Here are some of the true legends of football listed with articles that focus on their life and career highlights.
Born 1945, Germany
Franz Beckenbauer – The Sweeper
Born 1945, Germany
Gerd Müller - Der Bomber
Born 1937, England
The Legendary Sir Bobby Charlton
1946-2005, Northern Ireland
George Best – El Beatle
Johan Cruyff - Bio and Football Career
MARCO VAN BASTEN
Born 1964, Netherlands
Marco van Basten – Dutch Football Star
Born 1969, Netherlands
Dennis Bergkamp - an Football Artist
Born 1940, Brazil
Pelé – The King of the Beautiful Game
Garrincha – The Brazilian Dribbler
Born 1953, Brazil
Zico – Brazilian Football Legend
Born 1966, Brazil
Romario – the Brazil Footballer
Besides from being regarded as one of the best players in his era, the rule is that the player is no longer active in his career.
More players will be added on following updates.
Lionel Messi made a record by scoring 91 goals in 2012, which makes him top scorer in a season in a top league in international football.
The French football player Just Fontaine has the record with 13 goals in one World Cup. This happened in 1958 over six games.
There are 14 players, all Brazilians or Italians, that more than once have been members of a team that have won the World Cup. Pelé is holding the record by being a part of the world champions team on three occasions. These twelve players have won the World Cup twice: Giovanni Ferrari, Giuseppe Meazza, Eralod Monzeglio, Gilmar, Djalma Santos, Nilton Santos, Vava, Didi, Zagallo, Garrincha, Zito, Ronaldo and Cafu.
Michel Platini has the record with 9 goals in one European Championship. This happened in 1984 over five games.
Gareth Bale became the most expensive player in terms of transfer fees then he was bought by Real Madrid from Tottenham for €118 million in 2013.
The figures of salaries are shifting and can vary according to source and if sponsorship money is included or not, but according to most sources Cristiano Ronaldo could be accounted as the player that earn the most money from his occupation.
Over the years there have been two different awards: FIFA World Player of the Year award and Ballon d'Or. For some years the awards were merged which affects the total count. If only Ballons d'Or is counted Michel Platini, Johan Cruyff and Marco van Basten have won the most, three each. If only FIFA World Player is counted Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo has won the most, two each.