#TFHB100 Players of All-Time: 70-61

To mark our 4th birthday we have decided once more develop a list of the greatest players of all-time. In our infancy, we attempted to countdown the top 250 players through a public vote. However, over the past year a new poll was created gaining a far greater number of votes from almost 50 countries around the world! Alongside the public vote is a judging panel made up of:
Football has been pivotal to the last 100 years of history and players from all areas of the globe have become heroes, villains and even symbols of national identity in the process. Without further ado - here is The Football History Boys - Top 100.



70. Mario KEMPES


D.O.B: 15.07.54

Place in #TFHB250: 145

Nation: Argentina

Club(s): Instituto, Rosario Central, Valencia, River Plate, Valencia, Hercules, First Vienna, St. Polten, Kremser SC, Fernandez Vial, Peltia Jaya

League Apps (Goals): 555 (300)

International: 43 (20)

Honours: 
Copa Del Rey; UEFA Super Cup; UEFA Cup Winners' Cup; Argentine Primera Division; FIFA World Cup 1978

Individual: FIFA 100; FIFA World Cup All-Star Team 1978; Pichichi Trophy x2

Planet World Cup: "Known as a hard-working forward, Kempes liked to attack from outside the penalty area with his surging runs goalwards and was not the traditional center-forward operating solely inside the box. His style was difficult for many defenders to handle. They never knew where they had him."


69. Gary LINEKER


D.O.B: 30.11.60

Place in #TFHB250:
 58

Nation:
 England

Club(s): 
Leicester City, Everton, Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur, Nagoya Grampus Eight

League Apps (Goals): 
460 (238)

International: 
80 (48)

Honours: 
Football League Second Divison; FA Charity Shield; FA Cup; Copa del Rey; UEFA Cup Winners' Cup

Individual:
FIFA 100; England Football Hall of Fame 2003; FIFA World Cup All-Star Team 1986

FIFA.com: "With 48 goals in 80 international matches, including 10 in 12 at the FIFA World Cup finals of 1986 and 1990, Gary Lineker is considered by many as England fans as the country's greatest-ever goalscorer. 
A winner of the adidas Golden Shoe at Mexico 1986 and a FIFA Fair Play Award four years later for his exemplary disciplinary record, which saw him go through his entire 568-game career without receiving a booking," 

68. Gabriel BATISTUTA


D.O.B:
 01.02.69

Place in #TFHB250: 60

Nation:
 Argentina

Club(s):
Newell's Old Boys, River Plate, Boca Juniors, Fiorentina, Roma, Internazionale, Al-Arabi

League Apps (Goals): 430 (245)

International: 
78 (56)

Honours:
Argentine Primera Divison; Tomeo Clausura; Serie B; Coppa Italia; Supercoppa Italiana x2; Serie A; Copa America x2; FIFA Confederations Cup

Individual:
FIFA 100; Italian Football Hall of Fame 2013

Football365.com: "
Few sportspeople have taken more obvious joy from their endeavours as Batistuta from scoring a goal. Arms would stretch out, hair catch in the breeze and face contort to convey delight, relief and pent-up aggression all in unison. He did not so much like football per se, but saw it as the necessary route to goals, only the game’s most precious currency sating his desires. Goals were less a measure of Batistuta’s success, more a barometer for his entire well-being."


67. Giuseppe MEAZZA


D.O.B: 23.08.10

Place in #TFHB250: 
95

Nation:
 Italy

Club(s):
 Internazionale, Milan, Juventus, Varese, Atlanta

League Apps (Goals): 463 (271)

International: 
53 (33)

Honours: Serie A x3; Coppa Italia; FIFA World Cup 1934 & 1938; Central European International Cup x2

Individual: 
FIFA World Cup Team of the Tournament 1934; Italian Football Hall of Fame 2011

Gareth Thomas, TFHB: "Giuseppe Meazza... Where have you heard that name? Oh that's right, it's the alternative name for the San Siro! To have a stadium named after you, especially a stadium that has seen some of the best players ever ply their trade there, is something quite special. Meazza certainly deserves the honour. A legend with Nerazzurri, scoring 243 Serie A goals for the club, Meazza moved on from Inter to then play for not just Milan but Juventus too. Truly one of the first footballing celebrities, Meazza won 2 World Cups in his career too."


66. Daniel PASSARELLA


D.O.B: 25.05.53

Place in #TFHB250: 
204

Nation:
 Argentina

Club(s):
Sarmiento, River Plate, Fiorentina, Internazionale

League Apps (Goals): 
447 (140)

International:
70 (22)

Honours: Primera Division x6; FIFA World Cup 1978 & 1986

Individual: 
FIFA 100; FIFA World Cup All-Star Team 1978

Planet World Cup: "Daniel Alberto Passarella was one of the most commanding sweepers/defenders in World Cup history. He was the perfect leader for any team, and became captain for both club and country at an early age. Despite being only 174cm, he was exceptional in the air and scored an impressive amount of goals by headers from corners or free-kicks."



65. Roger MILLA

D.O.B: 20.05.52


Place in #TFHB250: 79

Nation:
 Cameroon

Club(s):
Leopards Douala, Tonnerre Yaounde, Valenciennes, Monaco,  Bastia, Saint-Etienne, Montpellier, Saint-Pierroise, Pelita Jaya, Putra Samarinda

League Apps (Goals): 666 (405)

International: 
63 (37)

Honours: Cameroon Premiere Division x2; African Cup Winners' Cup; Coupe de France; Ligue 2; African Cup of Nations x2

Individual: 
FIFA World Cup All-Star Team 1990; FIFA 100; African Cup of Nations Best Player 1986; African Footballer of the Year x2; CAF Best African Player of the Last 50 Years (2007)





64. Gordon BANKS


D.O.B: 30.12.37

Place in #TFHB250: 
61

Nation: England

Club(s): 
Chesterfield, Leicester City, Stoke City, Cleveland Stokers, Hellenic, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, St Patrick's Athletic

League Apps (Goals): 
558 (0)

International: 
73 (0)

Honours: 
Football League Cup x2; FIFA World Cup 1966; British Home Championship x8

Individual: 
FIFA Goalkeeper of the Year x6; FIFA World Cup All-Star Team 1966; FIFA 100; PFA Team of the Century


International Football Hall of Fame: "For 10 years, Gordon Banks wasn't just England's goalkeeper. He was indisputably the best in the world. Perhaps the finest there has ever been... the man who was to become Banks of England, the player they said was as safe between the sticks as money in the Bank of England!"


63. SOCRATES

D.O.B: 19.02.54

Place in #TFHB250:
 59

Nation:
 Brazil

Club(s):
Botafogo, Corinthians, Fiorentina, Flamengo, Santos, Garforth Town

League Apps (Goals): 640 (292)

International: 
60 (22)

Honours: 
Torneio Vicente Feola; Campeonato Paulista x3; Taca Rio; Campeonato Carioca

Individual: 
FIFA 100; Brazil Football Hall of Fame


Former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, following the death of Socrates: "On the field, with his talent and sophisticated touches, he was a genius. Off the field... he was active politically, concerned with his people and his country. One of Brazil's most cherished sons"

62. Peter SCHMEICHEL


 D.O.B: 18.11.63

Place in #TFHB250: 
68

Nation: Denmark

Club(s): 
Gladsaxe-Hero, Hvidovre, Brondby, Manchester United, Sporting CP, Aston Villa, Manchester City

League Apps (Goals): 
648 (10)

International: 
123 (1)

Honours: 
Danish First Division x3; Danish Superliga; Danish Cup; Premier League x5; FA Cup x3; Football League Cup; FA Charity Shield x4; UEFA Champions League; UEFA Super Cup; Primeira Liga; Supertaca Candido de Oliveira; UEFA Intertoto Cup; UEFA European Championship 1992

Individual: 
FIFA 100; Danish Footballer of the Year x3; UEFA Goalkeeper of the Year x4; Premier League Player of the Season 1995/96; UEFA Euro 1992 Team of the Tournament; PFA England League Team of the Century; Danish Football Hall of Fame

Manchester United Website: "A Scandinavian powerhouse, Schmeichel brought with him to Old Trafford a unique style of goalkeeping. A dominant presence both physically and vocally (just ask Steve Bruce and Gary Pallister who played in front of him) the Dane was the proverbial rock on which Sir Alex Ferguson built his first great United side. He became a symbol of the Reds' superiority, unbreakable spirit and indefatigable will to win. They say great goalkeepers make great saves at crucial times and Schmeichel routinely lived up to that hallmark."


61. Eric CANTONA

D.O.B: 24.05.66

Place in #TFHB250: 
39

Nation:
 France

Club(s): 
Auxerre, Martigues, Marseille, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Nîmes, Leeds United, Manchester United

League Apps (Goals): 369 (131)

International: 
40 (20)

Honours: 
Ligue 1; Coupe de France; Football League First Division; FA Charity Shield x4; Premier League x4; FA Cup x2; UEFA European U-21 Championships

Individual: 
Football League 100 Legends; FIFA 100; PFA Players' Player of the Year 1993/94; PFA Team of the Century; Onze d'Or

Paul Ince: "He just had that aura and presence about him. He took the responsibility away from us players, it was like he said 'I'm Eric, and I'm here to win the title for you.'"





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