Top 100 Soccer Players Ever – by the ‘Association of Football Statisticians’

‘Greatest Ever Footballers’ by Headline publishersNote: This is the same article I published on, which you can find here.

It’s that time of the year again. The time when a random (ok, let’s call it ‘well-respected’ if you prefer) football publication makes an “All Time Best” ranking that never fails to create controversy and offend a few people. FourFourTwo did one of those last month, this time it’s the turn of the Association of Football Statisticians’ to make its Top 100, after studying every fact and figure from the beautiful game over the past 100 years. Points are given for goals scored by forwards and clean sheets for defenders. Players also get awarded marks for trophies won, captaincy and the level they played at throughout their career.

It should come as no big surprise to see Pelé at nº1 spot (the Brazilian legend totalling 16,799.44 points), but the names and rankings further down the list are bound to raise some eyebrows. The analysis of The Sun highlights the biggest problems in English Premiership terms:

  • Manchester United legends George Best, Denis Law and Eric Cantona don’t make the top 100.
  • Ali Daei’s 109 goals in 149 games for Iran puts him at 26th – ahead of players like Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and Ronaldinho.
  • Diego Maradona is ranked only 6th.

The publishers explain to The Sun that Best misses out because he never participated in a World Cup tournament, and had a fairly short career, while Ali Daei won his place by scoring 109 goals in 149 international matches for… Iran.

The page of the ‘Daily Star’ with the Top 100 article

The Daily Star takes a look the UK players, and finds out that England’s top star is Bobby Charlton in 23rd spot, two places above Scotland’s Kenny Dalglish. David Beckham is 44th, Kevin Keegan at 46th, Gary Lineker 56th, Welsh ace Ryan Giggs 62nd, and Michael Owen 68th. Alan Shearer misses out of the top 100.

Further analysis of the ‘Best 100′ reveals that the top 3 trio is 100% Brazilian (with Ronaldo 2nd and Romario 3rd… and Cafu closing down the Auriverde block at 10th). Figo is 4th, Zidane 5th, and other big names such as Platini (13th), Maldini (15th), Zico (16th), Gullit (18th) and Cruyff (21st) are excluded from the Top 10.

The most represented nation is France (with 16 players), followed by Brazil (11), Italy and Germany (10). England totals 7, Argentina 5 (Messi not included).

Also, in terms of overall football career, the most represented European league is the Serie A. Indeed, most of the Top 100 played at one point or another in Italy: Serie A totals at least 58 players in that ranking, closely followed by La Liga (44), and the EPL (36).

Other represented leagues include the Bundesliga (22), the French Ligue 1 (22), the Dutch Eredivisie (20), and the Portuguese Superliga (5). As for South America, the Campeonato Brasileiro counts 11 players while the Argentine Apertura/Clausura only 8 (most of the Brazilian/Argentine stars obviously beginning their career back home). An interesting note is the total of 13 players who played in the MLS/USL (mostly at the end of their careers), making North America the destination of choice for footballers close to retirement.

As for the Italians, aside from the aforementioned Paolo Maldini the remaining 9 players in the list are Paolo Rossi (43rd), Alessandro Costacurta (49th), Dino Zoff (51st), Alessandro Del Piero (60th), Demetrio Albertini (64th), Giacinto Facchetti (75th), Franco Baresi (77th), Gianni Rivera (78th) and Roberto Baggio (79th).

The Top 100 is revealed in the book Greatest Ever Footballers, on sale next week by Headline publishers for £14.99 (€21.50).

Here’s the full list.

1 Pele Pelé (Brazil)
2 Ronaldo Ronaldo (Brazil)
3 Romario Romário (Brazil)
4 Figo Luís Figo (Portugal)
5 Zidane Zinedine Zidane (France)
6 Maradona Diego Maradona (Argentina)
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8 Muller Gerd Müller (Germany)
9 Beckenbauer Franz Beckenbauer (Germany)
10 Cafu Cafu (Brazil)


11 Roberto Carlos (Brazil)
12 Marco van Basten (Holland)
13 Michel Platini (France)
14 Rivaldo (Brazil)
15 Paolo Maldini (Italy)
16 Zico (Brazil)
17 Raúl (Spain)
18 Ruud Gullit (Holland)
19 Eusébio (Portugal)
20 Ferenc Puskás (Hungary)
21 Johan Cruyff (Holland)
22 Alfredo di Stefano (Argentina)
23 Bobby Charlton (England)
24 Jürgen Klinsmann (Germany)
25 Kenny Dalglish (Scotland)
26 Ali Daei (Iran)
27 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (Germany)
28 Gabriel Batistuta (Argentina)
29 Michael Laudrup (Denmark)
30 Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgaria)
31 Dennis Bergkamp (Holland)
32 Frank Rijkaard (Holland)
33 Thierry Henry (France)
34 Pavel Nedved (Czech Rep)
35 Gheorghe Hagi (Romania)
36 Peter Schmeichel (Denmark)
37 Andriy Shevchenko (Ukraine)
38 Sepp Maier (Germany)
39 Didier Deschamps (France)
40 Lilian Thuram (France)
41 Enzo Francescoli (Uruguay)
42 Hakan Şükür (Turkey)
43 Paolo Rossi (Italy)
44 David Beckham (England)
45 Jean-Pierre Papin (France)
46 Kevin Keegan (England)
47 Marcel Desailly (France)
48 Oliver Kahn (Germany)
49 Alessandro Costacurta (Italy)
50 Clarence Seedorf (Holland)
51 Dino Zoff (Italy)
52 Patrick Kluivert (Holland)
53 Jari Litmanen (Finland)
54 Daniel Passarella (Argentina)
55 Bixente Lizarazu (France)
56 Gary Lineker (England)
57 Ronaldinho (Brazil)
58 Sylvain Wiltord (France)
59 Bebeto (Brazil)
60 Alessandro Del Piero (Italy)
61 Davor Šuker (Croatia)
62 Ryan Giggs (Wales)
63 David Trezeguet (France)
64 Demetrio Albertini (Italy)
65 Patrick Vieira (France)
66 Jürgen Kohler (Germany)
67 Laurent Blanc (France)
68 Michael Owen (England)
69 Youri Djorkaeff (France)
70 Frank De Boer (Holland)
71 Emilio Butragueño (Spain)
72 Hugo Sánchez (Mexico)
73 Rudi Völler (Germany)
74 Djalma Santos (Brazil)
75 Giacinto Facchetti (Italy)
76 Kanu (Nigeria)
77 Franco Baresi (Italy)
78 Gianni Rivera (Italy)
79 Roberto Baggio (Italy)
80 Oscar Ruggeri (Argentina)
81 Gheorghe Popescu (Romania)
82 Jon Dahl Tomasson (Denmark)
83 Raymond Kopa (France)
84 Carlos Valderrama (Colombia)
85 Rui Costa (Portugal)
86 Gary Neville (England)
87 Edgar Davids (Holland)
88 Claudio Taffarel (Brazil)
89 Paul Scholes (England)
90 Diego Simeone (Argentina)
91 Bryan Robson (England)
92 Roy Keane (Rep of Ireland)
93 Brian Laudrup (Denmark)
94 Henrik Larsson (Sweden)
95 Fabien Barthez (France)
96 Michael Ballack (Germany)
97 Jan Koller (Czech Rep)
98 Edwin van der Sar (Holland)
99 Robert Pirès (France)
100 Johan Neeskens (Holland)

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    1. Johan Maradona says:

      Maradona in 6th? Cruyff not even in the top 10? What would we expect from the guys of the statistics? :mrgreen:

    2. moon says:

      8.ronaldo (brazil)

    3. jgjgjgj says:


    4. I dont agree. Maradona according to me is the best player so far.

    5. Jony says:

      WORST RANkiNG Ive Ever seen in my life…..
      Maradona 6th and TOTTI not even in top 100…. who are u mate ?

      Do u know anything about soccer ???

      ROnaldo 1th hahahahhahahahha U need help

    6. rudy says:

      jorge “el magico Gonzales” is clearly in top 5?

    7. genie says:

      where is finidi

    8. genie says:

      worst ranking hav ever seen where is the god of soccer messi

    9. Steven says:

      The Greatest Footabllers of All-Time
      1. Pele
      2. Diego Maradona
      3. Alfredo Di Stefano
      4. Franz Beckenbauer
      5. Johan Cruyff
      6. Michel Platini
      7. Garrincha
      8. Zico
      9. Ferenc Puskas
      10. Zinedine Zidane
      11. Eusebio
      12. Gerd Muller
      13. Ronaldo
      14. Lev Yashin
      15. George Best
      16. Marco Van Basten
      17. Bobby Charlton
      18. Paolo Maldini
      19. Didi
      20. Stanley Matthews
      21. Jose Manuel Moreno
      22. Lothar Matthaus
      23. Roberto Baggio
      24. Romario
      25. Ruud Gullit
      26. Franco Baresi
      27. Dino Zoff
      28. Bobby Moore
      29. Giuseppe Meazza
      30. Zizinho
      31. Ladislao Kubala
      32. Gianni Rivera
      33. Rivelino
      34. Sandor Kocsis
      35. Matthias Sindelar
      36. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
      37. Leonidas Da Silva
      38. Raymond Kopa
      39. Fritz Walter
      40. Adolfo Pedernera
      41. Luis Suarez Miramontes
      42. Nils Liedholm
      43. Gunnar Nordahl
      44. Uwe Seeler
      45. Rivaldo
      46. Giacinto Facchetti
      47. Ronaldinho
      48. Daniel Passarella
      49. Frank Rijkaard
      50. Dragan Dzajic
      51. Jairzinho
      52. Juan Schiaffino
      53. John Charles
      54. Nilton Santos
      55. Valentino Mazzola
      56. Michael Laudrup
      57. Gordon Banks
      58. Jozsef Boszik
      59. Josef Masopust
      60. Falcao
      61. Theirry Henry
      62. Gaetano Scirea
      63. Luis Figo
      64. Josef Bican
      65. Tostao
      66. Gyorgi Sarosi
      67. Jose Leandro Andrade
      68. Socrates
      69. Omar Sivori
      70. Gabriel Batistuta
      71. Just Fontaine
      72. Peter Schmeichel
      73. Francisco Gento
      74. Luis Monti
      75. Paul Breitner
      76. Djalma Santos
      77. Sandro Mazzola
      78. Tom Finney
      79. Antonio Sastre
      80. Jimmy Greaves
      81. Ferenc Deak
      82. Arsenio Erico
      83. Teofilo Cubillas
      84. Lionel Messi
      85. Cristiano Ronaldo
      86. Florian Albert
      87. Johan Neeskens
      88. Hristo Stoichkov
      89. Wolfgang Overath
      90. Hector Scarone
      91. Gunther Netzer
      92. Gerson
      93. Nandor Hidegkuti
      94. Ruud Krol
      95. Denis Law
      96. Kurt Hamrin
      97. Fernando Peyroteo
      98. Enzo Fransescoli
      99. Carlos Alberto
      100. Telmo Zarra

      Honourable Mentions
      Ricardo Zamora
      Gianluigi Buffon
      Oliver Kahn
      Sepp Maier
      Berti Vogts
      Lilian Thuram
      Karlheinz Schnellinger
      Alessandro Nesta
      Fabio Cannavaro
      Elias Figueroa
      Giuseppe Bergomi
      Branko Zebec
      Obdulio Varela
      Ernest Ocwirk
      Fernando Redondo
      Willem Van Hanegem
      Kazimierz Deyna
      Gheorghe Hagi
      Zbigniew Boniek
      Zoltan Czibor
      Ryan Giggs
      Dennis Bergkamp
      Kenny Dalglish
      Kevin Keegan
      Faas Wilkes
      Silvio Piola
      Andrei Shevchenko
      Ruud Van Nistelrooy
      Alberto Spencer
      Arthur Friedenreich
      Dixie Dean
      Luigi Riva

      Memorial Mention

      Duncan Edwards

      The Greatest European Footabllers of All-Time
      1. Franz Beckenbauer
      2. Johan Cruyff
      3. Michel Platini
      4. Ferenc Puskas
      5. Zinedine Zidane
      6. Eusebio
      7. Gerd Muller
      8. Lev Yashin
      9. George Best
      10. Marco Van Basten
      11. Bobby Charlton
      12. Paolo Maldini
      13. Stanley Matthews
      14. Lothar Matthaus
      15. Roberto Baggio
      16. Ruud Gullit
      17. Franco Baresi
      18. Dino Zoff
      19. Bobby Moore
      20. Giuseppe Meazza
      21. Ladislao Kubala
      22. Gianni Rivera
      23. Sandor Kocsis
      24. Matthias Sindelar
      25. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
      26. Raymond Kopa
      27. Fritz Walter
      28. Luis Suarez Miramontes
      29. Nils Liedholm
      30. Gunnar Nordahl
      31. Uwe Seeler
      32. Giacinto Facchetti
      33. Frank Rijkaard
      34. Dragan Dzajic
      35. John Charles
      36. Valentino Mazzola
      37. Michael Laudrup
      38. Gordon Banks
      39. Jozsef Boszik
      40. Josef Masopust
      41. Theirry Henry
      42. Gaetano Scirea
      43. Luis Figo
      44. Josef Bican
      45. Gyorgi Sarosi
      46. Just Fontaine
      47. Peter Schmeichel
      48. Francisco Gento
      49. Paul Breitner
      50. Sandro Mazzola
      51. Tom Finney
      52. Jimmy Greaves
      53. Ferenc Deak
      54. Cristiano Ronaldo
      55. Florian Albert
      56. Johan Neeskens
      57. Hristo Stoichkov
      58. Wolfgang Overath
      59. Gunther Netzer
      60. Nandor Hidegkuti
      61. Ruud Krol
      62. Denis Law
      63. Kurt Hamrin
      64. Fernando Peyroteo
      65. Telmo Zarra
      66. Karlheinz Schnellinger
      67. Gianluigi Buffon
      68. Faas Wilkes
      69. Giuseppe Bergomi
      70. Willem Van Hanegem
      71. Kazimierz Deyna
      72. Ruud Van Nistelrooy
      73. Dennis Bergkamp
      74. Kenny Dalglish
      75. Alessandro Nesta
      76. Sepp Maier
      77. Kevin Keegan
      78. Alberto Spencer
      79. Zbigniew Boniek
      80. Gheorghe Hagi
      81. Luigi Riva
      82. Andrei Shevchenko
      83. Zoltan Czibor
      84. Ryan Giggs
      85. Dixie Dean
      86. Berti Vogts
      87. Silvio Piola
      88. Ernest Ocwirk
      89. Fabio Cannavaro
      90. Ricardo Zamora
      91. Danny Blanchflower
      92. Xavi Hernandez
      93. Raul Gonzalez
      94. Lilian Thuram
      95. Oliver Kahn
      96. Pavel Nedved
      97. Rui Costa
      98. Oleg Blokhin
      99. Matthias Sammer
      100. Branko Zebec
      Honourable Mentions
      Rinat Dasaev
      Alan Hansen
      Jurgen Kohler
      Andreas Brehme
      Igor Netto
      Mario Coluna
      Bernd Schuster
      Johnny Haynes
      Kalman Konrad
      Helmut Rahn
      Bruno Conti
      Rob Resenbrink
      Paul Van Himst
      Stepjan Bobek
      Jurgen Klinsmann

      The Greatest South American Footabllers of All-Time
      1. Pele
      2. Diego Maradona
      3. Alfredo Di Stefano
      4. Garrincha
      5. Zico
      6. Ronaldo
      7. Didi
      8. Jose Manuel Moreno
      9. Romario
      10. Zizinho
      11. Rivelino
      12. Leonidas Da Silva
      13. Adolfo Pedernera
      14. Rivaldo
      15. Ronaldinho
      16. Daniel Passarella
      17. Jairzinho
      18. Juan Schiaffino
      19. Nilton Santos
      20. Falcao
      21. Tostao
      22. Jose Leandro Andrade
      23. Socrates
      24. Omar Sivori
      25. Gabriel Batistuta
      26. Luis Monti
      27. Djalma Santos
      28. Antonio Sastre
      29. Arsenio Erico
      30. Teofilo Cubillas
      31. Lionel Messi
      32. Hector Scarone
      33. Gerson
      34. Enzo Fransescoli
      35. Carlos Alberto
      36. Elias Figueroa
      37. Fernando Redondo
      38. Obdulio Varela
      39. Alberto Spencer
      40. Arthur Friedenreich
      41. Amadeo Carrizo
      42. Jose Santamaria
      43. Jose Nasazzi
      44. Ademir Marquez
      45. Kaka
      46. Angel Labruna
      47. Julinho
      48. Mario Kempes
      49. Raimundo Orsi
      50. Roberto Carlos
      51. Omar Corbatta
      52. Cesar Cueto
      53. Manuel Seoane
      54. Ubaldo Fillol
      55. Ademir Da Guia
      56. Silvio Marzolini
      57. Ricardo Bochini
      58. Careca
      59. Luis Artime
      60. Felix Loustau
      61. Hector Chumpitaz
      62. Rene Pontoni
      63. Rinaldo Martino
      64. Gilmar
      65. Javier Zanetti
      66. Juan Roman Riquelme
      67. Cafu
      68. Domingos Da Guia
      69. Walter Gomez
      70. Alberto Ohaco
      71. Osvaldo Ardiles
      72. Canhoteiro
      73. Pedro Rocha
      74. Juan Joya
      75. Carlos Peucelle
      76. Hernan Crespo
      77. Bebeto
      78. Enrique Garcia
      79. Pedro Petrone
      80. Jose Sanfilippo
      81. Oscar Ruggeri
      82. Nestor Rossi
      83. Clodoaldo
      84. Pepe
      85. Romerito
      86. Reinaldo
      87. Bernabe Ferreyra
      88. Jose Altafini
      89. Teodoro Fernandez
      90. Juan Sebastian Veron
      91. Rene Houseman
      92. Leonel Sanchez
      93. Toninho Cerezo
      94. Ladislao Mazurkiewicz
      95. Zito
      96. Leovilgedo Junior
      97. Dirceu
      98. Jose Luis Chilavert
      99. Hugo Sotil
      100. Roberto Perfumo
      Honourable Mention
      Roberto Dinamite
      Luis Cubilla
      Alcides Ghiggia
      Jair Da Rosa
      Luis Pereira
      Emerson Leao

      The Greatest Other Footballers of All-Time
      1. George Weah
      2. Hugo Sanchez
      3. Samuel Eto’o
      4. Magico Gonzelez
      5. Abedi Pele
      6. Paulino Alcacantra
      7. Osei Kofi
      8. Saif Keita
      9. Didier Drogba
      10. Alejandro Morera

    10. Reid says:

      Got to have more Milan players on th list. they’re tied with boca for most titles in the world and have almost as much CL titles as Madrid if they didn’t win the title five times in a row which is impossible in modern times. where is tassoti arguably bed right back ever or donadoni or even some people from this decade like inzaghi top champions league scorer wit raul. or pirlo who events the style that xavi gets so much credit for.

    11. lee says:

      did any of ye hear of liverpool ledgens Steven Gerrard, Ian Rush, and John Barnes, what about John Aldo

    12. Morapeli says:

      Any list without Ryan Giggs is absolute crap

    13. Dipanjan says:

      Cristiano Ronaldo 85 heheh u make me laugh

    14. Dipanjan says:

      3)Cristiano Ronaldo
      6)Michel Platini
      8)Zinedine Zidane
      9)Luis Figo
      10)Fabian Barthez
      Messi does nt make the list as he cant shoot from 40 yards not wid right foot nt free kicks nt headers. so doesnt deserve to be in top 10

    15. thomas says:

      Thomas Sorensen should be number 100

    16. ryaan says:

      1. Pele
      2. Cruyff
      3. Maradona
      4. Di Stefano
      5. Puckas
      6. Beckenbauer
      7. Platini
      8. Garrincha
      9. Zidane
      10. Eusebio

    17. Leao says:

      BEST PLAYERS last 30 years

      1.Diego Maradona
      2.Michael Laudrup
      3.Zinedine Zidane
      4.Farias Romario
      5.Nazario Ronaldo
      6.Lionel Messi
      7.Michel Platini
      8.Assis Ronaldinho
      9.Lothar Matthaus
      10.Arthur Coimbra Zico
      11.Karl Heinz Rummenigge
      12.Marco Van Basten
      13.Thierry Henry
      14.Enzo Francescolli
      15.Dennis Bergkamp
      16.Roberto Baggio
      17.Kevin Keegan
      18.Paolo Rossi
      19.Wayne Rooney
      20.Eric Cantona
      21.Preben Elkjaer
      22.Ruud Gullit
      23.Emilio Butragueno
      24.Oliveira Socrates
      25.Vitor Rivaldo
      26.Gabriel Batistuta
      27.Jurgen Klinsmann
      28.Alessandro Del Piero
      29.Allan Simonsen
      30.Hernandez Xavi

    18. bradley says:

      if your talking PURE skill/ability then it`s ronaldinho NO DOUBT!..between 03-06 no one could touch him..only reason why i wouldn`t put him in the top 10 is because he faded to badly after 06

    19. learnaboutsoccer says:

      1.diego maradona,jorge magico gonzalez,pele
      4.cristiano ronaldo/messi
      And so on ;-)
      there is no list like this that doesnt start with those players…greatest that ever stepped on the pitch

    20. nico says:

      There is nothing wrong with this list.everyone with negative comments don’t know anything about footfall,you should look at the bigger picture.Most accurate listing

    21. what a crap LIST says:

      1 Messi
      2 Cruijff
      3 Pele
      4 Maradona
      5 Van Basten

    22. DAN says:

      where is MESSI???????????? :shock:

    23. dino says:

      this list is out right stupid,first off,all the players who have been named fifa world best players should not be 84th nd shit,nd where the hell is KING george weah,who ever compiled this list is a bludy geezer,

    24. levis says:

      where is messi he is the best

    25. Giorgio says:

      Steve you know really the football and in the list you out Also old players that often Are forgotten and not only last players.i want ask you only thing: i am very young and so i remember players as Ronaldo and zidane, mt favourites, and now i see messi that is the best at the moment. You have seen footballers of 30′s 40′s century congratulations for have put lionel in that position Behind other glory and not in firsts positions only because he plays now. Excellent list. Sorry for the english i am studying it

    26. Giorgio says:

      Sorry not steve but Steven

    27. Giorgio says:

      In any case I am sure that we Will saw messi in the firsts positions in the year if he Will continue in the NeXT years to’ play as now

    28. Jimmy says:

      correct me if im wrong but im failing to see Shearer on these lists. clearly the best player ever!

    29. Giorgio says:

      Yes alan shearer must is in the list. He was a legend and an example for all players. He was a very top player without play in a top team. He was as now in italy di natale with Due proportion

    30. Giorgio says:

      I wanted to write this comment for what I have written previously in my other review of Lionel Messi. I want to apologize for when I said congratulations on putting messi in that position ( in the list of Steven . I would not want someone to have misunderstood what I meant. In fact, I just wanted to suggest that crops and very young and has almost a ‘whole career ahead of him. The players must be evalueted at the end of the careerIn the twentieth century there have been very very good players who played during the war period which should not be forgotten. with this I say that in every case made and a great player who might become one of the best ever.

    31. Giorgio says:

      I wanted to write this comment for what I have written previously in my other review of Lionel Messi. I want to apologize for when I said congratulations on putting messi in that position ( in the list of Steven). I would not want someone to have misunderstood what I meant. In fact, I just wanted to suggest that Messi is very young and has almost a ‘whole career ahead of him. The players must be evalueted at the end of the career. In the twentieth century there have been very very good players who played during the war period which should not be forgotten. with this I say that in every case made Messi is a great player who might become one of the best ever but now he has only 24 years. it’ s possible that ‘Argentinean become even stronger than now.I sent this comment to the errors in the previous one.

    32. dr.bob says:

      :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: WHERE IS MESSSSI!?

    33. mayor says:

      what a crap ..where is weah

    34. AbDi says:

      100.Paul Gascoigne
      99. Jay-Jay Okocha
      98. Essamy- El Hadari
      97. Edwin Van Der Sar
      96. Paul Scholes
      95. Pak Doo Ik
      94. Vava
      93. Djorkaff
      92. Michel Preud’homme
      91. Hidetoshi Nakata
      90. Rudi Voeller
      89. Henrik Larrsson
      88. Edgar Davids
      87. Javier Zanetti
      88. Robert Pires
      87. Gabrielle Basituta
      86. Roger Milla
      85. Michael Owen
      84. Frank De Boer
      83. luis enrique
      82. Miroslav Klose
      81. Abedi pele
      80. Ruud Van Nistelrooy
      79. Bebeto
      78. Brian Laudrup
      77. Michael Laudrup
      76. Francesco Totti
      75. Ryan Giggs
      74. Fabien Barthez
      73. Eric Cantona
      72. Hristo Stoichkov
      71. Fabio Cannavarro
      70. Rui Costa
      69. Just Fontaine
      68. Del Piero
      67. Jairzinho

    35. dragkilla says:

      this is the worst ranking ever where is messi :evil:

    36. jico says:

      2.leoo mesi.
      3.david backhame.
      6.david forlan.
      8.luis figo.

    37. Jimmy says:

      whos David Forlan like? haha

    38. footballlover says:

      Here’s the top 10
      1. Pele
      2. Zico
      3. Ronaldo
      4. Johann Cruff
      5. Frank Beckenbauer
      6. Diego Maradona
      7. Michel Platini
      8. Rivaldo
      9. Zinadine Zidane
      10. Garrincha

    39. soccer4life says:

      Damn, that was an insult; Zico isn’t the top 5. Zico is so far the best, even Pele had to admit: after Pele, Zico is the closest to match his skill and his unbelievable talents.

    40. Giorgio says:

      Ps: I wanted to correct the first part of my first comment when I wrote: Steven you really know the football and put you in the list (and not out as I had written) also old players That Are Often forgotten and not only last players. I wanted to add something to the thought that I expressed in my last comment to apologize for what I had written in a previous comment, perhaps because I have not yet clarified everything I wanted to explain: in the first comment I sent (10 July) which I congratulate Steven on his personal list, maybe for my difficulty in expressing themselves in English, I expressed a different thought from what I really wanted to say about Lionel Messi. In fact in my first comment I wrote that the position of Messi in the list of Steven (84) was correct in my opinion. But I believe that if Messi keeps playing like he’s doing now there are no problems to call him one of the greatest players in history perhaps the biggest. I meant only to compliment for a list that includes many players from so many years ago, even before the second world war of which unfortunately we have little evidence but should not be forgotten. I think in a classification must always take precedence over the players who made the history to those who are doing but for the simple reason that we do not know how it will be a player in the future. Messi still take for example: two years ago in the treble season of Barcelona was already considered a phenomenal player, now I think Messi is worth much more then. I therefore believe that a definitive assessment of a player can be given to the end of their careers. It is clear, in my opinion, that a ranking like that (84 in the list of Steven) is only provisional. But it is clear to me that Messi will assume the position on retirement will be much higher. At least in the top three places in each classification. I have done this type of discourse with Messi because in addition to being one of my favorites is the strongest in the world. But beware: this speech for me is true for every other player in activity, which is named Cristiano Ronaldo, Iniesta, Ronaldinho.Christian Ronaldo is for example 85 in list of Steven and I d ‘Agreement but has great room for improvement that could result in scale positions. I do so in my first comment of 10 July only meant to explain to remind all players and not just the latest. Is true that there are problems more serious than what I write but I would have been sorry that I misinterpreted his comment when talking about Messi July 10 I love a lot as a player and person for his humility.

    41. George says:

      Maybe interesting, I created a website:
      With my own top 10 list, I also invite everyone to comment on it, or vote on your own favorite player.

    42. Giorgio says:

      I wanted to fix some mistakes in my first comment of 10 July. Sorry if I send messages all the time but I do it because of my difficulty in expressing themselves in English. 1. you out also old players is you put also old players. 2. mt favorites is my favorites. 3. You have seen footballers of Century 30′s 40′s is You saw players of the thirties and forties of the twentieth century or at least you have the knowledge. 4. Firsts positions is maybe top positions. 5.Lionel is obviously Messi 6. Other glory is other glories. George i visited your website and i posted a comment.

    43. dz says:

      I agree with steven list+MESSI(on top)

    44. barça fan says:

      pretty bad list, they put henrik larsson instead of zlatan ibrahimovic, and where´s messi. zico should be in the top 10 and cantona isn´t there. what the fuck

    45. shane says:

      4. :smile:

    46. Terrible says:

      Alright whoever made this list was definitely Brazilian. This list is TERRIBLE. Maradona at 6?? Cruyff at 21??? Ridiculous.

    47. kunal says:

      wt abt david beckham i find the best mid fielder..

    48. George says:

      stupid ranking its so wrong

    49. john so says:

      Classic and ultimate ranking in soccer history :
      1. Maradona
      2. Ronaldo
      3. Messi

      4. Pele

      Other genius say Ronaldino , Cruyff , Platini , Tosto, Garrincha , Didi , Bebeto , Zidane, , Rivelino, Jairzinhos , Gerson , Kaka , Gullit , Shevchenko , Socrates , Kempesare , Beckenbauer , Eusebio , Batistuta , Figo , Rivaldo , Facchetti ,
      Desailly , Seedorf , Thuram , George Best , Romario … overall with distance to the above .

      sorry no reference for Puskás , di Stefano , they should be great and with high rankings .


      Beckham is a commercial star, not a good skill player .

      Think over, his skill is really poor , be fair .