One of the biggest discussions in football is the comparison between two master players as Pelé and Maradona. These two sizes as well as Cruyff and Di Stefano are among the four best football players in history.
During the last years people are talking about including a fifth player as well, either Zidane or Messi, it has not been decided yet. Regarding Pelé and Maradona, they are the only ones that have ever won a World Cup. "O Rei" achieved it with the Brazilian National team three times, he debuted when he was 17 in Sweden in 1985, but he didn't play in many games, in Chile in 1962 and in Mexico in 1970. "El Pelusa" on the other hand, won in Mexico in 1986 and gloated in the game against England.
But who is actually the better player? That's difficult to
say. Besides the World Cup they were also very successful in
their respective clubs and each one created new
One of them triumphed in Santos FC and the other
one is responsible for taking the team of Napoli to the
top of European Football. That's also the reason why in many
countries in which football is sacred as religion, people like to
remember those great players and their exits in World
Today Pelé is the best known goalscorer in the history of
"Seleçao", with the best players as Garricha, Rivelino,
Tostao oder Jairzinho and he is supposed to have scored more than
1000 goals during his career. He was also the
first famous football player that because of marketing strategies
invited his fans to buy
football material. He was number "9", but on
his jersey he had number "10".
Maradona was an example in Boca Juniors and Napoli, he dominated the World Cup of 1986 and patentet the famous "Hand of God". The best goal in that World Cup is his one for sure.
But what is more important? The achieved goals, the titles, the
technique or class they were in? But times were different, they
played in different ligues and they never really competed. It's
hard to choose one and therefore the debate of who was
the better player will go on for a while.
Nowadays there are more possibilities to compare football
players. Fifa's Ballon d'Or or the European
Golden Shoe award the best player. When Cristiano
Ronaldo or Messi will have stopped their career, we will be able
to say in an objective way who the better player was. Regarding
Pelé or Maradona, together with Cruyff and Di Stefano. no one was
actually better than the other. Each of them had his own
style and left his mark in his period, they didn't play at the
same time. For sure all of them are responsible for changes in
the history of football.
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