Best CS:GO players of all time

Counter-Stike: Global Offensive is one of the most popular games in the world. It caught the attention of thousands of fans around the globe. Thousands of professional tournaments have been held since its inception. Professional organizations have created their own market where they sell and buy players. Today, we will lean back a little and find the best counter strike player in the history of competitive CS:GO! 

And the legendary Dane opens our list of the best CS:GO players:

Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz

Device played 1793 matches, in total on hltv, and for all this time his average rating was 1.16. Also, since 2014, he has been in the top 20 best players of the year, and in 2021, Nikola also took 11th place! Recall that it was he who until 2021 had the world record for MVP awards received in 1 year, but then he was overtaken by s1mple!

Also, Nikola won the Major 4 times and got the MVP medal for them 2 times! That was dev1ce who entered the legendary Astralis roster, which no one could resist for several years!

Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev

In total, s1mple played 1491 cards on hltv, which is not much less than device, but his average rating was as much as 1.25! He has been ranked in the top players of the year since 2016, with 1 winning this top. However, it would not be surprising if he takes first place this year as well, since his average rating for 2021 was 1.35, and he also became the MVP at PGL Major Stockholm!

Patrick “f0rest” Lindberg

Swedish counter-strike legend! Patrick is one of the few people who managed to play more than 2000 maps on hltv, namely 2009! For such a huge number of cards, he was able to keep his average rating at around 1.11, and let’s remind you that he is already 33 years old! During his career, he managed to win 1 major with the NiP team in 2014! Also, this man from 2013 to 2016 got into the top 20 best players in the world! Also, it was he who was part of the very first legendary NiP roster, which at the beginning of CS: GO had 87 wins in a row!

Freddy “KRIMZ” Johansson

Freddy has 1719 cards played with an average rating of 1.05 on hltv! Also, from 2014 to 2020, he got into the top of the best players in the world 5 times. Also during his career, he won 2 majors!

Top 10 CS:GO players in 2021

CS:GO top 10 players by statistic:

1. Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev

2. Mathieu “⁠ZywOo⁠” Herbaut

3. Nikola “NiKo” Kovač

4. Dmitry “sh1ro” Sokolov

5. Sergey “⁠Ax1Le⁠” Rykhtorov

6. Abay “HObbit” Khasenov

7. Denis “electroNic” Sharipov

8. Mareks “YEKINDAR” Gaļinskis

9. Valeriy “⁠b1t⁠” Vakhovskiy

10. Dzhami “⁠Jame⁠” Ali

Best CS:GO player in the world? Opinion of pro players

Half of the votes are for s1mple!

A total of 10 people were interviewed – 8 pro-players and two analysts. Of these, five named s1mple as the greatest player of all time. El1GE, woxic, NBK, GuardiaN, and analyst Richard Lewis voted for the Ukrainian.

You know the story of s1mple – a young talent from Ukraine, by the age of 24, had already managed to play overseas, after which he returned to his homeland and ended up in NAVI. From the very beginning of his career, Simple showed not only a high skill but also a complex character, because of which he had to leave the teams. One of the reasons for Simpl’s departure from Team Liquid is the conflict with Elige, who gave the roster an ultimatum.

Now, s1mple is one of the strongest players in the world, he is able to solo the match while his entire team is looking for a game. One of the coolest moments in his career is the 1 vs 4 clutch against Liquid in the quarterfinals of IEM Katowice 2020, we recommend watching.

Famous CS:GO players, who are worthy of mention

Marcelo “coldzera” David

Brazilian professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player. He is widely considered as one of the best CS:GO players of all time, having been ranking first by HLTV two years in a row in 2016 and 2017. 


  • Was ranked the best player of 2016 by HLTV
  • Was ranked the best player of 2017 by HLTV
  • Was ranked the 10th best player of 2018 by HLTV
  • Was ranked the best player of 2016 by Thorin
  • Was ranked the best player of 2017 by Thorin
  • Was ranked the 7th best player of 2018 by Thorin
  • Awarded as PC Player of the Year 2016 by eSports Industry Awards
  • Awarded as Best Esports Player 2016 by The Game Awards

Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer Gustafsson

Swedish professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and former professional Counter-Strike player. Old fans remember his legendary 3-year-long tenure with Fnatic, during which he won two Majors — ESL One: Katowice 2015 and ESL One: Cologne 2015 — and numerous other international tournaments, and was named the world`s best player in 2015.


  • Was ranked the 12th best player of 2014 by HLTV
  • Was ranked the best player of 2015 by HLTV
  • Was ranked the 8th best player of 2016 by HLTV
  • Was ranked the 19th best player of 2017 by HLTV
  • Was listed on 30 Under 30 Europe 2020: Sports & Games by Forbes

Christopher “GeT_RiGhT” Alesund

Retired Swedish professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Counter-Strike player who is currently a streamer for Dignitas. He is widely considered one of the best players in Counter-Strike history, having been ranked #2 in 2010 and 2011 in CS and #1 in 2013 and 2014 in CS:GO by HLTV.


  • Was ranked the 2nd best player of 2010 by HLTV
  • Was ranked the 2nd best player of 2011 by HLTV.

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