World cup, makes someone legend and someone villain. We all know most of the greatest players like pele, maradona, ronaldo, zidane they all won the world cup and made them as legend. But there are many legends who never tested the world cup winning. It’s a dream for all of the football players but unfortunately they never created history for his country, they have ended their career with tears. We
1. Johan Cruyff (Netherlands)
Johan Cruyff , a former dutch footballer who never won world cup but won Ballon d’or for three times in the year 1971,1973,1974. In 1974 world cup he was awarded FIFA World Cup Golden Ball. In 2013 he was chosen World Soccer Greatest XI of All Time . Cruyff was one of the most famous exponents of the football philosophy known as Total Football explored by Rinus Michels. He is greatest ever in football history. He scored total 290 goals in his bright career, and made him all time greatest ever.
“People remember very well that not only were you an outstanding football player but that you gave football a social content, you made it an educational process. You are a role model. Football is one of the great ways to make peace among people. When a player like you arrives in our country the eyes of the children light up; Jewish, Arab or Muslim.”
—President of Israel, Shimon Peres, greets Cruyff in Jerusalem
2. Michel Platini (France)
Michel Platini , French football player and manager who never won world cup in his football career but for the three times ballon d’or winners in the year 1983, 1984 and 1985. Platini was renamed by Pelé in the FIFA 100 list of the world’s greatest living players. He scored 224 goals in his career.
“He didn’t run a lot like Cruyff and didn’t depend on his physique, but I liked how he was the brain organising things on the pitch. He was a player who used his head in the broader sense. The way he shone with France and Juventus, and his capacity for taking free-kicks, made him the European footballer of the 1980s.”
3. Ferenc Puskas (Hungary)
Paolo Maldini, one of the greatest defender ever in football history. He played for 25 years in Italian giant AC Milan in his career. He won serieA for seven times, and 2007 he won FIFA club world cup trophy for AC Milan but never won world cup for his country. In the year, 1989 he was awarded Bravo award. In 2003 champions league final he was selected man of the match for his extra ordinary effort.
“I always found it very difficult when I came up against Paolo Maldini. He was the best defender I faced over the course of my career. He definitely deserved to win the award FIFA World Player of the Year several times over.”
4. Paolo Maldini (Italy)
Zico , greatest footballer ever in football history, he is known as “white pele”, but never won world cup for his country. He ranked eighth in the FIFA Player of the Century. In 1981 and 1983 he was as the selected best player of the year. He scored total 615 goals in his career. He was the top scorer for Flamengo’s history with 508 goals. Now Indian Super League side FC Goa signed Zico as their coach for the debut season in 2014. Though Goa had a slow start to the season, they ultimately qualified for the semifinals with a game in hand by defeating Chennaiyin FC.
5. Zico (Brazil)
Ferenc Puskas scored 84 goals in just only 85 matches and all time greatest footballer ever. In 1954 world cup, he was selected as tournament’s best player. He was selected as UEFA golden player. His club career also bright like his national career, he played for Spanish giant Real Madrid, but never won the world cup for his country. In October 2009, FIFA announced the introduction of the FIFA Puskás Award, awarded to the player who has scored the “most beautiful goal” over the past year.