Football is almost 150 years old. During this time hundreds of masters shone in the fields. How to identify the best of them? For sure, every fan will have his own version of the dream team.
In this case, the exploits of players who have spoken for a long time, gradually erased from memory. After all, even then there was no television. But the goals and tricks of the recent idols are still fresh in the memory.
To make the dream team the most honest, an appropriate survey was conducted on the FIFA website. More than 1.5 million people took part in it. It was they who determined the best footballers of all time.
Although in the poll Pele and took only second place, it is he who is proudly called the “King of Football”. He was born in 1940. As it happens with Brazilian football players, Pele’s early years passed in poverty. From the age of 7 he began to play for the children’s team, where he immediately stood out due to his spectacular and productive game. At the age of 15 Pele was part of the legendary Santos, where he played most of his career. From 1956 to 1974 at the club level Pele won everything that could be. Among the awards and two Intercontinental Cups, the best club in the world. But the world recognized Pele thanks to his performances in the national team. The debut of the football player took place in 1958 at the World Championship in the national team. In the semi-final, the 17-year-old scored a hat-trick, and made a double in the final. Thanks to this, Brazil won the championship, and Pele himself was recognized by the entire football community. The player became the youngest champion in the history of the mundials. After 4 years Pele again world champion, although this time injuries prevented him from showing himself. It was not noted in 1966 in England. But in the tournament in 1970, Brazil again won the championship. Pele became the first three-time world champion in football, a participant in four final tournaments. For the national team, he spent 92 games, scoring at the same time 77 goals. This record is still unbeatable. Finished his career a great footballer in the American “Cosmos”. Thanks to the appearance in the league of Pele itself, the attendance of the championship grew 10 times! The popularity of the player was so great that because of the friendly match with his participation, even the war in Africa was stopped for a while. Pele owns a record for the number of interviews. Today he is engaged in the promotion of football, takes part in government programs. Before the beginning of each World Cup, Pele will certainly make a prediction of who will be the winner. Funny, but the predictions of the great master never come true.
It was this footballer who received the most votes on the FIFA website. Argentinean nicknamed “The Golden Boy”, “Football Michelangelo”. Legendary “ten” acted on the position of attacking midfielder and striker. His fate was as brilliant, as controversial. In a match with England, Maradona scored the best goal in the history of the world championships. Then the Argentine scored and the most scandalous goal with his hand. When asked how this happened, Maradona replied: “It was the hand of God.” Footballer was born in 1960, already at 17 years old, the hope of Argentine football made his debut in the national team. One of the 1978 World Cup coach Maradona did not take, just lacked experience. But the next Mundial was already driving as the main star of the championship. But Argentina failed, and Maradona himself because of dense care and could not prove himself. It’s time to move to Europe. A talented football player was in the very “Barcelona”. But injuries, scandals for the football field and problems with the leadership forced Maradona to go to the Italian “Napoli”. It was there that the player spent his best years. Fans worshiped him and literally wore it in their arms. Maradona himself answered them with a brilliant game and goals. “Napoli” became the champion of the country, twice won the national cup, and in 1989 also the UEFA Cup. In 1986, in Mexico, the national team he led became the World Champion, and four years later, Argentina literally crawled to the final with the efforts of Diego.Sports career was overshadowed by scandals with drugs, lawsuits. And after the end of an active game Maradona led a very hectic life. He is friends with Chavez and Castro, works as a commentator and trainer, shoots journalists from an air gun.
A Frenchman of Algerian origin was born in 1972. The first club was the provincial Cannes. Perspective football player has always been in the minds of coaches, getting into various children’s and youth teams. At the age of 20 considered to be talented Zidane moved to a much more serious “Bordeaux”. A brilliant performance in the club drew attention to a player of European grandees. Zidane’s career is on the increase, in 1996 he becomes a player of Juventus. Here he wins twice the championship, becomes the owner of the Intercontinental Cup. When the World Cup was held in France in 1998, it was Zidane who was considered the main hope of the nation. And he did not disappoint – the national team he led for the first time for the country won an honorary title. And two years later the French became also European Champions. In 2001, a brilliant footballer bought Real Madrid for a record 75 million euros. Midfielder became a real gem of the “galaxy” collected there. There, the player was finally able to win the Champions League. And other club tops – the Championship of Spain, other cups and super-cups, have entrenched themselves. Zidane’s game served as the reason for awarding him three times the title of the best player in the world in 1998, 2000 and 2003. Only now the completion of a career football players turned out to be ugly for Zidane. He played his last match in the finals of the 2006 European Championships. Zidane was removed at the end of the match, hitting his opponent with his head, and France lost that match, having lost its leader. Now the legendary football player participates in charitable programs, is removed in advertising and occupies an important position in the management team of “Real”.
This player is without a doubt the best German player of all time. He was born in 1945. Already in 20 years, the talented defender of the “Bavaria” debuted in the team. Franz’s game was beyond the mature years, he liked to connect to attacks. In the Bundesliga, Beckenbauer held 424 games and scored 44 goals. A brilliant figure for the defender! As part of his native “Bavaria” defender won three times the Cup of Champions, four times won the national championship. In 37 years at the very end of his career, Franz again became a champion in the composition of Hamburg. Colleagues Beckenbauer on the team recall that he often raised his voice to other players, being the real authority and the right hand of the coach on the field. Twice Franz was recognized as the best footballer in Europe. As part of the national team defender spent exactly 100 matches. During this time he won gold, silver and bronze at the world championships in 1974, 1970 and 1966, and in 1972 Germany became also the Champion of Europe. At the end of his career, Beckenbauer played for the New York Cosmos, promoting football in America. Having finished actively playing Franz, especially did not aspire to be a coach. Nevertheless, he was able to lead his team to victory in the 1990 World Cup. Beckenbauer is one of two people who was able to win at Mundiale both as a player and as a coach. In 1996, Franz finished training, his last club was his native “Bavaria”. Since then, he has held an administrative post in this club, as president and chairman of the board. Today Beckenbauer’s opinion is very significant not only in German, but also in European football.
Prior to Zidane, it was Platini who was considered the best French player. This is the only football player in the world who has become the best in Europe three times in a row. The golden ball was awarded to Platini in 1983, 1984, 1985. True, his record can repeat and even surpass soon Lionel Messi. A footballer was born in 1955. His first serious club was Nancy, his debut took place in 1973.Platini quickly became famous for his phenomenal execution of penalty kicks and penalties. Michelle remained after training and worked with an artificial wall, putting it closer to the laid. At the age of 20, Platini already made his debut in the national team. Thanks to Michel’s play, the modest Nancy became a menace of authority, defeating eminent giants. In 1979, Platini’s contract ended, and he went on to “raise”, in “Saint-Etienne.” There he was able to win the national championship. When the contract of Platini again came to an end in 1982, for the talented midfielder in line all the European grandees were lined up. The Frenchman chose Juventus. There he obeyed all the club tops – the national championship, the Champions Cup, the Super Bowl and the Intercontinental Cup. In 1984, France hosted the European Championships. Her captain Platini was able to lead his team to victory, to the joy of the whole nation. Michel’s coaching career was mixed. He was able to brilliantly hold his country’s national team through selection, and was recognized as the best coach of the world. But at the very championship of Europe France failed. Platini did not leave football, becoming a functionary. In 2007, he became the President of UEFA, breathing new life into a stagnant organization. Miguel began to actively carry out the reform of European football, so in 2011 he was re-elected for a new term.
The best Dutch footballer has had a great influence on all world football. He shone on the fields of Europe in 70, becoming the best on the continent in 1971, 1973 and 1974. “Flying Dutchman” was born in 1947. Cruyff managed to play not only on the position of the striker, but also on all other positions with the exception of the goalkeeper. It was the Dutch national team and Ajax of that time that gave birth to the term of total football, and Cruyff was their leader. In “Ajax” football debut in 17 years. There, Cruyff was able to win eight times the championship and three times the Champions Cup. In 1973, the Dutchman moved to Barcelona, where the results were more modest. At the national team level, Cruyff did not achieve significant achievements, only the silver of the 1974 World Cup, and the bronze of the European Championship-1976, are in the Dutchman’s piggy bank. However, the game of the team fascinated, it was she who became the prototype of future trends in football. For the national team, Cruyff had 48 matches, having managed to score 33 goals. In all, the striker played 752 games, scoring 425 goals. At the end of his career, Cruyff played for American clubs, and when he returned to his homeland he managed to become a champion in Feyenoord’s composition. It was then a respectful player of 37 years. From 1989 to 1996, Cruyff coached Barcelona, under his leadership the Catalan club won the Champions Cup. Today the Dutchman occupies an administrative post in the reign of his native Ajax. His opinion is very important not only for the development of the Dutch club, but also for Barcelona. It is believed that it was Cruyff who instilled in Catalans their signature combative attack style.
Not so long ago the whole world followed the attempts of this football player to overcome the legendary milestone of a thousand heads. After all, according to the legends, this plank was previously submitted to Pele alone. The Brazilian was born in 1966 and completed his career only in 2009. Romario received the nickname “shorty” for his small growth. His career was also fanned by a series of scandals. Already in the junior teams he was expelled for violation of the regime. Nevertheless, the talent did not go unnoticed. In 1988, the striker moves to the Dutch PSV. There, Romario constantly swears with partners. Nevertheless, for 5 years of stay in the club the Brazilian was able to score almost a hundred goals. The resultant player was noticed by the “Barcelona” itself, where he moved in 1993. There Romario stayed just a couple of years, without reducing the pace of scoring goals. Performance in European clubs made the game of the Brazilian more harmonious, he finally played in the national team. At the 1994 World Cup, Romario scored 5 goals, becoming the champion. Then there were wanderings through clubs and continents – Brazil, Saudi Arabia, USA, Australia. His one-thousand goal Romario scored on May 21, 2007.True calculations he led himself, making in his piggy bank more and goals for youth teams. Romario still managed to play for the national team for beach football. Now the footballer takes the post of sports director in a modest “America” from Rio de Janeiro, helping her to break into the top division.
The Italians gave the world many great players, but this one was included in the list of the greatest. He was born in 1967. The first professional club was Vicenza. The talented striker quickly showed himself, despite the fact that he liked to play not at the forefront of the attack, but in a delay. In 1985, he moved to Fiorentina, where he became a legend. Then he bought Juventus for a record $ 19 million. 5 years Baggio shone there, and when he was sold to Milan due to a conflict with the coach, he immediately became the champion and with his new club. In 1994, thanks to the efforts of Baggio, the Italian team reached the World Cup final, and he scored 5 goals, becoming one of the best scorers in the tournament. Only in the final it was Baggio who did not score a penalty in the post-match series. His mistake became fatal. The public struck a football player, forgetting that it was he who led the team to a high result. At the next Mundiale, the Italians again in the penalty shoot-out gave way to the future champion. Baggio himself realized his chance. Only here on that championship the coach did not trust the genius football player, preferring him Alessandro Del Piero. By 2000, the career of Baggio specialists was put to a halt. He gave everything he could, the team. Age did not allow him to play for clubs, grandees. But Baggio played for 4 years in the provincial “Brescia”. For 98 matches there the forward managed to score 45 goals. In 2004, Baggio’s farewell match took place in the national team. Roberto won the championship twice, won the UEFA Cup, became the player of the year and the winner of the Golden Ball in 1993. That unbeaten penalty was a sad touch to his career, despite the fact that with an indicator of 86%, Baggio remains the best penalty shooter in the history of Italian football.
This Italian is from a football family. His father Cesare was once the legend of “Milan” and one of the best European defenders. These genes were transmitted and Paolo. He was born in 1968. In his career there was only one club – “Milan”. For him, the defender held 647 matches, speaking from 1984 to 2009. He made his debut as a prospective player at the age of 16, during the performances becoming a real symbol of the club. During this time he collected an impressive collection of titles – 5 times won the Champions League, as many times as the European Super Cup. Twice Milan together with Maldini won the Intercontinental Cup, becoming the best club in the world. Paolo won the Italian championship seven times. For his team, Maldini played 126 games, remaining the same unyielding, literate and tough defender. Silver and bronze at the world championships was won by the player with Italy, the same set went to him and on the continental championships. In the “Milan” number “3”, under which Maldini played, was removed from circulation in memory of the legendary player. True, the player allowed to give this number to his son, if he will play for the club. After all, the dynasty continues.
The best goalkeeper of all time, football fans consider our Lev Yashin. I must say that in addition to football talent player was also a wonderful person. Born in 1929 in Moscow. From the age of 20 he began to defend the gates of the capital’s Dynamo. It is interesting that at the very beginning of his career, as it was then accepted by football players, Yashin played hockey. A young athlete in this sport even won the USSR Cup and the bronze of the championship. He also acted as a goalkeeper. Yashin’s whole career was held in the same club. Thanks to a reliable “rear” during this time, “Dinamo” became the champion of the country 5 times, the USSR Cup was won three times. As many as 11 times Yashin was recognized as the best goalkeeper in the country. 16 times he was included in the list of 33 best players in the season.Since 1954, Yashin took a place at the gate of the national team. It was the speeches there that brought the player international fame. Yashin won together with the team Olympics-1956, Euro-1960. Our team was the fourth at the World Championship in 1966. Yashin for his mobility and color of clothes nicknamed “Black Panther”. It was he who laid the foundations of a modern game of goalkeepers – to move around the entire penalty area, and not just to be limited to one gate. In 1963, Yashin played for the world team in a match against England. Then he was awarded the title of the best player in Europe. This was the only time when such a reward went to the goalkeeper. Career in the club ended in 1971, when Yashin in the Dynamo national team confronted the national team of the world. At the end of the player’s career, the coaching fate did not work out, in addition, after 50 years Lev Ivanovich started gangrene on his leg. The reason for this was not only smoking, but also increased stress in the course of an active career. On March 20, 1990, Yashin died of complications of the disease. Just two days before, the state appreciated his contribution to the development of sports, awarding the title of Hero of Socialist Labor.
A player appeared in 1973. Fast (100 meters he ran faster than 11 seconds) defender with a strong blow quickly noticed in Europe. In 1995, Roberto Carlos moved to Milan “Inter”. However, the defender did not shine there, speaking at a non-native position in the center of the field. In 1996, the Brazilian moved to Real Madrid, staying there for 11 years. In total for this club the player spent an impressive 584 matches, scoring 71 goals. In the “Real” defender 4 times won the national championship, three times the Champions League, twice the Intercontinental Cup. The Brazilian national team of the 90’s also could not be imagined without this fast defensive champion. In its composition, Roberto Carlos became World Champion in 2002 and a silver medalist in 1998, having totaled 125 matches. The best footballer in Europe, he did not, so often the beautiful cannon balls alternated with failures on the defensive. Carlos was recognized as the second player in 2002, he often became the best defender of various competitions. Before coming to “Anji” the Brazilian played in the Turkish “Fenerbahce” and the Brazilian “Corinthians”. In Russia, at one time Roberto Carlos was the highest paid player. Now he is the captain of the team and the playing coach. But to end his career defender is in no hurry, promising to play until 2014. Roberto Carlos is a true leader, and his human qualities are characterized by the fact that he is actively engaged in charity.