UK outlet FourFourTwo puts the Barcelona star No.1 in top 50 greatest footballers

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Barcelona star beats Pele, Maradona in top 50 greatest footballers.

UK based outlet FourFourTwo has named Barcelona star Lionel Messi ahead of countryman Diego Maradona as well as legendary Brazilian Pele in the top 50 greatest footballers of all time.

Despite inspiring Argentina to World Cup glory in 1986 as well as his superb show of class for Italian side Napoli during his playing career, Maradona was left in the second position.

However, he would still be delighted as he is ahead of arch rival Pele who clocked 80 years October 23, with FFT describing the Brazil icon the most complete footballer.

Cristiano Ronaldo is fifth on the list as late Dutch footballer Johan Cryuff beat the Portuguese star to the fourth position.

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However in the top 50, expectedly, Brazilian stars dominate as there are 11 ex-Samba stars who made the list including Ronaldinho.

The highest British player is George Best in 14th, while Bobby Charlton who lands in 19th spot.

Below are top 50 greatest footballers according to FourFourTwo.

50. Xavi   

49. Nilton Santos   

48. Michael Laudrup   

47. Rivellino   

46. Juan Alberto Schiaffino   

45. Oleg Blokhin   

44. Didi   

43. Fritz Walter   

42. Matthias Sindelar              

41. Gianluigi Buffon   

40. Kenny Dalglish   

39. Nandor Hidegkuti   

38. Gianni Rivera         

37. Ruud Gullit   

36. Paco Gento   

35. Luis Suarez   

34. Stanley Matthews   

33. Gunter Netzer   

32. Paolo Rossi   

31. Juan Manuel Moreno   

30. Lothar Matthaus   

29. Raymond Kopa   

28. Socrates   

27. Bobby Moore   

26. Valentino Mazzola   

25. Carlos Alberto     

24. Ronaldinho   

22. Lev Yashin   

21. Romario   

20. Paolo Maldini   

19. Bobby Charlton   

18. Giuseppe Meazza   

17. Gerd Muller   

16. Zico   

15. Franco Baresi   

14. George Best   

13. Marco van Basten   

12. Michel Platini   

11. Garrincha   

10. Ronaldo   

9. Ferenc Puskas  

8. Zinedine Zidane   

7. Franz Beckenbauer   

6. Alfredo Di Stefano   

5. Cristiano Ronaldo   

4. Johan Cruyff   

3. Pele   

2. Diego Maradona   

1. Lionel Messi

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