Pele Named Ronaldo, Messi, Maradona Among The 12 Best Footballers In History
12 Best Players in Football History – Santos was where the Brazilian spent the majority of his career. With the club, he won 25 major awards, including six Campeonato Brasileiro Série A crowns.
Pele, a goal-scoring forward, is credited with a staggering 775 goals in his career. He was also a standout for Brazil, scoring 77 goals and helping the Selecao to three World Cup wins.
There is no doubt that Pele is among the greatest ever footballers in history.
But who does he think are the best players to play the game?
Pele was asked to name the 10 best players in the history of football by MadridistaReal last year.
The football legend responded: “Diego [Maradona], Alfredo [Di Stéfano], [Giovanni] Trapattoni, Garrincha, [Johan] Cruyff, [Franz] Beckenbauer, [Carlos] Alberto… [Zinedine] Zidane… Ronaldo [Nazario]… [Andres] Iniesta.”
He had particular praise for Ronaldo, who he called ‘the best 9 of all time’.
Pele then added two modern day legends to that list before speaking highly of one of the sport’s greatest prospects.
“Today we are lucky. Cristiano [Ronaldo] is great. [Lionel] Messi is incredible. The future looks bright for Mbappé,” he added.
Big names that weren’t included in Pele’s list include Eusebio, Paolo Maldini, George Best, Lothar Matthäus and Gerd Muller.
Pele also didn’t include himself among the best players the game has ever seen