Greatest Footballers Of All Time | Top 50 List

34. Stanley Matthews

Sir Stanley remains arguably the most entertaining footballer England has ever produced. ‘The Wizard of Dribble’ enjoyed a 30-year professional career with hometown club Stoke City and Blackpool, and was knighted for his services to the game.  Matthews made nearly 800 appearances at club level and was capped 54 times by England over 23 years either side of World War Two.

He won the inaugural Ballon d’Or in 1956 and remains the oldest player to play top-division football in England, retiring at the age of 50 in 1965.

Career highlight: The 1953 FA Cup showpiece wasn’t known for long as the ‘Coronation Cup Final’; after the winger’s showstopping display earned him his only career medal, it became forever the Matthews Final.

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