Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Prestigious Magazine 100Best footballers list

Prestigious magazine FourFourTwo published a list with the 100 best footballers in history. A compilation which is giving much to talk about.

The list is topped by Diego Maradona and Gheorge Hagi closes it in 100th place. Between one and the other, there are a few surprises.

Second is Messi, in front of Pele, Cruyff and his modern rival Cristiano Ronaldo. They are the only two players still in the game included in the top ten.

Rather shockingly, Ronaldinho only made the 24th spot, quite possibly because his genius came to an early end. He is the sixth Brazilian behind Pele, Ronaldo, Garrincha, Zico and Romario.

The first keeper on the list is Lev Yashin. The Soviet Union's 'black spider' and the only goalkeeper to have won the Golden Ball awarded to the best footballer of the year.

Yashin is in 22nd place. The next goalkeeper, in 41st position, is Gianluigi Buffon. Former United keeper Peter Schmeichel is 61st, only six places behind Dino Zoff, another legend.

Neymar, at the age of 25, is 97th on the list. Zlatan Ibrahimovic also features, in the 94th spot and just above him, is 93rd Philipp Lahm. Just Fontaine, the top goalscorer ever in a single World Cup with 13 goals, is 78th.

Some notable absentees are Dani Alves or Miroslav Klose. The Brazilian is one of the players with most trophies ever, while Klose has scored more goals than anybody else in the World Cup (16).

The full list:

1 - Diego Armando Maradona
2 - Lionel Messi
3 - Pelé
4 - Johann Cruyff
5 - Cristiano Ronaldo
6 - Alfredo Di Stefano
7 - Franz Beckenbauer
8 - Zinedine Zidane
9 - Ferenc Puskas
10 - Ronaldo
11 - Garrincha
12 - Michel Platini
13 - Marco van Basten
14 - George Best
15 - Franco Baresi
16 - Zico
17 - Gerd Muller
18 - Giuseppe Meazza
19 - Bobby Charlton
20 - Paolo Maldini
21 - Romario
22 - Lev Yashin
23 - Eusebio
24 - Ronaldinho
25 - Carlos Alberto
26 - Valentino Mazzola
27 - Bobby Moore
28 - Socrates
29 - Raymond Copa
30 - Lothar Matthaus
31 - José Manuel Moreno
32 - Paolo Rossi
33 - Gunter Netzer
34 - Stanley Matthews
35 - Luis Suárez
36 - Paco Gento
37 - Ruud Gullit
38 - Gianni Rivera
39 - Nandor Hidegkuti
40 - Kenny Dalglish
41 - Gianluigi Buffon
42 - Matthias Sindelar
43 - Fritz Walter
44 - Didì
45 - Oleg Blokhin
46 - Juan Alberto Schiaffino
47 - Rivellino
48 - Michael Laudrup
49 - Nilton Santos
50 - Xavi
51 - Jairzinho
52 - Roberto Baggio
53 - Gaetano Scirea
54 - Gunnar Nordahl
55 - Dino Zoff
56 - Passarella
57 - Rummenigge
58 - Adolfo Pedernera
59 - Andrés Iniesta
60 - Kevin Keegan
61 - Peter Schmeichel
62 - Dixie Dean
63 - Gordon Banks
64 - Johan Neeskens
65 - Jimmy Johnstone
66 - Teófilo Cubillas 
67 - Florian Albert 
68 - Sandro Mazzola 
69 - Dennis Bergkamp
70 - Paul Breitner 
71 - John Charles 
72 - José Andrade
73 - Omar Sivori
74 - Josef Masopust
75 - Cafú
76 - Dennis Law
77 - Frank Rijkaard 
78 - Just Fontaine 
79 - Gigi Riva 
80 - Thierry Henry
81 - Dragan Dzajic
82 - Hugo Sánchez
83 - Ryan Giggs
84 - Giacinto Facchetti
85 - Uwe Seeler
86 - Gabriel Batistuta
87 - Javier Zanetti
88 - Allan Simonsen
89 - Hristo Stoichkov
90 - Roberto Carlos
91 - Sepp Maier
92 - Sandor Kocsis
93 - Philipp Lahm
94 - Zlatan Ibrahimovic
95 - Djalma Santos
96 - Obdulio Varela
97 - Neymar
98 - Mario Kempes
99 - Mario Coluna
100 - Gheorge Hagi

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