Top 100


The list so far....

*Players in bold are still active

100. Luis Suarez Miramontes
99. Oliver Kahn
98. Pavel Nedved
97. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
96. Sir Stanley Matthews
95. Roberto Rivelino
94. Gianfranco Zola
93. Philipp Lahm
92. Laszlo Kubala
91. Paul Breitner
90. Luis Figo
89. Johan Neeskens
88. John Barnes
87. Gheorghe Hagi
86. Peter Shilton
85. Francesco Totti
84. Clarence Seedorf
83. Oleg Blokhin
82. Giacinto Facchetti
81. Jurgen Klinsmann
80. Luis Suarez Diaz
79. Denis Law
78. Duncan Edwards
77. Elias Figueroa
76. Raul
75. George Weah
74. Fabio Canavarro
73. Jose Altafini
72. Javier Zanetti
71. Andriy Shevchenko
70. Mario Kempes
69. Gary Lineker 
68. Gabriel Batistuta
67. Guiseppe Meazza
66. Daniel Passarella
65. Roger Milla
64. Gordon Banks
63. Socrates
62. Peter Schmeichel
61. Eric Cantona
60. Marcel Desailly
59. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
58. Sir Tom Finney
57. Alessandro Del Piero
56. Billy Meredith
55. Frank Lampard
54. Sandor Kocsis
53. Carlos Alberto
52. Paul Scholes
51. Lothar Matthaus
50. Steven Gerrard
49. Ruud Gullit
48. Hristo Stoickov
47. Alan Shearer
46. Lev Yashin
45. Rivaldo
44. Dino Zoff
43. Romario
42. Andrea Pirlo
41. Kaka
40. Iker Casillas
39. Dixie Dean
38. Roberto Baggio
37. Sir Bobby Charlton
36. Paul Gascoigne
35. Zico
34. Cafu
33. Ian Rush
32. John Charles
31. David Beckham
30. Michael Laudrup
29. Jairzinho
28. Ryan Giggs
27. Xavi
26. Roberto Carlos
25. Marco Van Basten
24. Kenny Dalglish
23. Bobby Moore
22. Gianluigi Buffon
21. Andres Iniesta
20. Franco Baresi
19. Dennis Bergkamp
18. Gerd Muller
17. Thierry Henry
16. Michel Platini
15. Euesbio
14. Garrincha
13. Ferenc Puskas
12. Alfredo Di Stefano
11. Paolo Maldini


Joga bonito said…
Great list with an appreciation of legends new and old!
I have a few comments.

I believe these players are underrated in your ranking:

Zico - one of the gifted footballers of all time, goalscorer/playmaker, arguably a top 3 Brazilian player of all time (in my personal top 15 players of all time)

Lothar Matthaus - greatest box to box midfielder of all time. Should be higher (Germany’s 2nd best player of all time, also in my personal all-time top 15)

Ruud Gullit - one of the most complete footballers of all time. Unquestionably top 20.

Notable omissions:

Didi - Brazil’s greatest midfielder of all time. Deep lying inside forward (early central midfielder) who was the playmaking architect in Brazil’s World Cup winning teams in the late 50s/early 60s

Gianni Rivera - AC Milan’s greatest #10, and Italy’s all-time greatest playmaker.

Raymond Kopa - legendary French playmaker, Ballon d’Or winner in 1958. Top 4 French player of all time.

Jose Manuel Moreno - one the most complete attacking midfielders of all time. Key player in La Máquina.

Frank Rijkaard - the greatest defensive midfielder of all time

Joszef Bozsik - legendary passing metronome of the Mighty Magyars. Regarded as one of the top 3 deep lying playmaker of alltime.

Zizinho - Pelé idolised Zizinho, a complete attacking midfielder who was arguably the best player in the world in the late 40s.
Unknown said…
I think it's clear the list reflects the UK and recency bias which I would say is to be expected. My own personal top 10:

1) Lionel Messi
2) Pele
3) Diego Maradona
4) Cristiano Ronaldo
5) Johan Cruyff
6) Zinedine Zidane
7) Franz Beckenbauer
8) Alfredo di Stefano
9) Michel Platini
10) Ferenc Puskas

Ronaldo on pure talent is the hardest for me to omit because I think he had the potential to crack the fabled top 3 at the top of the list, but in the end his time was so fleeting I just couldn't fit him in there.

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