And also Eusébio, Socrates, George Best, Ronaldo (the other) … And you, who else would you, have put in this famous top 10 character, therefore Maradona, necessarily. A guy who hasn’t quite finished his growth (1m72), but that doesn’t prevent him from almost alone winning a world cup in Argentina by scoring two of the goals in passing most legendary of this sport. So yes drugged, doped, and capable of the worst. But his best had no equivalent.
2 Pelé, “The Man with 1000 Goals (and a few)”: not necessarily original, but nevertheless essential. But the little one (1.69m) Edson Arantes do Nascimento still weighs 3 world cups, around 1200 goals and a loyalty to his club, Santos, which has become almost legendary. Today he would play for Barça or Réal. Instead, he advertises Viagra, smiling, thumbs up. like what we can be a great player and …
3 Johan Cruijff, “The Flying Dutchman”: the kind of guy who has 3 Golden Balls on his chimney, and therefore a large chimney. He is also the guy who listened to the lessons of his coach, a certain Rinus Michels, to make sure that Barça was an almost unbeatable team, before transmitting the magic formula to a good guy named Pep Guardiola. Only missing a world cup that he almost touched with his fingertips and he would have been a little higher…
4 Ronaldo, we are talking about Brazilian, and not about the gel-covered abs that make the heyday of Real. No, the class striker, who also chained questionable haircuts, was one of the first to combine technique, power and speed with so much talent. Admittedly, his knees were in crepe paper and could be confused, one day after cooked, with Darcheville. But the goals he threaded like pearls in the biggest European clubs are still the heyday of Youtube.
5 Franz Beckenbauer, “The Kaiser”: the only defender of this ultimate list, a feat. top. And a record longs as an arm, even in a sling, both as a player and as a coach. The guy who prevented Johan Cruijff from winning a world cup and who, by the way, revolutionized the role of the Libero to give him a touch of poetry. This did not prevent him from becoming OM coach later for a few months with glasses that were far too big for him. Retraining is complicated.
6 Zinedine Zidane, “El Mariscal”: one could almost sum up his career with a few head shots in the World Cup finals. But Zizou, it’s a career a little richer than that. Elastic ankles, a ball handling recognizable among all, a little in the final of champion’s league, a galactic in power, a legendary match against Brazil in 2006. And a face on the arc of triumph one evening in July of 98.
7 Alfredo di Stefano, “The Man with 3 Passports”: those who have seen him play say that he is THE best. Others will tell you that it doesn’t matter. Unfortunately for the former, they are no longer very numerous. Nevertheless, the guy won among other things 5 consecutive Champions Leagues, 2 Ballon d’Or, 8 Spanish championships, just that. Still, he never found the way to the world cup, despite three different national teams. And that in addition it is almost cheated.
8 Michel Platini, “Le Roi Michel”: or “Platoche” by us. A French genius (in short shorts) that has dreamed a whole generation and opened the doors of foreign football to all French players…. But to be higher in the classification, it would have been necessary to hold the ball to 3-1 in Seville in 1982 against the Germans.
9 Lionel Messi, “Léo”: at 25, he would normally have nothing to do in this list. Normally. Except that Léo Messi is nothing normal, and each of his matches with Barcelona confirms it.…. He lacks confirmation in the national team. But barring an accident, we can’t see how it wouldn’t end up coming.
10 Ferenc Puskas, “Le Major Galopant”: in the 1950s, Hungary reinvented football and came close to winning the World Cup in 1954. Ferenc waited until he was 31 years old and 20 pounds overweight to land at Real de Kopa and Di Stefano, and win 3 European Champions Club Cups. In total, 625 goals in 631 games.