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.
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.
Pelé, Maradona, Zidane, Messi, Puskas, Cruyff, Cristiano Ronaldo, Di Stefano, Eusebio, Garrincha, Van Basten, Ronaldo, Iniesta, Charlton, Platini, Beckenbauer, Yashin, Puyol, Buffon, Romario
Henry cheated against Ireland by handling the ball to give France a crucial win for qualifying for the 2010 World Cup - sportsmanship at it's finest.
And to include Ibrahimovic is just laughable: there's no way he considered one of the 20 greatest players of all time, maybe 50 at a push; the man has an ego the size of the universe and treats people with no respect whatsoever.
By your logic, these footballers on your list shouldn't be there as they've had behavioural/sportsmanship problems.
Beckenbauer, Maldini, Scholes, Platini, Garrincha, Baresi, Zico, Kopa, Fontaine, Meazza, et cetera, would have all been more appropriate than Ibrahimovic.
Again, Ibrahimovic shouldn't be in this list as he isn't in the top 20 best players of all time by ability, regardless of sportsmanship.
Notable exclusions that could well make it onto this list include: Henry, Scholes, Lampard, Xavi, Schmeichel, Fontaine, Bergkamp, Vieira, Keane, van Basten, Romario, Zico, Baggio, Charlton, Gullit, Ronaldinho, Matthaus, Kocsis. etc
I have included these players on the basis of their ability, influence on the game, records and statistics. I have not excluded players that have so much influence on the game purely for one incident such as the Zidane headbutt, as I feel it does a disservice to what he has achieved if you were to exclude him. Now please explain why you haven't applied your logic of sportsmanship to players such as Henry, Ibrahimovic, Best, if you care to omit Zidane and Maradona
Also, not accepting simply "Zlatan"? For shame!
Seriously, though, very interesting quiz. Familiar with almost all the names, though actually saw only a few play, as my football exposure is limited to anything since 1997 along with anything "New York Cosmos" from the 70s. The rest I've picked up just from an interest in the history of the game, mostly on the national level.
It really is difficult to narrow things down to 20, especially when we take into context you've been watching the sport for such a long time. It's good to see names that younger players may not even recognize though
Secondly: I'm sorry you feel the apostrophes around your Jetpunk name is somehow disrespecful, certainly not meant to be, you can see I always put an apostrophe around peoples Jetpunk names.
As for the second point, fair enough, I wasn't aware of that. No offense taken.
Is George Best really a good role model? or Ibrahimovic?
Does the sportsmanship only count for on the field? Messi and Ronaldinho have both been convicted for tax evasion. Platini expelled from UEFA for corruption.
If sportsmanship is so important, why not someone like Kaka who was and ambassador to the UN?
I'd just like to know your logic behind picking George Best given how infamously unprofessional he was.
nice quiz though