Football fans are divided into two groups. The ones who believe Lionel Messi is the best player in the world, while the other half of fans argue that Cristiano Ronaldo deserves the crown. However, the debate does not stop here as a third contender emerges – Pele, the legendary Brazilian soccer player, who dominated football in the 1960s and 70s.
The trio has been hogging the limelight in the football world for a while now. Each player has won Ballon d’Or many times in their career, which is awarded to the best football player in the world. Pele won three, Messi and Ronaldo share 11 each. However, when it comes to global football, Pele’s success cannot be overlooked. He has three FIFA World Cups to his name and scored a total of 1281 goals in his career, which is a record till today. In comparison, Ronaldo has won the World Cup once, while Messi has not won any at senior level with Argentina.
Messi is hailed as one of the greatest to play the game thanks to his agility, amazing dribbling skills, and his capability to score goals in any situations. He has won numerous titles for his team, Barcelona, and holds the record for most goals in a single season. Ronaldo has a more physical approach to the game, is an excellent free-kick taker, and has an incredible jump. He holds the record for most goals scored in a single season in UEFA Champions League.
Undoubtedly, the trio has dominated global football and has inspired millions of young and aspiring footballers to follow in their footsteps. Fans debate their respective merits endlessly, trying to formulate a definitive answer to who is the greatest of them all, but so far, there is no unanimous decision.
As the three kings of football go on to dominate the game, their rivalry has pushed them to greater heights, and they continue to be role models for future generations of footballers. In conclusion, each player has a unique style of playing, different strengths, and accomplishments that make them stand out. It’s impossible to pick a single winner as the best football player of all time as it is impossible to compare players from different eras. The only thing that can be determined is that Pele, Messi and Ronaldo are footballing legends that have cemented their place in the history of the game.