7 Football Legends We Are Never Going To Forget
Ask anyone who attends the maradonian church in Naples (Iglesia Maradoniana), who’s the greatest player of all time in the history of football and your guess is as good as mine. Speak to the Brazilians and the answer would be different. Talk to the millennial and it will be very difficult for you to understand that there is any other player who can do the things a certain Argentinian does in Barcelona FC.
Ascertaining the best individual in football seems like a futile discussion, but this has not stopped fans from handpicking football legends. Following are 7 football legends we are never going to forget.
Maradona started playing for Argentinos Juniors even before he reached 16 years. 5 years later and having scored 115 goals, Maradona joined his dream club, the Boca Juniors, leading the team to victory the first season he played. It’s his goal of the century during the 1896 world cup that made him an icon.
Technically superior, physically brutish but blisteringly quick, Ronaldo was without a doubt, one of the most devastating and complete attackers in football. Every game he played for Barcelona was incredible. In 51 games, Ronaldo scored 47 goals as Barcelona went ahead to win the UEFA Cup Winners and the Copa del Rey Cup. Not to mention that the Catalans narrowly missed out on the La Liga. The Brazilian was just 19 years when he joined Barcelona.
With ruthless efficiency and artistic gameplay, Zizou, as he is known by close friends will never be forgotten for the role he played in the French team. With the impeccable technique, control, elegance, and vision, Zidane shone for both country and club.
Perhaps the best moment was in the world cup match against Brazil. Although many question Zidane’s selection, he was able to guide the team to finals by nearly single-handedly beating the Brazilians.
Celebrated as Europe’s greatest goal scorer and has won the Ballon d’Or five times, the Portuguese footballer doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. One of the best football managers of all time, Sir Alex Ferguson once said he had never managed such a talented player. Nonetheless, talent alone isn’t what makes Christiano worthy of a position in this handpicked list. Ronaldo’s unrivalled focus, dead-ball prowess, instinctive finishing, discipline, and mental strength make him one of the best players to grace this great game.
After signing a professional contract with Santos back in June 1956, Pele started playing for Santos that September where he scored his first of 1283 goals. He was called for the Brazilian national team after 10 months and at 17 years he had scored a hat trick in the world cup semis and netted two goals in the final as Brazil won the Jules Rimet.
Messi is one of the top scorers in la Liga, for Barcelona as well as his national team. Messi scored whopping 91 goals in 2012. He has, over the years, won 5-ballon d’OR. In his extensive career, Messi has won at least 20 major club trophies.
Johan’s exploits in football can only tell half the story of the influence he had on the game. He led Ajax to three European Cups and eight league titles in only 2 spells with Ajax. His career highlight was the incredible turn he made during the 1974 world cup playing against Sweden.
Messi scores as Argentina held by Chile. (n.d.). BBC Sport. https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/57355282
Carillo, C. (2021, July 16). Church in honor of maradona opens its doors in Mexico. Reuters. https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/church-honor-maradona-opens-its-doors-mexico-2021-07-16/
‘Maradona land’ – How ‘Argentina’s AJAX’ unearthed a legend. (n.d.). BBC Sport. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/47961674
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