Greatest Footballers Of All Time | Top 50 List

22. Lev Yashin

Yashin spent his entire 20-year career with Dynamo Moscow and, so legend has it, saved more than 150 penalties.  He led Dynamo to five Soviet titles and three Cups, won gold at the 1956 Olympic Games and lifted the inaugural European Championship title in 1960.

To this day, he is still the only goalkeeper to win the Ballon d’Or and was universally admired even at the height of the Cold War. Dressed head to toe in black, Yashin was the most imposing and controlled of goalkeepers, rushing off his line to intercept marauding forwards, heading the ball away and barking instructions at his defenders.

Career highlight: Yashin played in three World Cups for the Soviet Union, but he also had the honour of helping them to win the inaugural European Championship in 1960.

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