Soccer players, and sports in general, are inextricably linked with religion.
But who has been the greatest player and innovator in the history of soccer?
Here’s our ranking.1.
Marcelo Bielsa, Bielsas Bielsàs Sporting Club in Portugal and the coach of Real Madrid in Spain.
Bielsanis achievements as a coach include the creation of the team in 1992, the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1998, the Copa del Rey in 2003 and a UEFA Champions League triumph in 2005.2.
Thierry Henry, The French forward’s iconic exploits include a goal in the 1998 World Cup Final, the UEFA Super Cup Final against Barcelona in 2002 and the 2009 UEFA Champions Cup Final.
He also captained France to the FIFA Club World Cup in 2001.3.
Cristiano Ronaldo, The Portugal international has been in the top tier of the sport’s history since joining the club in 1995.
The club has won the Portuguese league five times and the European Cups six times.
Ronaldo’s most recent success came in 2014 when the club reached the UEFA Champions Trophy Final for the first time in club history.4.
Marcel Desailly, The Dutchman won two European Cups with Ajax in the late 1960s.
He helped to create the Ajax soccer team in 1970.
The Dutch striker helped to win the European Championship in 1974.5.
Luis Figo, The Argentine has been one of the greatest strikers in world football.
The Argentinian is a three-time Ballon d’Or winner.
He won three consecutive European Championships and the UEFA Cup in 2007 and 2008.6.
Jurgen Klinsmann, The U.S. coach is one of sports most revered figures.
He has guided the US to the World Cup quarterfinals in two of his three seasons.
He is the only coach to win at least two titles.7.
Franz Beckenbauer, Germany’s greatest goalkeeper has been an icon of the game for more than 30 years.
The Bayern Munich coach helped the team to the European Championships in 1986, 1992 and 1996.8.
Jupp Heynckes, The Netherlands coach has been at the top of his game since the 1980s, guiding Ajax to three European Cups, four league titles and three World Cups.9.
Marcel Deulofeu, The Belgian striker has been a world-class goal scorer since his debut for Ajax in 2002.
He was named the FIFA World Player of the Year in 2010.10.
Carlos Queiroz, The Brazilian midfielder was the club’s best player in 2006 when he scored 13 goals in 13 games.
The Portuguese forward helped to make the 2009 FIFA World Cup final and helped the Netherlands reach the UEFA European Championships.11.
Ronaldinho, Brazil’s star player has been playing in the Premier League since 2004.
The Brazilian has scored a record 17 goals in 29 appearances for the club.12.
Gianni Infantino, The Italian forward has been linked with several jobs throughout his career, including the vacant coach of Milan in 2009.13.
Gianluca Vialli, The striker is one the greatest midfielders of all time.
The Italian has scored six goals in eight appearances for AC Milan.14.
Johan Cruyff, The legendary Portuguese midfielder won two consecutive European Cups and three Copa Libertadores.15.
Zinedine Zidane, The former France manager has been with the club since 1990.
He guided the club to the Champions League Final in 2002, the 2002 UEFA Champions Leagues Cup and the 2004 UEFA Champions Europa League.16.
Gianluigi Buffon, The Juventus midfielder has been instrumental in the club winning five European Cups.17.
Diego Maradona, The great Argentina forward scored in record style in the 1982 World Cup and he is still one of Argentina’s greatest players.
The former Juventus striker has scored in the treble and three more times in his career.18.
Luis Suarez, The Uruguayan striker has captained the Liverpool team to a top-four finish in each of the past two seasons.
The striker has a record of 14 goals in 15 appearances.19.
Jules Rimet, The France captain won the French Cup in 1954, the French League Cup in 1956 and the French and European Super Cups in 1960.
He captained a powerful side to the 1958 World Cup.20.
Johansson, Denmark’s captain was one of Europe’s best players.
He led the country to a third successive European Championship and a quarter-final appearance in the European Super Cup in 1996.21.
Cristian Tello, Italy’s goalkeeper has played for three teams in the past six years, including one in the Champions’ League.
The goalkeeper won two successive European Cups in 2007, 2008 and 2010.22.
David Beckham, The American soccer star is the greatest living player and has been for more a decade.