Selecting the top 10 all-time soccer players is the most difficult task a man can be offered. The wonderful game of Football has produced so many musicians and magicians who wander the world with their skills, techniques, dribbling, dogging passing, and unbelievable goals. I have seen so many great players on the ground in my life. But there are many wonderful greats of the past whom I can’t see playing on the field. I have heard the stories about their game from our elders. There are so many world-class players and heroes. out of these players to create a list of the top 10 soccer players is a hard task.
Top 10 Soccer Players of All Time List
Selecting the best out of the best is really a difficult job. Preparing the list of top 10 soccer players of the 21st century is a very challenging one. There are four outstanding and great players in the all-time history of the football game. Players are (Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Pele, and Diego Maradona) you can put any one of these at No.1 the selection will not be wrong, and not an object to your choice. to me all four are of the same caliber, all are greats of their time, skill full, wonderful team members, outstanding leaders, and pride of their nations. I wish I can place all four at No. 1 but simply it’s not possible. Here is the list of my selected top 10 soccer players in the world.
10: Paolo Maldini
His full name is Paolo Cesare Maldini. He was born on 26 June 1968 in Milan Italy. His height is 1.86M (6Ft 1 in) He played as a defender (Left Back). He is the one of great and most skilled defenders Italy has ever produced. He played for AC Milan as well and remains Technical Director of AC Milan after his retirement. Paolo Maldini was named the captain of the Italy National Football Team and served the nation as captain for eight years and appeared in 75 games as captain. Maldini made his debut for Italy in 1988 and retired in 2002. He played 126 games and scored 7 goals in his 14 years carrier. Maldini’s performance in FIFA Worlds cups during his captaincy Italy played Semi Final in 1990 World Cup, and Runner up in 1994 World Cup
9: David Beckham
His Full name is David Robert, Joseph Beckham. He was born on 2 May 1975 in London United Kingdom. His Height is 1.83M (6Ft). He Played for Manchester United FC, Real Madrid FC, AC Milan FC, and Saint-Germain FC as a midfielder with Jersy No 7. He is the First England player to score a goal in the three FIFA World Cups. He scored the goal of his life on 17 August 1996 against Wimbledon while playing for Manchester United. This goal was awarded as a goal of the decade. David Beckham has played many international football matches for the England National Football team. He was also captain of the England National Football team from 2000 to 2006. During this period he has played 115 matches and scored 17 goals
8: Michel Platini
His full name is Michel Francois Platini. Platini’s date of birth was 21 June 1955 and his place of birth was Joeuf, France. His height is 1.79 M (5Ft 10 In). He played as a midfielder. He played for Nancy, Saint-Etienne, and Juventus from 1972 to 1987. He also served the France National Football team from 1976 to 1987. During this period he played 72 games and scored 41 goals. He represents France in FIFA World Cups in 1982 and 1986 and the France team reached the semi-finals of both tournaments.
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His full name is Ronaldo Luis Nazario de lima and commonly known as Ronaldo or Ronaldo Nazario. He was born on 22 September 1976 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His height is 1.83M (6Ft). He played for Barcelona Fc, Ac Milan, and inter Milan as a forward. He wears Jersy No.9 He represents Brazil’s National Football team in four FIFA World Cups, 1994, 1998, 2002, and 2006. He played 19 games in the world Cup and scored 15 goals. He remained the top scorer in the world cups till 2014. His record was broken by the German Miroslav Klose in 2014 when he scored 16 goals in 24 appearances. Ronaldo was nominated three times as FIFA world player of the year. He played 98 games for Brazil and score 62 goals from 1994 to 2011. During Ronaldo’s tenure, Brazil won FIFA World Cup 1994 USA, 2002 Korea/Japan while runner up in 1998 world cup France.
Ronaldinho’s full name is Ronaldo de Assis Moreira commonly know as Ronaldinho. He was born on 21 March 1980 in Porto Alegre, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. His height is 1.82M (6Ft). He played for Paris Saint-Germain FC and Barcelona FC. He is an attacking midfielder and wears the Jersy No. 10. Ronaldinho won twice the FIFA world player of the year award. He is very famous for his technical skill, excellent dribbling, and wonderful accuracy in hitting free kicks. He served the Brazil National Football team from 1999 to 2013 for almost 14 years. During this period he represents the country in 97 games and score 33 goals. He was part of the team who win the FIFA world cup 2002 Korea / Japan. He played two FIFA World Cups for his country.
5: Zinedine Zidane
His full name is Zinedine Yazid Zidane, known as Zizou. Zizou was born on June 23, 1972, and his place of birth is La Castellane, Marseille, France. His height is 1.85M (6Ft 1 In). He played for Juventus FC and Real Madrid as an attacking midfielder Zidane is an elegant player with super technique. He holds the team combined through his beautiful passes and excellent ball control. He achieved many landmarks throughout his career. He was declared thrice the FIFA world player of the year award in the years 1998, 2000, and 2003. He played for the National Football team from 1994 to 2006 for 12 eventful years. During the period he represents the country 108 times and scored 31 goals. He was part of the France National Football team that won the FIFA World Cup in 1998 and Runner in the 2006 world cup.
4: Diego Maradona
Maradona is one of the great players in the game of football that Argentina has ever produced. His Full name was Diego Armando Maradona commonly known as Maradona. His date of birth was 30 October 1960 in Lanus, Argentina. His height was 1.65M (5Ft 5In). He played for SSC Napoli in the position of attacking midfielder and wears Jersy No. 10. Maradona is one of the two joint winners of the FIFA player of the 20th Century award. I have not seen a talented and skilled player like Maradona who has the capabilities to keep the team combined on the ground through his beautiful passes, excellent ball control, and wonderful dribbling but don’t forget to keep eye on the opponent’s goalpost. Maradona played for the Argentina National Football team for almost 17 years and represent the country in 91 games and scored 34 goals. He played in four FIFA world cups and Argentina managed to win 1986 (Mexico) world cup and runner-up in 1990 (Italy) world cup. Maradona’s goal against England in the 1986 world cup quarter-final was awarded the goal of the century by FIFA.com voters in 2002 he took the ball from 66 yards and dribbled past five England players to score that beauty. Maradona died on 25 November 2020 in Dique Lujan, Argentina.
Pele’s full name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento. He was born on 23 October 1940 in Tres Coracoes, Brazil. His height is 1.73 M (5Ft 8 In). He played for Santos FC, and New york Cosmos as a forward and wearing Jersy No. 10. Pele played for Brazil National Team from 1957 to 1971 for 15 years. He played 4 FIFA world cups ( 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970) for his country and scored 12 goals in 14 appearances. Brazil managed to win three world cups out of four in which he was a member of the team. Brazil was the winner of the world cup in 1958 (Sweden) 1962 (Chile) 1970 (Mexico). Brazil is the only team who won five world cup titles which is the highest no of victories as compared to any other team in the world. Brazil has a unique record to take part in all the world cups played so far. Pele was considered one of the greatest players of all time in football history.
2: Lionel Messi
Messi’s full name is Lionel Andres Messi and also known as Lio Messi. Messi was born on June 24, 1987, and his place of birth was Rosario, Argentina. His height is 1.69M (5Ft 7In). He played for Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain FC as a forward / striker. He is the captain of the Argentina National Football Team and is considered one of the greatest players of all time history of the game of football. He is serving the nation since 2005 for more than 17 years. His total appearances for the country are 162 and scored 86 goals. Argentina’s best performance during his captaincy was the runner-up in the 2014 world cup. He is on the top of the list of Argentina’s all-time goal scorers.
1: Cristiano Ronaldo
The reason to place Ronaldo at No. 1 is that he is all-time the leading goal scorer in the history of football. Ronaldo’s full name is Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro. Ronaldo’s date of birth is 5 February 1985 in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal. His height is 1.87M (6Ft 2 In). He is the main striker of the team. He played for Manchester United FC, Real Madrid FC, and Juventus FC and wears Jersy No. 7. He is the captain of the team since 2008 and a member of the Portugal National football team since 2003. He served the nation for almost 19 years and played 189 games and score 117 goals. He is the all-time goal scorer for Portugal.
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