Top 100 Greatest Players of All Time Named As Ronaldo, Messi Headline List

Top 100 Greatest Players of All Time Named As Ronaldo, Messi Headline List

Fred Kennedy
October 13, 2022 at 9:05 AM
  • FourFourTwo has revealed a list of 100 legendary footballers who can be regarded as the greatest of all time
  • Only seven players among the 100 are still actively playing, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi included
  • However, there was no place for PSG superstar Neymar, with Luka Modric, Manuel Neuer and Andres Iniesta all making the cut

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been included in a new list of the top 100 greatest footballers of all time.

The two football icons have dominated the football scenes for years thanks to their longevity and consistency.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Man United, PSG, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Pele, Maradona, Zidane
Cristiano Ronaldo sits with Lionel Messi during the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala at the Kongresshaus Zurich. Photo by Alexander Hassenstein.
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Their illustrious careers have seen them win several titles with their respective clubs as well as individual awards.

The duo has won 12 Ballon d'Or awards between them, with Messi carting home the prestigious prize a record seven times.

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While many fans remain divided on who between two football legends is the greatest of all time, some have used the opportunity to introduce other names amidst the unending.

Some of the top names thrown into the conversation include Diego Maradona, Pele and Zinedine Zidane.

FourFourTwo has now revealed the top 100 greatest players, with Messi and Ronaldo headlining the list.

Incredibly, there was no place for Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar, who was entirely overlooked.

100 greatest players per FourFourTwo:

  1. Lionel Messi
  2. Diego Maradona
  3. Cristiano Ronaldo
  4. Pele
  5. Zinedine Zidane
  6. Johan Cruyff
  7. George Best
  8. Franz Beckenbauer
  9. Ferenc Puskas
  10. Ronaldo
  11. Gerd Muller
  12. Alfredo di Stefano
  13. Michel Platini
  14. Zico
  15. Garrincha
  16. Bobby Charlton
  17. Paolo Maldini
  18. Romario
  19. Giuseppe Meazza
  20. Andres Iniesta
  21. Franco Baresi
  22. Marco van Basten
  23. Eusebio
  24. Xavi
  25. Carlos Alberto
  26. Ronaldinho
  27. Ruud Gullit
  28. Manuel Neuer
  29. Socrates
  30. Raymond Kopa
  31. Lev Yashin
  32. Lothar Matthaus
  33. Stanley Matthews
  34. Valentino Mazzola
  35. Matthias Sindelar
  36. Luis Suarez (born 1935)
  37. Francisco Gento
  38. Bobby Moore
  39. Michael Laudrup
  40. Roberto Baggio
  41. Kenny Dalglish
  42. Paolo Rossi
  43. Nandor Hidegkuti
  44. Gunter Netzer
  45. Gianluigi Buffon
  46. Didi
  47. Rivellino
  48. Kevin Keegan
  49. Thierry Henry
  50. Nilton Santos
  51. Jose Manuel Moreno
  52. Oleg Blokhin
  53. Jairzinho
  54. Gaetano Scirea
  55. Dino Zoff
  56. Juan Alberto Schiaffino
  57. Fritz Walter
  58. Daniel Passarella
  59. Gordon Banks
  60. Gianni Rivera
  61. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
  62. John Charles
  63. Dixie Dean
  64. Gunnar Nordahl
  65. Johan Neeskens
  66. Denis Law
  67. Sandro Mazzola
  68. Dennis Bergkamp
  69. Jimmy Johnstone
  70. Ronald Koeman
  71. Omar Sivori
  72. Teofilo Cubillas
  73. Dani Alves
  74. Eric Cantona
  75. Jose Andrade
  76. Cafu
  77. Frank Rijkaard
  78. Florian Albert
  79. Luka Modric
  80. Just Fontaine
  81. Josef Masopust
  82. Jimmy Greaves
  83. Hugo Sanchez
  84. Wayne Rooney
  85. Philipp Lahm
  86. Alan Shearer
  87. Allan Simonsen
  88. Sergio Busquets
  89. Hristo Stoichkov
  90. Roberto Carlos
  91. Giacinto Facchetti
  92. Peter Schmeichel
  93. Sandor Kocsis
  94. Luis Figo
  95. Djalma Santos
  96. Javier Zanetti
  97. George Weah
  98. Kaka
  99. Mario Kempes
  100. Gheorghe Hagi

Fans react to Ronaldo's 700th

Sports Brief had earlier reported that fans have taken to social media to send Cristiano Ronaldo congratulations after he finally hit the 700-goal mark.

Ronaldo has not been in good shape since the start of the new season, with his struggle for the form being punctuated by a lack of game time under Erik ten Hag.

The veteran striker has only been limited to Europa League appearances, managing just one Premier League start so far.

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