The 100 greatest players of all time

Introduction

Diego Maradona and Pele

Who is will finish on top, Diego Maradona or Pele? Our list will attempt to find out.

In a team sport, it can often seem obscene – even absurd – to reward a single player ahead of the collective.

But, equally, every match is no more than an accumulation of individual moments. Games are secured by unlikely saves, defined by timely tackles, unlocked with visionary passes and settled by important strikes.

Some players undoubtedly perform these specific tasks with greater consistency and to a higher quality than others. So, as difficult as it is for any player to perform in isolation, some are clearly more important to glories than their teammates.

Indeed, depending on their position and style, certain players form the building-blocks of great teams, others provide the spine and an elite minority complete teams – lifting them to greater levels.

There can be no denying, for example, that Pele and Garrincha’s irreverent excellence removed a half-century of fear from Brazilian football in 1958. Or that Argentina would not have won the 1986 World Cup without Diego Maradona.

Yet the counterpoint to that, of course, is that the otherwise fixed Argentine formation was specifically designed to maximise his contribution.

It’s the eternal debate in football, really, when it comes to assessing the exact abilities of any player. We see it raging today about Cristiano Ronaldo, Leo Messi and Xavi.

Does the system make the players or do the players make the system?

The answer, naturally, depends on the individual situations but can still usually be found somewhere in between.

Certainly, some very good players were fortunate enough to play almost all of their careers in systems that perfectly suited them. Other, potentially better players were equally unfortunate to spend their best years in teams that didn’t make best use of their talents.

And, on that issue, Gabrielle Marcotti has posited an interesting question. What if Johan Cruyff’s family had moved to Aldershot rather than Amsterdam?

Would he have been as influential – or even had his natural technique so ably enhanced – had he grown up in a footballing culture that wasn’t as ripe for innovation as Holland in the ’60s?

As such, when it comes to deciding the greatest players of all time, there is always a caveat. Individuals can only ever be products of their time and place.

Even in a tournament where one player imposed his personal will like no other in history, the outcome was still hostage to fortune. In 1986, Maradona was lucky to be in his prime in the kind of exhausting conditions that favoured attacking football. It could even be said that previous failures had only sharpened his resolve and thereby enhanced his performance.

For once, the stars aligned. Almost literally, given the weather conditions.
Would Maradona have been as effective had Carlos Bilardo persisted with 4-4-2? Would the exceptional Duncan Edwards have gone on to dominate international football had he survived Munich? Would Vava have scored so many high-profile goals had he been born Bolivian instead of Brazilian?

The answer to all of these questions is open to debate. With some of the arguments possessing more persuasive evidence than others.

But then that’s also the point. In a debate like this, we can only go on the evidence we have.

And, despite so many conditions in his favour in 1986, there was still pressure on Maradona to perform. But the fact is that he did perform. Supremely.

So, in order to determine the 100 greatest players of all time, we’ve attempted the following approach. First, we tried to isolate every player’s basic ability. Secondly, and most importantly, we attempted to examine how extensively he actually applied it within the parameters of his career.

As such, application of ability is key.

Because of that, there is a natural weighting towards the top teams and competitions. After all, the biggest measure of whether a player is maximising his ability comes in his battles against the very best of his time.

A consequence of this, too, is that there’s greater concentration of post-war footballers. Because of the absence of fully-formed, top-level competitions in the first half of the 20th century, it was simply harder to determine how good players really were. The ‘bar’ for those eras, so to speak, was more difficult to define.

But this list still accounts for truly exceptional achievement in any era, environment or location. If a pre-war player was even considered the most influential of his time – for example – then his career had to be measured. If a top team bottled a big game but one player maintained his level of performance, then that quality had to be considered favourably.

And, finally, if one player drove a lesser team to Champions League qualification or a World Cup, then it had to be examined whether that feat was the equal of an international star forcing an already-competitive team over the line.

But the important question, then, is whether that player was capable of stepping up to the star’s level. Could he apply his ability on an elevated field?

The best players in history constantly did.

The purpose of this list is to, at least, create debate; at best, point that debate in a relatively informed direction. As such, it is highly unlikely any one reader will agree with a significant minority of the list – let alone a majority or all of it.

Before we invite opprobrium or rage at the placing of specific players or outright omission of others, please consider one caveat.

The so-called short-list to this entry ran to almost 500. As such many exceptional players were necessarily left out. And, in many cases, the margins were so tight that even the slightest tweak in interpretation of the formula would have caused drastic changes.

In saying all of that, however, we have attempted to be as honest as possible.

 

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RaihananAbdulRazak 5 pts

alan shearer,cha bum kun,r.koeman,leonardo....

 

cleclerc 5 pts

I like this comprehensive ranking but can't help but feel that the current generation of Barca players is overrated.

cleclerc 5 pts

Ronaldinho ranked under Xavi and Iniesta is hard to grasp considering how influential the player was in any given match. He may not have the same collective visionary skill of the game, but he was much more of a phenomenal talent.

lewrayworth 5 pts

Steven gerrard most complete footballer ever should be here also alan sheera!!!

footpascher 5 pts

Would he have been as influential – or even had his natural technique so ably enhanced – had he grown up in a footballing culture that wasn’t as ripe for innovation as Holland in the ’60s?

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glocom 7 pts

As far as the whole method of ranking is concerned, I think (or at least this is what i would do, if i was to make my list) there should be a principle, say it an axiom, for every ''greatest-players'' - list: the necessary condition (but not sufficient on its own) for someone to be included in the first ten (top ten) should be TO HAVE PERFORMED EXCEPTIONALLY well BOTH WITH THEIR CLUBS, AS WELL AS WITH THEIR NATIONAL TEAMS''. In this light, Messi, who in the distant future will have the chances of reaching the top, ahead of all others, is still not in the top-ten, for he hadn't excelled up to now with his national team. You can't include someone in the top ten, when there is a great numerical distance between his ''club-points'' and his ''international-points''. But this is just my view. Thank you

glocom 7 pts

You have also made a great mistake: there is no human with ability............100 (what a hyperbole) in any field. All the more, given that Maradona's overall footballing ability was in any case inferior to others: how can  a football player has 100 ability when his right foot is IDLE, and his 'heading' ability nearly trivial? The accolades one's individual is one thing, and his estimated tecnical ability is quite another, or at least not the same. Furthermore, what about Maradona's consistency? Between 1982-4 he was a ''ghost'', as well as after 1990 (Pele -and Zidane, who is the most underrated legend in your list-were at a high-level during their entire carreer, something Diego lacks) Sorry, but there's another mistake in your list: it is 100% Maradona-biased. Sorry, but you could be more objective.

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glocom 7 pts

Counterintuitive: Pele 84 pts., Maradona 90, at the international level? Well...

 

Tanvir 86 8 pts

 JGG  glocom RESUME AND CURRICULUM?????????????????????????????????????

 

you talking football or gymnastics?????????? football is far above such mere NUMBERS and STATISTICS that you constantly argue with.. football is more about ART, MIRACLES and LEGACIES.. even more pathetic thing is that you are a brazilian and you fail to see the artistic universe of football..

 

pele's completeness adds nothing special to him.. he was an ordinary mortal who used his body well, ran fast and scored goals...NOTHING ELSE.. maradona used only his left foot.. but that was not a mortal foot, that was a HEAVENLY foot through which he scored the GREATEST GOAL MANKIND HAS EVER WITNESSED on 22 June 1986, Azteca stadium.. not only did he dribble past half the english team, he controlled the ball superbly on the puddles of water on that pitch.. even more mind-boggling is that he accelerated at such a blistering pace on the right side of field, ordinary left-footers find it difficult to run in the right-side, but instead of slowing down, maradona accelerated with lightining pace and dribbled effortlessly past the english to score an absolutely legendary goal that took him to very pinnacle of football.. it was THE ULTIMATE EXPRESSION of how far an individual player's impact goes on his team.. and throughout the whole 86 WC, maradona emphatically proved what a ONE-MAN team can do...

 

what YOU fail to evaluate is that, pele never reached that level.. the ultimate proof is pele's extraordinary  miss against uruguay in 70 WC semifinal.. it showed that pele was close to that level but never actually reached it.. in 86 WC, maradona didn't miss anything, he FINISHED everything ONCE AND FOR ALL..

 

pele best player for a decade??? i assume that you have never heard of the FIFTH BEATLE and the black panther??? george best was ripping everything in the world in late 60s and eusebio was tearing everything in early 60s.. that short period of 62-65 was the time when pele was absolutely best in the world and after his WHIMPING AND MOANING in 66 WC, pele lost his way.. he did came back in 70 WC,, but the world was expecting FAR more from him.. maradona was also the best in the world for the same period.. but let's not forget, pele was NOT tackled by "BUTCHER OF BILBAO", maldini,gentile,baresi,scirea,matthaus.. maradona had to face so much trouble, so much difficulties, that some people even began doubt in the early 80's that he would never be able fulfill his talent.. but his explosion in 1986 completely stunned the world , and then his miracles with Napoli sealed his status as the greatest footballer to ever grace the field.. while, pele was more interested with BUSINESS prospects with FIFA, maradona was busy entertaining the masses with his extraordinary abilities..

 

and that is the difference you always fail to see.. maradona didn't need to score goals to draw applause from his fans.. his touches were enough to make the whole stadium go wild.. such was the artistic expression of maradona's every move.. and in the midst of all this he didn't forget responsiblity.. and didn't hesitate to captain EACH AND EVERY team he played for..

 

some people obviously hates maradona with all their might.. actually maradona is such a character that you cannot remain in between.. you have either love him completely or hate him completely.. but on the football field, Sir Bobby  Robson's words will remain forever: "Hate him or Love him, he is the greatest player anyone will ever see"........

 

 

Tanvir 86 8 pts

 JGG you're profile photo says it all about how deep you know about football.. you were using number arguments yesterday but you have changed you're face today.. it is the way of hypocrites like you to present an argument.. but i have an even stronger Counter-argument about this FOOT issue..

 

yes maradona did have an idle right foot... so what???????? messi barely uses his right foot while Cr7 is a natural two-footer.. who is currently the greatest player in the world???

 

the fact is that this Foot argument holds very little weight.. as i stated clearly in my previous comment: the GREATEST GOAL OF ALL TIME(according to football lovers and not narcissists like you) which maradona scored, he dribbled past half the english team on the RIGHT-SIDE of field. he never used his right-foot. Natural left-footers wouldn't even have dribbled past 1 player but here maradona dribbled past 6 and that too in a bad, muddy pitch.. It clearly shows that if a player has an extraordinary single-foot then he doesn't need anything else... while Pele used Body athletics, Maradona used Exquisite ball technique.. Pele's WHOLE BODY couldn't accomplish what maradona accomplished very effortlessly.. and that is why pele is more like a GOAL-POACHER while maradona is something OUT OF THE WORLD..

 

i have disproved your number and foot arguments.. so what else will you say??? that pele has won International Olympic award so he is greater than maradona?????

 

if you can't read my arguments properly then i request you to write somewhere else and not on this site.. your filthiness has polluted the environment of this great site where you trash a legend you hate instead of doing constructive argument...

 

 

 

 

andyzidane 6 pts

 Tanvir 86  JGG  glocom 

Crikey, this guy writes a lot of spam. Stick to the point. It's difficult to agree with an opinion of someone who insults others for having a subjective opinion or more bizarrely, not including Garrincha (who I agree, is a great - based on statistics and grainy videos I've seen). You don't look 86 years old otherwise your opinions of footballers who played "in black and white" might be well received. So I would hazard a guess that you're just 27 years young.

 

For what it's worth, Diego Maradona would be my vote for #1. I try to be as impartial as possible and perhaps Pele isn't ahead as I don't particularly rate him in terms of technical ability. Physically, he was a much better athlete though. I am a 6'2" semi professional footballer myself but if I was to draw the abilities of any player I have seen live, on TV, or archived videos, I would probably want the goal-scoring knack of Roberto Baggio but the overall technique of Zinedine Zidane. Draw your own conclusions from that what you will.

 

I don't think it's fair to include currently active players like Leo Messi until they have retired so their career can be assessed as a whole. Let the boy see if he can assist Argentina win the World Cup. In my mind he has already surpassed the goal-scoring feats of everybody in history. The Brazilian Ronaldo had impressive stats in the modern game but this little boy is something else. Pele claims that we must wait until he has scored over his total of 1230+ goals before comparing but we all know that 4-500 of those were scored in the back garden with his mum in goal.

I always used to say Maradona was better than Pele because he could dribble round all 11 opposition players twice before putting the ball in the back of the net. Whereas Pele would use his superior athletic ability to steam through a few opponents before dispatching with either foot. Messi can do what Maradona could. The only difference in my mind is Diego was more influential on a match, more of a captain, a leader. Some might think he has a spiritual effect on a match/team but in contrast, Diego had decent teammates at Napoli / Argentina, but Leo has exceptional teammates at Barcelona.

 

Superb debate which will run and run for years.

glocom 7 pts

 andyzidane  Tanvir 86  JGG  glocom Yeah, right said. It's unfair to put in the list players who are still playing, let alone to put them  ahead of legends who have retired, as Zidane. Zidane -in my opinion- is the second best player after Pele in terms of football completeness and individual accolades. He has a nearly perfect combination of the two . I think that Zidane is much underrated in this list. 80 International ability? Huh,. That's a joke.  Furthermore,Zidane had the most exciting skills in history. Nobody could or can be so magic, so different, so unique as the legendary Frenchman. Thank you

Tanvir 86 8 pts

 glocom  zidane is my personal favourite too but your exaggeration is hilarious... most exciting skills in history????  for all the great things he did in his career,, the first ten years of his career(1988-1998), he was nothing but a GHOST.. it was on the final of 98 WC in which the world truly knew who zidane was, before that nobody knew his name..

 

zidane is the most truest playmaker of all time.. but he is not as terrifying as maradona,ronaldinho who were also playmakers but they constantly used rip apart defenses single-handedly and made defenders pee in their pants.. but zidane was never like that.. rather than destroying defenses, he used to DESTABILIZE defenses through his immaculate passes and vision. in that, zidane was an unique legend indeed.. in my book he will be no.4 .

 

putting pele and zidane ABOVE maradona fully shows your hatred towards maradona.. yes, a lot of sissies like you will continue to hate him for his lifestyle but you never the great side of maradona.. but i would like to inform you that even your BELOVED zidane declared that maradona is the GREATEST PLAYER OF ALL TIME.. he confessed it in 2005 in the madrid training ground.. he showed to the reporters that he couldn't a special trick that maradona did in his time. maradona always used this OUTRAGEOUS trick to entertain his teammates. the trick was that maradona used to lob the ball gently with his left feet and when the ball touched the ground, rather than going forward, the ball reversed came back to maradona's feet !!! maradona's used so much torque on the ball that the ball HAD to reverse. zidane tried but couldn't do it.. and then he humbly declared maradona the greatest.. so better watch your mouth when you state idiotic things like "maradona is one-footed".. what maradona can do with his left foot, pele can only dream of..  what zidane can do with a ball, maradona can do that with an orange.

andyzidane 6 pts

 Tanvir 86  glocom 

Yeah, nobody knew his name in 1996 when Bordeaux went from Intertoto to UEFA Cup finalists, beating the likes of Milan along the way. The 3 star players in that team were all sold in the summer... Bixente Lizarazu, Christophe Dugarry, oh, and Zinedine Zidane. Oops. Wrong again, tubby Tanvir.

 

Neither glocom or I are disputing that Maradona is the greatest, we are simply putting forward our opinion. All you do is insult others.

 

I haven't done a vast amount of research since 2001 but my rough opinion would probably be:

1. Maradona

2. Pele

3. Cruyff

4. Zidane

5. di Stefano

glocom 7 pts

 andyzidane  Tanvir 86 No comment about the kiddish knowledge of football Tanvir has. AndyZidane, i totally agree with you in the list of the top-5 you mention. My ranking is, 1.pele, 2. Maradona, 3. zidane, 4. cruyff, 5. di stefano ( i put zidane above cruyff, because zidane was a unique winner at the international level,  as well, something Cruyff lacks of. And, last but not least, IT IS MY PERSONAL OPINION AND I DON'T WANT TANVIR TO REPLY TO, Maradona to me stands above zidane as regards the world cup (where zidane was also fantastic). But on the whole, and considering  the whole  technical skills on the pitch, and also factors such as  winning spirit, leadership,  mentality,  duration, and the accolades in relation to player's age, i consider Maradona and Zidane almost equal.  pele above all, of course.

glocom 7 pts

Well. How can Zidane, one of the most succesful players as regards the 'national team' ,can be inferior to Cruyff (80-82) who (the latter) has participated only once in World Cup, without winning it, let alone playing quite insufficiently in his only Final? Where was Cruyff in the semi-final with the Czechs (Euro 1976), when he was once again bad on the big occasion? The same holds for Beckenbauer (only 82, who was the most succesful ''national'' player after Pele, leading his team to numerous great accolades) and Puskas (84, only once runner-up, all the more with insufficient presence -3 matches only-? ). You can't rank players in such a ''high-class' list,  without taking for granted mainly their performance on the big occasions.The thing is crucial, for it leads to a somewhat ''strange'' ranking, based mainly on ''myths'' that have penetrate into football history. As for Maradona, i respect your opinion, but Pele is unparalleled : nobody has done such magnificent performances in the ''party-age'' of 17, nobody has been the protagonist in 2 world cup wins. He has also shown his class in a quite competitive -then-Brazilian championship, when the great stars were still playing on home soil, and not abroad, as well as in the Intercontinental cup finals, where he thrashed the great Europeans of Benfica twice. On the contrary, Maradona (who was trully a unique, but not the best ever, player IMO) wasn't so consistent: 82's appearance was bad, 90's  a'' mild'' one.This list is good, but it could be a much better and objective one..Thank you

Tanvir 86 8 pts

 glocom do you even know the full of history of maradona??????????????

 

you talk like you are a great analyst but instead have a relentless grudge against maradona..

 

first, maradona was very unlucky to miss out on the 1978 WC.. he was the even younger than pele and he ripping everything in the argentine league.. but for some  reasons, menotti didn't chose him.. as menotti was an eternal Pele-lover, he feared that his darling's record of the youngest player to enter the WC will be broken if maradona is chosen.. at the final moment, menotti leaves out the blistering 16-year old maradona.... the whole argentina was shocked... but maradona didn't lose hope.. in came the 1979 youth WC, where maradona absolutely ripped everything by scoring 7 magnificent goals and winning it single-handedly.. just like pele in the late 50s, maradona was the greatest under-20 player in the late 70s..so to say maradona was a "ghost" in his youth is a pure indication of HATRED towards him..

 

maradona 82's appearance was bad because of that HAGGARD menotti's reluctance and egoistic passarella's ARROGANCE.. it was never maradona's fault.. he was a victim of those dirty "football" politics which was also why barca's president Nunez refused to play him in regular La liga matches..and let's not forget, maradona got injured by the WORST TACKLE OF ALL TIME by the butcher of bilbao which further increased doubts and rumors about maradona..

 

but maradona BURIED everything in 1986.. scored the GREATEST GOAL MANKIND HAS EVER WITNESSED on 22 June 1986, Azteca stadium.. not only did he dribble past half the english team, he controlled the ball superbly on the puddles of water on that pitch.. even more mind-boggling is that he accelerated at such a blistering pace on the right side of field, ordinary left-footers find it difficult to run in the right-side, but instead of slowing down, maradona accelerated with lightining pace and dribbled effortlessly past the english to score an absolutely legendary goal that took him to very pinnacle of football.. it was THE ULTIMATE EXPRESSION of how far an individual player's impact goes on his team.. and throughout the whole 86 WC, maradona emphatically proved what a ONE-MAN team can do...

 

pele protagonist??????????? i assume you have never heard of Vava,garrincha,amarildo,tostao,carlos alberto, gerson,rivelino... pele's golden teammates who helped him SO MUCH... who did maradona play with????? burruchaga,careca,giordino,valdano.. maradona's average-ish teammates who couldn't even dribble past a player properly let alone helping maradona...

 

you can write all you want but if you don't acknowledge the sea of difficulties that maradona had to face throughout his career then you are nothing but an arrogant narcissistic maradona-hater..

glocom 7 pts

 Tanvir 86  glocom Well, man, i know much more things than you, some 32 years ago. I have also written a text about the things. I didn't read ''your'' story about Diego, cause i know much morre than what you write. Diego was by far the greatest player of his team in mexico, but Valdano, Burruchaga and the likes, were not as crap as you consider. Football is team sport, so whatever someone says about 'single-handedly' wins is simply a metaphor, or a hyperbole. Where was Diego against Uruguay in the round of 16? Was he good in the Final, except for his final pass to Burruchaga? Even Diego in his book had recognised that Matthaus blocked him quite succesfully in the Final. Was he good in the next WC? Do you know that he missed a crucial penalty against Jugoslavia? Do you know that he had made a second hand of god against Cameroon, which once again the bad referrees didn't punish? Is there anything to remember from Diego's 1990 World Cup except for his pass to Kanijja against Brasil? No. Was he good in Barca? No. What did he do after 1990? Almost nothing.  Yes he was a fantastic dribbler, a great player, but he wasn't so consistent. Furthermore, he had an IDLE RIGHT-FOOT, as well as TRIVIAL HEADING ABILITY, THINGS THAT MANY COACHES RECOGNISE. What makes you deify him is those five minutes of glory vs. England. Buut don't forget that the first one WAS A TOTALLY ILLEGAL GOAL, about which many talk as if he scored a fantastic goal. Ok, his second one was a real masterpiece, but not the greatest, or the most difficult ever. See Ibrahimovic vs. Neda ( i am not sure that you even know about it) and you will realise that therev are oother more spectacular goals, but ok scored in less-value champions (or watch Pele vs. the south-american Juventus -the jogo bonito-).   Your argument that Pele played alongside legends, talks in favour of Pele: the fact that he was the protagonist in a team composed of so many legends, simply states that he was the greatest legend of all (do you know ever about a player dazzling the whole world in the age of 17 on the greatest football stage?)

 

It is quite dubious if Maradona could have a success, had he played in a team of legends. Diego couldn't afford it  to have competitors playing with him. Pele had it all, he was techically immaculate. END OF DISCUSSION. I have my arguments, you have yours. I don't expect you to be convinced, despite the fact that my arguments are ''serious''. But i don't want a reply. Everyone has his own opinion. Thank you

Tanvir 86 8 pts

 glocom  Tanvir 86  now that you've replied, i'm 10000% convinced that you are a maradona-hater from the origin..

 

i have already told you the REAL story of Maradona but you've ignored it and you've bashed maradona like all the other maradona-haters but with more intensity.. i cannot change your biased,narcissistic opinion but i hope to inject some light on your pathetic understanding of Football..

 

maradona couldn't afford legends to play alongside him?????????? that is the most BIGGEST LIE i've ever heard..

 

when he was about to move in Serie A, Milan,Juventus,Inter,Roma were chasing him.. there were many lucrative offers but he REFUSED them.. he went to the poor Napoli who hadn't won a single major trophy in their 100 years of existence.. from 1986-90, maradona Led Napoli to their most pinnacle moment in history, winning 2 serie A+Uefa Cup+Coppa Italia.. when maradona went out of napoli, again lucrative offers were coming from Real madrid and Milan.. where did went??? he went to the poor Sevilla..

 

THAT IS THE HISTORY OF maradona.. he ALWAYS REFUSED to play in big teams.. in his teenage years, he played in the poor Argentinos Juniors. he led them to their highest finish in Argentine league(2nd position).. in 1981,maradona led boca juniors to win the title.. that was only title boca won in the 80s.. HE WAS A VICTIM OF DIRTY POLITICS at his time in barca.. that Haggard Nunez refused to play him in regular matches..but still maradona scored 4 goals in el clasico final of copa del rey 1983.. still the barca fans, kept Maradona's no.10 shirt in the museum.. because despite all difficulties, Maradona didn't lose his ABILITIES.. his HEAVENLY abilities, that made the whole stadium go wild..

 

you say that you know history but the truth is that you see everything with ONE-EYE.. you never see the full picture..

 

yes maradona did have an idle right foot... so what???????? messi barely uses his right foot while Cr7 is a natural two-footer.. who is currently the greatest player in the world???

 

the fact is that this Foot argument holds very little weight.. as i stated clearly in my previous comment: the GREATEST GOAL OF ALL TIME(according to football lovers and not narcissists like you) which maradona scored, he dribbled past half the english team on the RIGHT-SIDE of field. he never used his right-foot. Natural left-footers wouldn't even have dribbled past 1 player but here maradona dribbled past 6 and that too in a bad, muddy pitch.. It clearly shows that if a player has an extraordinary single-foot then he doesn't need anything else... while Pele used Body athletics, Maradona used Exquisite ball technique.. Pele's WHOLE BODY couldn't accomplish what maradona accomplished very effortlessly.. and that is why pele is more like a GOAL-POACHER while maradona is something OUT OF THE WORLD..

 

you try compare maradona's HEAVENLY goal with Ibra vs Neda????????? ARE YOU BRAIN-DAMAGED???????

 

Crtiics,fans and players have widely accpeted that Maradona's goal is the GREATEST ANYONE HAS EVER SEEN... the only goal that can be compared to that is Van Basten's incredible strike vs Russia 88 Euro( I guess you don't even know that).. no other goals come even close and you're suggestions are absolutely hilarious and PATHETIC..

 

what did pele do in 66 WC???-- WHIMPING AND CRYING rather than pulling his team together.. he said these foolish words: "I WILL NEVER PLAY IN ANY WC MATCHES".. when maradona was being killed by the BUTCHER OF BILBAO, did he even utter a single word?????????????????????

 

where was pele in 62 WC??????????? instead it was GARRINCHA who single-handedly took brazil to their 2nd WC win, scoring an absolute beauty against england in quarter-final..

 

Pele could've NEVER scored those goals in 58 WC if it wasn't for the marvellous didi and his falling leaf strikes(i guess you don't even know who he is)...

 

these are not opinions, these are FACTS which narcissists like you don't want to see.. you hypocrites never see the great side of maradona and instead, bash him unfarily.. but to your great dismay,  true football lovers still exists in this world who will always stand up against your Biased, one-eyed, Narcissistic, Maradona-hating Opinion......

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

glocom 7 pts

 Tanvir 86 oNE THing is sure. You simply don't know a lot about football. What in fact you know about, is  what you have heard from the mass media or the youngsters. Sorry, but i don't want a reply. I HAVE ADMITTED THAT MARADONA WAS A GREAT PLAYER, BUT YOU RE BLIND. HE WAS GREAT, FANTASTIC, BUT THERE ARE DRAWBACKS IN HIM YOU CAN'T SEE. YOU'RE MARADONA-BIASED. GREAT PLAYER, NOT THE BEST EVER.  Uh, Van Basten? You compare a ( superb) static goal with a solo -dynamic effort ? that's the proof that you don't know about football. END OF DISCUSSION

glocom 7 pts

 JGG Thank you. You know a lot about footballa and you respect REAL FACTS. He is probably logical, but because he is a youngster he know only things and stereotypes heard on the media.

Tanvir 86 8 pts

 glocom  JGG you can twist,turn and distort my writings all you want, but you can never hide the truth..

 

so i am the only one speaking up against your naked pele-biasness and so i become a derailed youth???? so you have this RIDICULOUS perception that all "derailed" youths is a maradona-fanatic???? as i said before, you hypocrites have nothing good to do other than stereotyping football lovers and distorting the truth repeatedly to denigrate a player whom you hate with all your heart..

 

infact, by your writings, it seems you are the 20-something anti-social youth who hasn't played a single football match in his whole life.. i always had a hunch that the one-eyed maradona haters never actually play football but now i'm absolutely convinced..

 

i can easily judge how much football you know when tell me to compare Maradona's HEAVENLY goal with Ibra vs Neda... i can easily tell how a big a liar YOU are when you say that Maradona couldn't "afford" to play with legends.. i can easily say how ONE-EYED you are when you say that this site is "100%" maradona-biased..

 

where did i truly disrespect pele????? i have always said and will continue to say that pele is among the pantheon of the Greatest football legends in history.. I have stated that he was the best young player in the late 50s and was best in the world from 62-65.. i just don't cross the line and blatantly EXAGGERATE like you hypocrites.. i give credit to his TEAMMATES for what they have done and have have helped pele greatly to reach his aim..  i give credit to DIDI for what his great leadership abilities and took charge on the final of 58 WC when brazil were in danger.. i give credit to GARRINCHA for his out-of-the world performance in 62 WC.. these were the golden teammates of pele which many like hypocrites like you love to IGNORE.. you talk of pele as if he has done something miraculous(which he never did) and chose to ignore the great sacrifices of pele's teammates..

 

which media are you talking about??????? TODAY'S media says Cr7 and Messi is the greatest ever... did i ever said such stupid things??? yet you say i am a "derailed youth".. maradona ran the show 27 years ago when i wasn't even BORN.. do you ever see media people talking about maradona's great heroics in argentinos juniors,boca,napoli???? whenever anything comes up about maradona, it's about a "CONTROVERSIAL" statement he made about somebody.. today's media paparazzis portray maradona like a former drug-addict making controversy now and then.. they never talk about maradona's heroics in football field.. it was the paparazzis who stooped so low that they even entered the operation theatre room in 2004 when maradona was fighting with death.. i listen to everything but the mainstream media.. infact, you hypocrites are singing the same song like those shameless Pele-biased FIFA journalists.. and you are attacking a journalist like Miguel delaney for the truth he has spoken the TRUTH very boldly..

 

you people are isolated from the general masses and have nothing good to do in your life other than sitting in your home and bashing a legend.. you write whatever you want but write it somewhere else.. your filthiness has polluted the environment of this great site where you trash a legend you hate instead of doing constructive argument...

 

 

 

 

your wrong 5 pts

how is messi 8th . messi is the best in all that list.

 

glocom 7 pts

 your wrong If we are talking about players at the highest level, it is NECESSARY that the player nears perfection with his club, AS WELL AS WITH HIS NATIONAL TEAM. Messi is not such a player: perfect in Barcelona, bad with his national team. He needs to excel at the international level, as well. Otherwise, he will remain great, the best of his generation, one of the best of all-time, but NOT THE BEST EVER...

IAMAMIDGET 5 pts

this is a brilliant list: very accurate plus you actually gave detailed reasons why each player was there. most people don't bother to be so accurate. the only points I'd disagree on is Pele should've been No. 1: he played better, more consistently and for longer than Maradona. Also, by the time I write this (2013 etc.) messi should probably be 1 or 2 places higher, and C.Ronaldo probably ought to be in the top 50. Great list though!!!!!!! :)

Tanvir 86 8 pts

 IAMAMIDGET  played better in which sense may i ask???

 

pele's world cup performance doesnot come even close maradona's single-handed miracle in 1986.. pele got injured easily in 62 and 66 WC so he can't more consistent.. throughout the 60s, garrincha and george best were also recognized as the greatest in the world.. infact when ranking strict individual performances, garrincha is better than pele..

 

read facts before putting your opinion....

glocom 7 pts

 Tanvir 86  IAMAMIDGET read the overall football history and not parts of the thing, before putting exaggerated opinions

 

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Tanvir 86 8 pts

 JGG  the thing which you're not understanding that you're the biggest kiddo here..

 

if i tried to attract attention then i would've said messi or Cr7 is the greatest ever.. but i logically debated and showed you how pele's mortal performances never comes close to maradona's miracles.. but if you chose to remain blind then it is your choice..

 

Maradona is the most unique legend in the history of football.. while pele is only a mortal legend..

Tanvir 86 8 pts

 JGG  Tanvir 86  you should go to kindergarten first as you are stating that same argument always..

 

pele fans have actually no argument other than 3 WC wins and "1000 goals" and i clearly showed you how flawed those stats are..but as you are a brazilian, it will be a sin for you if you confess maradona as no.1.. you can have your own pathetic opinion, but never even try to distort FACTS.. pele might be the king of football but maradona is the undisputed GOD of football....................

glocom 7 pts

 Tanvir 86  JGG ''NO ARGUMENTS IN FAVOUR OF PELE  BESIDES THOSE YOU STATE''.? . HUH, COME ON, LAD... 

 

pele: THRASHED THE EUROPEANS IN THE iNTERCONTINENTAL FINALS

 

THE BEST PLAYER IN A CHAMPIONSHIP WHERE SO MANY LEGENDS WERE STILL PLAYING ON HOME SOIL, AND NOT ABROAD

 

THE KING IN THE AGE 17... THE BEST A FOOTBALLER HAS DONE IMO

 

THE BRAZILIAN TEAM WAS  OUT OF THE ''SUCCESS-FIELD'' FOR MANY YEARS, AFTER THE RETIREMENT OF PELE. 

 

I'M TALKING ABOUT FACTS, WITHOUT METAPHORS OR HYPERBOLES, WHEREAS YOU'RE TALKING MAINLY USING METAPHORS LIKE 'GOD' AND SO ON. NO HUMAN IS A GOD, EVEN METAPHORICALLY, MAN. KIDS STATE THOSE ''SILLY'' THINGS

 

Tanvir 86 8 pts

 glocom  JGG  the fact that you are writing in bold big letters shows that you have no weight in your argument but instead chose to denigrate a legend like maradona.. there is no point in arguing with such a Narcissist like you.. i request you to write somewhere else and not to pollute the environment of this site..

lonleymethod331 5 pts

 Tanvir 86  JGG  

r u kidding pele scored 1000 goal not under 300 like maradona and call himself striker

laaziri1963 5 pts

First place for Pele

your racism against blacks - you whites - do not allow you to acquit and giving his place and you give it to cheat and addict

francis 5 pts

 laaziri1963

 I agree Pele should be No1 but I think you are the racist

Tanvir 86 8 pts

 laaziri1963  there is no point in arguing with such a derailed person like you..

RoyKeaneLegend 5 pts

Why the fuck is Roy Keane so low and underrated!! Keano deserves top 10 or 20 because of his never say die attitude, his leadership abilties, his achievements and most of all, his sheer ability which made him one of the best midfielders to ever kick a ball. He is easily better than Xavi and Iniesta because he can inspire a team to exceed all expectations and Keano is easily in the top 5 midfielders of all time. Everybody needs a Keano!  

lonleymethod331 5 pts

 RoyKeaneLegend  are you kidding roy keane should be happy he becomes in the top 100 

OmriAzem 5 pts

where the hell is fernando heiero and zidane 9 ?!?!! what the hell

OmriAzem 5 pts

and hugo sanches is out of the list well very good list wow :!!! o.o

wattupmabrotha 6 pts

how in hell does messi have a higher ability rating than ronaldinho????????????

your wrong 5 pts

 wattupmabrotha because messi is miles better than ronaldiniho

lonleymethod331 5 pts

 wattupmabrotha  cause ronaldinho isnt gd scorrer

Tanvir 86 8 pts

 lonleymethod331  wattupmabrotha  at 2003-05, ronaldinho was the greatest player ever.. but now, he is not even the best in brazilian league..

RuiSousa 5 pts

Villa way better than Figo, WTF he shouldnt even be in this list. And Rivaldo better than Figo.

This list is so bad that i dont even know where to start it.

RuiSousa 5 pts

Mean Rivaldo better than Zico back then, even if Rivaldo better than Figo is questionable i can accept it.

MODAYO 5 pts

How the hell are iniesta,xavi,messi,tostao, rivaldo,zidane,dide,neeskens,hidekguti, muller, jairzinho and fachetti ranked ahead of ronaldinho???

and who in the hell is hidekguti???

anyone here heard of hidekguti???/

ACruyffB 7 pts

 MODAYO

 Don't be so proud to display your ignorance of the history of our game. Do some research.