Maradona lift world cup trophy in Mexico '86
Its a long and maybe a never ending debate of WHO IS THE BEST FOOTBALL PLAYER of all time?
Seriously, since last week I've been watching tapes
of Zidane,Pele,CR7,Ronaldo de Lima(who I consider d greatest striker of
all times), Messi and Maradona; especially the clips of Messi and
Maradona and I came to a shocking revelation that the most skillful
footballer of all time is Maradona and for everything messi has done it
looks like a spice of cake as compared to maradona and even more
shocking was that his goal against England at d 86'world cup, adjudged as
d best world cup goal ever, was one of his easiest goals.
eccentric in every aspect a small man with a big heart no wonder he
single handedly won d world cup for Argentina and d Italian league for
Maradona dazzles against England in Mexico '86 World cup semis
In Barcelona he was a monster footballer not only with his
footballing artistry but also physical combat whenever he feels a sense
of disrespect from other teams that's how fearless he can be not minding
his height or size.
Pele on the other hand was very intelligent perhaps
the most intelligent footballer ever along side Zidane. Never the
fastest of footballers but his movements were awesome and his positional
play are next to none.No wonder he scored over 1000 goals.
Pele celebrating in Mexico '70 World cup
goals, Ronaldo de Lima scored all sorts of goals and was very comfortable
with the ball. Defenders fear him and coaches wished he played in their
team no wonder he is the world cup top scorer of all times.
Ronaldo De Lima, the phenomenon
Cristano Ronaldo is a
human machine amazingly, strong for a fine boy who could easily pass as a
professional model along with David Beckham but he sure has talent and
packs perhaps the heaviest shot in history maybe along side Roberto
Carlos the Brazilian legend.
Cristano Ronaldo for Real Madrid
For today's generation of football fans, Cristano Ronaldo and Messi are the best footballers they've ever seen but if any will
be rated amongst the greatest of all times, I am sure the name Lionel Messi will be chorused.
Messi like Ronaldo has broken a lot of record
and at 25years his Barcelona's all time leading scorer and has scored
above 40goals in two consecutive seasons. In fact, in the 2011/12 season, he
actually scored more goals than Chelsea football club. Yeah! that's how
hugely talented he is.
Lionel Messi in Argentina jersey
Finally,Zidane, Algerian born,who represented France and even though Juventus gave him the big break through in
football, he is seen as a Real Madrid Legend.
Yes! that's what his life
seems to be about or how else can you explain that a head-butt on an
Italian player cost him the World player of the year award and his son
has decided to play for Spain instead of his adopted country France.
Zindane's Champions League stunner against Bayern Leverkusen
Twisted you would say but guys check this out! His footballing talent is
awesome and he was voted the best player in the last 50years some years
back. A midfielder with great football control and a unique leg over
which makes you wonder how good Berbatov and Ronaldinho is with ball
control and step-overs respectively.
Personally I so love Zidane because
I play also as a midfielder whenever I have the chance to play football
but no where near his calmness and intelligence. I looked at the tapes
and wondered if a Nigerian maybe an African could rank amongst these
My heart beats and I can't help but mention that Samuel
Eto'o, George Weah, Abedi Pele and Samuel Okaraji were great talents with
Weah being the only world footballer of the year in the mix.
George Weah's, the only African world player yet
This shows but one thing.
African players can get there with great consistency and hardwork no
So guys for you who is the greatest footballer of all times? Leave your comment and lets talk.
Football without beef!
Chijioke 'Smiles' Ezeali is a Television football pundit and a creative sport writer. He is also CEO of Soccer Gist International.