Who is the greatest soccer player of all time? A question as difficult to answer as who is the greatest president, scientist, inventor, composer, actor, writer, poet, painter, musician or comedian, a near impossibility to narrow it down to just one human being amongst that elite few that we recognize as not just “great,” but “the greatest.”
The list of soccer greats that we have celebrated for decades while they play and beyond their time on the field is endless. A small number of these elite of the elite footballers have both led their illustrious teams to major victories while standing out as those extra-special players of the world, which separates the greats from the greatest.
The 18 famous World Cup footballers below are the ultimate stars of the game who have brought attention to themselves and, more importantly, to their teams and to the game itself with their unique styles and awe-inspiring skills. Here is a look at their jaw-dropping accomplishments during their time playing, as well as a look at where they are now.