Wingers received their name due to the nature of their job that requires them to run close to the field line to disorient their opponents.
They do this by dazzling them with their skills on the ball.But the role of wingers is not just for the sake of supplying passes. The role of a supporter and inside striker also meets the daily duties of designated wingers.
Wingers under two types based on their directional preference left-winger and right-winger. Though wingers generally do operate in the area appointed to them, based on their ability to switch roles with the right/left-winger on their team successfully. Thus disorienting their opponents,
A winger used to be only as good as their team-mates, as the role of a finisher is not under their job description. Thus they require someone to slot the balls into the goal.
Fortunately, the wingers mentioned in the list mentioned below have proven themselves to be on point in front of goal.
So without further ado…….
The Top ten Wingers of all time are:
Those who have watched the Pele feature film during the year 2016 would remember a young Brazil national teammate of Pele who had one leg shorter than the other.
That player is Garrincha, and he became one of the most prominent players to win Brazil the World Cup.
Known as a ‘little bird’ to his teammates and coach (Vicente Feola) for his ability to use his deficiency in his leg to glide across the field, Garrincha quickly became a force on the right-wing.
Brazil fans who had the luck to see the 1958 World Cup would beam with pride at the mention of Garrincha’s name. Their satisfaction originated from the true orchestrator of the 1958 World Cup, as a mixed-age Brazil team beat a Swedish team who had ruthless forwards in Kurt Hamrin and Agne Simonsson in the Finals.
In overall, the Brazilian speedster recorded 9 goals in forty-three appearances, which goes to show that he preferred to create opportunities than to garner all the glory for himself. However, he did win the 1962 World Cup.
#9. Roberto Rivelino:
The next name to come after ‘little bird’ happens to be another Brazilian trickster. Roberto Rivelino compared to his ancestor cared for individual recognition and hence he recorded 13 goals and three assists in fifty World Cup appearances.
During the 1970, World Cup a young twenty-four-year-old Rivelino joined a strong strong Brazil side with an experienced Pele (29 years old) leading the lineup in the role of a striker.
Rivelino made an impact at that World Cup and took some of the attention away from Pele on road to Brazil’s third title in the WC after a year’s gap.
In the 1970 WC and the following years for the Selecao, Roberto made a great impact. By the time Pele retired he had made himself one of the new heroes for the national side.
#8. George Best:
Ever heard of the Holy Trinity?
The Holy Trinity comprises three Manchester United legends, Denis Law, Sir Bobby Charlton, and last but not the least, George Best.
Though all three had made written their names onto United fans’ hearts, Best influenced more fans through his beautiful skills on the ball and his hairstyle (that could have have him mistaken for a member of the Beatles).
The Englishman played three-hundred and thirty-nine games for the Red Devils over eleven years. During this time, George recorded 128 goals and 3 assists, with most of them coming from the left-wing.
Through his contributions, he won United the First division title twice between the years 1964 and 1967. Additionally, he won them the European Cup in the year 1968 and won the Ballon d’Or for his performance.
There are a lot of do’s and ho’s (as the tail end of the first name) in the Brazilian team; however, Rivaldo makes a name of his own.
A player who operated during the era of Ronaldo and Ronaldinho, the short-haired South American recorded 233 goals and 89 assists in five hundred and thirty-nine games at club level.
With this, he won the La Liga title twice in the years 1998 and 1999 with Barcelona and the Champions League in the 2002-03 season. In light of his performances, he won the Ballon d’Or in the year 1999.
There is no more doubt in his skills as a club-level player, but the Brazilian managed to do the same for La Canarinha as he recorded 30 goals and 3 assists in sixty-seven games and won the 2002 World Cup with the Selecao.
From position six onwards, the players mentioned have made a more significant impact as a footballer. The first player to be mentioned is Ronaldinho.
The Brazilian rightfully deserves this position, as he has inspired many young players in his career as a footballer. A player with his incredible skills received the acknowledgment of Messi after Ron departed from Nou Camp.
Messi is not wrong to reveal Dinho as his mentor because the Brazilian recorded 197 goals and 163 assists in his entire career, with the majority of it coming at Barcelona.
With the Catalans, he won the Champions League in the 2005-06 season and recorded two La Liga titles before that as well. Additionally,
Ron won the 2002 FIFA World Cup during his fifteen years with the Selecao. During which he recorded 33 goals and 20 assists in ninety-seven appearances.
Thus he Ballon d’Or in the year 2005 for his overall performances at club and national level.
#5. Luis Figo:
Luis Figo, a player who would be booed and applauded during an El Classico game, made himself a great player despite the controversy around his move from Barcelona to Real Madrid.
At Camp Nou, the Portuguese winger recorded 45 goals and 51 assists in two hundred and forty-eight games and won the La Liga twice in the 1997-98 and 1998-99 season.
By doing so, he built a legacy with the Catalan giants, but soon he turned traitor in the eyes of the Culers. The reason behind their newfound hatred originated from Figo’s decision to move and play for their rivals, Madrid.
This news sends tremors to the foundations of Barca and delighted their rivals across the pond. The D-day finally came, and Luis Figo made his way to the Santiago Bernabeau and became a Galactico.
With Loss Blancos, he recorded 56 goals and 93 assists in two hundred and forty-five appearances and won the Champions League with the Madrid giants (a feat he could not achieve with Barca).
Additionally, he won the Ballon d’Or in the year 2000. So, Figo did not make an error in his decision even if he risked losing his legacy with the Blaugrana.
#4. David Beckham:
A hero at United or a player who got a chance to prove his worth with a side who did not want him?
David Beckham did not have the best of starts with Manchester United, as Sir Alex Ferguson deemed him surplus to what he required at Old Trafford.
Hence a loan move became a point of salvation for him, and the movement showed Fergie that he needs to bring Beckham back (like the Lingard and Solskjaer story).
The team that helped DB7 was none other than Preston North End, who coincidentally rivaled United before their fall from grace (first division) in 1960.
Thus, Becks came back to United and received a spot in the starting eleven soon enough. His second life as a prolific winger started from then on. At Old Trafford, he recorded 85 goals and 98 assists in three hundred and eighty-eight appearances and won the Premier League six-time in between 1995 and 2003 and one Champions League in the 1998-99 season.
David Beckham soon moved to Real Madrid (2003) and then went on to win the La Liga in his second season (2006-07) and failed to rank in the Ballon’dOr as he once did in the year 1999.
#3. Ryan Giggs:
The favorite of Sir Alex Ferguson and a true genius.
Ryan Giggs belonged to Fergie’s Fledglings, and he recorded 162 goals and 249 assists over nine hundred and thirty games for the Red Devils.
Giggsy took helped Manchester United to thirteen PL titles in between the years 1993 and 2013. In this time, he won the Champions League twice in the 1998-99 and 2012-13 season.
Fun Fact: In the last four games of the 2013-14 season with United, Giggs played the role of winger and manager, and of the four games he played, he won twice and lost/drew once as well.
#2. Lionel Messi:
Well, at least one of them…
There is no need to introduce Lionel Messi since he has carved his name into the hearts of football fans worldwide, regardless of whether they are Barcelona fans or not.
The Argentinian joined Barcelona as a youth player and met Xavi and Iniesta at the La Masia academy. Though they all joined together, LM10 had to wait for a bit to make his way into the Barcelona first team like his teammates.
Though after his debut, the heads of Barcelona regretted their decision not to promote the South American winger sooner. In his debut season, Messi performed in a stellar manner.
Up until now, Leo has recorded 663 goals and 291 assists in seven hundred and seventy games for the Catalan side and won the La Liga ten times (2004-2019) and the CL four times (2005 and 2015).
Messi’s performance came to be of excellent quality, and he received the Ballon d’Or six times from the year 2009 to 2019. By winning the Ballon d’Or these many times, he found himself being called the best in the world.
#1. Cristiano Ronaldo
This omission and replacement would cause heartache for Barcelona and Messi fans.
But, Cristiano Ronaldo, according to the facts, has proven himself to be the better player. The reason for that is due to Ronaldo’s better record as a winger who has recorded 670 goals and 223 assists in eight hundred and eighty-seven games in his entire career. The majority of his contribution came at Manchester United and Real Madrid.
Coincidentally Ron’s first-ever Ballon d’Or came to him while playing for Manchester United. Then onwards, he won Ballon d’Or’s while Lionel Messi came in second to him (in an alternative manner, but winning it six times as well).
In the same way that they are ranked one after the other, the two wingers hold great regard for one another. Nonetheless, Ronaldo wins the race this time around, and of all other players on this list, Messi is sure to be glad about it.
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