Since 1999 (with the 20th century coming to an end), several lists or elections were made with the intention of define "the best players of all-time", "the best players of the century" or "the best players of all world cups", which are nearly the same concept:
Some of these lists are listed and linked above and with such collection, one natural question would be: who were, in fact, "the best of the best" among all mentioned players? 283 players (including two women) were mentioned and this file presents a "overall counting", with the most mentioned (at least in 6 lists i.e. more than 50% of all) players ordered according the number of lists he was mentioned.
Players mentioned in ALL 12 lists:
1 - Franz BECKENBAUER (Germany) 2 - Robert "BOBBY" CHARLTON (England) 3 - Johan CRUYFF (Netherlands) 4 - Gerhardt "GERD" MÜLLER (Germany) 5 - Diego Armando MARADONA (Argentina) 6 - Édson Arantes do Nascimento - "PELÉ" (Brazil)
Players mentioned in 11 lists:
7 - EUSÉBIO Ferreira da Silva (Portugal) 8 - Michel PLATINI (France) 9 - Ferenc PUSKAS (Hungary) 10 - Arthur Antunes Coimbra - "ZICO" (Brazil) 11 - Dino ZOFF (Italy)
Players mentioned in 10 lists:
12 - Franco BARESI (Italy) 13 - Alfredo DI STEFANO (Argentina) 14 - Manoel dos Santos - "GARRINCHA" (Brazil) 15 - Raymond KOPA (France) 16 - Lothar MATTHÄUS (Germany) 17 - Karl-Heinz RUMMENIGGE (Germany) 18 - Marco VAN BASTEN (Netherlands)
Players mentioned in 9 lists:
19 - Just FONTAINE (France) 20 - Daniel Alberto PASSARELLA (Argentina) 21 - Roberto RIVELLINO (Brazil) 22 - ROBERTO BAGGIO (Italy)
Players mentioned in 8 lists:
23 - Gordon BANKS (England) 24 - Robert "BOBBY" MOORE (England) 25 - GIANNI RIVERA (Italy) 26 - Ruud GULLIT (Netherlands) 27 - Josef MASOPUST (Czechoslovakia) 28 - Roger MILLA (Cameroon) 29 - PAOLO MALDINI (Italy) 30 - PAOLO ROSSI (Italy) 31 - Uwe SEELER (Germany) 32 - Lev YASHIN (Russia)
Players mentioned in 7 lists:
33 - Valdir Pereira - "DIDI" (Brazil) 34 - DJALMA SANTOS (Brazil) 35 - Enzo FRANCESCOLI (Uruguay) 36 - FRITZ WALTER (Germany) 37 - GEORGE BEST (Northern Ireland) 38 - Jair Ventura Filho - "JAIRZINHO" (Brazil) 39 - Mario Alberto KEMPES (Argentina) 40 - Giuseppe MEAZZA (Italy) 41 - Johan NEESKENS (Netherlands) 42 - ROMÁRIO de Souza Farias (Brazil) 43 - Juan Alberto SCHIAFFINO (Uruguay) 44 - STANLEY MATTHEWS (England)
Players mentioned in 6 lists:
45 - CARLOS ALBERTO TORRES (Brazil) 46 - Teófilo CUBILLAS (Peru) 47 - Giacinto FACCHETTI (Italy) 48 - HUGO SÁNCHEZ (Mexico) 49 - Sandor KOCSIS (Hungary) 50 - NÍLTON SANTOS (Brazil) 51 - RONALDO Luiz Nazário de Lima (Brazil) 52 - Omar Enrique SÍVORI (Argentina) 53 - Hristo STOICHKOV (Bulgaria)
Also, there are 21 players mentioned in 5 lists, 16 players mentioned in 4 lists, 21 players mentioned in 3 lists, 63 players mentioned in 2 lists and 133 players mentioned in only one list.
Prepared and maintained by Marcelo Leme de Arruda for the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
Author: Marcelo Leme de Arruda
Last updated: 19 Jun 2009
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