Top 10 greatest footballers of all time – BBC Poll

Pele has been ranked the greatest footballer of all time, in a recent poll by BBC, as Lionel Messi came second in the poll.

Here is the list of the top 10 greatest footballers of all time.

Top 10 greatest footballers of all time - BBC Poll

As Pele turned 80, BBC Sport asked it’s thousands of readers to rate his achievements among some of the other great footballers, and the result has ranked the Brazilian the greatest, with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi in second and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo in third.

Checkout the result below;

1. Pele (Santos, NY Cosmos & Brazil); Four World Cup wins and seven league titles, he appeared in 92 international matches and scored 77 goals. A teenage dream who was the highest-paid and highest-profile sports star in the world in his pomp, Pele was a phenomenon. Breaking on to the global scene aged 17 with a hat-trick in the World Cup semi-final and two more in the final, Brazil’s leading goalscorer is one of just four players to have scored in four different World Cup tournaments (1958, 1962, 1966 and 1970). He won three of those and was kicked out of the ’66 tournament in England through some brutal defending – the only way to stop him. Not just a goalscorer, Pele had a hand in 53% of Brazil’s 19 goals as they won the 1970 World Cup (four goals, six assists) and was as adept at playing behind the main striker as he was leading the line.

2. Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina)

3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus & Portugal)

4. Diego Maradona (Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, Sevilla, Newell’s Old Boys & Argentina)

5. Johan Cruyff (Ajax, Barcelona, LA Aztecs, Washington Diplomats, Levante, Feyenoord & the Netherlands)

6. Ronaldo de Lima (Cruzeiro, PSV, Barcelona, Inter, Real Madrid, Milan, Corinthians & Brazil)

7. Franz Beckenbauer (Bayern Munich, NY Cosmos, Hamburg & West Germany)

8. Zinedine Zidane (Cannes, Bordeaux, Juventus, Real Madrid & France)

9. Ferenc Puskas (Budapest Honved, Real Madrid & Hungary & Spain)

10. Alfredo di Stefano (River Plate, Millionarios, Real Madrid, Espanyol & Argentina, Colombia & Spain)

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