Although they are no longer active on the pitch to bring their teams to victory, many footballers of the 80s have left their print on footballing history. The 80s were arguably the period when the best football was being played, and today people still talk about the prowess of many of the football legends from the yesteryears. Travel back in time and relive this exciting football era by playing on the retro themed Bingo Extra online bingo site. This is where you can score big wins in the bingo rooms such as Candy Store, The Extra Room, The Diner, The Playground, and more. Play The Jukebox at Bingo Extra every Saturday and get a chance to win a share of up to £500. Now it’s time to roll back the clock and discover some of the most influential players of the 80s.
Although Pele has played professional football until 1977, it would be unfair not to include him in the list of the greatest ever football player. His pedigree is simply phenomenal. He has scored more than 1,000 goals during this career and led Brazil twice to World Cup victories. Santos, his club, won two Intercontinental Cup and two Copa Libertadores thanks to the help of Pele. Today, Pele is widely considered as one of the best player the world has seen in professional football.
Diego Maradona is known for having won the Final of the 1986 World Cup with his infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal. Four years later, he once again took Argentina to the final. He played for Napoli and was highly involved in making them win their two only Italian titles. Incredibly, Maradona was voted as the best player of all time, after FIFA carried out an internet poll, to the dismay of many Pele fans. Maradona has certainly proved that he is one of the best dribbler of all time. He scored what is arguably one of the greatest ever World Cup goal against England, where he picked the ball while at the halfway line and dribbled his way to get the ball into the net.
Crown as the European footballer of the year for not less than three time, Johan Cruyff is one of the most naturally gifted football player of the 70s and 80s. Cruyff has been playing in the Dutch World Cup team in 1974 and he was also the key player who helped his team Ajax win a treble of European Cups in the early 70s. Most defenders feared playing Cruyff for his incredible acceleration, speed, and unmatched technical skills, and most admitted that it was virtually not possible to defend against him. With his tactical insight about football, it is not surprising that he went on to become a world class coach.
Michel Platini helped France to reach the World Cup semi-finals twice and the European Championship title in 1984. Platini was named European Footballer of the year thrice, and was mostly successful while he was playing for Juventus. He was instrumental in making them win the Intercontinental Cup and European Cup in 1985. Platini was considered as one of the greatest passers that the world has known and a free kick master. For someone holding the role of a midfielder, he scored not less than 68 goals for Juventus, and was crowned as top scorer on three different occasions for Serie A.
A fantastic dribbler, George Best is arguably one of the most gifted British football player in history. With a combo of perfect balance, lightning pace, and goal-scoring ability from both feet, made Best a handful to handle for even the most skilled defenders. Best is mostly known for winning the European Cup in 1968 with Manchester United and he was voted as European Player of the Year. Best abruptly ended his career at the young age of 27 years old only, after facing numerous personal problems that was highly publicised in the media.