Who is the King of Football?
There are always a few debates going on in football. The popular in the 21st century are Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid vs Barcelona, Nemanja Vidic vs Virgil van Dijk, so on and so worth. Adding to the list of those debates, “King of Football” is the recent buzzword. Fans have collided with each other to come to a conclusion regarding the “King of Football”.
Off the late, there are multiple superstars rising up the ranks even from the tender age of 19 like Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland. However, these players have a long way to go to surpass the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Wayne Rooney who ruled the hearts. On top of the tree of achievers, there is one more player. As you might have guessed, it is Pele.
Why Pele should be considered as the King of Football?
The Brazilian international featured for multiple clubs throughout his career apart from representing his national side. According to statistics available on the web, Pele scored a record 504 goals for Santos throughout his career spanning 18 years. Also, he has 37 goals in 64 games for New York Cosmos which he represented during 1975-77.
A legend for his national side, Pele guided his side to three World Cup wins in his career. He is the only player to win three World Cups. During his time with the national side, Pele had scored 77 goals in 92 appearances. He also holds the record of scoring at least a goal in four different World Cups.
What other premier sportsperson have to say on the debate of “King of Football”?
The swashbuckling and dashing opener for India, Rohit Sharma believes that Cristiano Ronaldo should be the “King of the game”. The right-handed opener believes that one has to respect what Ronaldo has achieved in his career after a rough start that he had in his life. In a press meet that happened in May 2020, Rohit Sharma said:
Yes, of course. Who doesn’t love Ronaldo? He is the king. What he has done with his career is simply outstanding. You have to applaud whatever he has achieved in his career”.
“It is not easy because of the background that he came from. He had a very rough time at the start. I appreciate all these people who have a hard time in their career at the start, and towards the end, they have gone on to make it very big out of whatever opportunities they had
(Via: The Statesman)
On the other side, there are also debates about naming Lionel Messi as the king of football. The Argentine has managed to win Six Ballon d’Ors, six European Golden Shoes, 10 La Liga titles, and four Champions League titles with Barcelona in his career. He is also the all-time highest goalscorer in the history of the Spanish top-flight. With at least two years left at his disposal, the player still can overtake Pele and become the King of Football.
What are your opinions on the “King of Football”? Who do you think it should be?