If we talk about the history of football, the great names of South American football cannot be left aside. Pelé, Maradona, Kempes, Cubillas, Solano, Aguinaga, Chilavert, to name a few. Among them, several of the players who made up the golden generation of Colombian soccer appear in bold and highlighted letters: Freddy Rincón, Faustino Asprilla, Adolfo ‘The Train’ Valencia, René Higuita… But of all these players, there is one in particular that has remained in the memory of fans of this sport worldwide. His name and his long hair are known even in China.
Carlos ‘El pibe’ Valderrama He is one of the best players that South American football has seen. While he was active he was one of the great idols of Colombian soccer and one of the most refined soccer players with the ball. Not for nothing was he the first coffee grower to reach European football and the first to make his mark in MLS.
On September 2, ‘El pibe’ turned 61 years old and these days his name was included in the list of the 20 top attendees in the history of world football, according to the portal goal in spanish. Through a tweet, the official account of the portal revealed the names of those who have been, until now, the footballers who have generated the most game generation. Without them, the scorers would not occupy the places they occupy today.
The list is led by the one who for many is the best player in the history of football, the Argentine Leo Messi, today with Paris Saint Germain, from Ligue 1. The former Blaugrana has attended, wearing the shirts of FC Barcelona, PSG and the Argentine national team, on 337 occasions. He is currently one of the top assisters in French football, surpassed by his teammate, the Brazilian Neymarwhich has had a high level this season and will come with everything for the World Cup in Qatar, which is about to take place.
Precisely the Brazilian, who at the time also played for the Catalan team, is in fifth place in this ranking, with 257 assists. Narrowly outplayed by the Welsh Ryan Giggswho has 271 assists, the English david beckhamwith 272, and the Portuguese, also ex Barcelona, louis figowith 283 assists.
In the list, a little further down, and not for that reason it is downplayed, appears ‘El pibe’, who with his good game amazed soccer fans during the nineties. The Colombian, who wore the shirts of Unión Magdalena, Millonarios, Deportivo Cali, Deportivo Independiente Medellín and Junior, in the FPC; from Montpellier, in French football; Real Valladolid, in the Spanish league; and Tampa Bay, Miami Fusion and Colorado Rapids, in American soccer, in addition to that of the Colombian national team, he registered 237 assists during his sports career, becoming one of the eight South Americans in this top 20.
Above him, in addition to those already mentioned, are players like the Uruguayan Luis Suarezwith 243 assists, and the Argentines Diego Armando Maradona Y Angel Di Mariawith 240 assists each.
Likewise, the coffee grower surpasses players of the stature of Xavi Hernández, Juan Román Riquelme, Ronaldinho and Zinedine Zidane; and others, still active, such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimović and Cesc Fábregas.
This is the complete list:
1. Lionel Messi – 337 assists
2. Luis Figo – 283 assists
3. David Beckham – 272 assists
4. Ryan Giggs – 271 assists
5. Neymar Jr – 257 assists
6. Thierry Henry – 246 assists
7. Luis Suarez – 243 assists
8. Thomas Mueller – 242 assists
9. Frank Ribery – 241 assists
10. Diego Armando Maradona – 240 assists
11. Angel Di Maria – 240 assists
12. Mesut Ozil – 240 assists
13. Carlos Valderrama – 237 assists
14. Xavi Hernandez – 236 assists
15. Juan Roman Riquelme – 235 assists
16. Cristiano Ronaldo – 231 assists
17. Cesc Fabregas – 228 assists
18. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 218 assists
19. Zinedine Zidane – 214 assists
20. Ronaldinho – 192 assists
At the Colombian national team level, ‘El Pibe’ is the one that has registered the most assists. To this day, no other player has surpassed him. closely follows James Rodriguezcurrently with Olympiacos in Greece, and the end of Juventus in Turin, John William Square.
Thus, Carlos Alberto Valderrama Palacio, at 61 years old, continues to be one of the benchmarks in Colombian soccer and one of the most important football players worldwide.