Whom I consider as Greatest in my eyes:
1. Zinedine Zidane: The greatest artist, playmaker and attacking midfielder I've even seen. His grace and technique are unparalled; the greatest football player ever in my eyes.
2. Pelé: Does he need introduction?
3. Johan Cryuff: Relax briefly said what was needed.
4. [/b]'Il Fenomeno' Ronaldo[/b]: Arguably the best striker, football has witnessed.
5. [/b]Ronaldinho[/b]: The best dribbler till now in football history. In my eyes, he was a true genius that comes once in a lifetime. He defined dribbling art according to me.
Other 25 players who are in my Top 30 list:
6. Van Basten
7. Lionel Messi/Cristiano Ronaldo
8. Ryan Giggs
9. Michel Platini
10. Lev Yashin
11. Diego Maradona
12. Gerd Müller
13. Michael Laudrup
14. Franz Beckenbauer
15. Ronald Koeman
17. Bobby Charlton
18. Alfredo Di Stefano
21. Ferenc Puskás
24. Eric Cantona
25. Andres Iniesta
26. George Best
27. Denis Law
28. Xavi Hernandez
29. Kenny Dalgish
30. Gabriel Batistuta
Whom I see as Greatest according to overall accomplishments, overall skills & abilities:
1. Pelé: I still don't want to make a briefing on him.
2. Zinedine Zidane: Already said everything but in case, someone is not satisfied, one can always look out for all his accomplishments. (especially individual awards)
3. Johan Cryuff: Those who don't know Cryuff's skills, need to see some of his videos or stop calling himself a football fan.
4. Michael Laudrup: Perhaps the most underrated player on that list. Amazingly enough, this is one player (along with Puskas) whom I never saw its videos a year-back. But recently, I've made some researches on many previous players and I've come across this guy whom so many greats cherished with enormous praises. This guy had everything to become the greatest football player ever; if you see his skills and vision on the field.
5. Diego Maradona: Okay, I was gonna say Messi to be frank. I don't know how many will agree with me but I think Messi has surpassed Maradona since 2010; even if he fails on National level. Anyway, that'll remain an eternal debate; except if Messi graduates and gets the 'World Cup' certification with Argentina. So, I won't make much noise and I'll silently complete the sacred Top 5. Maradona was one hell of a talent and leader; no matter his off-field persona and the comparison with Messi.
Franz Beckenbauer said: "Pelé was the best in the 60s, Cruyff in the 70s, Maradona in the 80s and Laudrup in the 90s." I'll complete it with Zidane has been the best in the 2000s, Ronaldo or Ronaldinho were the best in the decade between 2000-2010 and Messi or Ronaldo will make likely claim that crown in the upcoming decade between 2010-2020.