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 🙂

1.  Pele

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.

5.  Zico

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).

7.  Garrincha

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?

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3 responses »

  1. Udi says:

    Johan Cruyff mate… I always felt that he would have been tagged as “greatest ever” if he had won the World Cup with the Netherlands

  2. colin says:

    as udi mentioned, johan cruijf it would be nice if u updated the list… to your own liking ofcourse

    To be real next to pele there is only cruijf,
    even as a manager and honorary member at 2 clubs barca and ajax, he still continues the legend

    THE OFFICIAL list of best players in the 20th century is as follows,
    1 Netherlands Johan Cruyff
    2 Brazil Pele
    3 Argentina Diego Maradona
    4 Germany Franz Beckenbauer
    5 France Michel Platini
    6 Argentine Alfredo Di Stefano
    7 Hungary Ferenc Puskas
    8 Northern Ireland George Best
    9 Netherlands Marco van Basten
    10 Portugal Eusebio
    11 Soviet Union Lev Yashin
    12 England Bobby Charlton
    13 Brazil Ronaldo
    14 England Bobby Moore
    15 Germany Gerd Müller
    16 Roberto Baggio Italy
    17 England Stanley Matthews
    18 Brazil Zico
    19 Italy Franco Baresi
    20 Brazil Garrincha
    21 Paolo Maldini Italy
    22 Scotland Kenny Dalglish
    23 Argentina Gabriel Batistuta
    24 France Éric Cantona
    25 Romania Gheorghe Hagi

    26 Brazil Romario
    27 Brazil Jairzinho
    28 France Zinedine Zidane
    29 Netherlands Ruud Gullit
    30 Wales John Charles
    (my personal favourite) #34 Dennis Bergkamp [Netherlands] since hes one of the recent ones and could play succesfully in any team with any player, club or national

    i know its YOUR favourites list but i see you just took some names from someone else his personal favourites instead of an official source so i decided to toss this list in.
    although im dutch and cruijf is a GOD in soccer/football for me pele should be 1 since he scored about 1200 goals in 1400 games…. who else can say that?
    btw notice only argentina and netherlands have 2 players in the top 10 with at that time only 14-15 million people in this puny country…. so it would be nice to be recognised for the effort…..

    greetz from the douches in europe 😀

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