The Legends: Pele and Maradona

Pele and Maradona

When looking at the game of soccer you may not have to look very far into the past to see just who exemplifies the game as a whole and can truly be called the “All-Time Best.”

Pele (Edson Arantes do Nascimento) was rated as the best player in the world. Only he and Diego Armando Maradona have received the honors of being the greatest players.

Pele – a name short in length but long in significance. Pele had an incredible eye for goal with deadly strike force and always glowed with confidence, even at such an early age. He was the first to play on three football World Cup winners. He is hailed in Brazil as a national hero and is an instrumental ambassador of the game. He played 1,345 games for Santos and scored 1,281 goals in his 22-year career. In 1974, the Pele was also nicknamed the Black Pearl which was considered a great honor by him. After Pele retired, he took his energy as an athlete and put it into his career as a global pitchman and ambassador for soccer.

It has been more than a quarter of a century since his last competitive game, yet Pele cannot visit any country without crowds flocking. When a reporter asked if his fame can be compared to that of Jesus Christ, Pele replied, “There are parts of the world where Jesus Christ is not so well known.”

Maradona, despite his controversies, was one of the most skillful players to ever play the game and he won several trophies for his teams. Maradona played in four World Cups for Argentina, steering them to success in 1986 where he was awarded with the Golden Ball award. Maradona had strength, could run with the ball and could withstand challenges, unlike players who can’t withstand challenges even where there’s no contact! These are his main attributes as highlighted these days, not only could he score goals with his unstoppable runs where he could take out a whole defense on his own, he was a team player too.

Maradona did however achieve similar goal-scoring feats to Pele; most notably one of the best ever was his 159 goals in 240 matches including a goal against England in a dazzling solo run voted as Goal of the Century in the 1986 world cup.

Ronaldo – A Legend in Football World

by on July 13, 2009
in Football Players

Ronaldo

Ronaldo was born on 22 September 1976 into a humble family in the Rio de Janeiro suburb of Bento Ribeiro under the name Luis Nazario de Lima. Driven by his childhood hero Zico, the youngster enters football early in his life. Nazario gets his big break at the age of 17 when he is called up by Brazil’s senior national team. He performs well and is selected for his country’s World cup squad. Because of his tender age, the young Ronaldo is kept as a substitute and watches on as his team wins the 1994 World Cup. Ronaldo’s international appearances help him get noticed by European club PSV Eindhoven. He moves to PSV and instantly becomes top scorer of the Dutch league.

He has graced the world’s best national football team, not to mention several of its leading sides with his unique talents; he has served as a peace ambassador for the United Nations. At 32, Ronaldo has become one of the biggest celebrities in the world.

Overall, in two seasons in Holland he totaled a breathtaking 66 goals from 71 appearances. It did not go unnoticed elsewhere, and in the summer of 1996 he was signed by Spanish giants, Barcelona. During his one season with Barca, Ronaldo won the Spanish Super Cup, the Spanish Cup and the European Cup Winner’s Cup. Ronaldo scored 49 times in 68 games for Inter, and helped them to win the UEFA Cup in 1988. During the 1997/98 season he set a new benchmark for strikers in Italy, finishing the campaign with the best goal-per-game average in the history of Serie A.

In 2006, Ronaldo traveled to his fourth consecutive World Cup finals with Brazil, knowing that he stood just two goals away from equaling Gerd Muller’s record of 14 goals in the tournament. In 2007, Ronaldo returned to Italy once more, this time to sign for AC Milan, in the hope that he might rekindle the success that led the Italian media to label him Fenomeno.

3 Most Famous Football Tournaments

Ronaldo and Messi

There are plenty of football tournaments available to watch on TV, but the thrill of watching it live is definitely far from being different. If you were looking for a really interesting match between two football giants, then probably you would have to wait for the right time or season, for most famous and excellent football tournaments are held seasonally anyway.

Back on track, the three most famous football tournaments in the world would undeniably be:

• the Olympics,

• the World Cup, and

• the UEFA Cup tournaments

Football was first introduced into the Olympics in the year 1900, with the first set of medals given out some eight years later; during which professional footballers from clubs were not allowed to represent their countries initially. As for the World Cup, which returns every 2 years on common occasions, this was introduced by FIFA in the year 1930. It started off with merely 13 countries in the beginning, and thus far has expanded its territories up to Japan and Korea in the recent years. The UEFA Cup on the other hand returns to fame every 4 years and involves football giants from all over Europe. This tournament does not have a fixed amount of countries or teams however, and the number notably changes every year to date.

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