Pele Voted Greatest Footballer Of All Time In History Channel Poll

Football, Sports

Arguably one of the greatest footballers to have ever played the game, Pele was once again crowned the greatest footballer of all time in a poll conducted by History Channel. History channel’ss History of Football season is running from 28th May 10th June and the poll was part of the series. In the poll, Pele came out on top beating the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, George Best, Diego Maradona and Bobby Moore.


The gap between Lionel Messi and Ronaldo was just a few votes as Messi closely pipped CR7 for the second spot. England legend George Best, also known as white Pele, came in the fourth place as Diego Maradona claimed the 5th spot. Pele, often considered the first superstar of football, has scored a monstrous 727 goals in his illustrious career and has come on top of many such polls previously. Vice President of History Dan Korn said, “History’s special season of football programming aims to ignite an entertaining debate on what were the ultimate historic moments of the sport, who stands as the best player in history, which coaches most shaped the game – and much more.”

Here are the top 40 footballers of all time according to the poll:

1. Pelé

2. Lionel Messi

3. Cristiano Ronaldo

4. George Best

5. Diego Maradona

6. Bobby Moore OBE

7. Johan Cruyff

8. Sir Bobby Charlton CBE

9. David Beckham OBE

10. Zinedine Zidane

11. Thierry Henry

12. Franz Beckenbauer

13. Eusébio

14. Kenny Dalglish MBE

15. Ronaldinho

16. Ryan Giggs OBE

17. Gary Lineker OBE

18. Paul Gascoigne

19. Ronaldo

20. Steven Gerrard MBE

21. Denis Law CBE

22. Dennis Bergkamp

23. Alfredo Di Stéfano

24. Ferenc Puskás

25. Wayne Rooney

26. Sir Tom Finney CBE

27. Michael Owen

28. Michel Platini

29. Jürgen Klinsmann

30. Lothar Matthäus

31. Marco van Basten

32. Mohamed Salah

33. Bryan Robson OBE

34. Lev Yashin

35. Gareth Bale

36. Zlatan Ibrahimović

37. Franco Baresi

38. Xavi

39. Kevin De Bruyne

40. Gianluigi Buffon

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