Football fans love to debate over the greatest player of all time.we present the ten most popular football players according to fans in 2020.
A sport loved by over 4 billion fans all over the world, football (soccer) since the dawn of the 20th century has been subject to considerable public acclaim and attention. As a result of the attention that football has garnered, the best in the sport has often been in the spotlight during the peak of their careers.
Although the amount of supporters a player has can no longer be based on the number of jersey sales anymore. They have chosen the top 10 greatest football players of all time.
Here Are the ten most popular football players according to fans in 2020
10. David Beckham
One of the most prolific names in football, David Beckham has been a phenomenon from the moment he could kick a soccer ball. From his free-kicks to marrying Posh Spice, Beckham has been one of the most famous athletes in the last two decades.
David Beckham made his professional debut for Manchester United in 1994 at the age of 19, in a league match against Port Vale.In the 1998-1999 season, Beckham helped his side win the treble of Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, with Beckham playing vital roles in each of them. United won the League in the next two seasons as well to become the fourth club to achieve this feat.
David Beckham is the only English player to have scored in three World Cups
He is the first British to play 100 Champions League games.
9. Franz Beckenbauer
Fans often dubbed Beckenbauer as one of the greatest soccer players ever produced in Germany. He was born on 11th September 1945. He previously coached the German team and also quite famous as the manager and a former player. Fans still regard him as the best German football player of all time.
He was a versatile player with the best soccer skills. he was selected the European Footballer of the Year twice in his career.
Ronaldo de Assis Moreira is a former Brazilian professional footballer and now an ambassador for Spanish club FC Barcelona.
He was born on the 21 March 1980 in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He mostly played as an attacking midfielder but was also deployed as a winger or a forward. At a tender age of eight, Ronaldo’s football skills began to get color and he was given the nickname “Ronaldinho” just because he was often the youngest player in youth club matches.
Ronaldinho scored three goals in the Confederations Cup 2005 and this record is currently tied with Mexican forward Cuauhtémoc Blanco as the tournament’s overall all-time scorer with nine goals. 6 of Ronaldinho’s goal were from 1999.
El Fenomeno, as Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima is often called, ruled the world of football at the peak of his career. The Brazilian forward created a reputation for himself as a result of his impeccable style of dribbling, amazing speed and wonderful finish. Before El Fenomeno clocked 23, he had reached a record goal of 200 for both club and country. He won the FIFA World Cup twice, the Copa America twice, the FIFA Confederation Cup once and the Ballon d’Or on two occasions.
6. Johan Cruyff
Creating a name in football is a daunting task, but creating an exceptional style unique to yourself, is, even more, a daunting and rigorous challenge. However, Johan Cruyff defeated the odds to achieve both. The Cruyff turn which players in modern football widely use was invented by the Dutchman. He won the Ballon d’Or three times, the 1974 FIFA World Cup Golden Ball and led his side to second place in the 1974 FIFA World Cup
5. Zinedine Zidane
Zinedine Zidane‘s phenomenal understanding of football even after retirement is an obvious indication that he was one of the best footballers of his time. Just like any of the greatest football players to have graced the pitch, Zidane created a football-style unique to him. On the pitch, Zidane played with a calm and balanced sense of style and elegance. His technique worked well in his favour as he continued to be a fan favourite, even after retirement. Zidane won the UEFA Champions League, the FIFA World Cup, the Ballon d’Or and many other awards during his career.
4. Cristiano Ronaldo
Currently playing for the Serie A club, Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo is a wonderful forward who has awesome scoring abilities. The Portuguese forward is known for his determination to strive for success. So far, Ronaldo has gathered admiration throughout the three countries he has played club football in. CR7 who is top-4 on our ranking of the greatest footballers of all time has won the Ballon d’Or five times, the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Nations League, and the FIFA Best Men’s Player awards.
The king of football and unarguably the greatest football player of all time, Pelé, at just the age of 17 announced his presence to the world, in a fashion that convinced many that he was here to stay. He went on to thrill football fans with his wonderful football antics and his amazing goalscoring abilities. Pele throughout his career which lasted 24 years scored more than a record 1000 goals. He won several individual awards, as well as tournaments with the Brazilian football team which include the FIFA World Cup, the FIFA Player of the Century, the FIFA World Cup Best Young Player award and many more.
2. Lionel Messi
Born on 24th June 1987, Lionel Messi currently plays for the La Liga club FC Barcelona as a forward. and he is an all-time scorer in La Liga. Besides, he also captains the Argentine national team. The world and also the football pundits consider him as one of the best soccer players ever in the history of the game. He also became the top-score in four consecutive Champions League campaigns.
Lionel Messi won the Ballon d’Or five times till now, same as Cristiano Ronaldo. He also holds his place as the youngest footballer ever to score 200 La Liga goals. Besides being the best football player, he also holds his place as one of the Highest Paid Sportsmen in the World.
One of the greatest soccer players, Diego Maradona, still noted as the greatest Argentine footballer. He is the only one who has set the transfer fees record twice. Maradona has played and outshined in many tournaments during his lifetime. He was born on the 30th of October in the year 1960.
His infamous “Hand of God” goal was one of the biggest sports scandals of all time. He became the joint FIFA Player of the 20th Century along with Pele. Without any doubt, Maradona definitely deserves his place on the list.