Football, the most beautiful game is not only about scoring goals and defending. It is also about the players being more influential as the fans look up to them, idolize them as they grow up. There are many footballers who make a mark but only few will be influential to the people following the sport. Here are the list of top 5 most influential footballers to have played the game.

David Beckham

Bend it Like Beckham: The poster boy of Football, as he is called by the fans, David Beckham is one of the most influential footballers as he drew the attention of a lot of people with his style quotient. Beckham is a class act on and off the field as he earned the support of fans with his playing style and appearance. There was a period in the early 21st century, when the people even tried to copy his hairstyle. That was his impact created by him on the fans.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese winger not only replaced Beckham in the Manchester United line up, but also became the heir apparent of the English star in terms of style and brands. He simply replaced his predecessor of the number 7 jersey at Old Trafford in all the areas he could. He had his own style quotients, moved to Real Madrid, became a poster boy, started his own brands and more importantly, his stance before taking the free-kick and his goal celebrations drew a considerable amount of reception from the fans. Even, Cristiano’s fellow Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale, during his days at Tottenham tried to copy the free-kick stance. Too add to these, Cristiano Ronaldo is the most liked athlete in Facebook as he became the first player to reach 100 Million fans in the social networking site.

Ronaldo

If Cristiano and David Beckham attracted a lot of fans in their own ways, “The Phenomenon” called Ronaldo won the hearts of peoples by the way he played the game. Brazil’s Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima along with Pele is considered as the greatest ever striker to have played the game. He influenced a lot of fans with his playing style and as the days went on, he took the same route as the above mentioned names and concentrated on style quotients. His hairstyle during the 2002 FIFA World Cup became a massive hit around the World and to add with, he lit up the World Cup by leading Brazil to victory in the tournament

Lionel Messi

Unlike the three Real Madrid stars above, Lionel Messi became influential only because of his heroics on the field and he never had his own style quotient like Cristiano or Ronaldo or Beckham. Messi, winner of four Ballon d’Or awards is currently the best footballer in the planet and is on par with Cristiano Ronaldo in terms of the impact he creates while playing.

Diego Maradona

Diego Maradona, who is famous for the Hand of Ball he scored against England in the finals of the 1986 World Cup too features in the list of most influential footballers. Maradona, who single handedly ruled the game in the 1980’s has been the inspiration of many people who were born and grew up in that particular period.