Cristiano Ronaldo Surprisingly In Third Place In Top 100 Greatest Footballers With Pele Fourth And Neymar Missing Out

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Cristiano Ronaldo, despite winning all there is to win as a professional footballer is not completely recognized as the number one on the list of the greatest footballers of all time.

Cristiano Ronaldo Surprisingly In Third Place In Top 100 Greatest Footballers With Pele Fourth And Neymar Missing On

The argument about who the greatest football player of all time is polarizes opinion around the world.

The names of the greatest players to ever lace up a pair of boots are frequently cited as being Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Pele, and Diego Maradona.

However, a number of other players’ names are also mentioned, such as Zinedine Zidane, Brazilian Ronaldo, Gerd Muller, Johan Cruyff, and George Best.

What about other players currently playing?

Neymar, does he make the top 100? What about Luka Modric, a Real Madrid iconic midfielder?

The top 10 names from FourFourTwo will be discussed in-depth on FUTBALLNEWS, with the full list of the top 100 names appearing later down.

Below are the top ten Greatest Footballers of all time;

Lionel Messi

The legend of Argentina and Barcelona, Lionel Messi, is expected to be at the top of the list.

In 834 games, he has scored an absurd 691 club goals while also winning 10 LaLiga championships, four Champions Leagues, and a slew of other awards.

Messi earned a record-breaking seven Ballon d’Or awards and helped Argentina win the Copa America last year.

Diego Maradona

It’s surprising that Diego Maradona, who is ranked second on this list, isn’t even regarded as the best Argentinean player of all time.

Cristiano Ronaldo Surprisingly In Third Place In Top 100 Greatest Footballers With Pele Fourth And Neymar Missing On

The South American genius nearly single-handedly won the 1986 World Cup with some of the most incredible performances you will ever watch.

He also won two Serie A championships with Napoli in 1987 and 1990. He played 259 games with the Italian club, scoring 115 goals, and is remembered as their finest player.

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Cristiano Ronaldo

On Sunday night, Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 700th club goal, solidifying his status as the greatest player in history.

Cristiano Ronaldo Surprisingly In Third Place In Top 100 Greatest Footballers With Pele Fourth And Neymar Missing On

Five Champions Leagues, seven domestic league titles, and five Ballon d’Or awards have all been won by the Portuguese great.

He also won the championship with his nation at Euro 2016 and has scored 117 goals in 191 games for his country, which is a world record.

Pele

Pele is still the only player in history to have won the World Cup three times, in 1958, 1962, and 1970.

Cristiano Ronaldo Surprisingly In Third Place In Top 100 Greatest Footballers With Pele Fourth And Neymar Missing On

He played for Santos in Brazil for nearly all of his 18-year club career, scoring an astounding 643 goals in 659 games.

However, his 77 goals in 92 games for Brazil may be his most amazing feat, and his international career is unmatched.

Zinedine Zidane

In his time playing for Juventus, Real Madrid, and France, Zinedine Zidane etched out a lasting legacy.

Cristiano Ronaldo Surprisingly In Third Place In Top 100 Greatest Footballers With Pele Fourth And Neymar Missing On

The brilliant player is well known for his volley in the Champions League final in 2001.

But for French fans, he will be remembered as the one who led his country to victory at the 1998 World Cup and the Euro 2000.

Johan Cruyff

In the manner he played and then managed his way to success, Dutch superstar Johan Cruyff was a visionary.

Cristiano Ronaldo Surprisingly In Third Place In Top 100 Greatest Footballers With Pele Fourth And Neymar Missing On

But concentrating on him as a player, the forward led Ajax to three consecutive European Cup victories between 1971 and 1973, winning eight league titles with them.

He also won a league championship with Barcelona, but the Netherlands lost out on winning their first World Cup in 1974 when West Germany defeated them in the championship game.

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George Best

Many people consider him to be the most talented player ever to come out of Britain.

George Best

In 470 games for Manchester United, George Best scored 179 goals and helped the team win the European Cup in 1968 as well as the league championship twice.

Football fans had only seldom seen his skill and ability with the ball before, and we haven’t seen it very often since.

Franz Beckenbauer

In the 1970s, German legend Franz Beckenbauer revolutionized the position of a defender by carrying the ball out from the back, which altered how spectators perceived the game.

Franz Beckenbauer

In 1972, he won the European Championships with West Germany, and in 1974, he won the World Cup.

He also won four Bundesliga championships with Bayern Munich in five years.

Ferenc Puskas

Ferenc Puskas, the greatest player in the history of Hungary, was so outstanding that the “best goal of the year” award was named in his honor by Fifa.

Ferenc Puskas

In 262 games for Real Madrid, the renowned attacking midfielder scored 242 goals.

He also scored an absurd 84 goals in 85 games for the Hungarian national team, two of which came in the storied 6-3 victory over England in 1953.

Ronaldo

One of the deadliest, most destructive strikers to ever play the game is the Brazilian Ronaldo.

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Ronaldo De Lima

In 518 club games, he scored 352 goals for teams like Barcelona, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, and AC Milan.

However, he also scored an astounding 62 goals in 98 international matches, 15 of which came at the World Cup.

The 100 Greatest footballers of all time

The Big Book of Football Cliches states we must always refer to this “selection headache” as a “nice problem to have” when a manager must pick between two exceptional players in the same position.

Below is FourFourTwo’s top 100 Greatest footballers of all time;

  1. Lionel Messi
  2. Diego Maradona
  3. Cristiano Ronaldo
  4. Pele
  5. Zinedine Zidane
  6. Johan Cruyff
  7. George Best
  8. Franz Beckenbauer
  9. Ferenc Puskas
  10. Ronaldo
  11. Gerd Muller
  12. Alfredo di Stefano
  13. Michel Platini
  14. Zico
  15. Garrincha
  16. Bobby Charlton
  17. Paolo Maldini
  18. Romario
  19. Giuseppe Meazza
  20. Andres Iniesta
  21. Franco Baresi
  22. Marco van Basten
  23. Eusebio
  24. Xavi
  25. Carlos Alberto
  26. Ronaldinho
  27. Ruud Gullit
  28. Manuel Neuer
  29. Socrates
  30. Raymond Kopa
  31. Lev Yashin
  32. Lothar Matthaus
  33. Stanley Matthews
  34. Valentino Mazzola
  35. Matthias Sindelar
  36. Luis Suarez (born 1935)
  37. Francisco Gento
  38. Bobby Moore
  39. Michael Laudrup
  40. Roberto Baggio
  41. Kenny Dalglish
  42. Paolo Rossi
  43. Nandor Hidegkuti
  44. Gunter Netzer
  45. Gianluigi Buffon
  46. Didi
  47. Rivellino
  48. Kevin Keegan
  49. Thierry Henry
  50. Nilton Santos
  51. Jose Manuel Moreno
  52. Oleg Blokhin
  53. Jairzinho
  54. Gaetano Scirea
  55. Dino Zoff
  56. Juan Alberto Schiaffino
  57. Fritz Walter
  58. Daniel Passarella
  59. Gordon Banks
  60. Gianni Rivera
  61. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
  62. John Charles
  63. Dixie Dean
  64. Gunnar Nordahl
  65. Johan Neeskens
  66. Denis Law
  67. Sandro Mazzola
  68. Dennis Bergkamp
  69. Jimmy Johnstone
  70. Ronald Koeman
  71. Omar Sivori
  72. Teofilo Cubillas
  73. Dani Alves
  74. Eric Cantona
  75. Jose Andrade
  76. Cafu
  77. Frank Rijkaard
  78. Florian Albert
  79. Luka Modric
  80. Just Fontaine
  81. Josef Masopust
  82. Jimmy Greaves
  83. Hugo Sanchez
  84. Wayne Rooney
  85. Philipp Lahm
  86. Alan Shearer
  87. Allan Simonsen
  88. Sergio Busquets
  89. Hristo Stoichkov
  90. Roberto Carlos
  91. Giacinto Facchetti
  92. Peter Schmeichel
  93. Sandor Kocsis
  94. Luis Figo
  95. Djalma Santos
  96. Javier Zanetti
  97. George Weah
  98. Kaka
  99. Mario Kempes
  100. Gheorghe Hagi

Above is the list of greatest 100 by FourFourTwo, what do you think about the list and Neymar missing out?

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