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Mal's 20 Greatest Ever Soccer, Football Players

Ability + Sportsmanship No Drug Users or Cheats included. In No Particular Order
Quiz by Malbaby
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First submittedDecember 28, 2015
Last updatedJuly 1, 2018
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England
Stanley Matthews
Brazil
Pele
Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo
Argentina
Alfredo Di Stefano
Portugal
Eusebio
Northern Ireland
George Best
Hungary
Ferenc Puskas
Sweden
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Russia
Lev Yashin
Italy
Roberto Baggio
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Netherlands
Ruud Gullit
Netherlands
Johan Cruyff
Argentina
Lionel Messi
Spain
Xavi Hernandez
England
Robert Charlton
Germany
Lothar Matthaus
France
Thierry Henry
Hungary
Sandor Kocsis
Brazil
Ronaldinho
Germany
Gerd Muller
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level 46
Dec 29, 2015
MARADONA IS THE BEST. THIS QUIZ IS THE WORST. SORRY.
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level 67
Dec 29, 2015
Sorry Kontio100 .... but Sportsmanship and Drug Use cancelled out Maradona. Without question Maradona had great ability, but Football is a SPORT and as such your behaviour on and off the field should count for something. In this case it cancelled out Maradona.
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level 44
Feb 15, 2016
I have a few hashtags here to list for maradona #handofgod #cameramakefacer #drugger
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level 44
Dec 30, 2015
Terrible choices
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level 67
Dec 30, 2015
Sorry you feel that way Keiran090. Since 1944 I've seen all of these footballers play, some of them many, many times. I cannot believe a true football follower could look at this list and say they are terrible choices. Obviously when choosing 20 players there are some that do not make the list that were also great players, but in limiting the list to 20, choices have to be made. Who to include? who to leave out? those are the questions that have to be answered.
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level 59
Feb 16, 2016
First of all you need to give som room for spelling. Cruijff is commonly spelled Cruyff. Also Di Stefano and Matthaus could use some other spellings. Secondly I find some of these choices very odd. Ibrahimovic should definately not be here. He isn't even among the top 20 attackers. Xavi and Henry doesn't belong here either, and in my eyes neither does Ronaldinho ( he was a trully gifted footballer, but was to inconsistence, and had way to few good seasons). To leave out Beckenbauer is very very strange. Zidane also belong up there.
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level 67
Feb 16, 2016
I have already 6 different spellings available for Di Stefano and Matthaus, and 9 for Cruijff, I have now added a couple more. I am sure that I could add another ten or twenty more varieties of these names but someone, somewhere in the world will still come up with another version.......... As for my choices, again, I chose a list of 20 players who in my opinion are 20 OF THE BEST ever to grace the great game. If you asked 1000 different football supporters to choose their top twenty you would have 1000 different lists. That's life.
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level 67
Feb 16, 2016
As for Beckenbauer, I very nearly chose him for the list but in the end left him out, he and Bobby Moore who also played very similar roles in great teams. Zidane was not considered because of his poor sportsmanship and poor role model influence.
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level 59
Feb 17, 2016
As for the spelling, I tried some different ones for those 3 and none worked, so. I assumed that it you wanted the exact spelling, like in yor capitals quizzes. When you have so many different spellings, maybe I'm just not that good at spelling their names. Of course not every one has the same opinion, and I have just given you my opinion on the list. I don't know about Zidane's poor sportsmanship, except the world cup final in 06 of course.
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level 67
May 20, 2017
Fog91...... Just to give you some idea of the name choices you said you tried............ just for Johan Cruijff ......you could have tried Cruiff, Johan Cruiff, J Cruiff, Cruff, Cruyff .... I would love to know what you tried that didn't work.
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level 67
Feb 17, 2016
Many names from different language peoples are tricky, as well as putting in different varieties of spelling you have to cater for people entering last names only or first names, initials and short names so eventually you have a list of many varieties of entries for each entry on top of the spelling. It's all good fun. ( In Zidane's case I think that head-butting an opponent is classed as bad sportsmanship, at least for me anyway)
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level 45
Oct 6, 2016
I think Beckenbauer, Brazilian Ronaldo, Neymar and Zidane should be in this list but this is only my opinion
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level 67
Oct 6, 2016
As you see from comments before, it is very difficult to choose 20 football players and please everybody. Even if I'd done my top 30 or 40 players someone would still say "How about so&so?" It all boils down to opinions and that is what makes the world go round.
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level 57
Oct 9, 2016
Please accept Koscis for Kocsis.
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level 67
Oct 9, 2016
Yes........ done.
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level 61
Jan 27, 2017
Nice list, some different interesting names. My personal list: Pelé, Maradona, Zidane, Messi, Puskas, Cruyff, Cristiano Ronaldo, Di Stefano, Eusebio, Garrincha, Van Basten, Ronaldo, Iniesta, Charlton, Platini, Beckenbauer, Yashin, Puyol, Buffon, Romario
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level 67
Jan 27, 2017
Good list PotatoBoy, I can go along with your list also except for Maradona, who as I explained earlier I've not considered due to his cheating and drug use (even though he had great ability)
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level 67
Jan 27, 2017
I might add that I am pleased to see you chose Garrincha in your list. I saw him play and he was a magic dribbler of the ball. I saw Stanley Matthews play many, many times and he also was a magic dribbler but I would not like to chose between the two for dribbling abilities.
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level 67
May 27, 2017
In case you don't know Stanley Matthews ........... http://www.bbc.com/news/world-40030710
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level 61
Sep 8, 2017
I confess I had never heard of him before. It's a very interesting article. I was born in 1990, so I haven't seen most players in this quiz in action. I can put together a list by the stories I hear, and Mathews surely earns a place in my list now. I'm very impressed that he has never been booked. Hard to imagine a player like that in the modern days.
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level 67
Sep 24, 2017
Stanley Mattews ...... here it is
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level 67
Jan 1, 2018
Pelé said Sir Stanley Matthews "taught us the way football should be played" that speaks volumes for the impact the former England international had on the game and, more specifically, the role of the winger. Praise does not come much higher.
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level 40
Nov 6, 2017
Good Quiz. I don't agree with all of them, but those are definitely 20 of the greatest players ever.
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level 67
Nov 6, 2017
Thanks FulhamFC, I suppose you might have added Johnny Haynes, he was one of the best passes of the ball I have ever seen. Many times I saw him 'Thread the Needle' with a fifty yard+ pass, wonderful.