The FIFA Player of the Century was a one-time award created by FIFA to determine the finest football player of the 20th century. It was unveiled on December 11, 2000, at the annual FIFA World Gala in Rome.
And this was to be chosen by a grand jury and voted on on their official website, magazine, and websites.
On that note, let’s take a look at these three great legends of the century based on FIFA ranking.
In 1999, the International Olympic Committee honored him Athlete of the Century, and he was selected to Time’s list of the 100 most influential persons of the twentieth century.
In 2000, the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) named him World Player of the Century, and he was one of two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the Century award. His total of 1,279 goals in 1,363 games, including friendly, is a Guinness World Record.
With 643 goals in 659 games for Santos, he is the club’s all-time leading goalscorer. Santos won the Copa Libertadores in 1962 and 1963, as well as the Intercontinental Cup in 1962 and 1963, during a golden era for the club.
He was an Argentine-born professional footballer and coach who played as a forward and is widely recognized as one of the all-time greats.
He was one of just three players to score goals in each of the five finals, making him one of only three players to do so.
Di Stéfano primarily represented Spain, Argentina, and Colombia in international football. He is ranked second on FIFA’s list of the century’s top players.
He has twice been crowned European Footballer of the Year. In 1998, he was named to the FIFA World Team of the Century, the FIFA World Cup Dream Team in 2002, the Ballon d’Or Dream Team in 2020, and the FIFA 100 of the greatest living players in 2004.