Counter-Strike is one of the greatest esports of all time. The current iteration of the game called Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was released in 2012 and since its conception the player base has increased exponentially. In 2019 alone CS:GO broke all of its previous records and registered its highest average player count. This has resulted in creating a professional scene that is greatly diverse. Pros who have been playing the game for nearly 20 years right from CS:1.6 to purebreds who picked up the mouse in CS:GO, there are many individuals who could be argued as the greatest of all time. Keeping in mind that everyone could have a different top 5, these are 5 players who will always be considered GOATs of CS:GO.
Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev
Oh what can be said about s1mple! Ask any sane person who the best player of all time is and they will probably say s1mple. He currently plays for Natus Vincere and can play almost any role the team requires of him. The Ukrainian was infamous for attitude issues in his early days but that seems to have become a thing of the past. The 22 year old was ranked as No.1 in the world by HLTV in 2018 and is on his way to retain that spot in 2019. He has been breaking records and conjuring plays that were only thought impossible. Be it mid-air noscopes to, surgical aces and important clutches s1mple is one of the most unpredictable and consistent players.
Marcelo "coldzera" David
"The man, the myth, the beast!" said by a caster while watching one of cold's ludicrous plays perfectly sums him up. Coldzera is currently playing for FaZe Clan however, he had a golden era with an all Brazilian team by the name SK Gaming. The 25 year old has won it and all has 2 Major trophies, in which he was MVP as well. The original SK roster was not working for cold and he made a move to FaZe in 2019. Coldzera can rifle and awp with equal proficiency and has many highlights with both. He was ranked No.1 by HLTV in 2017.
Nikola "NiKo" Kovacs
Precise is the only word needed to describe NiKo. Arguably the best aimer of all time NiKo has had a career that has seen great highs and sad lows. Initially playing for Mousesports, NiKo took on the role of in game leading as the team needed a leadership. The Bosnian was the brains and the brawns of the team. In 2017 FaZe Clan picked him up for creating an all-star team. NiKo produced plays that were clean and precise to the point of inhuman. He was ranked No.2 by HLTV for 2 consecutive years. Never playing for strats, NiKo has once again taken on the leadership role in FaZe Clan, always keeping the team above himself.
Nicolai "device" Reedtz
Device is a Danish player currently playing for Astralis. He is the pinnacle of methodical awping and passive playstyle. His playstyle could be said to be the exact opposite of s1mple yet his results are as exemplary. He has been in the top 10 rankings since 2015 and was ranked No.2 by HLTV in 2017. His trophy cabinet can dwarf almost anyone else. He has won 4 major trophies and has been the MVP at 2 of those tournaments. Device is a part of the team that had an era of absolute domination. Astralis won anything and everything under the sun and were the best team in the world for more than a year.
Cristopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund
The most legendary player of all time, GeT_RiGhT is loved by all and hated by none. Playing since CS 1.6 Chris has had an illustrious career spanning almost a decade. Known for his ridiculous spray control GeT_RiGhT is currently benched in NIP. He was ranked No.1 player in the world for two consecutive years in 2013 and 2014. GeT_RiGht battled a disease which caused him a lot of pain while he was at his peak. During the same period, Ninjas in Pyjamas (NIP) which was one of the most dominant teams in the world started its downhill journey. Through many iterations of NIP, GeT_RiGhT has remained loyal to the team although it meant lesser trophies for the Swede. GeT_RiGhT's loyalty to his team and dedication towards the game has created a legacy that will remain unparalleled. He never quit the game and continues to play to this day.