Without dispute – King Pele ranks Stoichkov and Balakov among the best – BG Football – Others

The king of football Pele plays a certain role in the greatness of the greatest Bulgarian football player Hristo Stoichkov. The legendary Brazilian, who has a total of six goals against Bulgaria, selected Kamata and Krasimir Balakov in the ideal team of the World Cup in the USA in 1994 – to this day, Izzo and Bala are the only homegrown players to reach the best 11 of the biggest football forum.

Pele and the English legend Bobby Charlton are charged with the task of determining the best of the World Cup’94, and their selection was announced in California on July 15, 1994 – Stoichkov and Balakov are ranked in the symbolic eleven of the championship.


Four years earlier, Hristo was honored with the honor of being the only Bulgarian to be invited to the show on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the King of Football. The modern left-back has been named in Franz Beckenbauer’s World squad to face Brazil at the Giuseppe Meazza in Milan. Stoichkov’s teammates in this symbolic match are Rene Higuita, Carlo Ancelotti, Gheorghe Hadji, Michel, Marco van Basten and others.

At the beginning of the 21st century, FIFA commissioned Pele to determine the 125 best footballers, selected in a list called “FIFA 100”. Among the chosen ones of the King of Football there is one Bulgarian – Hristo Stoichkov. A few years later, the three-time world champion exclaimed to Kamata: “You are a great football player!”.

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