When football was better then or now? This is the eternal question that surely are doing a lot of football fans for generations. As everything, That is the spice of life, there are always people on both sides. Who better playing the generation of Di Stefano and Puskas?, Does the Pele, Cruyff o Beckenbauer?, Does Maradona, Zico and Platini or Messi, Cristiano and Co.? The debate is served.
Each of the great geniuses of football, advanced to his time
Given that times change and therefore, things tend to evolve, compare football now before the sick is a complicated task. The reality is that the big players were few advanced of its time. For example, physically, things have changed a lot. Players of yesteryear, those of many decades, They lacked fitness.
At the time of the di Stéfano, Kubala, people and else, It was easy to see past footballers weight, some with the belly of happiness. the same Pancho Puskas body looked quite different to those seen in elite soccer player today.
But nevertheless, the concept of playing football was also quite different. Despite the difference in muscle and physical section, the players of the first five decades of the twenty-first century and a half played with leather balls really, of which weighed wet outrageous.
They wore boots instead of boots, with nails that did not seem very comfortable, little light clothes especially with some sweat over and playing fields where today do not eat or cows. And even so, always they are trying to link moves and play a football association but did almost walk.
In the 70-80 They begin to see changes
The 70 and the 80, although somewhat rustic yet, included developments regarding physical preparation, boots, balls and other sports equipment. Players, They were stronger physically but the pace of games was still too slow compared to the current. But nevertheless, the Beckenbauer, Cruyff , Zico, Socrates, Maradona and company exuded a class that very few players have today. Although the ordinary football players, They could be your neighbor fifth.
The 90, time to make the leap into the world of football
The arrival of the 90 It included as is logical, further improvements to technical and tactical level and the tempo rose several points. The movements of the players were beginning to be quick, and strong pressure on the much larger rival. It was the time of the Roberto Baggio, Laudrup, Romario, Ronaldo explosion best, Rivaldo and many others quality players who pooled, physical level and pace of superior game previous decades.
The 21st century, the arrival of the media player, metrosexual and icono
With the advent of the XXI century came the total change. The incredible technical means few years ago as football boots weigh virtually no, balls almost intelligence and the huge variety of integrated training and advancement of methodologies have led to improvements in the game as you look.
Players, They became progressively larger athletes. Powerful, muscular, some looking like a fitness model especially today where the players are infinitely higher and more muscular than ago 50-60 and even years ago 20.
This, He brought an increase in the tempo, speed, physical waste and the exaggerated number of games. But improving physically, It has also caused a fall in the technical level of the game. Now runs more, It pressed and is stronger and more resilient but there are more players with less technical level.
For romantics will always be the doubt that happen if they played in the same game the best Di Stefano, Kubala, Cruyff, Beckenbauer, Skin, Ronaldo, Francescoli and other myths against Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi, Mbappé, Neymar, Suarez, Modric and company. The answer will be in the imagination of each or in games where you can simulate. Then we will always doubt when it was best football, then or now.