Greatest Footballers Of All Time | Top 50 List

28. Socrates

In addition to being a freethinking footballing icon, Socrates was a paediatrician and co-founded the Corinthian Democracy movement in direct opposition to the ruling military junta in Brazil.

Such was his skill at back-heeling a ball, Pele once said that Socrates was better going backwards than most players were going forwards.  He was incredibly gifted, capable of reading the game quicker than anyone else on the pitch and captained one of the greatest international sides in history – the Brazil of 1982.

Career highlight: This intellectual footballer defined an entire generation in Brazil with his performances at 1982 and 1986 World Cups.

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