Football is the game of passion and footballers are perhaps the most beloved among all kinds of athletes in sports. However, it’s not just love the legendary footballers earn, when they spend some quality time on the football pitch. The great footballers not only earn everyone’s respect, attention and admiration, but also some huge amount of money and fame along with. But this may not always be the scenario after the retirement. The players listed in this website are all world class players – the greatest players in their position of all time. These are the 9 greatest players the world has ever seen, in order.
#1. Pele – Inside Forward, Brazil & Santos, 1950s-70s
Pele is and always will be the greatest footballer ever. It is a role he wears very comfortably. His play, full of joy and exuberance. He remains the only player ever to inspire his country to win the World Cup twice: in 1958 and 1970 (injury ended his 1962 campaign early). His team-mate Garrincha runs him close but Pele was the clear star of two teams, just eclipsing Garrincha in 1958. He was only 17 when he was introduced in the 1958 tournament in Sweden, he then scored a hat-trick to help his team reach the final and scored twice in the final itself. His tears at the final whistle showed a humanity that endeared the watching world to him from then on. The following year he was named best player in the 1959 South American Championship, scoring 8 goals. His participation was limited by injury in the 1962 World Cup and Brazil were beaten by heavy tackling in 1966. By 1970 he was coaxed out of his intended retirement to lead another, wholly different all-star team to glory. He played as a classic number 10, dropping back and engaging in some impeccable link-up play and demonstrating great vision – his pass to a seemingly unseen Carlos Alberto for the fourth goal in the 1970 Final remains the best lay-off in history. He could also beat players and score gaols in a great variety of ways, showing that he really was the complete forward. He remains Brazil’s record goalscorer. Pele is now a true global icon, one of very few in sport, and is indivisbly linked to the game in the public imagination. When the world thinks of football it thinks of Pele, and not just football but el joga bonito (the ‘beautiful game’) as Pele named it. It is an association that football benefits from, and that is the best summary of why Pele is number 1. Source