A striker in a football game might be the most important player in the field. He decides how the game should end.
There are so many great names in the forward position, let say, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, that coloring the football game nowadays. Let’s not forget about the players in the past, that has their own way to make the game more interesting. Here is the list of the greatest player in the football history, from my own perspective.
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Alfredo di Stefano
Alfredo has played 396 official matches in his career, and totally, he has scored more than 300 goals. He has the ability to attack and defend very well, and also speed, technique, stamina and ability to score goals to be a great striker.
With his team, he has won 18 trophies in 11 seasons and winning 5 consecutive European Cups with Real Madrid. Individually, he won 2 times Ballon d’Or in 1957 and 1959.
Alfredo di Stefano of Spain
Ronaldo Luiz Nazario de Lima
Played for rivals, hated by no one. That’s Ronaldo. Not a nowadays Cristiano Ronaldo, but Ronaldo Luiz Nazario de Lima from Brazil. He played for the teams with a hot rivalry in their country, such as FC Barcelona and Real Madrid in Spain, and Inter Milan and AC Milan in Italy. He holds the top scorer record of World Cup by his 15 goals. Individually, he won 2 times Ballon d’Or in 1997 and 2002.
Ronaldo of Brazil
He may be the best player that the world has ever seen. In his career, he has played 1363 games in all level and scored 1281 goals! What an achievement! He has all the skills that a striker needs: deadly shot, fantastic header, and balance accuracy between both legs. In his club, Santos, he led the team to win 11 league titles, while in the national team, he has won 3 times World Cup title.
Pele of Brazil
Muller played 427 games in Bundesliga and scored 365 goals in that time. His best individual performance was shown in 1970 World Cup, with 10 goals in 6 matches. Unfortunately, Germany got beaten by Italy in the final. Four years later, he finally got the title by scoring the match-winning goal in the final.
Gerd Muller of Germany
Marco van Basten
Van Basten played in Ajax Amsterdam and AC Milan in his professional career, and has scored more than 300 goals. Also, he won 3 Eredivisie titles with Ajax Amsterdam, 3 Serie A titles and 2 European Cups with AC Milan.
In his national team, he held 21 appearances with 4 goals for Netherland. Excellent ball control, attacking, intelligence and spectacular strikes are his key skills. He helped Netherland to win Euro 1988 with 5 goals in the final, and named as the Player of the Tournament. For individual achievement, he won 3 times Ballon d’Or in 1988, 1989 and 1992.
Marco van Basten of Holland
Puskas was coming from Hungary. In his football career, he has scored 514 goals in 529 league games. With his national team, they won 1952 Olympics game and got the gold medal, and then reached the final of 1954 World Cup, although they had to lose to the West Germany. Teamed up with Alfredo di Stefano, they are best known as a duo killer that helped Real Madrid to dominate European Championship with 3 times winning.
Ferenc Puskas of Hungary
Romario de Souza Faria
Romario in one of a bit player that scored more than 1,000 goals in their professional career. With Brazil national team, he helped Brazil to win 1994 World Cup and individually get the Golden Ball as the Best Player of the Tournament and also been selected as FIFA World Player of that year.
He became the Johan Cruyff’s “Dream Team “ in Barcelona, together with Hristo Stoichkov. Besides Barcelona, he has also played for PSV Eindhoven, Flamengo, and Fluminense.
Romario of Brazil