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#TFHB100 Players of All-Time: 80-71

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.



80. Luis SUAREZ Diaz

Image result for suarez uruguayD.O.B: 24.01.87

Place in #TFHB250: New Entry

Nation: Uruguay

Club(s): Nacional, Groningen, Ajax, Liverpool, Barcelona

League Apps (Goals): 489 (326)

International: 90 (47)

Honours: 
Uruguayan League; Eredivisie; KNVB Cup; League Cup; La Liga x2; Copa Del Rey x2; Supercopa de Espana; UEFA Champions League; UEFA Super Cup; World Club Cup; Copa America

Individual: PFA Player of the Year; FWA Footballer of the Year; Copa America Player of the Tournament; European Golden Shoe x2; FIFA World XI 2016

Steven Gerrard: 

'I don't think anyone ever looks forward to playing against Luis Suarez, he is a fantastic talent and a very dangerous player,' Gerrard said. He is a fantastic team mate, probably the best player I have played with. He's a good guy, a family man away from the pitch, we keep in touch and have supported each other throughout our careers.'



79. Denis LAW


Image result for denis law
D.O.B: 24.02.40

Place in #TFHB250:
 112

Nation:
 Scotland

Club(s): 
Huddersfield, Manchester City, Torino, Manchester United

League Apps (Goals):
485 (227)

International: 
55 (30)

Honours: 
FA Cup; Football League First Divison x2; Charity Shield x2; European Cup

Individual: 
Ballon d'Or 1964

Manchester United:

"A statue of Denis Law stands on the Stretford End concourse as a lasting monument to his impact on Old Trafford, and is a fitting tribute to one of United’s true living legends.The ultimate goalscorer, his flair, spirit and genuine love for the game made him a hero of a generation and he revelled in the nickname The King. His reign lasted for 13 years."


78. Duncan EDWARDS
 

D.O.B:
01.10.36
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Place in #TFHB250: 
New Entry  

Nation:
 England

Club(s): 
Manchester United

League Apps (Goals):
177 (21)

International: 
18 (5)

Honours:
Football League First Division x2

Individual:
PFA Team of the Century

Bobby Charlton on BBC: 


Charlton's opinion counts more than most. He played against Pele and Franz Beckenbauer. He played with George Best, Denis Law and England's World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore. But to Charlton, Edwards was king.
"Duncan was incomparable, he was such a talent, I always felt inferior to him. I feel terrible trying to explain to people just how good he was, his death was the biggest single tragedy ever to happen to Manchester United and English football. I always felt I could compare well with any player - except Duncan. He didn't have a fault with his game."



77. Elias FIGUEROA


D.O.B: 25.10.46
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Place in #TFHB250: 
172

Nation:
 Chile

Club(s):
Santiago Wanderers; Penarol; Internacional; Palestino; Fort Lauderdale Strikers; Colo-Colo

League Apps (Goals): 791 (38)

International:
47 (2)

Honours: Uruguayan Championships x2; Intercontinental Champions Super Cup
Brazilian Championships x2; Campeonatos Gaúchos x5; Chilean Cup; Chilean Championship

Individual:
FIFA 100

FIFA.com:
At that juncture in Elias Figueroa's career, few would have disagreed with the assertion. His anticipation and reading of the game was already beyond reproach, while his leadership skills, ability in the air and composure on the ball were recognised the world over. To give one example, at Germany 1974, he was hailed as the competition’s best defender and named alongside Franz Beckenbauer at centre-back in the tournament's Best XI.
"Figueroa is the best Chilean player of all time, and probably the finest central defender in the history of football in the Americas," Pele has gone on record as saying."



76. RAUL


Image result for raul 2002D.O.B: 27.07.77

Place in #TFHB250: 
48 

Nation:
 Spain

Club(s): 
Real Madrid; Schalke; Al Sadd; New York Cosmos

League Apps (Goals): 
683 (275)

International: 
102 (44)

Honours: 
La Liga x6; Supercopa de Espana x4; UEFA Champions League x3; UEFA Super Cup; Intercontinental Cup x2; DFB-Pokal; DFL-Supercup; Qatar League; Qatar Cup

Individual: 
UEFA Euro Team of the Tournament; FIFA 100; Spanish Player of the Year x5







75. George WEAH



Image result for george weahD.O.B: 27.09.76


Place in #TFHB250: 136

Nation:
 Liberia

Club:
Mighty Barolle, Invincible Eleven, Africa Sports, Tonnerre Yaounde, Monaco, PSG, Milan, Manchester City, Chelsea, Marseille, Al-Jazira

League Apps (Goals): 411 (193)


International: 
60 (22)

Honours: Liberian League x2; Liberian Cup; Coupe de France x3; Ligue 1; Coupe de la Ligue; Serie A x2; FA Cup

Individual:
Ballon d'Or 1995; FIFA World Player of the Year 1995; FIFA 100




74. Fabio CANNAVARO


D.O.B: 13.09.73
Image result for cannavaro

Place in #TFHB250:
69

Nation: Italy

Club(s):
Napoli, Parma, Inter, Juventus, Real Madrid, Al-Ahli

League Apps (Goals): 
531 (16)

International: 
136 (2)

Honours: 
UEFA Cup; Coppa Italia x2; Supercoppa Italiana; La Liga x2; Supercopa de Espana; FIFA World Cup

Individual: 
Ballon d'Or 2006; FIFA World Cup Silver Ball; FIFA World XI 2006 2006; Serie A Player of the Season

CNN: 
"Taking over the national captaincy from Paolo Maldini in 2002, he was never supposed to outshine his illustrious predecessor, a man who had become the embodiment of defensive greatness.
As a Neapolitan -- considered a southern outsider by many in the industrial and footballing heartlands to the north -- Cannavaro was an unlikely hero to unite the country."



73. Jose ALTAFINI

D.O.B: 24.07.38

Place in #TFHB250:
 New Entry

Nation:
 Italy/Brazil

Club(s): 
Palmeiras; Milan; Napoli; Juventus; Chiasso; Mendrisiostar

League Apps (Goals): 653 (334)

International: 
ITA - 6 (5); BRA - 8 (4)

Honours: 
Serie A x4; European Cup; Coppa Delle Alpi; FIFA World Cup

Individual:
AC Milan Hall of Fame

George Rinaldi - Calcio's Greatest Forwards: The Goalscorers of Serie A:
"One of the greatest players Serie A has ever seen, Jose Altafini was the complete attacker. Pace, power, precision - he had it all. Time after time, the Brazilian would run full pelt at the helpless defenders who were attempting to thwart his attacks. That rarely happened though, the end result was already decided - Altafini had scored."

He said it:
"A game without a goal is like love without a kiss"


72. Javier ZANETTI


Related image D.O.B: 10.08.73

Place in #TFHB250: 
50

Nation: Argentina

Club(s):
Talleres, Banfield, Internazionale

League Apps (Goals): 
714 (17)

International: 
143 (5)

Honours: 
Serie A x5; Coppa Italia x4; UEFA Champions League; Supercoppa Italiana x4; UEFA Cup; FIFA Club World Cup

Individual: 
FIFA 100; Number 4 retired by Inter

Ben Jones - The Football History Boys:
I love Javier Zanetti - I mean, what a player. Growing up in the 90s/00s few things remained consistent in an ever changing world, but one thing definitely did - Zanetti....and his haircuts! Playing almost 1000 career games, his record speaks for itself. Unrivaled in Italy for almost 20 years, he secured his name in football folklore leading Inter to an incredible treble in 2010. What is equally impressive was his undoubted commitment to his homeland of Argentina, amassing nearly 150 caps. On and off-the-pitch he has continued to cement an impressive legacy, pledging hours of support to charities and schemes to help local children affected by poverty and social deprivation.


71. Andriy SHEVCHENKO

D.O.B: 29.09.76
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Place in #TFHB250: 
89

Nation:
 Ukraine

Club(s):
Dynamo Kyiv, Milan, Chelsea

League Apps (Goals): 446 (219)

International: 
111 (48)

Honours:
Ukrainian Premier League x5; Ukrainian Cup x3; Ukrainian Super Cup; CIS Cup x3; Serie A; Coppa Italia; Supercoppa Italia; UEFA Super Cup; UEFA Champions League; FA Cup; League Cup; Community Shield

Individual: 
Ballon d'Or 2004; FIFA 100; FIFA World XI; Ukraine Footballer of the Year x6;





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