Here are some of the true legends of football listed with articles that focus on their life and career highlights.
Born 1937, England
The Legendary Sir Bobby Charlton
1946-2005, Northern Ireland
George Best – El Beatle
David Beckham – Becks
Steven Gerrard – Stevie G
Born 1955, France
Michel Platini – Le Roi
Born 1977, France
Thierry Henry – Bio and Career
Born 1972, France
Zinedine Zidane – Bio and Career
Born 1945, Germany
Franz Beckenbauer – The Sweeper
Born 1945, Germany
Gerd Müller – Der Bomber
Johan Cruyff – Bio and Football Career
MARCO VAN BASTEN
Born 1964, Netherlands
Marco van Basten – Dutch Football Star
Born 1962, Netherlands
Ruud Gullit – The Black Tulip
Born 1969, Netherlands
Dennis Bergkamp – an Football Artist
Born 1984, Netherlands
Arjen Robben – The Flying Dutchman
Born 1940, Brazil
Pelé – The King of the Beautiful Game
Garrincha – The Brazilian Dribbler
Born 1946, Brazil
Rivellino – King of the Park
Born 1953, Brazil
Zico – Brazilian Football Legend
Born 1966, Brazil
Romario – the Brazil Footballer
ALFREDO DI STÉFANO
Alfredo Di Stéfano – The Blond Arrow
Born 1960, Argentina
Diego Maradona – El Pibe de Oro
JUAN ROMÁN RIQUELME
Born 1953, Brazil
Juan Román Riquelme – El Torero
Lev Yashin – The Black Spider
Born 1958, Mexico
Hugo Sánchez – Hugol
Born 1964, Denmark
Michael Laudrup – Brilliant Danish Player
Born 1956, Poland
Zbigniew Boniek – Zibì
Born 1965, Romania
Gheorghe Hagi – Comandante
Born 1966, Italy
Gianfranco Zola – The Magic box
Born 1966, Bulgaria
Hristo Stoichkov – The Dagger
Born 1971, Turkey
Hakan Şükür – The Bull of the Bosphorus
Born 1980, Spain
Xavier Hernandez – The Passing Genius
Born 1966, Liberia
George Weah – King George
Besides from being regarded as one of the best players in his era, the rule is that the player is no longer active in his career.
More players will be added on following updates.
Lionel Messi made a record by scoring 91 goals in 2012, which makes him top scorer in a season in a top league in international football.
The French football player Just Fontaine has the record with 13 goals in one World Cup. This happened in 1958 over six games.
There are 14 players, all Brazilians or Italians, that more than once have been members of a team that have won the World Cup. Pelé is holding the record by being a part of the world champions team on three occasions. These twelve players have won the World Cup twice: Giovanni Ferrari, Giuseppe Meazza, Eralod Monzeglio, Gilmar, Djalma Santos, Nilton Santos, Vava, Didi, Zagallo, Garrincha, Zito, Ronaldo and Cafu.
Michel Platini has the record with 9 goals in one European Championship. This happened in 1984 over five games.
Gareth Bale became the most expensive player in terms of transfer fees then he was bought by Real Madrid from Tottenham for €118 million in 2013.
The figures of salaries are shifting and can vary according to source and if sponsorship money is included or not, but according to most sources Cristiano Ronaldo could be accounted as the player that earn the most money from his occupation.
Over the years there have been two different awards: FIFA World Player of the Year award and Ballon d'Or. For some years the awards were merged which affects the total count. If only Ballons d'Or is counted Michel Platini, Johan Cruyff and Marco van Basten have won the most, three each. If only FIFA World Player is counted Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo has won the most, two each.
The table include the year of birth (and occasionally year of death) of famous ex-players.
|Alfredo Di Stéfano||1926||2014|
|Marco van Basten||1964|
|Alessandro Del Piero||1974|