Sir Robert "Bobby" Charlton CBE is an English former professional football player who won the World Cup and was named the European Footballer of the Year in 1966. He played almost all of his club football at Manchester United, where he became renowned for his attacking instincts from midfield and his ferocious long-range shot. His elder brother Jack, who was also in the World Cup-winning team, was a former defender for Leeds United and coach.
Carlos Alberto Valderrama Palacio, also known as El Pibe, is a former Colombian football player. His mass of blond, permed hair made him one of Colombia's most recognisable footballers. Valderrama captained the Colombia national football team in the 1990s during the 1990, 1994 and 1998 World Cups. Between 1985 and 1998 he represented Colombia in 111 full internationals and scored 11 times, making him the most capped player in the country's history.
Dino Zoff (born February 28, 1942 in Mariano del Friuli) is an Italian former football goalkeeper and is the oldest winner ever of the World Cup, which he earned as captain of the Italian team in the 1982 tournament in Spain, at the age of 40. Zoff was a goalkeeper of outstanding ability and has a place in the history of the sport among the very best in this role, being named the 3rd greatest goalkeeper of the 20th century by the IFFHS behind Lev Yashin and Gordon Banks.
Diego Armando Maradona is an Argentine former football player, and current manager of the Argentine national team. He finished first in an internet vote for the FIFA Player of the Century award, and he shared the award with Pelé. Over the course of his professional club career Maradona played for Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Sevilla, Newell's Old Boys and Napoli, setting world-record contract fees.
David Robert Joseph Beckham, (born 2 May 1975) is an English footballer who currently plays in midfield for Milan in Serie A, on loan from Major League Soccer club Los Angeles Galaxy. He is also an established member of the England national team. Twice runner-up for FIFA World Player of the Year and in 2004 the world's highest-paid footballer, Beckham was the first British footballer to play 100 Champions League matches. He was Google's most searched of all sports topics in both 2003 and 2004.
Franco Baresi is an Italian youth team coach and former football defender with Milan, acknowledged as one of the greatest defenders ever to play the game. Baresi was colloquially called "piscinin", Milanese dialect for "little one". He is also the younger brother of Internazionale assistant manager Giuseppe Baresi. Hoping Franco could play with him in the nerazzurri; Giuseppe brought him for a trial in Inter's youth team, but Franco was rejected.
Gheorghe Hagi (born February 5, 1965 in Săcele), is a Romanian former football player, born in an Aromanian family. He was famous for his passing, close control, long shots and was regarded as one of the best attacking midfielders in Europe during the 1980s and 1990s. Nicknamed "The Maradona of the Carpathians", he is considered a hero in his homeland as well as in Turkey.
Gordon Banks, OBE (born 30 December 1937) is a retired English footballer, elected in a poll by the IFFHS as the second best goalkeeper of the 20th Century — after Lev Yashin (1) and before Dino Zoff (3). Banks was a member of the England national team that won the 1966 World Cup. Banks was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004.
Gary Winston Lineker OBE (born 30 November 1960) is a retired English international football striker and is currently a sports broadcaster for the BBC and Eredivisie Live. He remains England's top scorer in the World Cup finals, with 10 goals. Lineker began his football career at Leicester City and became known as a prolific goalscorer; despite failing to score in his first ten games, he finished as the First Division's joint top goalscorer in 1984-85 and earning his first England cap.
Javier Pedro Saviola Fernández (born 11 December 1981) is an Argentine footballer who currently plays as a striker for Benfica in the Portuguese Liga. Known for his speed and ability to score from almost any position, he is also an Argentine international, and was named, as the youngest player, to Pelé's FIFA 100 list of the 125 greatest living footballers. Saviola also holds Spanish nationality.
Kenneth Mathieson "Kenny" Dalglish MBE, is a former Scottish international footballer. He is most noted for his successes with Celtic, and both his playing and managerial career at English club Liverpool. In 2009, he was named by FourFourTwo football magazine as the greatest post-war British striker, and he was placed first in Liverpool's list of "100 Players Who Shook The Kop".
Edison Arantes do Nascimento,, best known by his nickname Pelé is a retired Brazilian football player. While his birth certificate shows his first name as Edison, and he prefers to call himself Edson, it is as Pelé that he has become a sporting legend. He is widely regarded by polls among football experts, former players and fans as the greatest footballer of all time. In his native Brazil, Pelé is hailed as a national hero.
Roberto Baggio (born 18 February 1967) is a retired Italian footballer, widely considered among the top strikers of all time. In his career, he played for Juventus, AC Milan and Internazionale. In 1993, Baggio won both the Ballon D'Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year. He is the only Italian player ever to score in three World Cups. Baggio is known as Il Divin Codino, for the hairstyle he wore for most of his career and his Buddhist background.
Dennis Nicolaas Maria Bergkamp (born 10 May 1969 in Amsterdam) is a Dutch former professional footballer. He was named after Manchester United footballer Denis Law (although the traditional spelling had to be observed for the legal satisfaction of the registrar). At club level he played for Ajax, Internazionale, Arsenal and also represented the Netherlands at international level.
Marcel "Marco" van Basten (31 October 1964) is a Dutch football manager and former head coach of Eredivisie side AFC Ajax and the Dutch national team. Previously, he was a football player who played for Ajax and A.C. Milan in the 1980s and early 1990s. He is regarded as one of the greatest forwards of all time and scored 277 goals in a career cut short by injury.
Alan Shearer, (born 13 August 1970) is a retired English footballer. He played as a striker in the top level of English league football for Southampton, Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United and for the England national team. He is widely considered as one of the greatest English strikers of all time, being both Newcastle's and the Premier League's record goalscorer. After retiring as a player, Shearer worked as a television pundit for the BBC.
Ruud Gullit (born as Ruud Dil, September 1, 1962 in Amsterdam) is a Dutch football manager and former player, who played professionally in the 1980s and 1990s. He was the captain of the Netherlands national team that was victorious at Euro 88 and was also a member of the squad for the 1990 World Cup. He was named the European Footballer of the Year in 1987 and the World Soccer Player of the Year in 1987 and 1989. He was a versatile player, playing in numerous positions during his career.
Zbigniew "Ziggy" Boniek (born 3 March 1956 in Bydgoszcz) is a former Polish footballer and coach. He first played at Zawisza Bydgoszcz and later at Widzew Łódź. Boniek was named by Pelé as one of the 125 Greatest Living Footballers and by FIFA as one of the 100 best-ever players. On 12 October 2009 he received a Golden Foot career award. Boniek was transferred to Italian football giants Juventus in 1982.
Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima (born 22 September 1976), commonly known as Ronaldo, is a Brazilian footballer who currently plays for Corinthians and was one of the most prolific scorers in the 1990s and in the early 21st century. Ronaldo won his first Ballon d'Or as the European Footballer of the Year in 1997 and again in 2002. He is also one of only two men to have won the FIFA Player of the Year award three times, along with French footballer Zinedine Zidane.
Zinedine Yazid Zidane (born 23 June 1972) is a retired French World Cup-winning footballer. Widely considered one of football's all-time greats, Zidane played for club teams in France, Italy and Spain, and was a member of the French national team. His career accomplishments include helping France win the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000, in addition to winning the 2002 UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid.
Emilio Butragueño Santos (born 22 July 1963 in Madrid) is a former Spanish football striker, best known for his spell with Real Madrid. Nicknamed El Buitre, the skilled player was a member of the legendary Quinta del Buitre, along with Manolo Sanchís, Rafael Martín Vázquez, Míchel and Miguel Pardeza.
Hugo Sánchez Márquez (born July 11, 1958), popularly nicknamed Pentapichichi, or Hugol, is a Mexican football coach and former striker. He played for four European clubs, including Real Madrid. He was also a member of the Mexico national team, and participated in three World Cups. Sánchez played twelve seasons in the Spanish Primera División and is the second highest goalscorer in the history of that league.
Paolo Cesare Maldini (born 26 June 1968 in Milan) is a former Italian footballer. He spent all 25 seasons of his career at A.C. Milan, until the age of 40. During that period, he won seven Italian Serie A championships, five UEFA Champions League Cups, one Coppa Italia, five Supercoppa Italiana, five UEFA Super Cups, two Intercontinental Cups and one FIFA Club World Cup. His father is Cesare Maldini, a former player and Milan captain and a successful national U-21 coach.
Franz Anton Beckenbauer (born 11 September 1945) is a legendary German football coach, manager, and former player, nicknamed Der Kaiser ("The Emperor") because of his elegant style, his leadership, his first name "Franz" (reminiscent of the Austrian emperors), and his dominance on the football pitch. He is generally regarded as the greatest German footballer of all time and one of the greatest footballers in the history of the game.