European player to do so. He has won four European Golden Shoes which is the 1st time in the history. He also won 25 trophies in his career, which includes five league titles. He holds the record to score most number of goals in European League that includes 119 goals in UEFA Champions League, 29 goals in UEFA European Championship, 7 goals in the FIFA Club World Cup and 17 goals in UEFA Champions League.
Here are some honourable mentions
Football is not only a game but also an emotion of millions of people. It is a game which divides the world into pieces. By dividing I mean to say dividing in the context of teams and players. The legend of football is made on the basis of players who possess the irreplaceable skills and dedication. Football legends are not less than any superhero for us. Football spared loves all over the world in such a unique way that made us come close to each other forgetting our differences of caste creed or color.