Supporting striker, attacking Midfielder or Striker
Forward, Attacking Midfielder or Striker
Date of birth
October 30, 1960
October 23, 1940
Total goals scored
Pelé is the most successful league goal-scorer in the world, scoring 1281 goals in 1363 games, which included unofficial friendlies and tour games.
Total Matches played
Diego Armando Maradona
Edson Arantes do Nascimento
Place of Birth
Villa Fiorito, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Três Corações, Brazil
1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Recognition / Awards
Received the FIFA award of Player of the century (People's choice, 2000), Argentine Senate "Domingo Faustino Sarmiento" recognition for lifetime achievement ( 2005), "Honorific Golden Ball" for services to European football
Received the Title of "Athlete of the Century" (1999), the FIFA award of Player of the century (experts choise, 2000) "FIFA Golden Ball" for services to world football (FIFA and France Football 2014), "Guinness World Records" for Most Goals.
Argentina. 34 goals in 91 appearances.
Brazil. 77 goals in 92 appearances
Suffered ill health, underwent stomach-stapling operation which helped control his weight gain. Since overcoming his cocaine addiction, he has become a TV host in Argentina.
Has been an ambassador for football and has also undertaken various acting roles (featured in ten films)and commercial ventures
Achievements after retirement
Became the coach of Argentina in 2010 FIFA world cup.
Appointed a United Nations ambassador for ecology and the environment, Awarded Brazil's Gold Medal for outstanding services to the sport in 1995 & Appointed a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador
FIFA World Cup (1986), Copa UEFA (1988-89)
FIFA World Cup (1958, 1962, 1970) Copa Libertadores (1962, 1963), Intercontinental Cup (1962, 1963), Intercontinental Supercup (1968)
Here is a compilation of the best goals of Diego Maradona: