Tonight was the start of my son’s (my daughters start tomorrow) soccer season.
Here is what that means…
Every Tuesday and Thursday my son will be playing soccer. Since his team travels then 1/2 of the games will be on the road. My daughters both play on separate teams on Mondays and Wednesdays. They are also on traveling teams and play out of town as much as they are at their home field.
Looks like this will be my life for the next two months. At least it has slowed down since basketball season.
As I sit here in my van watching my child’s soccer practice, I will take the time to give you our Top 7 list for today. Since kicking a round ball around a huge field is on my mind, our list will stay true to today’s theme.
Here are our TOP 7 All time Soccer Legends
* Please keep in mind that there are much more than 7 ledgends of this great sport. I just picked my favorites 🙂
Some people might know him better as Edison “Edson” Arantes do Nascimento, we prefer Pele.
The Brazilian footballer is widely regarded among football experts and former players as one of the greatest football players of all time. Hard to argue that one. With 1281 goals in 1363 games, this #1 ranking is hard to argue.
2. Roberto Baggio
Baggio He is the only Italian player ever to score in three World Cups. His best World Cup was in 1994 in the United States. After a slow start he woke up in the second round, scoring twice against Nigeria, then once against Spain in the quarterfinal, and two more in the semifinal against Bulgaria. In the final against Brazil he missed a penalty in the shoot-out which saw Brazil win the World Cup for the fourth time.
3. Franz Beckenbauer
Beckenbauer was nicknamed Der Kaiser (“The Emperor”) because of his elegant style, his leadership, his first name “Franz” (reminiscent of the Austrian emperors), and his dominance on the football pitch. He is generally regarded as the greatest German footballer of all time and one of the greatest and most decorated footballers in the history of the game
4. Diego Maradona
Over the course of his professional club career Maradona played for Argentinos Juniors,Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla and Newell’s Old Boys, setting world-record contract fees. In his international career, playing for Argentina, he earned 91 caps and scored 34 goals. Throw in 4 FIBA world cup tournaments and there is no argument as to Maradona’s worth on this list.
Zico, born Artur Antunes Coimbra at Rio and made his league debut for Flamengo in 1973 and his international debut in 1976, against Uruguay. He has netted over 100 goals in his first two seasons and was South American Player Of The Year in 1977 (and again in 1981 and 1982).
6. Stanley Matthews
Matthews was considered by many the greatest dribbler in the history of football, he was the first British footballer to be knighted (1965).
Manoel dos Santos Francisco, or Garrincha for short, was born a cripple and the operation that enabled him to walk left him with a distorted left leg, yet he went on to gain two World Cup winner’s medals for Brazil.
This list is incomplete. Who do you consider to be a soccer legend?