Watch: Goats choose the G.O.A.T.
Ahead of the 2022 World Cup, we enlisted five goats to choose the greatest player of all time.
With the World Cup just days away, we thought we’d settle the most hotly contested debate in football once and for all – who’s the greatest player of all time?
To help, we called up none other than a team of five real goats to help us choose - or should that be chews - the G.O.A.T.
The result was udderly amusing as our honorary four-legged team of Billy, Jerry, Benny, Jacob and Betty lined up to take on five players considered by many to be the greatest of all time – Messi, Ronaldo, Pelé, Maradona and Zidane.
There’s plenty of kidding around in the hard-fought contest as our quintet jostle, nibble, butt and push their way around the pitch before making their choice. Check out the video to see how it all panned out.
In the meantime, we’ve picked out five glorious World Cup moments from five of the best players to have ever graced the green grass of a football pitch. Are we right? You tell us.
The greatest dribbler to ever live, Messi’s skills on the ball have undoubtedly captivated the world. His low centre of gravity, speed and endurance have forged him into the genius he is today, effortlessly defeating any defender in his path.
For Messi’s greatest World Cup moment, we’ve gone with his performance in Brazil in 2014. Not only was he top scorer for Argentina - which included a corker of a strike to send Iran packing, and netting a free-kick with pinpoint accuracy against Nigeria - he was also named the best player of the tournament and won the Golden Ball award.
His versatility on the pitch, goalscoring prowess and cheetah-like speed on the ball undoubtedly place Ronaldo among the best players ever.
His hat-trick against Spain in 2018 is undeniably one of the greatest World Cup performances off all time, as he scored a flawless free-kick in the 88th minute to earn a point in a 3-3 draw and become the oldest player to ever score a World Cup treble.
His creativity, first touch and unmatched ball control helped place head-strong (sorry not sorry) Zidane into every greatest player conversation going.
You can’t speak of Zidane without mentioning his heroic performance in the 1998 World Cup final, scoring two headers against Brazil and winning the tournament for France for the first time ever. His graceful display as he floated past defenders with ease and set up his teammates for victory is certainly one for the history books.
As controversial as he was talented, Maradona was the master of creating scoring opportunities for himself and others. In 1986 he racked up a career-defining five goals and five assists, including in *that* game against you know who.
His single best World Cup moment? There’s only one we could go with. From the deftest of touches to receive the ball and the single-handed demolition of England’s defence, to sliding past Peter Shilton under pressure. It’s a moment still referred to as the goal of the century. God-like, we’d say.
Retiring in 1977, Pelé was easily one of the most well-rounded players in history with no noticeable flaws in his game. He was fiercely agile, and just as capable with his left foot as his right. He also impressively racked up the most World Cup wins of any player. What a legend.
If we had to pick Pelé’s greatest moment, it would have to be winning Brazil's first World Cup against Sweden in 1958 at just 17 years old, making him the youngest scorer in World Cup history. During the final, Pelé scored one of the greatest goals ever, effortlessly flicking the ball over the defender and volleying into the back of the net.