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Top 10 Football Players of All Time | Greatest Football Players in History

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#1 Pele

Pele
Pele is synonymous with World Cup success

No player has won more World Cups than Pele and that alone should be enough to justify the Brazilian's inclusion on the top of this list. Goalscorer supreme, the Brazilian legend was not only capable of scoring goals, he was also the focal point of attack on the pitch for both his club and the national side.

His goalscoring stats are simply incredible, the only player to score more than 1200 senior goals, Pele even more so than all the other legends on this list brought his best game when it mattered the most. The youngest ever player (17 years and 249 days) to score in a World Cup, Pele scored twice in the 1958 World Cup final against Sweden.

Although he could only play one match in the 1962 World Cup because of injury, it was arguably in 1970 that he cemented his legacy as the greatest player of all time. Playing some beautiful football along the way, Brazil absolutely decimated their opposition scoring for fun with Pele winning the Golden Ball (Best Player) award for his performances.

Burgnich, who marked Pelé during the final, was quoted saying "I told myself before the game, he's made of skin and bones just like everyone else — but I was wrong"


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Pele never played in Europe and stayed in Santos for the majority of his career

While Pele's exploits with Brazil are well known, he also had an extremely successful club career both at Santos and New York Cosmos. Winner of multiple trophies at Santos, Pele scored over 600 goals for the Brazilian club before finally winding down his career in America.

Benfica goalkeeper Costa Pereira following the loss to Santos in 1962, had this to say about Pele:

"I arrived hoping to stop a great man, but I went away convinced I had been undone by someone who was not born on the same planet as the rest of us."

Winner of 3 World Cups and having a career at the very top level for more than 20 years (1956-1977), Pele for his ability, longevity and performances in big matches is ranked as the greatest football of all time.


Honourable mentions:

Some players who were considered but narrowly missed out on making it were:

Franz Beckenbauer, Ferenc Puskas, Eusebio and Ronaldinho

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