This list of the greatest footballers is solely an opinion judged by the author based on the impact these players made during their reign.
20. Marco Van Basten, Netherlands
Playing for the Netherlands, Van Basten won Euro 1988 where he was the player of the tournament, scoring five goals, including a memorable volley in the final against the Soviet Union. At club level he won three Eredivisie titles and the UEFA Cup Winners Cup with Ajax, and three Serie A titles and two European Cups with Milan.
19. Ronaldo, Brazil
Considered by many one of the best strikers of all time, in 2007 he was named in the greatest ever starting eleven by France Football magazine and in 2004 was named in the FIFA 100 list of the greatest living players compiled by Pelé. He was inducted Into the Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame in 2006. In February 2011, Ronaldo announced his retirement from football.
18. Zico, Brazil
With 48 goals in 71 official appearances for Brazil, Zico is the fourth highest goalscorer for his national team. He represented them in the 1978, 1982 and 1986 World Cups.
17. Franco Baresi, Italy
Franco is considered one of the greatest defenders of all time, and was ranked 19th in World Soccer’s list of the 100 greatest players of the twentieth century. He won the Champions League 3 times, as well as 6 Serie A titles, 4 Supercoppa Italiana titles, 3 European Super Cups and 2 Intercontinental Cups.
16. Dino Zoff, Italy
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