Top greatest footballers revealed with Cristiano Ronaldo third, Pele fourth and Neymar not on list at all


THE debate surrounding the greatest footballer of all time is one that divides opinion across the globe. Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Pele and Diego Maradona are often the names touted as the best to ever lace up a pair of boots.

But there are also a host of other names in the conversation, including the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Brazilian Ronaldo, Gerd Muller, Johan Cruyff and George Best.

And what about other current players that are still active?

Does Neymar make it into the top 100? What about Real Madrid legend Luka Modric?

Here SunSport goes into detail reflecting on FourFourTwo’s top 10 – with the more extensive 100 names listed further down.

Brazilian Ronaldo is one of the most lethal, devastating strikers to ever play the game.

He scored 352 goals in 518 club appearances for the likes of Barcelona, Inter Milan Real Madrid and AC Milan.

But he also netted a breathtaking 62 times in 98 games for his country, 15 of which came at the World Cup.

Zinedine Zidane carved out his legacy as a Juventus, Real Madrid and France player.

Many will remember the genius for his 2001 Champions League final volley.

But for French supporters he will go down as the man that helped them to glory at the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000.

Still to this day, Pele stands alone as the only player to win the World Cup on three occasions – in 1958, 1962 and 1970.

He spent almost his entire 18-year club career at Brazilian side Santos where he racked up a stunning 643 goals in 659 appearances.

But his 77 goals in 92 appearances for Brazil is perhaps his most impressive statistic – with his international career unparalleled.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the 700th club goal of his career on Sunday night as he continues to stake his claim as the greatest player of all time.

The Portuguese superstar has won five Champions Leagues, seven domestic league titles and five Ballon d’Ors.

He also triumphed with his country at Euro 2016 and holds the record for most international goals scored with 117 in 191 appearances.

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