#TFHB100 Players of All-Time: 90-81

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.



90. Luis FIGO


D.O.B: 04.11.72

Place in #TFHB250: 34

Nation: Portugal

Club(s): Sporting CP, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Internazionale

League Apps (Goals): 577 (93)

International:
127 (32)

Honours:
Taca de Portugal; La Liga x4; Copa Del Rey x2; Supercopa de Espana x3; UEFA Cup Winners' Cup; UEFA Champions League; UEFA Super Cup x2; Intercontinental Cup; Serie A x4; Coppa Italia; Supercoppa Italiana

Individual: Ballon d'Or 2000; FIFA Player of the Year 2001; FIFA 100; FIFA World Cup All-Star Team 2006

Real Madrid Website: "Figo was peerless at dribbling and taking on opponents, and his perfect assists were a luxury for all of the forwards who played with him. He was a leader on the pitch who helped Real Madrid to win honours and further their legendary status." 


89. Johan NEESKENS


D.O.B: 15.09.51 

Place in #TFHB250:
 81

Nation:
 Netherlands

Club(s): 
RCH, Ajax, Barcelona, New York Cosmos, Groningen, Minnesota Strikers, Fort Lauderdale Sun, Kansas City Comets, Lowenbrau, Baar, Zug

League Apps (Goals): 
457 (136) (At least)

International:
49 (17)

Honours:
Eredivisie x2; KNVB Cup x2; European Cup x3; UEFA Super Cup x2; Intercontinental Cup; UEFA Cup Winners' Cup; Copa Del Rey

Individual: 
FIFA World Cup All-Star Team 1974; FIFA 100

Football Oranje: "With his long sideburns Neeskens may have looked more like a rock-star than a footballer, but the midfielder was undoubtedly a genius, and one of the crucial players in the invention of total football... Neeskens made the Dutch team tick during the 1974 World Cup, with his ferocious tackling unsettling opponents, and giving the likes of Cruyff the space to work his magic. The Ajax star had an endless amount of energy, making a tackle at one end before darting forward to join an attack. A real box-to-box midfielder."


88. John BARNES
 

D.O.B: 
07.11.63

Place in #TFHB250: 
88  

Nation:
 England

Club(s): 
Watford, Liverpool, Newcastle United, Charlton Athletic

League Apps (Goals): 
586 (155)

International:
79 (11)

Honours: 
Football League First Division x2; FA Cup x2; Football League Cup; FA Charity Shield x3

Individual: 
Football Writers' Player of the Year 1988, 1990; PFA Players' Player of the Year 1988

Former Liverpool captain Phil Thompson: "He was one of those players that just excited you every time he got the ball. He had the ability to pick out a pass, a great first touch and could obviously dribble. There was something Brazilian in the way he played the game, like a downhill skier, the way he glided in and out of defenders." 


87. Gheorghe HAGI


D.O.B: 05.02.65

Place in #TFHB250:
87

Nation:
 Romania

Club(s): 
Farul Constanta, Sportul Studentesc, Steaua Bucaresti, Real Madrid, Brescia, Barcelona, Galatasaray

League Apps (Goals): 
516 (237)

International: 
125 (35)

Honours: 
Romanian League x3; Romanian Cup x2; European Super Cup; Supercopa de Espana x2; Anglo-Italian Cup; Turkish Super League x4; Turkish Cup x2; Turkish Super Cup x2; UEFA Cup; UEFA Super Cup

Individual: 
FIFA 100; FIFA World Cup All-Star Team 1994

Adam Shergold, Daily Mail: "The beauty of Hagi was his unpredictability. Comfortable on both feet, his play could seldom be read by opponents. He had a wide array of skills and tricks, a terrifying burst of speed, good vision and a blistering shot both in open play and from set-plays. Watch a montage of his finest goals and you soon realise that Hagi didn't believe neither in distance nor in the laws of physics."


86. Peter SHILTON


D.O.B: 18.09.49

Place in #TFHB250:
82 

Nation:
 England

Club(s):
Leicester City, Stoke City, Nottingham Forest, Southampton, Derby County, Plymouth Argyle, Wimbledon, Bolton Wanderers, Coventry City, West Ham United, Leyton Orient

League Apps (Goals): 
1005 (1)

International: 
125 (0)

Honours: 
Football League Second Division; FA Charity Shield x2; Football League First Division; Football League Cup; European Cup x2; UEFA Super Cup

Individual: 
PFA Players' Player of the Year 1978

The FA: "One of the game’s greatest goalkeepers, Shilton’s ability was matched by his longevity – he played 1,390 times for eleven clubs during his career, finally calling it a day well into his late forties... ‘Shilts’ was a brilliant shot-stopper who bossed his area and was renowned for his dedication to training. In his 125 games between the sticks, England won 66 times, conceded only 80 goals, and he kept a record 65 clean sheets."



85. Francesco TOTTI



D.O.B: 27.09.76


Place in #TFHB250: 42

Nation:
 Italy

Club: 
Roma

League Apps (Goals): 
610 (250) (And counting!)

International:
58 (9)

Honours: Serie A; Coppa Italia x2; Supercoppa Italiana x2; FIFA World Cup 2006

Individual: 
FIFA 100; FIFA World Cup All-Star Team 2006

Omar Saleem, The Guardian: "His genius lies in his three unrivalled skills: the ability to create something from nothing off either foot, his supreme, deadly finishing – which has brought him 250 Serie A goals – and his confidence. His feet are natural – touching a ball and striking it perfectly with ease is second nature – but his mind is what separates him from the rest. He thinks ahead. He’s the enigma who has carried his hometown club for over two decades and won a World Cup along the way."


84. Clarence SEEDORF


D.O.B: 01.04.76

Place in #TFHB250: 
72

Nation: Netherlands

Club(s): 
Ajax, Sampdoria, Real Madrid, Internazionale, Milan, Botafogo

League Apps (Goals): 
640 (99)

International: 
87 (11)

Honours: 
Eredivisie x2; KNVB Cup; Johan-Cruyff Shield x2; UEFA Champions League x4; La Liga; Supercopa de Espana; Intercontinental Cup; Serie A x2; Coppa Italia; Supercoppa Italiana x2; UEFA Super Cup x2; FIFA Club World Cup; Campeonato Carioca

Individual: 
FIFA 100

Clarence Seedorf himself: "After winning the Champions League three times, I think I can allow myself to say that I'm not afraid of anyone.” (He won four eventually of course)


83. Oleg BLOKHIN


D.O.B: 05.11.52

Place in #TFHB250:
219

Nation:
 Soviet Union

Club(s):
Dynamo Kyiv, Vorwarts Steyr, Aris Limassol

League Apps (Goals): 495 (225)

International: 
112 (42)

Honours: 
Soviet Higher League x8; Soviet Cup x5; USSR Super Cup x3; UEFA Cup Winners' Cup x2; UEFA Super Cup

Individual: 
Ballon d'Or 1975; Soviet Footballer of the Year 1973, 1974, 1975

SaluteSoccer.com "Oleg Blokhin is a legendary footballer who is regarded as Soviet Union's best footballer of all time. In terms of statistics, Oleg Blokhin is also the best in the history of Dynamo Kyiv. With a record 266 goals in 582 appearances, Blokhin is the player with the highest number of goals and appearances for the club." 


82. Giacinto FACCHETTI


Image result for giacinto facchetti D.O.B: 18.07.42

Place in #TFHB250:
38

Nation: Italy

Club(s): 
Internazionale

League Apps (Goals): 
476 (59)

International:
94 (3)

Honours: 
Serie A x4; Coppa Italia; European Cup x2; Intercontinental Cup x2; UEFA Euro 1968

Individual: 
FIFA 100; FIFA Presidential Award 2006; FIFA World Cup All-Star Team 1970

Former Inter Milan teammate Sandro Mazzola: "He was the greatest figure, on the field and off it.” 


81. Jurgen KLINSMANN

D.O.B: 30.07.64

Place in #TFHB250:
75

Nation:
 West Germany & Germany

Club(s): 
Stuttgarter Kickers, VFB Stuttgart, Internazionale, AS Monaco, Tottenham Hotspur, Bayern Munich, Sampdoria, Orange County Blue Star

League Apps (Goals): 
514 (232)

International:
26 (7) - West Germany, 82 (40) - Germany

Honours: 
Supercoppa Italiana; UEFA Cup x2; Bundesliga;  US Cup; Olympic Bronze Medal 1988; UEFA European Championship 1996; FIFA World Cup 1990

Individual: 
FIFA 100; FIFA World Cup All-Time Team 1990

Planet World Cup: "Klinsmann was a continental player, who could easily adapt to new cultures. He played top level football in England, Italy, Germany and France... In 1990, he won the World Cup with West Germany in Italy. He played five of the games on his homeground in Milan, which made the triumph even more special. Klinsmann was established as one of the greatest strikers in world football."



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