#3• Johan Cruyff
Johan Cruyff was born on April 25, 1947 in Netherlands. He was a Dutch professional football player and coach. As a player, he had won the Ballon d’Or three times, in 1971, 1973, and 1974. He also led the Netherlands to the final of the 1974 FIFA World Cup and received the Golden Ball as player of the tournament.
He has won eight Eredivisie titles, three European Cups and one Intercontinental Cup during his stay in Ajax
In 1999, Cruyff was voted European Player of the Century in an election held by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics, and came second behind Pele in their World Player of the Century poll.
He died on March 24, 2016 but his name cannot be washed away in the history of football.
#4• Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi was born on June 24, 1987 in Argentina. Messi is the only player in history to win five FIFA Ballon d’Or awards in which four of which he won consecutively, and the first to win three European Golden Shoes.
With Barcelona he has won eight La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League titles ,and four Copas del Rey, among other trophies. Both a prolific goalscorer and a creative play maker, Messi holds the records for most goals scored in La Liga, a La Liga season(50), and a club football season in Europe(73), a calendar year (91), as well as those for most assists made in La Liga and the Copa América.
#5• Zinedine Zidane
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He was born on June 23, 1972 in France. Zidane was named the best European footballer of the past 50 years in the UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest soccer players in history.
Zidane was named the FIFA World Player of the Year three times, in 1998, 2000 and 2003, and won the 1998 Ballon d’Or. He was League 1 Player of the Year in 1996, Serie A Footballer of the Year in 2001 and La Liga Best Foreign Player in 2002. In 2004, he was named in the FIFA 100, a list of the world’s greatest living players compiled by Pelé.
#6• Ronaldo Delima
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He was born in Brazil in 1976. At age 17, he won his first piece of silverware with the Brazilian side—the Copa do Brazil.On his move to Cruzeiro, Ronaldo netted 57 times in 59 matches for the club over the course of two years. He has also scored 47 goals in 51 matches, he was once the top scorer in the La Liga, winner of the Copa Del Rey and Supercopa Espana, UEFA Cup winner and FIFA World Player of the Year, not to mention runner-up for the Ballon d’or.
He is a two-time World Cup winner, three-time FIFA World Player of the Year and all-time leading World Cup finals goal scorer.
#7• Franz Beckenbauer
He was born on October 11, 1945 in Germany. He has won the European Footballer of the Year, he appeared 103 times for West Germany and played in three FIFA World Cups . He is one of only two men, along with Brazil’s Mário Zagallo, to have won the World Cup as a player and as a manager; he lifted the World Cup trophy as captain in 1974, and repeated the feat as a manager in 1990. He was the first captain to lift the World Cup and European Championship at international level and the European Cup at club level. He was named in the World Team of the 20th Century in 1998, the FIFA World Cup Dream Team in 2002, and in 2004 was listed in the FIFA 100 of the world’s greatest living.
He was born on March 21, 1980 in Brazil. His main playing position is as an attacking midfielder or forward. He won the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2004 and 2005. Renowned for his technique, tricks, dribbling, overhead kicks, no-look passes and free kicks, Ronaldinho is regarded to be one of the best players of his generation.
FIFA World Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005 and the Ballon d’Or in 2005. Ronaldinho was named in the FIFA 100, a list of the world’s greatest living players compiled by Pelé, and to the FIFPro World XI from 2005–2007.
#9• Christiano Ronaldo
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He was born on February 5, 1985 in Portugal. CR7 primarily plays as a forward, but has also been deployed as a winger and serves as captain for Portugal. In 2008, he won his first Ballon d’Orand FIFA World Player of the Year awards. Ronaldo then won the FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2013 and 2014. In 2016, he received his fourth Ballon d’Or, the most for a European player in the history of the award, and the inaugural Best FIFA Men’s Player. In 2015, Ronaldo scored his 500th senior career goal for club and country.
He is also known as one of the greatest footballer of all time, and he was named the best Portuguese player of all time by the Portuguese Football Federation, during its 100th anniversary celebrations in 2015.
C. Ronaldo is the only player to win four European Golden Shoe awards. One of the most marketable athletes in sport, in 2016 Forbes named Ronaldo the world’s best paid athlete. In June 2016, a world-class sport website, ESPN ranked him as the world’s most famous athlete.
#10• Xavi Hernandez
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He was born on January 35, 1980 in Spain.He made his first-team debut against Mallorca in August 1998. Since then, he has played 700 matches, scored 82 goals and made more than 180 assists for over 50 players.
Xavi is the first player in Barcelona’s history to play 150 international matches.
In 1999, he won the U-20 World Cup for Spain, and at 2000 Olympic, he also won the Olympic Silver Medal.
While making his senior team debut in 2000, he has been Scored 133 times for the Spain national team, and has been seen as an influential figure in the team’s tremendous success. He played an integral role in Spain’s victory at the 2010 World Cup, as well as their successes at both Euro 2008 and 12.