The Top 250 Players of All-Time: 140-131

In February 2013 up in the attic bedroom of our student house, Gareth ThomasBen Jones and Ollie Jackson after another prolonged football debate decided it was time we did something about the question, 'Who is the best player in the World?'. Housemate Liam suggested setting out to find the greatest 50 players of all time, this swiftly grew to 100, 150 and 200 before we settled on 250. Our original website www.top250.webs.com is still there to answer the debate but we furthered our work to blogging about the beautiful game starting up www.thefootballhistoryboys.blogspot.com.

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130-121

140. RUI COSTA


POSITION: Midfielder;

NATION: Portugal (94/26);

CLUB(s): Benfica (POR), Fafe (POR), Fiorentina (ITA), Milan (ITA)

CLUB HONOURS: 1x Taça de Portugal, 1x Primeira Liga, 3x Coppa Italia, 2x Supercoppa Italiana, 1x Serie A, 1x UEFA Champions League, 1x UEFA Super Cup

"Rui Costa wasn’t just an immensely talented playmaker whose sublime skills graced Serie A; he was also a member of a now rare breed of footballer, those who are loyal to their clubs and put that loyalty before monetary gain.  On the pitch his mesmerizing skill and superb range of passing caused endless problems for defenders. Costa can be held up as a shining example of  how an attacking midfielder should play – he could drift around the pitch and influence the game from anywhere, with pinpoint cross field passes slicing open defences." www.forzaitalianfootball.com

139. Patrick KLUIVERT

POSITION: Forward; 

NATION: Netherlands (79/40); 

CLUB(s): Ajax (NED), Milan (ITA), Barcelona (SPA), Newcastle United (ENG), Valencia (SPA), PSV Eindhoven (NED), Lille (FRA)

CLUB HONOURS: 3x Eredivisie, 2x Johan Cruijff Shield, 1x UEFA Champions League, 1x UEFA Super Cup, 1x Intercontinental Cup, 1x La Liga

"For such a tall player, Kluivert possessed a remarkably impressive ‘first touch’ and quick feet. Similar to footballer Ronaldo, he often used the Cruijff Turn to great effect to go past defenders. Kluivert also utilised his height and physique to dominate aerial balls and was considered to possess one of the best headers in the contemporary game." www.legendsinfootball.com

138. Marc OVERMARS

POSITION: Midfielder; 

NATION: Netherlands (86/17); 

CLUB(s): Go Ahead Eagles (NED), Willem II Tilburg (NED), Ajax (NED), Arsenal (ENG), Barcelona (SPA)

CLUB HONOURS: 3x Eredivisie, 1x KNVB Cup, 2x Johan Cruijff Shield, 1x UEFA Champions League, 1x UEFA Super Cup, 1x Intercontinentaal Cup, 1x FA Cup, 1x Premier League, 1x FA Charity Shield

"Overmars became a vital cog in the Arsenal machine which brought the Double back to Highbury in Wenger's first full season. That 1998 vintage had the power of Petit and Vieira and the guile of Bergkamp. Now the blistering pace of Overmars made them an awesome counter-attacking force.Bergkamp was probably the main man but Overmars was his ultimate wing man. Right backs all across the country were given a torrid time as Overmars ran at them and jinked inside or sprinted onto weighted passes inside the full back from the likes of Petit and Bergkamp." Arsenal's Greatest 50 Players


137. Davor SUKER


POSITION: Forward; 

NATION: Croatia (69/45); 

CLUB(s): Osijek (CRO), Dinamo Zagreb (CRO), Sevilla (SPA), Real Madrid (SPA), Arsenal (ENG), West Ham United (ENG), 1860 Munich (GER)

CLUB HONOURS: 1x La Liga, 1x Supercopa de España, 1x UEFA Champions League, 1x Intercontinental Cup

"To help mark UEFA's Jubilee in 2004, each national association was asked to nominate its most outstanding player of the past 50 years. Croatia chose Davor Šuker as their Golden Player. Golden Boot and later Golden Player; even before he had earned global acclaim by scoring six goals at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Davor Šuker had won a place in Croatian hearts." www.uefa.com

136. George WEAH


POSITION: Forward; 

NATION: Liberia (60/22); 

CLUB(s): Mighty Barrolle (LBR), Invincible Eleven (LBR), Africa Sports (CIV), Tonnerre Yaoundé (CMR), Monaco (FRA), Paris Saint Germain (FRA), Milan (ITA), Chelsea (ENG), Manchester City (ENG), Marseille (FRA), Al-Jazira (SAU)

CLUB HONOURS: 2x Liberian Premier League, 1x Liberian Cup, 3x Coupe de France, 1x Ligue 1, 1x Coupe de la Ligue, 2x Serie A, 1x FA Cup

"One of the leading lights of the global game in the 1990s, Liberia's George Weah remains a superstar in Africa. Although he never had the opportunity to grace the FIFA World Cup finals, Weah made up for it with a hugely successful club career. George Weah was a towering figure on the '90s football scene... An exceptional goalscorer, it is no exaggeration to describe him as the precursor of the multi-functional strikers of today. Quick, skilful and boasting a powerful physique, fierce shooting power and deadly finishing skills, in his pomp Liberia's 'Mr George' was rightly considered one of the giants of the game." www.FIFA.com


135. Francisco GENTO


POSITION: Forward; 

NATION: Spain (43/5); 

CLUB(s): Racing Santander, Real Madrid (Both SPA)

CLUB HONOURS: 12x La Liga, 2x Copa del Generalisimo, 6x UEFA European Cup, 1x Intercontinental Cup, 2x Latin Cup

"His name may not be as well-known as that of his former Real Madrid team-mates Alfredo Di Stefano and Ferenc Puskas, but in terms of the number of trophies won during his career at the club, Francisco Gento is ahead of both his erstwhile colleagues. Indeed, he is considered one of the finest left-wingers of all time, as evidenced by his staggering medal collection." www.FIFA.com


134. Oliver BIERHOFF


POSITION: Forward; 

NATION: Germany (70/37); 

CLUB(s): Bayer Uerdingen (GER), Hamburger SV (GER), Borussia Mönchengladbach (GER), Austria Salzburg (AUT), Ascoli (ITA), Udinese (ITA), Milan (ITA), Monaco (FRA), Chievo Verona (ITA)

CLUB HONOURS: 1x Serie A 

INTERNATIONAL HONOURS: 1x UEFA European Championship

"Striker Oliver Bierhoff made his name by coming off the bench to score twice for Germany in their victory over the Czech Republic in the final of Euro 96. Bierhoff also came to his country's rescue during the World Cup campaign. As a second half substitute in Northern Ireland he scored a hat-trick in seven minutes - a German national record - after his team had been trailing." BBC


133. JOSEP GUARDIOLA


POSITION: Midfielder; 

NATION: Spain (47/5); 

CLUB(s): Barcelona B (SPA), Barcelona (SPA), Brescia (ITA), Roma (ITA), Brescia (ITA), Al-Ahli (QAT), Dorados (MEX)

CLUB HONOURS: 1x Segunda Division B, 6x La Liga, 2x Copa D del Rey, 4x Supercopa de Espana, 1x European Cup, 1x UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, 2x UEFA Super Cup

INTERNATIONAL HONOURS: 1x Olympic Gold Medal

"Pep joined La Masia at the age of 13 and rose through the ranks at the youth academy of Barcelona for six years, making his début in 1990 against Cádiz CF. Guardiola played as a defensive midfielder and spent the majority of his playing career with FC Barcelona. He was part of Johan Cruyff's "Dream Team" that won Barcelona's first European Cup. After 17 successful years, the Barcelona captain left his boyhood club, and joined AS Roma in 2001. He further continued his footballing career with Brescia, Al Ahli in Qatar, and Dorados de Sinaloa in Mexico." www.goal.com



132. Christian VIERI



POSITION: Forward; 

NATION: Italy (49/23); 

CLUB(s): Torino (ITA), Pisa (ITA), Ravenna (ITA), Venezia (ITA), Atalanta (ITA), Juventus (ITA), Atlético Madrid (SPA), Lazio (ITA), Internazionale (ITA), Milan (ITA),  AS Monaco (FRA), Sampdoria (ITA), Fiorentina (ITA)

CLUB HONOURS: 2x Coppa Italia, 1x UEFA Super Cup, 1x Intercontinental Cup, 1x Serie A, 1x UEFA Cup Winners Cup

" is one of the most famous and well respected Italian strikers of recent times. Although he had a nomadic career taking in 12 different clubs, his success for Inter Milan and Lazio, along with his prolific scoring record for the national team, earned him a place in Pele’s top 125 living footballers list of 2004." www.forzaitalianfootball.com




131. Marcel DESAILLY


POSITION: Defender; 

NATION: France (116/3); 


CLUB(s): Nantes (FRA), Marseille (FRA), Milan (ITA), Chelsea (ENG), Al-Gharafa (QAT), Qatar SC (QAT)


CLUB HONOURS: 2x UEFA Champions League, 2x Serie A, 1x Supercoppa Italiana, 2x UEFA Super Cup, 1x FA Cup, 1x FA Charity Shield, 1x Qatar Stars League


INTERNATIONAL HONOURS: 1x FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Football Championships, 2x FIFA Confederations Cup


"Rarely over the years have Chelsea signed a genuine world superstar at the peak of his powers. One such player was Marcel Desailly who cost £4.6m from Milan in June 1998. He was twice a European Champion, being the first player to win the title with different clubs in consecutive seasons, and had won the Italian league twice in the previous five seasons. Just to add to the glamour he won the World Cup with France within six weeks of becoming a Chelsea player." Chelsea  FC



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