Famous Soccer Players of all Time

There are many famous soccer players in the world who have been the great players of their time. Lionel Messi is the most famous football players of the world. Besides, there are various other popular soccer players; Andres Iniesta, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robin van Persie, David Beckham, Luis Figo, Roberto Carlos, Raul Gonzalez, Diego Maradona, Fernando Torres, Xavi Hernandez and Wayne Rooney. All these payers have earned both name and fame in this majestic and immensely popular sport. Soccer, also known as football is the most famous game of the world. It is played between two teams with eleven players each. The main aim of this sport is to score the goals by kicking and heading the spherical ball without touching it with hands. The goalkeeper is the only player of this game who can touch the ball with hands and arms. This sport is played in a rectangular field with a goal at each end.

The terms football and soccer were originated in England. Nowadays, it is called football in England and soccer in Canada and United States. There are 17 rules (Laws of the Game) of this game published and maintained by International Federation of Football Association (FIFA) and International Football Association Board (IFAB). Here’s a detailed list of some of the most renowned soccer players of the world:

Lionel Messi:

Born On: June 24, 1987

Origin: Santa Fe, Argentina

Lionel Messi is a world famous Argentinian football player. He started his sports career at a very early age of 11. He is the captain of Argentina’s national football team. At the age of 21, he was nominated for Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year. He also became the youngest football player of the world to score 200 La Liga goals.

In 2005, he got the citizenship of Spain. In 2006-07 session, he became the first player of the world to score 14 goals in total 26 matches. He was also nominated for a FIFPro World XI Player Award under the category of Forward in 2007-08 session. In the same year, he got the second 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year award. In 2009, he won UEFA Club Forward of the Year: and the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year. He also won 2009 Club World Cup against Estudiantes in Abu Dhabi. In 2013-14 session, he was nominated for the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award. On March 2011, he was announced the brand ambassador of UNICEF.

Lionel Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo:

Born On: February 5, 1985

Origin: Madeira, Portugal

The full name of Cristiano Ronaldo is Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro. He started his career at a very early age. In 2007, he became the first player in England to win four main PFA and FWA awards. In 208 and 2001, he was awarded with European Golden Shoe. He also won FIFPro Player of the Year, World Soccer Player of the Year, Onze d’Or, and the FIFA World Player of the Year in 2008. He was also the winner of the FIFA Puskás Award for the Goal of the Year in 2009. He played his first international football match against Greece in 2004. His name is linked with many brands like Armani, Nike, Coco-Cola, Castrol, Espirito etc.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Xavi Hernandez:

Born On: January 25, 1980

Origin: Terrassa, Spain

Xavi Hernandez is a famous Spanish mid fielder. He started playing football at the age of 11. He won U-20 World Cup for Spain in 1999, and the Olympic Silver Medal at the 2000 Olympics. He played an important role in the victory of Spain in 2010 World Cup, and in Euro 2008 and Euro 2012 as well. In 2010, he won the World Soccer Player of the Year award. He also got second UEFA Best Player in Europe Award following Messi. In 2012, he was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for Sports.

Xavi Hernandez

Andres Iniesta:

Born On: May 11, 1984

Origin: Fuentealbilla, Spain

The full name of this famous central field football player is Andrés IniestaLuján. His first debut was in 2002, when  he was only 18 years old. He received the Marca Legend Award in 2011. He won UEFA Best Player in Europe award in 2012, and was also chosen as the Best Player of the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League

Andres Iniesta

Robin van Persie:

Born On: August 6, 1983

Origin: Rotterdam, Netherlands

Robin van Persie is the captain of Dutch national team. He plays as a striker. He was given the title Dutch Football Talent of the Year for the 2001–02 season.In 2012; he was ranked 7th best football player of the world.

Robin van Persie

Gareth Bale:

Born On: July 16, 1989

Origin: Cardiff, Wales

Gareth Bale is a young football player who plays for Spain as a winger. He was named PFA Players’ Player of the Year in 2011 and 2013, and was also nominated for UEFA Team of the Year in 2011. During 2012-13 session, he was awarded the PFA Young Player of the Year, the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and the FWA Footballer of the Year awards.

Gareth Bale

Wayne Rooney:

Born On: October 24, 1985

Origin: Liverpool, England

The first professional debut of Wayne Rooney was played in 2002, when he was only 16 years old. He won the Premier League five times, the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League, one FIFA Club World Cup and two League Cups. After Messi and Ronaldo, he is the third highest paid footballer of the world.

Wayne Rooney

Yaya Toure:

Born On: May 13, 1983

Origin: Ivory Coast

The full name of this midfielder is GnégnériYaya Tour. During 2011-12 session, he was named the African Footballer of the Year. Ivory Coast played his first professional debut at the age of 18.

Yaya Toure

Radamel Falcao:

Born On: February, 1986

Origin: Santa Marta, Columbia

The real name of this football deadliest striker is Radamel Falcao García Zárate. He is also known as EI Tiger and King of the European League. During 2010-11 session, he was declared the fifth best football player in Europe. He was the first player to score a hat trick in 1998.

Radamel Falcao

ZlatanIbrahimovic:

Born On: October 3, 1981

Origin: Malmo, Sweden

ZlatanIbrahimovic is the captain of Swedish national team and plays as a striker. He is the most talented footballer, and was ranked the fifth best player of the world in 2012.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Lillian Thuram:

Born On: January 1, 1972

Origin: Guadeloupe

Lillian Thuram is a retired football player of France national team. He played a key role in the victory of France 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000.

Lillian Thuram

Roberto Carlos:

Born On: April 10, 1973

Origin: Sao Paulo, Brazil

The full name of Robert Carlos is Roberto Carlos da Silva Rocha. He is a retired Brazilian forward football player. He started playing for Brazil national team in from 1992, and played a key role to reach the team in final of 1998 and 2000 World Cup.

Roberto Carlos

David Beckham:

Born On: May 2, 1975

Origin: London, England

David Robert Joseph Beckham, better known as David Beckham is a former English football player. He was so famous that he became an icon of tattoo designs. He started his career from 1992, and announced retirement at the end of 2012-13 League 1 season on May 16, 2013.

David Beckham

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