Five More Stars Set For Football Walk Of Fame
5 May 2017
The Football Walk Of Fame at the National Football Museum, Manchester, is to reveal five new stars this summer.
The celebration of some of world football's greatest superstars has proved a hit since it opened in Cathedral Gardens, Manchester, in June 2016.
Sir Bobby Charlton and Roger Hunt were among the inaugural 25 players to be honoured with plaques, and attended the unveiling alongside Walk Of Fame artist Paul Trevillion.
This year, five more legends of football will be added to the Football Walk Of Fame.
The great Alfredo Di Stefano was a phenomenal goalscorer for the Real Madrid side who dominated the early years of the European Cup. He uniquely played for Argentina and Colombia, before gaining Spanish citizenship and representing Spain, the country where he won 8 domestic league titles.
Benfica and Portugal's Eusebio was the great star of the 1960s; Europe's answer to Pele. Mozambique-born, Eusebio is often cited as the first truly world class player from Africa. In over 400 games for Benfica between 1960-1975, he scored at a rate of more than a goal a game.
Jimmy Greaves is the all-time top goalscorer in English top-flight football, notching 366 goals for Chelsea, Spurs and West Ham from 1957-71. His 44 goals for England include a record 6 hat-tricks. He joins the starting XI from the 1966 World Cup final on the Football Walk Of Fame.
Another striker feared across Europe is Manchester United and Scotland's Denis Law. Joining his former United 'Holy Trinity' team-mates Bobby Charlton and George Best on the Football Walk Of Fame, Law also had two spells with Manchester City, and is the only Scottish player to ever win the Ballon D'Or.
With four great goalscorers, comes one of Europe's top all-time defenders. Paolo Maldini was a world class defender for AC Milan and Italy during an astonishing 24 year career, featuring over 1000 professional games. The five-time Champions League winner was known as a composed, elegant defender and great reader of the game.
Artist Paul Trevillion, whose iconic illustrations are familiar to generations of football fans thanks to Roy of The Rovers and You Are The Ref, has created the portraits to feature on the five new Football Walk Of Fame plaques.
Trevillion said "As a lifelong Spurs fan, I was privileged to see Jimmy Greaves terrorise defences and it's a great honour to play a part in adding to his legacy in football.
"Denis Law is one of the greatest footballers to come from Great Britain and deserves to be alongside global greats like Di Stefano and Eusebio.
"Having watched Paolo Maldini throughout an amazing career I'm sure football fans from across the world will agree he belongs with the greats."
Interim Director of the National Football Museum Kevin Haygarth added "The Football Walk Of Fame has been a fantastic addition to the museum, and to Manchester, since it launched almost a year ago.
"Football fans from all over the world appreciate this tribute to the icons of international football.
"These five new additions are all thoroughly deserving of their place on the Football Walk Of Fame."
The five new plaques will be installed in June 2017, with an event for press and invited guests on 22 June at the National Football Museum.