The most notorious footballers of all time
Breath-taking penalties, epic manoeuvres and spectacular goals make the latest football news, but it’s the players that get everyone taking. There have been legends and losers at every great team, but who has made the most positive lasting impressions out on the pitch? Let’s find out!
Lionel Messi Whether you‘re a football fanatic or only catch a match every now and again – you’re sure to have heard of Lionel Messi. This swift Argentinian lights up the pitch with his enthusiasm for the game and has displayed true talent throughout his career. He’s won five La Liga titles and three Champions League titles at club level and was awarded the 2010-2011 UEFA Best Player Award for his efforts. His work ethic in every game is impeccable and he’s always willing to support and assist his teammates without being greedy to get the win. He scored a breath-taking goal for Barcelona against the Spanish team Getafe back in 1997 and won an Olympic gold medal with the Argentinian Olympic football team back in 2008.
Diego Maradona Diego Maradona may have retired, but the fiery Argentine has left behind a lasting legacy. Talented beyond belief, Maradona was an inspirational member of clubs including Barcelona and Napoli, but found most of his fame wearing his international colours. Renowned for his epic ball skills and confident (if not slightly arrogant) attitude, he was a celebrity out on the pitch and knew how to please his fans. During his career he played in four consecutive FIFA World Cup tournaments and captained the Argentinian team to victory during the 1986 World Cup, scoring an infamous goal during the quarter-final match against England.
Zinedine Zidane Well-known for his determination, speed and goal-scoring abilities, Zidane has enjoyed great success at both club and international level. Admired across the globe, he helped France win the first ever FIFA World Cup in 1998 by scoring two amazing goals and captained the national team to the final of the 2006 World Cup. He received accolades for his contributions to the beautiful game and is a force to be reckoned with in a pair of football boots. The best football trivia, news and results can be exciting, but Zidane alone can get hearts racing.
Pelé Once called The King of Football, retired footballer Pele was a natural on the football field. His excellent manoeuvres, daring dribbles and impeccable passes made him a world-famous centre forward and he became one of the biggest figures in the sporting world. He was part of three winning World Cup squads and scored numerous goals for the Brazilian team. Despite hanging up his boots in 1977, Pele is still one of the most-loved players of all time. Talented players come and go, but these are four that will be remembered for years to come.
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