Greatest Footballers Of All Time | Top 50 List

7. Franz Beckenbauer

Der Kaiser, like many of the truly greatest footballers ever, was capable of playing in multiple positions. He started out as a forward, made his debut at Bayern on the wing but really shone at center-back, where he is credited with reinventing the sweeper role.

He was renowned for his elegance and leadership on the pitch and entirely nullified Bobby Charlton in the 1966 World Cup Final.  He lost that day but Beckenbauer lifted the trophy eight years later in what was arguably his most successful season, having led Bayern to a Bundesliga and European Cup double.

Following his retirement from playing, he coached Germany to another World Cup win in 1990, joining Brazilian great Mario Zagallo as the only man to do so.

Career highlight: At Hampden Park in 1976, Beckenbauer captained Bayern on the night they completed a hat-trick of European Cup victories.

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