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Top 20 Greatest Footballers of All Time

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Every football fan wants to know who is the best of all time. We have combined stats and figures to understand and rank the greatest footballers of all time (GOAT).

Football is the most popular and followed sport all over the world. Football is loved by more than a billion fans all over the world.

In a recent survey, it’s revealed that Football is the most widespread sport with 3.5 billion fans while Cricket coming second with 2.5 billion fans around the world.

Football has seen some legendary players who change the way of playing football. Every player competes as a team and individuals. Competition is a very influential aspect of every sport. Competition is important because it encourages players to achieve great things in their career, it also works as a motivation for the players.

Football has seen some extraordinary talents who have created a lot of records on the football pitch. These records help to recognize the player’s potential and to understand how talented the player is.

Players have made football much interesting and worth watching for fans around the globe.

In this article, we will discuss the Greatest Footballers of all time in the game’s history.

20. David Beckham

David Beckham is one of the best midfielders and one of the greatest footballers of all time. He has part of different clubs including Manchester United, Real Madrid, Milan, La Galaxy, Paris Saint Germain. Beckham is the first English player to win league titles in four different countries – Spain, England, France, and the United States.

He announced his retirement in May 2013. During his 20 year career, he won 19 major trophies. Beckham is popularly Known for his vision of passing, crossing ability, and his memorable free-kick. He was one of the most renowned midfielders of his time. He was well known for his setpiece.

Titles – 6 Premier League Titles, 1 Champions League, 2 FA Cup, 1 La Liga Title, 1 Spanish Super Cup, 2 MLS Cup, 1 Intercontinental Cup, 1 French Cup, 4 English super cup.

Individual Accolades – UEFA – Best Midfielder, UEFA Most Valuable Player, PFA young player of the year.

career Goals – 146 goals in 834 appearances for club and country

Career Assists – 202 career assists for club

19. Paolo Maldini

Paolo Maldini is the legend of an AC Milan and he is known as the goat of defenders. Maldini holds the record for most appearances in Serie A(647), later it was broken by Gianluigi Buffon.

His defending skills were unmatchable on the pitch. Maldini was well known for reading and analyzing the game. He was the most elegant and intelligent player on the pitch. As a defender, his physicality and aggression helped him to win a lot of matches.

Due to his character and passion for the game, he widely referred to as “an icon and gentleman of the game”.

Titles – 5 Champions League, 7 Italian League title, 1 Italian Cup winner, 5 Italian super cup winner, 2 intercontinental cups, 1 FIFA club world cup.

Individual Accolades – Best Defender trophy at the UEFA club football awards, inducted into the Italian Football hall of fame, Serie A defender of the year in 2004

career Goals – 40 goals in 1028 appearances for club and country

Career Assists – 43 career assists for club

18. Mane Garrincha

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Mane Garrincha was a Brazilian legend. He is known for his dribbling skills during his career and referred to as one of the greatest dribblers of all time. Garrincha’s popularity in Brazil is insane and some past football fans even see him as a more qualified player than the great Pele. Garrincha is on number 18 in the list of the greatest footballers of all time.

He played an important part in the success of Brazil’s 1958 and 1962 World Cup victories. Garrincha became the first player to win the Golden ball, Golden boot, and world cup in the same tournament. He is enlisted into the Brazilain Hall of fame.

Titles – 1958 and 1962 FIFA World Cup winner

Individual Accolades – FIFA World Cup Golden Ball in 1962, FIFA World Cup Golden Boot in 1962, Best Player of the Brazilian Championship in 1962, Best Player of the Rio-São Paulo Tournament in 1962

career Goals – 114 goals in 395 appearances for club and country

17. Andres Iniesta

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Andres Iniesta is a Spanish professional footballer who is the most admired midfielder of his time. He is a product of La Masia and spent most of his professional career in Barcelona. He also captained Barcelona for three years. Andres Iniesta is our pick for number 17 in the list of the greatest footballers of all time.

Iniesta is one of the best football players of all time and the greatest midfielders of his time.

He made his Barcelona debut aged 18 in 2002. Iniesta was an important part of the Barcelona team that won two historic trebles in 2009 and 2015. Iniesta helped Spain win UEFA Euro 2008. He scored the winning goal in the final against Netherland to help Spain win the world cup in 2010.

Titles – FIFA World Cup winner, UEFA European Championships in 2008 and 2012, 4 UEFA Champions Leagues, 9 La Liga titles, 6 Copa del Rey, 3 FIFA Club World Cup.

Individual Accolades – 2012 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award, 2009 La Liga Best Spanish Player, Golden boot winner in 2014.

career Goals – 70 goals in 805 appearances

Career Assists – 158 career assists for club

16. Zico

Zico is a former Brazilian footballer who played most of his career as an attacking midfielder. He is called as the white Pele due to a similar style of play. Zico is known for his creative play on the pitch, possess exceptional technical skills. Zico is one of the most clinical finishers and best passers of his time. He is one of the greatest players of all time.

Zico was the best player of his time. He was the more dominant player of the late 1970s and early 80s. Pelé said that the only player that came closest to me was Zico”.

Zico scored 48 goals in 71 official matches for Brazil. Zico was preferred as the best player of the year in 1981 and 1983.

Titles – Intercontinental Cup winner is 1981, three Campeonato Brasilerio Serie A titles, Five-time Bola de Prata winner.

Individual Accolades – Copa Libertadores Best Player in 1981, three-time South American Footballer of the Year, top scorer in Flamengo’s history.

career Goals – 525 goals in 771 appearances for club and country

15. George Best

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George best was a professional footballer who played as a winger. He spends most of his career at Manchester United. George Best is the best player in the history of Manchester United also regarded as one of the best football players of all time.

He is one of the great players who have never played a single game at the world cup. The Irish football association defined him as the greatest player who has ever played for Northern Ireland.

Titles – European Cup winner in 1968, two Football League First Division titles

Individual Accolades – Ballon d’Or winner in 1968, Golden Foot in 2005, 1967/68 FWA Footballer of the Year award.

career Goals – 260 goals in 742 appearances for club and country

14. Marco van Basten

Marco Van Basten was a former professional player, who played most of his career for Ajax and Ac Milan. He scored 300 goals in his entire career. He played the last match of his football career in 1993. Due to his injury issues, he has to take retirement at an age of 30. He later appointed as the coach of Ajax and the Netherlands national team.

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Basten has excellent ball control, flawless headers, and magnificent strikes and volleys.

Titles – UEFA European Championship winner in 1988, 2 European Cups, 3 KNVB Cups, 3 Scudetti, 3 Eredivisie, 2 Capocannoniere.

Individual Accolades – Ballon d’Or winner in 1988, 1989 and 1992, 1992 FIFA World Player of the Year, Dutch Footballer of the Year in 1984/85, UEFA Best Player of the Year in 1989, 1990 and 1992, European Golden Boot winner in 1985–86, World Golden Boot in 1985/86.

career Goals – 301 goals in 431 appearances for club and country

13. Michael Platini

Platini Rated as one of the greatest footballers ever played in the history of the game. He won the Ballon d’Or three times in 1983, 1984, and 1985. Platini played most of his career for the clubs like Nancy, Saint- Etienne, Juventus.

Platini referred to as the best midfield player of all time. His playmaking and game reading is unmatchable. He was an integral part of the France team that won the 1984 European Championship. Platini was a record goalscorer for France until 2007. Platini also possesses the record for most goals (9) scored in the European Championship despite only emerging in the victorious 1984 season.

Titles – UEFA European Championship winner in 1984, 1 Coppa Italia, 1 European Cup, 1 Ligue 1 title, 1 Intercontinental Cup.

Individual Accolades – Ballon d’Or winner in 1983, 1984 and 1985, UEFA European Championship Player of the Tournament in 1984, 2 French Player of the Year award, French Player of the Century.

career Goals – 353 goals in 652 appearances for club and country

12. Roberto Baggio

Baggio is a former Italian professional footballer who essentially played as a second striker or as an attacking midfielder. Baggio was the best technical player with great playmaking skills. He is one of those players who is popular for his curling free kicks, insane dribbling skills, and goalscoring ability.

Baggio played 56 matches for his national team and scored 27 goals for his country. Baggio is the only Italian player to score in three world cups and he holds the record for the most goals scored in world cup tournament for Italy accompanying with and Christian Vieri.

Titles – 2 serie A title, 1 Italian cup winner, 1 Uefa cup winner

Individual Accolades – 1 Fifa Men’s player of the year, 1 Ballon d’or

Career Goals – 278 goals 604 appearances for club and country

Career Assists – 57 career assists

11. Franz Beckenbauer

Beckenbauer is a former German footballer and manager. He was nicknamed Der Kaiser during his playing days. Beckenbauer got his nickname due to elegance on the pitch, dominance, and the way he leads on the field.  

He is one of three men, accompanying with Brazil’s Mario Zaggalo and France’s Didier Deschamps to have won the world cup as a player and as a manager. Beckenbauer was the first captain to win the World cup and European Championship with the national team and the European cup at the club level.

Titles – FIFA World Cup winner in 1974, UEFA European Championships winner in 1972, 3 European Cups, UEFA Cup Winners Cup in 1966–67, 4 Bundesliga titles, 1 Intercontinental Cup, 4 DFB-Pokals.

Individual Accolades – Ballon d’Or winner in 1972 and 1976, four-time German Footballer of the Year, FIFA World Cup Best Young Player Award in 1966.

Career Goals – 112 goals in 857 appearances

10. Ronaldinho

Ronaldinho is a former professional footballer who played for the Brazil national team and one of the great players for Barcelona at the club level. He played mostly as an attacking midfielder but was equally successful as a forward and winger. Ronaldinho acknowledged as one of the best skillful players of his generation. Ronaldinho is on number 10 in the list of the greatest footballers of all time.

He is known for his skills and creativity on the pitch. He also gifted with pace and dribbling skills. His overhead kicks, no-look passes, and accuracy from free-kicks are just out of this world. Ronaldinho became the second player after Diego Maradona to receive a standing ovation from Real Madrid fans after scoring two solo goals in 2005-06 el Clasico.

Titles – 2 La Liga titles, world cup winner, 1 Champions league, 1 copa America, 2 Spanish Cups, 1 Italian champion, under 17 world cup champion, 1 confederation cup winner.

Individual Accolades – Ballon d’Or winner in 2005, UEFA Club Forward of the Year in 2005, FIFPro World Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006, FIFA World Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005, World soccer player of the year in 2004 and 2005, UEFA Club Footballer of the Year in 2006.

Career Goals – 313 goals in 816 appearances for club and country

Career Assists – 162 career assists

9. Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane is a former professional football player who played for France national team. Zidane played most of his career as an attacking midfielder. He is one of the most successful managers in the world right now. He Widely considered as one of the greatest midfielders and the best players of all time. Zidane will be our number 9 in the list of the greatest footballers of all time.

Zidane’s vision and playmaking are above the rest. Zidane is renowned for his skillful play, passing, ball control ability. He sustained many individual records as a player. Zidane left-foot volley examined to be one of the most celebrated goals in the history of the competition.

Titles – 1998 FIFA World Cup, 2000 UEFA European Championships, 1 la Liga title, 1 UEFA champions league, 2 Spanish super cups, 2 Italian league title, 1 Italian super cup, 2 UEFA super cup.

Individual Accolades – Ballon d’Or winner in 1998, 3 FIFA World Player of the Year, UEFA Champions League Best Player of the Past 20 Years, UEFA Club Footballer of the Year in 2002, 2000/01 Serie A Footballer of the Year, FIFA World Cup Golden Ball in 2006.

Career Goals – 156 goals in 692 appearances

Career Assists – 115 career assists

8. Ronaldo Nazario

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Ronaldo is a retired professional footballer who played for Brazil as a striker. He is rated as the best striker of all time. His move and skills still followed by a lot of players of this generation. He will remain in the top 10 list of the greatest footballers of all time.

Ronaldo begins his football career at Cruzeiro and later went to PSV in 1994. Barcelona signed Ronaldo in 1996 for a world record transfer fees. He becomes the youngest player to win Fifa world player of the year at an age of 20 years and he holds the record to date.

Ronaldo played 98 matches for Brazil and scored 62 goals for his nation. He was one of the most commercial sportsmen in the world during his playing days.

Titles – FIFA World Cup winner in 1994 and 2002, 1 KNVB Cup, 2 La Liga titles, 1 Copa del Rey, 2 Copa America, 1 UEFA Cup, 1 Intercontinental Cup.

Individual Accolades – 2 Ballon d’Or, FIFA World Cup Golden Ball in 1998, FIFA World Cup Golden Shoe in 2002, UEFA Club Footballer of the Year in 1997/98, 2 Pichichi, 3 FIFA World Player of the Year, 1996/97 European Golden Shoe, Serie A Footballer of the Year in 1998.

Career Goals – 414 goals 616 appearances for club and country

7. Ferenc Puskas

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Ferenc Puskas widely appreciated as one of the greatest players of all time. He is the first footballing superstar in the world. Puskas was unbeatable for his national side scoring 84 goals in 85 international matches for Hungary. He played 4 international matches for Spain. Puskas almost dominated the Spanish and Hungarian league scoring 514 goals in 529 appearances.

Puskas led his national side to the final of the 1954 world cup. He was named as the best player of the tournament for his exceptional performance. He played for Real Madrid and won four pichichis and scored seven goals in two European champions cup final.

Titles – 5 Spanish League titles, 5 Hungarian League titles, 1 Intercontinental Cup, 1 Copa del Rey, 3 European Cups.

Individual Accolades – World Soccer Player of the Year in 1953, Olympic gold medal, European Player of the 20th Century, two-time European Cup top scorer, FIFA World Cup Golden Ball in 1954, 4 Pichichi, four-time Hungarian league top scorer.

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Career Goals – 706 goals in 718 appearances for club and country

6. Johan Cruyff

Johan Cruyff was a Dutch professional footballer and mind-blowing coach. Cruyff was the star performer of the 1974 FIFA world cup. Cruyff led Netherland to the final and received the golden ball as the best player of the tournament. He is in the 6th spot in the list of the greatest footballers of all time.

A feint that was executed by Cruyff in his playing days was named after him, Cruyff turns. His move still used in modern football. Cruyff is well known for his strong technique, speed, dribbling skills, and vision.

Titles – 8 Eredivisie titles, 3 times European Cup winner, 1 La Liga title, 1 Copa del Rey, 6 KNVB Cup, 1 Intercontinental Cup

Individual Accolades – 3 Ballon d’Or, FIFA World Cup Golden Ball winner in 1974, 3 Dutch Footballer of the Year winner, Dutch Sportsman of the Year two times.

Career Goals – 435 goals in 750 appearances for club and country

5. Alfredo Di Stefano

Alfredo De Stefano was a professional footballer and a coach. Stefano was rated as one of the best footballers of all time. Stefano Nicknamed “Saeta Rubia” (“Blond Arrow”). He was a powerful player with quick feet, skillful, and one of the most prolific goalscorer as a forward. Stefano’s creativity on the pitch and vision is just outstanding.

Stefano is regarded as a legend for Real Madrid due to his achievements with the club. Stefano was instrumental in Real Madrid domination of the European cup and la Liga in the 1950s. Di Stéfano was a part of the team that won back to back 5 Champions league between 1950 and 1960. He scored in five consecutive European Cup finals for Real Madrid.

Titles – 5 European Cups winner, 1 Intercontinental Cup, 8 La Liga trophy, 1 Copa del Rey.

Individual Accolades – 2 Ballon d’Or, 5 Pichichi, Argentine Primera División top scorer in 1947, 2 time European Cup top scorer.

Career Goals – 510 goals in 700 appearances for club and country

4. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in the modern era. Ronaldo plays as a forward and widely rated as one of the greatest players of all time.

Ronaldo started his career with Sporting cp. Later Manchester United signed him in 2003 after seeing his performance. Ronaldo was one of the best players for United. He helped United to win back to back Premier League titles, UEFA Champions League, and the FIFA club world cup. Ronaldo left United for real Madrid for a record transfer fee. He won 15 trophies with Real Madrid including two la Liga titles 2 Copa del Rey and four champions league. Ronaldo becomes the club record goalscorer of all time.

Ronaldo is One of the most commercial athletes of all time. Forbes ranked him as the highest-paid athlete in 2016 and 2017. He is in 4th spot in the list of the greatest footballers of all time

Titles – Uefa euro winner, 5 champions league winner,3 premier league titles, 2 la Liga title, 2 Spanish cups. 2 Spanish super cups, 2 Serie A title, 4 club world cup, Portuguese super cup winner, 1 UEFA nations league, 3 UEFA super cup,3 English super cups.

Individual Accolades – 5 FIFA men’s player of the year, 5 Ballon d’Or, 3 UEFA best players, European golden shoe winner three-time, Premier League Player of the season in 2006 and 2007, two times PFA Players’ Player of the Year, 2013/14 La Liga Best Player, FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball in 2016.

Career Goals – 740 goals in 1018 appearances

Career Assists – 224 career assists

3. Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona is a former legendary player who played for Argentina. He was one of the two collective winners of the FIFA player of the 20th-century award. Maradona has great passing ability, ball control, and dribbling skills. He is the best dribbler of all time. Maradona is the kind of player who can dribble past multiple players with his insane dribbling and ball control. He is in 3rd spot in the list of the greatest footballers of all time.

He is also a great leader who always led from the front. His presence on the field has a great effect on team performance. Maradona is granted the nickname “El Pibe de Oro” (“The Golden Boy”), a name that totally justifies his talent on the field.

Titles – world cup winner, 1 Spanish cup, 1 Spanish super cup, 2 Serie a, 1 Italian cup winner, 1 Italian super cup winner, 1 UEFA cup winner,

Individual Accolades – South American Footballer of the Year two times in his career, FIFA World Cup Golden Ball in 1986, Serie A Footballer of the Year in 1985, FIFA Goal of the Century.

Career Goals – 344 goals in 681 appearances for club and country

2. Pele

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Pele is a retired professional footballer who played as a forward for his national team Brazil. He is known as Black Pearl. He was the most dominant, popular, and the greatest sports figures of the 20th century. Pelé was the highest-paid athlete in the world during his playing days.

International Federation of football history and statistic voted Pele as the world player of the century in 1999. According to the IFFHS, statistics claimed that Pelé is the most flourishing top division scorer of all times with 541 goals in 560 appearances. Pele has a Guinness world record of scoring 1279 goals in 1363 appearances which also include friendly.

Titles – 3 fifa world cup, 2 Copa Libertadores titles, 2 Intercontinental Cups, FIFA World Cup Golden Ball in 1970, intercontinental super cup, 6 Campeonato Brasilerio Serie A titles, Bola de Pratain 1970

Individual Accolades – Most career goals in the history of the game, FIFA Player of the Century, France Football’s greatest FIFA World Cup player, Brazil’s all-time leading goalscorer, Santos’ all-time leading goalscorer, youngest FIFA World Cup winner, top goalscorer in FIFA World Cup finals, FIFA player of the century, FIFA world cup golden ball, 7 time France football Ballon d’Or winner.

Career Goals – 757 goals in 812 official games for club and country

1. Lionel Messi

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Lionel Messi Often recognized as the best player of this modern era and will remain on top of the list of greatest footballers of all time. Messi has spent his whole professional career with Barcelona, where he won record 33 trophies with the club.

Messi was born in Argentina. Due to his love of football Messi relocated to Spain to join Barcelona at age 13. He was an integral part of the Barcelona team who won the first treble in the 2008-09 season.

Messi holds the record of winning four consecutive Ballons d’Or, which is still not broken. He got the captaincy of Barcelona in 2018, and just after one year he won the Ballon d’Or in 2019 for his sizzling performance throughout the season. Messi is the all-time leading goalscorer for his national team Argentina. France Football rated Messi as the world’s highest-paid footballer for five years out of six between 2009 and 2014.

Titles – 4 champions league,10 la Liga,6 Spanish Cups,8 Spanish super cups,3 FIFA club world cup, under 20 world cup champion,3 UEFA super cups,Olympic gold medalist with Argentina.

Individual Accolades – 6 Ballon d’Or, FIFA World Player of the Year in 2009, Barcelona all-time top goalscorer, Argentina’s all-time top goalscorer, La Liga all-time top goalscorer, six-time Pichichi winner, most goals scored in a calendar year(91), UEFA Men’s Player of the Year in 2011 and 2015, La Liga Player of the Year(7), FIFA World Cup Golden Ball in 2014, UEFA Club Footballer of the Year in 2009, five-time European Golden Shoe winner, Copa America golden ball in 2015, UEFA club forward of the year in 2009 and 2019, Golden boy in 2005,

Career Goals – 704 goals in 869 appearances for club and country

Career Assists – 269 career assists

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Lionel Messi vs Diego Maradona, who is the greatest of all time?

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Lionel Messi vs Diego Maradona, It’s always a debatable topic for both fans to decide who is the greatest of all time. In this post, we will decide which of the two Argentine is the best of all time?

It’s almost impossible for any fans to decide who is the best player. So we thought of analyzing and comparing both legends on the basis of stats and figures and judging them on different factors to understand who is the best.

Diego Maradona is the greatest Argentine player. There is no comparison of Argentine legend(Diego Maradona) and then Lionel Messi came along and changed everything.

Comparing the two legends of different eras is quite difficult for anyone. We have done some extensive work and gather some useful information. Let’s check out this ultimate guide to understand which Argentine international should be analyzed as the better player. 

Lionel Messi vs Diego Maradona(Trophies and Personal Accolades)

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If you go with the numbers, Messi is way ahead of Maradona. Messi has won 10 league titles while on the other side Maradona has 3 league titles. He has a total of 24 domestic trophies while Maradona had 8. Messi has not influential as much as Maradona for his national side. Messi has never won any international trophy while Maradona single-handedly led Argentina to the World Cup.

It is unfair to compare Maradona with Messi in terms of individual accolades. Maradona was the best player of his generation but he was not qualified for football’s most prestigious award until 1995. It was only for European players until 1995 after that it was expanded to become open for any player at a European club.

Fifa World Player of the Year came into existence after 1991. So Maradona is not a part of this award until he was 31. While Messi has won a record-breaking six Ballons d’Or overtaking Ronaldo and 2 Fifa best player award in his career.

Furthermore, Messi has won the La Liga Best Player award eight times. However, the Serie A best player award was not originated until 1997.

The similarity between the two players are they both have won Fifa World Cup Golden Ball. The biggest accomplishment of Maradona was winning Fifa Player of the Century in 2000.

Lionel Messi vs Diego Maradona(Goalscoring)

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In the goal-scoring department, Leo again is ahead of Maradona. We will not see any better goalscorer than Messi again. Messi has been the most consistent player in the history of football. He has scored 638 goals in 740 appearances for Barcelona.

There is no doubt about Maradona’s goal-scoring ability. He is known for his dribbling skills. He scored 259 goals at the club level.

Messi Overall goals for the club and the country is way ahead of Maradona. He has scored more than 700 goals for club and country with Maradona’s 300. Messi has won six European Golden Shoes. Leo is the highest goalscorer for his club and country. He also broke the record of Gerd Muller for the most goals scored in a calendar year (91).

Lionel Messi vs Diego Maradona(Tenure)

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Both Maradona and Messi are above the rest in the early stage of their career. Maradona was more dominant than Messi at a younger age. He got the national call up at the teenage of 16 and till 20 he has amazed the world with his talent scoring 100 goals at senior level.

Messi started playing for Barcelona at 17 and got the argentine cap at 18. He has started showing what he is capable of when he scored the hat trick against the mighty Real Madrid at an age of 19.

After reaching 30 both players become the legend of the game. Messi has broken almost all records and won the sixth Ballon d’Or. While Maradona’s footballing career started to downfall after 30. He suffered an injury in his late-career which almost finished his career in Argentina.

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Lionel Messi vs Diego Maradona(Flexibility)

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Messi has been the legend of the game while playing for a single club Barcelona. There is no other player who is more dominant than Messi for a single club in the history of the game. He has done it for more than 10 years for Barcelona.

While Messi has settled in Barcelona and has no desire to leave his club. Maradona was a more flexible player and been consistent for the different clubs winning multiple trophies with three different teams.

Dribbling

I think when we talk about the dribbles we have to talk about both Argentine legends. They are the top 2 best dribbles of all time. Dribbling is the most difficult skill in football and both Messi and Maradona have done it with ease. Both are known for his natural dribbling skills. Both players can torture any defense with their insane dribbling skills.

Maradona was completely unstoppable against the England team in the world cup 1986. His solo goal against England was said to be one of the best goals of all time. He had torn the midfield and the defense of England with his close control.

All-round capability

Talking about the consistency, goalscoring, longevity, and all-around capability Messi had done far better as compared to Maradona.

If we see the fitness, skills, and professionalism of this generation player as compared to the 1980s and 90s there is a major gap. So I think it quite difficult for any player to score goals against the top defenders of this generation and Messi has done it for so long. In this aspect, Messi has an edge over Maradona. 

International Criterion

One of the biggest Achievement of Maradona is winning the World Cup for Argentina. Messi has criticized a lot in the past for not winning any international trophy with the national team. Fans believe that Messi is not the same player when he used to play with Argentina. That’s not quite true, scoring more than 70 goals and the highest goalscorer for his country is something everybody will not achieve.

Though Messi is a star player in Argentina, his performance in the World cup is poor. He has never scored any goal other than the group stage despite being part of the four world cup. But we never forget the Messi has reached the World cup final in 2014 giving some memorable performance for his team.

Maradona on the other side is an Argentina star. Argentina fans always rated Maradona ahead of Messi. Maradona was the dominant force in the 1986 world cup scoring five goals and recorded five assists as he inspired Argentina to a world cup win in 1986.

Messi also fell short on multiple occasions of winning Copa America for his country. He had been a part of five Copa America appearances, scoring knockout goals only on two occasions and falling short in all three losing finals.

Maradona’s performance is so remarkable in the world cup many, believe it was the finest individual performance of any player in the history of the world cup. His breathtaking doubles against England and Belgium in the knockout stage and a late assist for Jorge Burruchaga’s in the final shows the mental strength of a player in big games. He also played an integral part in taking Argentina to the world cup final in 1990.

Big Games

While Messi is not able to show the performance for Argentina when it really matters, his records and scoring in the big games for Barcelona cant be compared to anyone.

He is one of the players who always been there for Barcelona when the stage is big. He has scored 2 Champions League final goal which is the most for any player in the history including some big names like Raul Gonzalez and Daniele Massaro.

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Messi is the player with the most assists(14) in the knockout stages of the Champions League. He is also the top scorer in El Clasico with remarkable 26 Clasico goals.

On the other side, Maradona’s big game display can’t be ignored. He is the most influential player for his club. He always scored for the team at the club level when it needed the most. His memorable performance against Juventus, Bayern Munich, and Stuttgart will not be forgotten at any time soon. He led the team to UEFA Cup glory in 1989 which is the most difficult competition than the Champions League at that time. He helped Napoli to win another league title in 1990.

Leadership

I don’t think it needs any clarifications in terms of leadership. Maradona with Pele is one of those players who inspired the generation to play the beautiful game. His influence at the club and national level are still incomparable. Messi was lacking leadership skills in Argentina.

Eric Cantona said earlier “Some say Pele was the greatest player of all time, but not me. Maradona will always be the greatest. He won World Cup in 1986, narrowly lost in the final in 1990, and then in 1994 maybe would have won it again had he not been banned. The crucial difference with Pele is that Maradona wasn’t surrounded by great players; he had to carry the team himself. If you took Maradona out of Argentina they would not win the World Cup, but I think Brazil without Pele would still have won.” 

Sir Bobby Robson stated “A genius, a real artist, one of the greatest players in the world. He could win a match on his own. On his own.” 

Club accomplishments

Messi has won four Champions Leagues and broken multiple records in Barcelona. His club accomplishment is just insane and compared to none. While Maradona was a part of two seasons scoring 2 goals in 6 appearances.

But it is unfair to compare Maradona with Messi, as only the winners of their domestic leagues fitted for a European Cup qualification. Maradona sparks Napoli to success in the Uefa Cup, which is his biggest achievement at the club level due to the presence of each league’s top teams in the competition.

Maradona has won 1 world cup, 1 UEFA cup, 1 Italian Cup, 1 Italian super cup, and a 2 time Italian Champion. The trophy haul is something you have to give credit to the Argentine legend.

Though Messi’s trophy list is just out of this world at the club level. During his whole career in Barcelona, he has won ten La Liga titles, six Copa del Rey, 8 Spanish super cups and 3 club world cup, 3 UEFA super cup, and four Champions Leagues.

Overall Impact

I think both players have a massive impact on their clubs and country. Both are the legends of the game. It’s unfair to come up with a resolution. They both have inspired the generation of the players and each had a huge impact on world football.

It feels that Maradona had been a great leader, but was less decorated. While Messi scored more goals and won multiple trophies, but always fall short with the national team and criticized a lot for his leadership skill.

Maradona has been a greater role model in Argentina. He is remembered for his heroics at the biggest stage i.e world cup.

While Messi, on the other side not been a fan favorite in Argentina. If we talk about longevity and consistency for a longer period of time it would be Messi who has maintained his fitness and consistently performed during his career. Although Maradona more ahead than Messi in terms of Mentality.

So comparing the two on different parameters I think the best players of different eras can’t be compared to each other. Best players are always been the best in any era they play.

Let’s just enjoy the game of both legends!

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Top 10 fastest football players in the world

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Ranking the fastest football players in the world. Let’s check out the post to understand and reveal the insane and top speed of every player.

Football is a physical sport, it needs a lot of effort on the pitch. We have seen great players working on their physique and spending a lot of hours in the training field to improve their speed which helps them, past opponents.

Modern football is now all about pace. It demands lightning speed at every position of the game, either it’s an attack, midfield, or defense. Quick players play a pivotal role in the team during the press and counter-attack.

we have seen a lot of players with blistering pace which helps them to tackle one on one situations. Players with speed can be very helpful in attack to pass defenders and build a game for other players.

Let’s find out the fastest football players in the world and their insane speed:-

10. Leroy Sane – 35.08 kmph

Sane is one of the top speedsters in world football. He is well known for his blistering pace and insane dribbling. He possesses the ability to beat any defender with his quick feet. Sane has always been a top performer for both Schalke 04 and former Premier League champions Manchester City. Leroy Sane now is a part of Bundesliga Champions Bayern Munich and will add value to their squad. Leroy Sane is our pick for number 10 in the list of fastest football players in the world.

Sane will be an advantage for the team playing alongside Lewandowski, Kingsley Coman, and Serge Gnabry. Sane can crack top speeds of 35 kmph which we have already seen in the Premier League.

9. Kyle Walker – 35.24 kmph

Manchester City right-back Kyle Walker is just ahead of Leroy Sane in terms of top speed. Walker is in the ninth spot on our fastest football player in the world list. Manchester City defender recorded a speed of 35 kmph and his speed runs helped the team to play a possession game that Guardiola wants on the field.

Though Walker plays as a right-back for Manchester City but his dazzling runs from the right side always been a problem for the opposing team. His speed and his presence during build-up play proven very effective for the city in every big game and tournaments.

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8. Karim Bellarabi – 35.38 kmph

Bayer Leverkusen’s Karim Bellarabi is just phenomenal for the team with his quick runs. Karim is just like a top pacy winger who can create a serious threat to any opposing team. Bellarbi is in the 8th spot in the fastest football player on the world list. Bellarbi is on number 8 in the list of fastest football players in the world.

Bellarabi’s mostly played as a winger during his career. He is effective in the same way when he played as a midfielder who act more as an attacker. Bellarabi is well known for using his speed to tackle players. He played a vital role in the recent success of Leverkusen. He scored the fastest goal in Bundesliga history just in 9 seconds, on the opening match of the 2014–15 season.

7. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 35.55 kmph

Aubameyang is a consistent performer in the Premier League and one of the top players for Arsenal. He is one of the few strikers who can exploit any defense with his speed. He has been exceptional for Dortmund and now he is doing the same with Arsenal. Aubameyang is one of the most consistent players for Arsenal and nobody can doubt his goalscoring ability.

Aubameyang’s quick feet, ball control, and finishing is top-notch. He has used his lightning speed to score a lot of goals for his club and the country.

6. Inaki Williams – 35.62 kmph

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Inaki Williams is a player who is well known for his speed. He is the most agile footballer from the Spanish League and one of the fastest players in the footballing world. Inaki hit a top speed of 35.62 kmph which is quiet enough to beat any defender in the world. He is known for his great stamina and determination.

Inaki is not only a pacy attacker but he is also capable to dribble past any defenders. He is the most important asset for Athletic Bilbao’s team. He has become the most involved player in the team’s gameplay.

5. Erling Haaland – 36.04 kmph

Erling Haland needs no introduction in world football. He has shown everyone in the last season what he is capable of. Haaland was a top player in the previous season for Dortmund in both Bundesliga and Champions League. Haaland started this season with a bang and scored 5 goals out of 5 appearances.

He is the most lethal and complete attacker, a typical goal poacher. His goalscoring ability with incredible speed could be a problem for any opposing team. But, Haaland has proved to be one of the fast runners on the field clocking speeds up to 33-35 kmph on regular basis. Haaland top speed is 36.04 kmph this season.

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4. Kylian Mbappe – 36.08 kmph

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Kylian Mbappe is said to be one of the top contenders of Ballon D’or in the upcoming future. He truly a gem for any team. His consistent goal scoring and his speed already created havoc on the field. He has shown some excellent performance on big stages including the world cup and Champions League. The PSG winger has consistently clocked 36 kmph. He has shown that in the world cup and the league matches.

He has not only lethal with his speed he is an excellent dribbler as well. Mbappe always made a difference for the team across Europe.

3. Adama Traore – 36.25 kmph

Adama Traore can be perfectly said as a beast with a speed. He has an excellent physique and breathtaking speed. The winger is known for his power and his blazing runs. His quick speed makes him the hottest topic on the Premier League.

The player tasted success with Wolves in the Premier League and he is one of the players who can beat anyone in 1 on 1 situation.

2. Achraf Hakimi – 36.48 kmph

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Achraf Hakimi is the kind of player who can be quite effective at surprising anyone with his speed. Hakimi is a complete full-back who had been very effective against the quick players. He also plays as a right midfielder for his current team Inter Milan.

Hakimi is known for his top-notch speed and quick movements. He has become a great addition for Inter Milan and a favorite for his coach Antonio Conte. Conte used his speed for counter-attacking football.

Hakimi consistently clocked 36.5 kmph, which would be the fastest speed you can see on any player on the field.

1. Alphonso Davies – 36.51 kmph

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Alphonso Davies has been the wonder-kid of 2020. Davies is merely 19 years old and already won the 2 Bundesliga titles and the Champions League. He has been excellent for his team Bayern Munich who has won the Treble last season. Alphonso Davies tops in the fastest football players in the world list.

Alphonso’s speed is thrilling to watch. His blazing runs on the wing side can cause serious problems for my team. Davies is excellent with his defensive skills as well. his pacy runs are very effective for counter-attack as well. His defensive skills, speed, and dribbling talent make him a complete player on the field.

He already made his name in the footballing world at every young age and he still has a lot to offer.

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Mourinho expects Son to sign a new Spurs deal despite already being agreed till 2023

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Jose Mourinho is confident that Tottenham will place a new contract with Son Heung Min.

Jose Mourinho is assured that Tottenham can present a new contract to Son Heung-min despite the South Korean international already having a contract till 2023.

Last time Son renewed his terms in the summer of 2018 when he extended his contact for 5 more years.

Since renewing his contract he has shown excellent growth as a footballer and became the main man for Tottenham Hotspur.

Paperwork has prepared and it just needs Son’s signature in order to extend his stay at Tottenham.

Mourinho believes a resolute update will be given in the near future. He is looking forward to keeping the South Korean in his team as long as possible.

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Mourinho told reporters when questioned about the new contract being agreed: “I would love that.

“Son has three years of contract so it’s not like we’re in an extreme situation of everybody being worried. 

“It’s more that Son loves it here, I believe that he would like to commit his future to the club for a long time.

“Everybody at the club is totally in love with this player and this boy and is trying also to make him feel part of the furniture. 

“It’s normal the club tries to go from three years to four or five or six, I don’t know.

“He deserves one, and the club knows that sooner or later without any pressure they will arrive into a decision.”

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After his move from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015 Son started the season slowly at Spurs. Since then he has shown consistency year after year and enjoying his time in Premier League.

He has scored staggering 77 goals in the last four seasons that he played in Premier League. He already has nine goals out of eight appearances in the 2020-21 season.

Mourinho said “Season after season after season, Sonny is showing how good he is.”

“Of course, the better the team is, the easier it is for the players to emerge. But, Sonny, everybody knows what he does.”

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