There will always be a player whose domination would undoubtedly leave him as the most talked about player for those few years. Currently, we are in the Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo era. Here is a list of players who were the dominant player when they played.
So, a list of players who dominated, starting from the 1950s.
Period: 1950s-mid 1960s
Arguably the greatest player to have ever graced the sport. The Brazilian legend had a lethal eye for gold and throughout his career with Santos, scored nearly 1 goal every game. If there was a player that announced Brazilians to the world, it was him and that probably paved way for the European teams to scout in Brazil. On top of that, he is the only player to have won 3 World Cups and is the top scorer of the Brazilian national football team.
He played mostly for Santos and finished his career with a 3 year stint with the New York Cosmos.
Some individual accolades include, the FIFA Ballon d’Or Prix d’Honneur, FIFA 100, World Team of the 20th Century and FIFA World Cup Dream Team as well as being the joint holder of the FIFA Player of the 20th Century.
He is currently the ambassador for the 2016 Summer Olympics which will be held in Rio, but has been having health problems in the last year.