Category: "Forward"

2. Pelé

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Pelé 1960 - Pelé dribbling past a defender during Malmö FF–Brazil 1–7 in May 1960. Pelé scored two goals.

Pelé 1960 – Pelé dribbling past a defender during Malmö FF–Brazil 1–7 in May 1960. Pelé scored two goals.

Pelé is widely regarded to be the best football player of all time.

In 2013 he received the FIFA Ballon d’Or Prix d’Honneur in recognition of his career and achievements as a global icon of football.

Pelé is the most successful league goal scorer in the world, with 541 league goals and is reckoned to have scored 1281 goals in 1363 games, including unofficial friendlies and tour games, for which he was listed in the Guinness World Records for most career goals scored in football.

In Brazil, Pelé is hailed as a national hero, both for his accomplishments in football, and for his vocal support of policies to improve the social conditions of the poor.

During his career, he became known as “The Black Pearl” (Pérola Negra), “The King of Football” (O Rei do Futebol), “The King Pelé” (O Rei Pelé) or simply “The King” (O Rei).

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50. Dennis Bergkamp

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Bergkamp

Bergkamp

A native of Amsterdam, Dennis Bergkamp played for only for three clubs in his magnificent career.

During his seven years with Ajax Amsterdam, Dennis Bergkamp won one Eredivisie (1989-90), one European Cup Winners’Cup (1986-87) and the Europa League (1991-92).

Bergkamp then moved to Inter Milan, winning the Europa League (1993-94) before spending 11 seasons at Arsenal where he became an icon of the Gunners.

Bergkamp was distinguished by his amazing technique with both feet.

With Arsenal, “the Non-Flying Dutchman” (he had a phobia of taking planes) won three Premier Leagues (1997-98, 2001-02 and 2003-04), four FA Cups and three Community Shields.

With the Netherlands, Bergkamp , broke the national team goalscoring record with 37 goals in 79 games. (A record later eclipsed by Kluivert and Van Persie).

For his 11 years with Arsenal, Bergkamp was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2007, the first Dutch player to receive this honour.

A statue of Dennis Bergkamp is prominent at the entrance to Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium.

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47. Alessandro Del Piero

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Alex Del Piero Sydney FC

Alex Del Piero Sydney FC

Regarded as one of the best Italian players of his generation, Alessandro Del Piero played for Juventus for 19 years and holds the club record for appearances with 705 official games and the record for goals with 290.

Two times Italian football player of the year (1998 and 2008), Del Piero won six Serie A titles (five times runner-up) and one Champions League in 1995-96 (finalist in 1996-97, 1997-98 and 2002-03).

Due to his performances with Juventus, he finished fourth in the Ballon d’Or twice (1995 and 1996).

With the Italian national team, Del Piero played in three different World Cups, winning one in 2006, as well as in four European Championships.

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43. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

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Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge played for Bayern Munich for 10 years, representing the team’s domination of German football as had Beckenbauer before him and as did Matthäus just after.

Rummenigge won the Champions League in 1974-75 and 1975-76 and the Bundesliga in seasons 1979-80 and 1980-81, during both of which seasons he finished top scorer of the Championship. He won the European Championship with Germany in 1980.

Thanks to these successes, he won the Ballon d’Or in 1980 and 1981.

Rummenigge scored 162 goals in 310 Bundesliga’s games, making him the second most prolific scorer of all time in Bundesliga behind Gerd Müller.

Rummenigge never won the World Cup but did finish as a losing finalist in 1982 and 1986 – both times as captain of the team.

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40. Jurgen Klinsmann

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Jürgen Klinsmann in the UEFA Cup

Jürgen Klinsmann in the UEFA Cup

Jürgen Klinsmann is one of the most prolific strikers in the history of German football.
During his twenty years career, he won the biggest football competitions trophies including the World Cup in 1990 and the European Championship in 1996. He scored in all major tournaments that he played in for Germany.

During his entire career, he kept a ratio of one goal in each two games.
He won the Europa League both with Inter in 1990-91 and Bayern in 1995-96 and the Bundesliga in 1996-97.

Thanks to his prolific career, Klinsmann finished second in the Ballon d’Or 1995 and won the title of German Footballer of the year, awarded by the Association of German Sports Journalists and the publication Kicker, in 1988 and 1994.

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37. David Villa

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David Villa

David Villa

David Villa is a peerless Spanish forward and the first Spanish player to reach 50 international goals. Top scorer for the national team with 59 goals, Villa has scored more World Cup goals than any other player in the history of the Roja (2014 figures).

David Villa played first for Real Zaragoza winning the Spanish Cup (2003-04) before playing five years with Valencia scoring 129 goals in 225 games and winning again the Spanish Cup (2007-08). With Barcelona he won La Liga twice (2010-11 and 2012-13) and the Champions League (2010-11). He then signed for Atletico Madrid where he won another Liga (2013-14) and reached the final of the 2013-14 Champions League.

Outstanding during important competitions with Spain, Villa won the European Championship in 2008 and the World Cup in 2010, finishing top scorer during the Euros and earning the Silver Boot at the 2010 World Cup.

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34. Kenny Dalglish

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King Kenny vs Bolton 2011

King Kenny vs Bolton 2011

“King Kenny” is, as of 2014, Scotland’s most capped player of all time with 102 appearances. He also holds the record for goals scored for Scotland with 30 goals (held jointly with Denis Law).

Although he won many titles with Celtic including five Scottish First Division titles (1970-71, 1971-72, 1972-73, 1973-74 and 1976-77) and four Scottish Cups (1971–72, 1973–74, 1974–75 and 1976–77), it is with Liverpool that Dalglish won world recognition by winning seven Football League First Divisions titles (1978-79, 1979-80, 1981-82, 1982-83, 1983-84, 1985-86 and 1987-88) and three Champions Leagues (1977-78, 1980-81 and 1983-84).

These performances helped him to reach the second place of the Ballon d’Or 1983.

Perhaps the greatest striker in post-war British football, King Kenny is the first Briton to have scored more than 100 goals in both the Scottish and English championships.

Dalglish finished his national and international career with 381 goals in 925 games.

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27. Samuel Eto’o

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Samuel Eto'o - Inter Milan

Samuel Eto’o – Inter Milan

Samuel Eto’o is the most decorated African player of all time.

The only African player to win three Champions leagues, Eto’o is most famous as the only player to have made consecutive triplets (Championship-Cup-Champions league) with two different clubs – in 2008-09, he won La Liga, La Copa del Rey and the Champions league with Barcelona (130 goals in 200 games) and in 2009-10 he won the Scudetto, the Italian cup and the Champions league with Inter Milan (53 goals in 102 games).

Eto’o is the only player to receive the title of African Footballer of the Year four times (2003, 2004, 2005 and 2010).

Eto’o broke the records of goals in the Africa Cup of Nations (being champion twice) and of goals scored for the Cameroonian national team.

Samuel Eto’o was nominated 8 times for the Ballon d’Or.

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26. Alfredo Di Stefano

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Di Stefano 1958

Di Stefano 1958

Nicknamed “Saeta Rubia” (“The blond arrow”); Di Stefano was the greatest player of the Real Madrid side which won the first five editions of the European Champions league.

Di Stefano was a versatile forward who, thanks to his endurance, tactical intelligence and his ability to score goals, can be considered one of the greatest players of all time.

Di Stefano was a part of three national teams (Spain, Argentina and Columbia) but never played in a World Cup. He was twice awarded the European Ballon d’or (1957 and 1959), was eight times Spanish champion with Real Madrid and five times top scorer of the Spanish championship.

Di Stefano is one of Real Madrid’s highest scorers of all time with 216 goals in 282 league matches between 1953 and 1964.

In his career he scored 514 goals in 701 official games.

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24. Miroslav Klose

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Miroslav Klose 2014

Miroslav Klose 2014

Klose is known for its remarkable spring and heading game that make him an unstoppable opponent in the air. He has been nicknamed “Air Klose” especially following five headed goals during the 2002 World Cup.

If Klose did not win many titles with clubs he played for: two Bundesliga (2007–08 and 2009–10), two German Cups (2008, 2010), one League Cup (2007) and one Italian Cup (2012–13) up to November 2014; it is with Der Mannschaft that he made history.

Klose entered into the history of football on the 8 July 2014 after scoring 16 goals during final stages of World Cup – which made him the top World Cup finals scorer of all time. He also broke Gerd Müller’s record of goals with the national team (71 goals).

Klose is also the only player to play in four semi-finals of the World Cup; with one victory, one final and two third places.

Up until his retirement from international football following the World Cup victory in 2014, the German national team never lost a game in which Klose scored.

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