Welcome back to another addition of World Soccer 2017 and today’s blog post is a special one. We will be talking about the best players to ever step foot on the pitch from all different time periods. The first guy on the list is probably the most known player in terms of a being a classic star and is the man featured on my opening image,Edson Arantes do Nascimento, also known as Pele. Pele is said to be the greatest goal scorer to ever live and rightfully so scoring a total of 1281 goals in 1363 games and was even in the Guinness World Record Book for this very achievement. Pele also won 3 World cups with 2 back to back coming in 1958 and 1962 with Brazil. Pele is one of Brazil’s biggest stars and is known around the world for not only his footballing ability but his recent involvements in politics to help improve the country of Brazil.
(Here is just a glimpse of his genius on the field)
If we move to another part of South America we will find another exceptional player that is known as one of the greatest not only to his countrymen, but to soccer players of all generations. We are talking about the great Diego Maradona . Diego Maradona played for Argentina internationally and was also a part of the great F.C. Barcelona. He had the most appearances playing for an Argentinian club known as Argentinos Juniors and his play there got him recognized as well as playing for the national club. Maradona did not score as many goals as pele by any means but he was more of a play maker in his respective right. in 1986 Maradona brought his team to the World Cup finals and ultimately a Victory in the final versus West Germany. In the Quarter final game prior to the finals Maradona and one of the most controversial goals in the history of the game known as the “Hand of God” goal where he had put the ball in the net with his hand instead of his head. This was such a big problem because he did penalized for it and that goal decided the game with a 2-1 victory over England. Soccer being a sport with very little stoppages in play means that if the referee miss a call there is no reviewing and the game goes on as it was. Many people were infuriated this but of course his fans will tell you he still deserved a win because his second goal was a wondrous run through multiple England defenders that started at the halfway line.
(Was it a handball or a clean goal? I’ll let you all decide)
These are just two of the many amazing players to play the game. there are many others we will cover then on a later date. Thanks for reading!