Over the years, Britain has racked up an impressive roster of famous football players that have made history in the sport and become well-loved by fans. In fact, there are so many great football players to come out of our country that it is difficult to determine which one is the best of all time. However, there are some definite standouts that still remain icons even long after their football careers ended. Here are some of the most popular British football players of all time.
Although he passed away in 1993, Moore remains a legend decades later for his leadership of the England team to win the World Cup. He played for West Ham United, and became well known for his unique strategic talent that made him very difficult to play against. He found success young, and was promoted to be the captain of the British team at the age of just 22. He was highly respected by his teammates and opposition, and continues to set an example for British footballers.
Giggs is a more recent footballer who won a whopping 24 trophies for his home team of Manchester United over the course of his career. He played for over two decades and has become the most decorated player in football history. He played midfielder and was quite aggressive on the field. He is now the owner of Salford City.
Charlton played throughout the 1960’s and was another member of the British team that won the World Cup in 1966. He played midfield and was known for scoring a huge number of goals throughout his career. He scored 49 goals for the England team and a whopping 249 for his home team of Manchester United over the course of his career, an astounding record. He is considered to be one of the greatest football players still living.
Matthews holds the unique title of being the first British football player ever to be knighted while still playing the game. He played for incredibly long time, well into his 50’s, and was awarded with many titles such as European Footballer of the Year. He was known for having incredible speed on the field, which helped him outsmart his opponents on the field.
Bale is one of the most popular footballers currently in the game. He is from Wales and is a member of the Welsh national team, but plays for Real Madrid in Spain as his club team. He is a winger who has quickly become a very high scorer due to his aggressive kicks, and he has lead Real Madrid to win the Champions League twice. He also is known for receiving the highest transfer fee ever for signing with Madrid, at over 100 million Euros. With his career still on the upswing, the world is watch to see what he does next.
These are just a few of the many amazing footballers that have come out of Britain. With a culture that focuses on football, we are excited to continue to see new athletic stars develop.