The FIFA Player of the Century was a one-time award created by FIFA to determine the finest football player of the 20th century. It was unveiled on December 11, 2000, at the annual FIFA World Gala in Rome.
FIFA has been awarding FIFA World Player of the Year honors since 1991, and they chose to usher in the new millennium by holding a public vote to determine the FIFA Player of the Century.
And this was to be chosen by a grand jury and voted on on their official website, magazine, and websites.
On that note, let’s take a look at these three great legends of the century based on FIFA ranking.
He was a forward in his professional football career in Brazil. He is regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, and FIFA has named him the best. He was one of the most accomplished and well-known athletes of the twentieth century.
In 1999, the International Olympic Committee honored him Athlete of the Century, and he was selected to Time’s list of the 100 most influential persons of the twentieth century.
In 2000, the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) named him World Player of the Century, and he was one of two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the Century award. His total of 1,279 goals in 1,363 games, including friendly, is a Guinness World Record.
He is the only player to have won three FIFA World Cups, in 1958, 1962, and 1970. With 77 goals in 92 appearances, Pelé is Brazil’s all-time best goalscorer.
With 643 goals in 659 games for Santos, he is the club’s all-time leading goalscorer. Santos won the Copa Libertadores in 1962 and 1963, as well as the Intercontinental Cup in 1962 and 1963, during a golden era for the club.
- Alfredo Stéfano
He was an Argentine-born professional footballer and coach who played as a forward and is widely recognized as one of the all-time greats.
He is best remembered for his work with Real Madrid during the 1950s, when he was a key figure in the club’s dominance of the European Cup and La Liga.
He was one of just three players to score goals in each of the five finals, making him one of only three players to do so.
Di Stéfano primarily represented Spain, Argentina, and Colombia in international football. He is ranked second on FIFA’s list of the century’s top players.
- Franz Anton Beckenbauer
He is a former professional footballer and manager from Germany. Because of his elegant manner, domination, and leadership on the field, he was nicknamed Der Kaiser during his playing career. He is largely considered as one of the best players in the sport’s history.
He has twice been crowned European Footballer of the Year. In 1998, he was named to the FIFA World Team of the Century, the FIFA World Cup Dream Team in 2002, the Ballon d’Or Dream Team in 2020, and the FIFA 100 of the greatest living players in 2004.