Raul Gonzalez is a Spanish football player born on 27 June 1977 and is considered one of the best strikers that the football world has ever produced. He currently plays for club Al sad in the Qatar stars league but has retired from international football. He scored 70 goals in UEFA club competitions and is still the top scorer of all time in the competitions. Raul scored 228 goals in La Liga during his days with Real Madrid and is the 3rd leading goal scorer in the league. You will definitely consider Raul as one of the best /popular soccer players of all time when you look at his career records.
Despite being more popular than some men's football events (one match saw a 53,000 strong crowd),  women's football in England suffered a blow in 1921 when The Football Association outlawed the playing of the game on Association members' pitches, on the grounds that the game (as played by women) was distasteful.  Some speculated that this may have also been due to envy of the large crowds that women's matches attracted.  This led to the formation of the English Ladies Football Association and play moved to rugby grounds.