Football players

Here are some of the true legends of football listed with articles that focus on their life and career highlights.

German players

Franz Beckenbauer cropped pictureFRANZ BECKENBAUER
Born 1945, Germany
Franz Beckenbauer – The Sweeper


Gerd Müller cropped pictureGERD MÜLLER
Born 1945, Germany
Gerd Müller – Der Bomber

Brittish players

Bobby Charlton cropped pictureBOBBY CHARLTON
Born 1937, England
The Legendary Sir Bobby Charlton


George Best cropped pictureGEORGE BEST
1946-2005, Northern Ireland
George Best – El Beatle

French players

Michel Platini cropped pictureMICHEL PLATINI
Born 1955, France
Michel Platini – Le Roi


Thierry Henry cropped pictureTHIERRY HENRY
Born 1977, France
Thierry Henry – Bio and Career


Zinedine Zidane cropped pictureZINEDINE ZIDANE
Born 1972, France
Zinedine Zidane – Bio and Career

Dutch players

Johan Cruijff cropped pictureJOHAN CRUYFF
1947-2016, Netherlands
Johan Cruyff – Bio and Football Career


Marco van Basten cropped pictureMARCO VAN BASTEN
Born 1964, Netherlands
Marco van Basten – Dutch Football Star


Dennis Bergkamp cropped pictureDENNIS BERGKAMP
Born 1969, Netherlands
Dennis Bergkamp – an Football Artist

Brazilian players

PeléPELÉ
Born 1940, Brazil
Pelé – The King of the Beautiful Game


GarrinchaGARRINCHA
1933-1983, Brazil
Garrincha – The Brazilian Dribbler


ZicoZICO
Born 1953, Brazil
Zico – Brazilian Football Legend


Romario cropped pictureROMÁRIO
Born 1966, Brazil
Romario – the Brazil Footballer

Rest of the world

Alfredo Di Stéfano cropped pictureALFREDO DI STÉFANO
1926-2014, Argentina
Alfredo Di Stéfano – The Blond Arrow


Eusébio cropped pictureEUSÉBIO
1942-2014, Portugal
Eusébio – The Black Panther


Hugo Sanchez cropped pictureHUGO SÁNCHEZ
Born 1958, Mexico
Hugo Sánchez – World Class Mexican Striker


Michael Laudrup cropped pictureMICHAEL LAUDRUP
Born 1964, Denmark
Michael Laudrup – Brilliant Danish Player


Zbigniew Boniek cropped pictureZBIGNIEW BONIEK
Born 1956, Poland
Zbigniew Boniek – The famous Polish player


Gianfranco Zola cropped pictureGIANFRANCO ZOLA
Born 1966, Italy
Gianfranco Zola – A short biography

The criteria

Besides from being regarded as one of the best players in his era, the rule is that the player is no longer active in his career.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.

Records

Most goals in a season

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.

Most goals in a FIFA World Cup

The French football player Just Fontaine has the record with 13 goals in one World Cup. This happened in 1958 over six games.

Most FIFA World Cup victories

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.

Most goals in a UEFA European Championship

Michel Platini has the record with 9 goals in one European Championship. This happened in 1984 over five games.

Most expensive player

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.

Most earning player

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.

Most Player of the Year awards

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.