As the most popular sport, globally, football is not short of history and has produced some of the most legendary athletes that have become household names around the world and in the betting site’s football tips.
Football is the most watched sport in the world, but even those who do not follow the game are likely to have heard of these players as they are so recognized due to their excellence in the sport. So, here are some of the most unforgettable players to have graced the pitch and earned their status as sporting legends…
Edson Arantes do Nascimento “Pele”
There will always be differing opinions when it comes to naming the best footballer to ever play, but many have blessed Pele with this title. The Brazilian player retired in 1977 with a two decade professional football career under his belt; his status of being the best player stems from the fact that he is the only player to have ever won 3 FIFA World Cups and was only 17-years old when playing an important part in winning the first for his country.
As well as an unmatched record when it comes to the World Cup, Pele’s goal scoring record – 1281 goals scored in 1363 games – is still unbeaten in Brazil, despite more recent attacking talents for the team. All of his achievements have made him an idol for younger players to aspire to.
Whether you follow football or not, it is likely you will know the name Messi and that’s not surprising as he has not only won everything at club level but has also been said to be his clubs special power on the pitch. He is a global superstar which has made him one of the most recognizable people in the world and has made himself an unforgettable sportsman today and for many, many years to come.
Lionel Messi’s career started back in 1995 and has since led an extremely successful career for the renowned FC Barcelona, in which has become the team’s leading goal scorer and assist provider. Messi also broke the record of most goals scored in a single season – 50 in La Liga – and most goals in a calendar year – 93.
After Messi, it would only be appropriate to discuss his biggest sporting rival – Cristiano Rolanldo. As these two power players began their careers nearing the same time, they have battled it out to be the best and doing so has taken football by storm with their undeniable talents and skill for the game.
The Portuguese player – Rolando – has achieved his global fame playing for Manchester United and has one the team 3 Premier League titles, as well as an FA Cup and then went on to join Real Madrid FC with an unmatched transfer fee of £80 million.
The superstar went on to hold the goal scoring record for a period of nine years and is also the only player to have ever scored goals in 8 consecutive international tournaments. Not to mention, Ronaldo holds the title of most followers of any user on Instagram, with over 218 million followers, beating the likes of Kylie Jenner, Beyonce and Selena Gomez.