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Top 5 players with the highest vertical leap in football history

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Neymar celebrates during the Red Star Belgrade v Paris Saint-Germain - UEFA Champions League Group C match
Neymar celebrates during the Red Star Belgrade v Paris Saint-Germain - UEFA Champions League Group C match

There are many footballers who took their time in becoming stars. Names such as Ian Wright, Miroslav Klose, and Didier Drogba are some of the names which pop to mind when one thinks of players who did not have the most glorious starts but eventually made it large. Hard work and perseverance paid off for them. 

However, there are also some naturally gifted players who were born to make it big right from the word go. Their careers bloomed in absolutely no time and they went on to become household names really fast. 

In this article, we take a look at the Top 5 footballers who had the brightest starts to their respective careers and made the highest vertical leap possible. Without further ado, here are the Top 5 footballers:

#5 Pele


Many aspiring footballers don't even dream of a professional club contract when they are 16 but the Brazilian legend Pele got to play in the national team. 

At age 15, Pele was already playing for Santos. He indeed made football 'The Beautiful Game.' Besides being a lethal striker, the legendary player also possessed an immaculate passing ability and had a vision like no other. 

In his first ever season, he became the then top scorer of the league, which earned him a national team call-up after just 10 months. Naturally, many global giants such as Real Madrid and Manchester United were interested in availing the services of one of the 'Greatest of All Time' but it was not meant to be.

Pele was declared an 'official national treasure' by the Brazilian government and this made sure he would never be transferred to a club of another country, at least in his prime. 

His ability to finish accurately with both feet made him a prolific goalscorer. He could also precisely anticipate what the opposition players would do and his sense of space was terrific. Dico, as he is popularly known, received many accolades.


Youngest hat-trick scorer in World Cup, Youngest Goalscorer in World Cup, 3 World Cup titles, 6 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A titles, 2 Copa Libertadores titles are just few of the accolades Pele received. He also remains the record holder for the maximum number of goals -- 77 -- for the Brazilian national football team. Pele ended his career with New York Cosmos.

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