The game that is most-loved by all the sports fans was once pioneered by people who gave everything to uplift the sport to its most high. The world will never forget the contributions made by these legends and that’s why even today they are celebrated.

Here’s a list of the 5 greatest trailblazers of football.

  1. Pele

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about Brazil? FOOTBALL!

Who is the first person who comes to your mind when you think about Brazilian Football? PELE!

Nobody would deny the fact that he is the greatest of all the Brazilian footballers the world has witnessed and also the best footballer of all time. In 1999, Pele was declared as the “Athlete of the Century” by IOC. He is the custodian of various honours and he is all set to auction a collection of his memorabilia including his world cup medals sooner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Diego Maradona

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Diego Maradona

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He is one of the greatest to have ever graced the game. Maradona was named the FIFA player of the 20th century along with Pele. He was known for his incredible dribbling and passing skills although he was tinier than most of his teammates. Maradona is most famous for his highly controversial goal “Hand-of-God” which he scored during the 1986 World Cup quarter final and he followed it up with the FIFA Goal of the Century which was a 66 yard dribble past 5 England players. He has also coached for the Argentina National Football team, post his retirement.

 

  1. Michel Platini

French soccer star Michel Platini won three straight Ballon d’Or Awards as a player before becoming president of the Union of European Football Associations in 2007. He was also re-elected for the second time in 2011. He was nicknamed as “Le Roi” which means “The King” due to his excellent leadership skills. Platini holds the record for most goals (9) scored in European Championship final tournaments despite only appearing in the victorious 1984 edition. He was also named in the FIFA World Cup Dream Team.

 

  1. Franz Beckenbauer

There is something so very special about this German legend as he is the only player to have won the World Cup, both as a player and as a manager. Starting off his career as a midfielder, he upgraded himself into a central defender. He is also the inventor of the role named as the “Sweeper-Keeper” or “Libero”. He is often regarded as the best attackers that the sport has ever seen. Twice a recipient of the European Footballer of the year, Beckenbauer currently works as a pundit for Sky Germany and is a columnist for the tabloid Bild.

 

  1. Alfredo Di Stefano

He is no more but his legacy will forever live!

This late Football legend not only played for the Spanish National Football Team but he was also part of Columbia and Argentina. Nicknamed as “Saeta rubia” for his versatility, he is the second highest goal scorer of El Clasico, behind Lionel Messi. Often regarded as one of the greatest assets of Real Madrid, Pele described him as the “most complete player” in the history of the game.

 

 

So who is your most favourite player of the 20th century? Let us know in the comments.

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