Top 5 Films About Football

Traditionally, football does not necessarily translate well to the silver screen *ahem* Goal *ahem*, however, every once in a while, a director scores a goal with a fantastic film about everyone’s favourite sport. Below are our top 5 films about football!

Escape To Victory – John Histon (1981)

First in our list of films about football, is this classic tale of the beautiful game meeting World War II. Escape to Victory saw Michael Caine team up with the likes of Pele, Bobby Moore, Ossie Ardiles and Sylvester Stallone to escape from their PoW camp. In a classic match that saw the prisoners take on the German/Nazi national team, we are treated to an iconic moment as Pele scores the winner with an overhead kick… a moment that has been reciprocated thoroughly in football films since.

Mike Bassett: England Manager – Steve Barron (2001)

Ricky Tomlinson’s Mike Bassett isn’t the best of managers, and when he finds himself being called upon to be the manager of the England national team, he struggles immensely with the pressure of an under-performing team and a media baying for blood, and after losing to both Poland and Belgium, the fans turn on him too. Despite meaning to be an exaggeration of England’s failings at major tournaments, the film actually comes very close to the numerous failings of the England team every two years. Despite not showcasing the beauty of the game, the sheer amount of cringe-worthy moments are enough to make our top 5 films about football.

The Damned United – Tom Hooper (2009)

Brian Clough is renowned as being one of the greatest English managers of all team, some call him the greatest English manager not to manage the England national team. This story focuses around Clough’s controversial 44 day stint in charge of English champions Leeds United, and the relationship between Michael Sheen’s Clough and his assistant/best friend Peter Taylor, played by Timothy Spall. This real life success story highlights the same sentiments as Leicester’s Premier League glory – anything is possible in football – that is why The Damned United makes our list of top films about football.

Next Goal Wins – Mike Brett, Steve Jamison (2014)

Next in our top 5 films about football is a documentary highlighting the work of Dutch coach, Thomas Rongen, with one of the world’s worst national teams; American Samoa – the team who famously lost 31-0 to Australia. Set against the backdrop of the qualification for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil,we follow the American Samoa team on their quest for their first ever win in football.

Ronaldo – Anthony Wonke (2015)

Cristiano Ronaldo. You either love him or you hate him. However you feel about him, there is no doubting that he is one of the greatest footballers of all time. Anthony Wonke has provided us with a behind-the-scenes look at a year in the life of the Portuguese captain’s life. What we are treated to is an analysis on his personal life, family life, what pushes him to greatness, and the big one… his rivalry with Lionel Messi. The amount of insight into one of the world’s greatest ever players is truly remarkable, and so, Ronaldo takes it’s place in our top 5 films about football.

Top 5 Real Madrid Goalscorers Ever

With his goal against Levante on 17th October 2015, Cristiano Ronaldo became the all time leading goalscorer for Real Madrid. The 30-year-old from Madeira looks like he has a few years left in him therefore it is fair to say that it is going to be hard for any future player to catch up with him. Featured in this article, are the men who join Ronaldo in the Top 5 Real Madrid Goalscorers Ever.

TO GO WITH WORLD CUP 2010 PACKAGE IN ARABIC (FILES) -- Wearing a Real Madrid jersey Ferenc Puskas poses for photographer prior to their match in he 1960s. Hungarian and Real Madrid football legend, the inspiration of the 'Mighty Magyars' national side that dominated world football in the 1950s, died 17 November 2006 after a long illness in his 79 years old age. AFP PHOTO / ARCHIVE ZOLTAN THALY JR. (Photo credit should read ARCHIVE ZOLTAN THALY JR./AFP/Getty Images)

5. Ferenc Puskás (1958-1966)
In his 8 years at Real Madrid, club legend, Puskás scored 242 goals in 262 games. The man who scored 84 goals in 85 games for Hungary and also played for Spain boasts an incredible strike rate for an incredible striker, and is deserving of his place among the Top 5 Real Madrid Goalscorers Ever

Games: 262
Goals: 242
Strike Rate: 0.92

cristiano-ronaldo-458-santillana-photo-at-the-santiago-bernabeu-real-madrid4. Carlos Santillana (1971-1988)
Santillana had a glittering 17 year spell with Los Blancos, and helped fire them to the summit of Spanish football by winning La Liga 9 times. Sitting at home with a cabinet bursting with trophies, Santillana must be overjoyed at the fact that he features in the Top 5 Real Madrid Goalscorers Ever chart alongside arguably the greatest footballer ever, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Games: 645
Goals: 289
Strike Rate: 0.45

Alfredo-Di-Stefano_2559799b3. Alfredo Di Stefano (1953-1964)
Widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers ever, Alfredo Di Stefano finds himself third on this list. After playing a key part in Real Madrid’s winning of an unbelievable 5 European Cups in a row, Di Stefano ended his incredible Madrid career with 308 goals in 396 games. Interestingly, Di Stefano played for Argentina, Colombia AND Spain and has great strike rates for each; proof that he was (and still is) regarded as a world-class footballer.

Games: 396
Goals: 308
Strike Rate: 0.78

Satellite2. Raúl (1994-2010)
The man who only recently announced he would retire from football at the age of 38 finds himself second in the Top 5 Real Madrid Goalscorers Ever. After winning 3 Champions Leagues, and 6 La Ligas with Madrid as well as the Ballon d’Or, there is no denying that Raúl is one of the Spanish club’s greatest ever players, especially when taking into account that he holds the record for most appearances for the club, 16 ahead of Iker Casillas.

Games: 741
Goals: 323
Strike Rate: 0.44

cristiano-ronaldo_416x4161. Cristiano Ronaldo (2009-now)
The evergreen Portuguese captain has been Real Madrid’s talisman for the past 6 years. At the age of 30, he finds himself Number 1 on the Top 5 Real Madrid Goalscorers Ever. This feat alone is impressive, but taking into account that he is still at the club, he is still scoring bagfuls of goals for the club, and the fact that he has no intention of leaving, Ronaldo could well be clear at the top of this list by over 100 goals by the time he retires. His strike rate for the ‘Galacticos’ is utterly incredible, after scoring 324 goals in 310 games, he scores on average, 1.05 goals a game, a stat matched no one in the top 10 Real Madrid scorer chart. With a few more years left in him, there is no doubting that he is one of the greatest ever footballers… now he just has to convince everyone that he truly is better than Lionel Messi.

Games: 310
Goals: 324
Strike Rate: 1.05
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Ronaldo is a Striker

Ronaldo was well-known for his flair on the wing, but he considers himself a fox-in-the-box nowadays.
Ronaldo was well-known for his flair on the wing, but he considers himself a fox-in-the-box nowadays.

In a recent interview with Spanish sporting news outlet Marca, Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that he sees himself a striker rather than a winger nowadays. After scoring 48 goals league goals last season and claiming his fourth successive Golden Shoe, it is hard to disagree with the 30-year-old Portugal captain. “I’m more a penalty-box player, not so much on the wing,” claims Ronaldo, “You score more goals from there so I changed my position slightly.”

“I want to continue for five or six more years. I plan to continue [with the same] games and goals average. I feel good and useful at Madrid, I want to keep winning here.” he told Marca. After admitting that he is now a striker and wants to play at Real Madrid for a few more years yet, it is hard to bet against him winning at least another Golden Boot; he most definitely has the talent, and his passion for scoring for Los Blancos is certainly undisputed.