The Best Footballer of All Time
The Best footballer of all time is an ever-evolving topic, one that’s been endlessly debated since the dawn of the game.
Whether it’s Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, there’s always something to debate and the debate continues today.
We’ve gathered some of the best arguments to tackle the issue and see what the fans have to say.
The list is by no means exhaustive and it’s definitely not a definitive guide to every footballer, but here’s a look at the best footballers of all-time and what their fans have been saying.1.
Fernando Torres – Torres has been one of the most prolific strikers in world football.
He scored a staggering 25 goals in his first full season at Liverpool and he has been involved in the team’s treble a few times in the last decade.
It’s no surprise then that Torres is often described as a ‘goal machine’.
His combination of power, skill and pace has made him a legend in the game and his goal scoring record has been incredible.2.
Xabi Alonso – Alonso’s goal scoring prowess has been something of a mystery for years, but his reputation is finally being recognised with the recognition of a place on the all- time list.
Alonso is one of Spain’s most prolific goalscorers, scoring 27 goals in 49 games for Barcelona and he also played in the World Cup final for Spain.
He’s a legend for many reasons, including the fact he’s only the second player to score 30 goals in a single season (the other being Carlos Tevez in 2004-05).3.
Wayne Rooney – Rooney was born in Wolverhampton, England, and he’s played for Manchester United, Everton, Chelsea and Everton again.
Rooney scored 29 goals in 72 appearances for the Red Devils, and was part of their 2005 Champions League triumph.
Rooney has also played for Spain, Portugal, United States and the Netherlands.
He has also been part of the World Cups four times.4.
Didier Drogba – The only striker to win the Ballon d’Or award three times, Didier scored 29 league goals in 75 games for Chelsea.
Drogbas is also one of Europe’s best players, and is currently on a two-year contract with Real Madrid.
He is also the only player to win a FIFA World Cup with a team from France, with the 2014 final against Belgium being played in Paris.5.
Zinedine Zidane – Zidanes goal scoring has been nothing short of sensational, scoring 25 goals between 2010 and 2015 for Manchester City.
The striker has scored goals in every major competition he’s ever played in, including World Cups, Champions League, UEFA Cup and World Cup finals.
He also played his first game for England against Germany in a World Cup qualifier, which he scored a brace against.6.
Cristiano Benitez – Beniteza has been a player who has captained both Real Madrid and Barcelona.
His goal scoring stats are legendary, with his 31 goals in 39 league appearances for Real Madrid making him one of three players to score more than 30 in a season.
He was also a regular for the Spain squad that played the World Tournament.7.
Lionel Messi – Messi is one the most successful footballers in the world, and it has been no surprise to see him on the list.
He won three consecutive La Liga titles with Barcelona in 2015 and 2016 and he was one of five players to record 100 or more goals in each of the last two years.
Messi has also won the World Player of the Year award three different times, and in the 2012-13 campaign, he was named the best player in the Premier League.8.
Cristian Ronaldo – Ronaldo is a legend and he plays in a league which has been the envy of many clubs around the world.
The Portuguese striker has played for Barcelona, Real Madrid, Real Sociedad, Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Porto and Manchester United.
He currently plays for Portugal, where he is currently leading the country in goals.9.
Thierry Henry – Henry was one the best players in England’s Premier League for many years, scoring 31 goals between 2006 and 2010.
He spent the majority of his time in England, scoring 19 goals in 27 games for Arsenal.
Henry has also captained the France national team, winning the 2012 European Championship, as well as the 2010 World Cup.10.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Ibrahimovic is the greatest striker in football history and his goalscoring record is even more incredible.
He played for AC Milan, Manchester City, Juventus, Liverpool, Paris St-Gyné and Inter Milan.
His goals are still the best in the history of the sport, and his performances at the World cup in 2014 were one of his greatest moments in the modern era.