Who is the greatest football in history?
It’s a question with no right or wrong answer. The older generation tend to side with the likes of Diego Maradona, Pele or George Best, while those who are younger choose between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Virtually every football fan has a differing opinion on what makes a player the finest the sport has ever seen.
Neither Messi or Ronaldo have won football’s biggest prize, but in turn, their superhuman stats in the highly-competitive modern era speak for themselves.
Basically, choosing the GOAT is impossible and there will never, ever be a definitive answer to the question.
But that doesn’t mean people can’t provide their take on the matter.
Over on Top Tens, football fans have been asked to rank the greatest footballers in history and the current top 20 on the website makes for very interesting reading.
Let’s run through the list…
20. Lev Yashin
15. Ferenc Puskas
14. George Best
11. Alfredo Di Stefano
Legends, legends everywhere. From 20-11 you have the greatest goalkeeper in history (Yashin), five Ballon d’Or winners (Yashin, Kaka, Eusebio, Best and Di Stefano), two of Brazil’s greatest sportsmen (Garrincha and Zico) and a pair of modern day icons who’re still going strong (Neymar and Zlatan). Oh and there’s also Puskas, the man who scored so many goals for Hungary and Real Madrid that FIFA named an award after him.
10. David Beckham
9. Franz Beckenbauer
7. Ronaldo Nazario
6. Johan Cruyff
Okay, we have no idea what Beckham is doing in 10th place. ‘Golden Balls’ was a brilliant player in his heyday, but one of the 20 greatest in history? Absolutely not. The rest of the block of five is top notch, though. Cruyff, Ronaldo and Beckenbauer all won the Ballon d’Or multiple times in their distinguished careers, while the ever-smiling Ronaldinho scooped the coveted award himself in 2006.
5. Zinedine Zidane
4. Cristiano Ronaldo
3. Lionel Messi
- Diego Maradona
What a top five! While the order may irritate some, it’s hard to think of anyone who should take the place of any member of the above quintet. Argentine hero Maradona takes top spot, with his South American rival Pele occupying second – a win for the older generation.
Messi takes the bronze medal at the expense of Ronaldo, which will no doubt anger the Portuguese superstar’s millions of loyal fans across the globe.
But don’t blame us for that, blame those who anonymously voted on Top Tens…