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The Top 250 Players of All-Time: 250-241

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 is still there to answer the debate but we furthered our work to blogging about the beautiful game starting up

*All International appearances (goals) correct as of 1st Jan 2014.

250. Marcelo SALAS

Marcelo SalasPOSITION: Forward;

NATION: Chile - App 71, Goals (37);

CLUB(s): Universidad de Chile (CHI), River Plate (ARG), Lazio, Juventus (Both ITA)

CLUB HONOURS: 2x Chilean League, 3x Argentine League, South American Super Cup, 3x Serie A, Coppa Italia, 3x Supercoppa Italia, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, UEFA Super Cup

"He’s a fantastic player...He’s worked hard and has taken an almighty kick from Tony Adams. He showed the character to get back on the field and score a great goal." 
Roy Hodgson after Salas stole the show at Wembley in 1997

249. Ivan ZAMORANO

POSITION: Forward;

NATION: Chile - 69 (34) ;

CLUB(s): Cobresal, Trasandino (Both CHI), St Gallen (SWI), Sevilla, Real Madrid (Both SPA), Inter (ITA), America (MEX), Colo-Colo (CHI)

CLUB HONOURS: Chilean Cup, Copa Del Rey, Supercopa de Espana, La Liga, UEFA Cup, Mexican Premier League


"A wonderful striker and arguably the best Chilean to play in Europe. He excelled at Real Madrid, winning La Liga in 1995 and the Copa del Rey in 1993, and also won the 1998 UEFA Cup at Inter Milan."
Daily Mail's Riath Al-Samarrai


POSITION: Midfielder;

NATION: Scotland - 57 (5);

CLUB(s): Motherwell (SCO), Leicester City (ENG), Leeds United (ENG), Coventry City (ENG), Liverpool (ENG);

CLUB HONOURS: 1x Scottish Division One, 1x Football League First Division, 1x FA Cup, 1x Football League Cup, 2x FA Charity Shield, 1x UEFA Cup, 1x UEFA Super Cup

"There are very few footballers who have the skill and ability to make a difference, no matter what colour shirt they wear. Gary McAllister was one of them."
The Liverpool Word

247. Youri DJORKAEFF

Youri Djorkaeff
POSITION: Forward;

NATION: France - 82 (28);

CLUB(s): Grenoble (FRA), Strasbourg (FRA), Monaco (FRA), Paris Saint-Germain (FRA), Internazionale (ITA), 1. FC Kaiserslautern (GER), Bolton Wanderers (ENG), Blackburn Rovers (ENG), New York Red Bulls (USA);

CLUB HONOURS: 1x Coupe de France, 1x Trophee des Champions, 1x UEFA Cup Winners Cup, 1x UEFA Cup;

INTERNATIONAL HONOURS: 1x FIFA World Cup, 1x UEFA European Championship 

"The master came up with a master finish...It was a fantastic individual piece or skill and I am glad it got us something."
Sam Allardyce after Djorkaeff's overhead kick vs Charlton


GilmarPOSITION: Goalkeeper;

NATION: Brazil - 94 (0); 

CLUB(s): Corinthians, Santos (Both BRA); 

CLUB HONOURS: 5x São Paulo State Championships, 5x National Championships, 2x Libertadores Cup, 2x Intercontinental Cup;


"Though not the captain of the side and though not immune to a tear or two himself after the trophy had been won, the experienced and highly regarded keeper set an example for his team-mates to follow, while striking fear into the hearts of opposing centre-forwards. His all-round skills and remarkable agility helped him become one of the finest Brazilian goalkeepers of all time"


Ian CallaghanPOSITION: Midfielder;

NATION: England - 4 (0); 

CLUB(s): Liverpool (ENG), Ft Lauderdale Strikers (USA), Swansea City (WAL), Canberra City (AUS), Cork United (IRE), Sandefjord (NOR), Crewe Alexandra (ENG); 

CLUB HONOURS: 5x Football League First Division, 1x Football League Second Division, 2x FA Cup, 6x FA Charity Shield, 2x UEFA European Cup, 2x UEFA Cup, 1x UEFA Super Cup, 1x Welsh Cup; 


“He typifies everything that is good in football, and he has never changed. You could stake your life on Ian.”
Bill Shankly

244. Hakan SUKUR

Hakan SukurPOSITION: Striker;

NATION: Turkey - 112 (51);

CLUB(s): Sakaryaspor, Bursaspr, Galatasaray (All TUR), Torino, Inter, Parma (All ITA), Blackburn Rovers (ENG)

CLUB HONOURS: 6x Turkish Cup,  8x Turkish League, Coppa Italia, UEFA Cup, 3x Turkish Super Cup



POSITION: Midfielder;

NATION: Italy - 55 (5); 

CLUB(s): Aldosivi (ARG), Santos Laguna (MEX), Wanderers (URU), Banfield (ARG), Cruz Azul (MEX), Verona (ITA), Juventus (ITA), VfB Stuttgart (GER), Lanús (ARG), Racing Club (ARG); 

CLUB HONOURS: 1x Primera División de México, 1x Serie A, 1x Serie B, 2x Supercoppa Italiana; 


"Camoranesi is one hell of a talent. In truth, it's hard to think of too many out-and-out right-sided wide midfielders anywhere in the world who are better than him."
Gil Gillespie -


POSITION: Midfielder; 

NATION: Brazil - 40 (6); 

CLUB(s): Sport (BRA), Vasco da Gama (BRA), Lyon (FRA), Al-Gharafa (QAT), New York Red Bulls (USA); 

CLUB HONOURS: 1x Campeonato Pernambucano, 1x Copa do Nordeste, 2x Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A, 1x Campeonato Carioca, 1x Torneio Rio-Sao Paulo, 1x Copa Mercosur, 1x Copa Libertadores, 7x Ligue 1, 1x Coupe de France, 6x Trophee Des Champions, 1x Qatar Stars League, 1x Qatari Stars Cup, 2x Qatar Crown Prince Cup; 

INTERNATIONAL HONOURS: 1x Toulon Tournament, 1x FIFA Confederations Cup

"There have been truly great strikers of a dead ball in the history of football, but can any truly claim to match Juninho across these three determining factors? I would suggest not."
Christopher Atkins - Bleacher Report


POSITION: Midfielder; 

NATION: Brazil - 60 (8); 

CLUB(s): Flamengo (BRA), São Paulo (BRA), Valencia (SPA), Kashima Antlers (JAP), Paris Saint-Germain (FRA), Milan (ITA); 

CLUB HONOURS: 1x Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A, 1x Copa do Brasil, 2x Recopa Sudamericana, 1x Supercopa Sudamericana, 1x Intercontinental Cup, 1x Campeonato Paulista, 1x J-League, 1x Serie A, 1x Coppa Italia; 

INTERNATIONAL HONOURS: 1x FIFA World Cup, 1x FIFA Confederations Cup, 1x Copa America 


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