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The 50 Greatest Players In Football History Have Been Revealed

The 50 Greatest Players In Football History Have Been Revealed

Legendary Argentine Diego Maradona has been named the best footballer of all time ahead of Pele, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Napoli hero, who passed away in 2020 after he suffered a heart attack at his Buenos Aires home, enjoyed a glittering career for both club and country.

Maradona lifted two Serie A titles, the Coppa Italia trophy, Italian Super Cup and UEFA Cup with Napoli, along with winning the Copa del Rey and Spanish Super Cup with Barcelona.

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The former Argentina international added to his silverware on the international stage by winning the World Cup in 1986.

FourFourTwo compiled the rankings and placed Maradona top of the pile, highlighting the iconic former footballer's exploits at the 1986 World Cup.

The football magazine wrote: "In retrospect and in truth, most of his [Argentina] teammates were merely adequate.

"Never again has one man dragged a team to such an important triumph through individual brilliance -- and it may never happen again."

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Posted below are FourFourTwo's rankings for the 50 best footballers in history.

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50. Xavi

49. Nilton Santos

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48. Michael Laudrup

47. Rivellino

46. Juan Alberto Schiaffino

45. Oleg Blokhin

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44. Didi

43. Fritz Walter

42. Matthias Sindelar

41. Gianluigi Buffon

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40. Kenny Dalglish

39. Nandor Hidegkuti

38. Gianni Rivera

37. Ruud Gullit

36. Paco Gento

35. Luis Suarez (born 1935)

34. Stanley Matthews

33. Gunter Netzer

32. Paolo Rossi

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30. Lothar Matthaus

29. Raymond Kopa

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27. Bobby Moore

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25. Carlos Alberto Torres

24. Ronaldinho

23. Eusebio

22. Lev Yashin

21. Romario

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20. Paolo Maldini

19. Sir Bobby Charlton

18. Giuseppe Meazza

17. Gerd Muller

16. Zico

15. Franco Baresi

14. George Best

13. Marco van Basten

12. Michel Platini

11. Garrincha

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10. Ronaldo

9. Ferenc Puskas

8. Zinedine Zidane

7. Franz Beckenbauer

6. Alfredo Di Stefano

5. Cristiano Ronaldo

4. Johan Cruyff

3. Pele

2. Lionel Messi

1. Diego Maradona

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Topics: Football News, Alfredo Di Stefano, Football, Lionel Messi, Ronaldo, Diego Maradona, Zinedine Zidane, Pele, Johan Cruyff, Franz Beckenbauer, Cristiano Ronaldo

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