There have been plenty of great soccer players over the years, but who were the 25 all time greatest soccer or football players?
Coming up with a list like this is not easy. There are many great players who deserve to be in the top 25 all time greatest soccer or football players, but we have to use the World Cup wins to separate them.
- Pelé ( 3 World Cup with Brazil, leading scorer and best player for an all time top team, scored more than 1000 goals: He is soccer GOAT)
He was elected World player of the century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS).
- Diego Maradona (won 1 World Cup with the Argentine National team, led his team to another World Cup final loss to Germany in 1990, he tops Messi because he was explosive and fun to watch and he won a world cup with an average team.)
- Lionel Messi ( No World Cup, but owns the European champions league in wins and stats, all time best FC Barcelona player, won multiple champions League and la Liga, 0 world cup)
- Ronaldo Luis Navarro de Lima ( The Brazilian , 2nd all time goal scorer in World Cup, clinical finisher, won 2 World Cup with Brazil)
- Cristiano Ronaldo ( all time Real Madrid top scorer, all time champions league top scorer, 2 champions League, 1 la Liga, 2 premier League wins, 0 World Cup)
- Zinedine Zidane ( won World Cup 98 and Euro 2000, won champions league with Real Madrid, pure passing skills, tremendous ball control and vision with grace, fun to watch)
- Eusébio ( led Portugal to 3rd place at World Cup 1966 and won golden boots, Ballon d’or 1965, ferocious on the field and scored a lot of goals )
- Ronaldinho Gaucho ( one of the greatest dribblers of all time, won World Cup 2002 with Brazil, won several European trophies with Barcelona, a delight to watch, always smiling)
- Franz Beckenbauer ( led Germany to 2 World Cups, discipline, tough, mental strength )
- Johan Cruyff ( won multiple trophies in Europe, great midfielder, great tactician, creator of the total football concept.)
- Thierry Henry ( won World Cup 98 and Euro 2000 with France, led Arsenal to an undefeated season, won premier league with Arsenal, won CL with Barca, finished his storied career with New York Red Bulls)
- Lothar Matthaus ( Great and powerful midfielder, won World Cup 1990 with Germany)
- Didier Drogba ( Chelsea Legend, win all titles with Chelsea, leading scorer in the premier league for many years, no world cup)
- Paolo Maldini (Italian and AC Milan legend). Captained and Won everything with AC Milan, he did not win a tournament with Italy, he reached the final of the 1994 World Cup and Euro 2000, and the semi-final of the 1990 World Cup and Euro 1988)
- Gigi Buffon ( Probably one of the best goalkeeper of all time, won many titles with Parma and Juve, won World Cup 2006)
- Romario (won World Cup 1994 in USA with Brazil, 2nd all time Brazil scorer only behind Pele, won Ballon d’or in Europe, lethal striker and goal scorer).
- Zico ( Brazil legend, led Brazil to World Cup final lost in 1982, he was a creative player, gifted with excellent technical ability and vision,and he is considered one of the most skilled finishers and best passers ever)
- Roberto Carlos (Brazil soccer legend, Best left back ever, won World Cup 2002 with Brazil, lethal free kick taker)
- Alfredo di Stefano (Real Madrid legend, won several trophies and is second only to Ronaldo in term of records)
- Ferenc Puskas (Hungarian legend, led his country to the World Cup final in 1954, won 3 European cup, score 84 goals in 85 appearances for his country)
- Roger Milla ( Cameroonian legend, indomitable lion, who doesn’t remember World Cup 1990, he scored 4 memorable goals and beat Argentina, played in 3 World Cup and scored 6 goals, won 2 African nations cup)
- George Best (Northern Irish Soccer player, One of the greatest dribblers of all time, his playing style combined pace, skill, balance, feints, two-footedness, goalscoring and the ability to beat defenders)
- Georges Weah ( won Ballon d’or and several trophies in Europe)
- Michel Platini ( won Euro 84 with France, won CL with Juventus, led France to World Cup semi final in 1982, great midfielder, played with elegance and grace)
- Cafu (Brazil charismatic defender, captained Brazil to 2002 World Cup, won multiple trophies in EuropeBest all time fullback, won 2 world cup with Brazil)