- Diego Maradona has continued to receive accolades 23 years after his retirement
- Fans have ranked the 59-year-old as the greatest footballer of all time
- Compatriot Lionel Messi was ranked second greatest while legendary Pele is third
Diego Maradona has emerged the greatest player of all time as fans rank the top 10 players to have ever graced the football pitch.
The football legend beat his countryman Lionel Messi to second spot as he continued to receive accolades for his exceptional talents as he showed class during his career.
In a list ranked by football fans at TheTopTens, the 59-year-old emerged number one in a star studded list which also had the likes of the legendary Pele and Cristiano Ronaldo.
"Maradona did something Messi cannot or probably will never do and that is drag an average Argentinian team to the world cup trophy," one fan wrote in the rankings.
While another posted: "Diego Maradona is surely the most skillful player the world has ever seen."
A third fan said: "Did it all. Better at free kicks and stronger with more heart. Deft touch and unsurpassable control. Never intimidated and always 'showed up' for the big games."
And a fourth added: "Maradona was the best football player ever [to] step into the arena. He was the master of the game and the one and only player that will be remembered for ages to come. Period."
Posted below are the 10 best footballers of all time, according to fans.
10. David Beckham
9. Franz Beckenbauer
6. Johan Cruyff
5. Zinedine Zidane
4. Cristiano Ronaldo
2. Lionel Messi
1. Diego Maradona
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that since the Premier League was originally formed in 1992, several players across the globe have featured in the English top-flight with several leaving remarkable imprints.
Many have argued that the EPL is the best among Europe’s top five leagues, however top outlet The Independent has released the list of the 100 greatest Premier League players by the ranks.
Ultimately, Arsenal legend Thierry Henry came number 1 ahead of Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo who took the second position.
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