Mal's 20 Greatest Ever Soccer, Football Players

Ability + Sportsmanship No Drug Users or Cheats included. In No Particular Order
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First submittedDecember 28, 2015
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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 47
Dec 29, 2015
MARADONA IS THE BEST. THIS QUIZ IS THE WORST. SORRY.
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Level 69
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 46
Dec 30, 2015
Terrible choices
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Level 69
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 69
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 69
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 69
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 69
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 46
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 69
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 60
Oct 9, 2016
Please accept Koscis for Kocsis.
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Level 69
Oct 9, 2016
Yes........ done.
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Level 63
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 69
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 69
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 69
May 27, 2017
In case you don't know Stanley Matthews ........... http://www.bbc.com/news/world-40030710
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Level 63
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 69
Sep 24, 2017
Stanley Mattews ...... here it is
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Level 69
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 69
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.
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Level 55
Mar 7, 2020
Ah, yes, omitting Maradona and Zidane for sportsmanship when Ronaldinho and Best were both notorious for drinking and partying; what an example they are for young children, aren't they? 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.
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Level 69
Mar 8, 2020
Drinking and Partying?...... I don't think either of the players you mention, actually did much of that on the playing field...... The point is that this list is MY list of who I considered at that time to be 20 of my best and fairest players. I would not expect any football fan to have the same list.
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Level 55
Mar 8, 2020
But there's a massive gaping hole in your logic: why omit Maradona for reasons "Football is a SPORT and as such your behaviour on and off the field should count for something" when you literally have George Best in your list, who was notorious for his behaviour on and off the field (drinking and partying, missing games to party, misconduct on the field). George Best was probably the most troubled footballers to ever play so why add him but exclude Maradona, who is probably in most fans' list as in the top three best players of all time. 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.
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Level 69
Mar 8, 2020
Kappadam....... what is your list of 20 of the Greatest?
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Level 55
Mar 9, 2020
In no particular order: Pelé, Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Diego Maradona, Ferenc Puskás, Di Stefano, Franco Baresi, Franz Beckenbauer, Lev Yashin, Johan Cruyff, Eusébio, Zinedane Zidane, Michel Platini, Gerd Müller, Paolo Maldini, George Best, Garrincha, Raymond Kopa, Giuseppe Meazza. 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
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Level 69
Mar 9, 2020
Good list, as you can see we are not so far apart for the majority of selections, I might ask how you can leave out Stanley Matthews, but I know that people have different standards and reasons for their selections. I hope you can have the same understanding that we are all different in our priorities.