Messi and Ronaldo named in the list of top 50 most influential footballers

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

Several world-class footballers have graced the game over the years but few have managed to make a significant impact on the sport.

FourFourTwo have now compiled a star-studded list of football legends who have been the most influential players in the game’s history.

Unsurprisingly the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are a part of the list.

Ronaldo is arguably the greatest goal scorer of his generation and he has shattered records across multiple European leagues throughout his career.

Furthermore, he has won the Champions League title more times than any other player and won league titles in different countries.

Ronaldo’s exceptional technical ability and tireless work ethic certainly make him an influential figure in the game.

Meanwhile, Lionel Messi is widely regarded as the finest footballer of all time and the Argentine international has mesmerised with his wizardry at Barcelona over the years.

The player is now at Paris Saint Germain and he will look to make his mark in another European league.

Former Manchester United legend and fashionista David Beckham is also on the list.

Brazilian footballers like Ronaldinho, Neymar, Ronaldo Nazario and Garrincha are part of the list as well.

French World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane is part of the list and Johan Cryuff, the man who inspired Barcelona’s tiki-taka has been named as one of the most influential footballers of all time.

Top 50 most influential footballers

50. Zinedine Zidane

49. Lev Yashin

48. Ian Wright

47. George Weah

46. Carlos Volante

45. Jamie Vardy

44. Francesco Totti

43. Kelly Smith

42. Matthias Sindelar

41. Nilton Santos

40. Ronaldo

39. Cristiano Ronaldo

38. Ronaldinho

37. Andrea Pirlo

36. Pele

35. Antonin Panenka

34. Neymar

33. Manuel Neuer

32. Hidetoshi Nakata

31. Thomas Muller

30. Lionel Messi

29. Bill McCracken

28. Stanley Matthews

27. Marta

26. Diego Maradona

25. Claude Makelele

24. Philipp Lahm

23. Andres Iniesta

22. Nandor Hidegkuti

21. Thierry Henry

20. Mia Hamm

19. Gyula Grosics

18. Garrincha

17. Trevor Francis

16. Rio Ferdinand

15. Giacinto Facchetti

14. Eusebio

13. Alfredo Di Stefano

12. Johan Cruyff

11. John Charles

10. Amadeo Carrizo

9. Eric Cantona

8. Jean-Marc Bosman

7. George Best

6. David Beckham

5. Franz Beckenbauer

4. Franco Baresi

3. Ossie Ardiles

2. Jose Andrade

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