There have been hundreds of famous footballers over the years and across the world. Some achieve their fame only in their home country but some become famous all over the world. Some of world’s most famous footballers over the years include:
- Bobby Moore - Bobby Moore is one of the most famous England captains of all time. He led his team to World Cup glory in 1966 and spent most of his career playing for West Ham before moves to Fulham and to teams in the USA.
- Cristiano Ronaldo - purchased from Sporting Lisbon by Manchester United Ronaldo is currently one of the best known footballers in the world.
- David Beckham - David Beckham began his career at Manchester United where he established his position as one of the most famous footballers in the world and a lynchpin member of the England team. A move to Real Madrid and then a move to LA Galaxy helped cement his fame all over the world.
- Diego Maradona - Maradona started his career in his native Argentina before breaking on to the world stage with Barcelona and Napoli. He is one of the best known Argentinian players of all time and was responsible for the infamous ‘hand of God’ move that eliminated England from the 1986 World Cup.
- George Best - held to be the most talented player of his generation in the 1960s George Best was as famous for his activities off the pitch as for his goals for Manchester United. He was considered to be the first celebrity footballer.
- Pele - Pele is considered by many people to be the best football player in the world of all time. He won the World Cup with Brazil three times.
- Ronaldinho - once named as one the best 11 footballers of all time by his Brazilian compatriot Pele, Ronaldinho started his career in Brazil before moving to Europe with Paris St Germain and Barcelona.
- Ronaldo - Brazilian star Ronaldo began his footballing career in his home country before spells with PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and AC Milan.
- Zinedine Zidane - the French player Zidane played for Cannes, Bordeaux, Juventus and Real Madrid. Hailed as a technical genius he won the 1998 World Cup with France.