Football, the beautiful game is now the most popular in the world. The history dates back to second and third century BC in the form of Cuju, a chinese sport that resembled football with a definite set of rules. FIFA has recognised this as the first version of the game with regular rules. Although many are familiar with the likes of Messi and Ronaldo, but not many are aware of the heroes that inspired the whole generations to play and promote football. Here’s our take on the top 5 most influential personalities in football:
5) Matthias Sindelar
The pre-war Pele, this player dribbled against his opponents as if they belonged to an ancient era. A player of extreme courage, he took up against the Germans at the of Adolf Hitler and also defeated the Germans 2-0 in which he scored once. Thousands of spectators rose up in joy, chanting “Österreich! Österreich!” in patriotism, humiliating the senior Nazi dignitaries extravagantly.
Known as “The Mozart of Football”, he played as centre-forward for the Austrian National Team of the early 1930’s where he captained his in the 1934 World Cup. He was voted as the Austrian player of the year by IFFHS in 1999 and Austrian player of the year in 1998.
He died at an early age of 35, less than a year later the historic match against Germany in his apartment.