The 9 world football legends who came from not so powerful countries

Legend players, a label that is not for everyone. Athletes who left their mark on the places where they lived. But with one thing: they were bor

Legend players, a label that is not for everyone. Athletes who left their mark on the places where they lived. But with one thing: they were born in smaller countries, football speaking, but their hierarchy was such that they managed to transcend the world.


El Salvador gave birth to one of the best players on the continent. Jorge Alberto González Barillas is his name on the document, although his presentation to the entire world was with his nickname of Magico.

Absolute idol of his country, shirt he defended for 12 years with 62 games and 21 goals, being the third highest scorer in history. He played in the 1982 World Cup in Spain (a tremendous trip to Mexico in the qualifying round), one of the two played by El Salvador in its history. He spent almost a decade in Spain with the shirts of Valladolid and Cádiz, where he is an absolute idol. His talent was so great that even Maradona declared that when they met at Barcelona he tried to imitate his movements and couldn’t.

The best Swede in all history is still active at 40 years old. A dream career that had its beginnings in Malmo, Ajax in the Netherlands, Juventus, Inter and Milan in Italy, Barcelona, ​​Manchester United in England, PSG in France and even an experience in the MLS with the LA Galaxy jersey. In his 9 clubs he played 605 games and scored 405 goals.

A total reference for his country, he is the all-time top scorer for the national team with 62 goals in 121 games. With the yellow shirt he played in the World Cups in Korea-Japan 2002 and Germany 2006. He was in five European Championships (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020). After the elimination in the playoffs, he will not be able to be in Qatar 2022.

George Weah

George Weah – Milan

Liberia is a country of just over 5 million inhabitants. In that small place in West Africa, George Weah was born, the fearsome 9 who shone with the jerseys of Monaco, PSG, Milan, Chelsea, Manchester City and Olympique de Marseille.

He was the Golden Ball in 1995, the only African player to achieve it, but unfortunately he was unable to play in a World Cup due to the level of his team. After his retirement he dedicated himself to politics: he was a Senator and currently the president of his country.


A legend without a doubt and one of the top strikers that football has given. He was born in the Ukraine, where he left an indelible legacy. He is the top scorer for the national team with 48 goals in 111 games and led his country to the quarterfinals of the only World Cup he played in Germany in 2006.

He played for Dinamo kyiv and Chelsea but his legacy was marked in Italy with the Milan jersey where he spent 10 seasons and won 5 titles, including the 2003 Champions League. After hanging up his boots, he began his coaching career: today He is the DT of the national team of his country.

Another pearl of the many that Africa contributed. Ivory had a golden career and was the key link in the growth of his country. Of course, he is the top scorer for the Elephants with 65 wins in 105 games, but the juiciest thing happened on a collective level: he took his team to a World Cup for the first time in Germany 2006 and then he was key to consecutive appearances in South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014, the three editions in its history.

I played in four French teams, in the Turkish Galatasaray, the Chinese Shanghai Shenhua, the Canadian Montreal Impact and the Yankee Phoenix Rising. Without a doubt, his best record was at Chelsea, where he is idol: 381 games and 164 goals. He won 13 national titles and the 2012 Champions League.

George Best

George Best, one of the most talented players in history

Another world cone that unfortunately could not be in a world cup. With the Northern Ireland shirt he played 37 games and scored 9 goals. Brilliant in his 11 seasons at Manchester United: he won the Champions League, two Premier Leagues and the Ballon d’Or in 1968.

Later, he prioritized his personal life and played for minor teams in South Africa, Ireland, the United States, Australia and Scotland.


Hristo Stoichov, legend of Bulgaria and FC Barcelona

An exceptional striker who gave Bulgaria and who enjoyed the world. By far the best in the history of his country, a shirt with which he played in the 1994 USA and 1998 France World Cups. In his first ecumenical foray he reached the semi-finals and was one of the top scorers in the tournament with 6 goals in 7 games.

With his country’s CSKA Sofa he won 8 titles and with Barcelona he obtained another 15, including the European Champions League in 1992. On an individual level, he won the 1994 Ballon d’Or. Later he had other minor steps in Parma in Italy , Al-Nasrl from Arabia, Kashiwa Reysol from Japan and DC United from the United States.


A killer that is still active but already has a historical character. The Pole is the top scorer in his country with 76 goals in 132 games and is also the current captain. He has been shining for 8 seasons at Bayern Munich and has four personal records: he has the fastest triplet, quadruplet and quintuplet in the same game and is also the substitute who scored the most goals coming off the bench.

He has 23 titles between the Polish Lech, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. In this match with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, he could not yet win the Ballon d’Or, although he did win The Best award in 2021.


Ali Daei, tremendous goalscorer for Iran

The Iranian did not shine at the club level but he had a goal record that was a record until he was surpassed by Cristiano Ronaldo. Until 2021, he was the top scorer for a national team with 109 goals. With his help, he played in two World Cups (France 1998 and Germany 2006).

He had a stint at Bayern Mnich with just one season but mainly played in his country, in Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

If we dedicate a paragraph to all those who are missing, it would be too long an article, so here we mention all those cracks that could well be considered legends:

Dwight Yorke (Trinidad and Tobago), George Hagi (Romania), Pescado Ruiz (Guatemala), Diablo Etcheverry (Bolivia), Alex Aguinaga (Ecuador), Pavel Nedved (Czech Republic), Keylor Navas (Costa Rica), Rustu Recber (Turkey ), Nakata (Japan), Alberto Spencer (Ecuador) Tino Asprilla (Colombia), Don Elas Figueroa (Chile), Tefilo Cubillas (Peru) among others.

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