World Positional Ranking of The Eras

The 1892 - 1900s

Goalkeeper

1. Leigh Richmond Roose (Stoke City, Wales)

Full-Back

1. Bob Crompton (Blackburn, England)
2. Billy McCracken (Newcastle, England)
3. Howard Spencer (Aston Villa, England)

Half-Back

1. Ernest Needham (Sheffield United, England)
2. Alex Raisbeck (Liverpool, Scotland)

Outside-Forward

1. Billy Meredith (Man City, Man Utd, Wales)
2. Alex Smith (Rangers, Scotland)

Inside-Forward/ Withdrawn Center-Forward

1. Bobby Walker (Hearts, Scotland)
2. Vivian Woodward (Tottenham, England)
3. Johann Studnicka (Wienner AC, Austria)
4. Jimmy Quinn (Celtic, Scotland)

Center-Forward

1. Steve Bloomer (Derby County, England)
2. Robert Hamilton (Rangers, Scotland)
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The First Half 1910s

Goalkeeper

1. Sam Hardy (Aston Villa, England)

Full-Back

1. Bob Crompton (Blackburn, England)
2. Billy McCracken (Newcastle, England)
3. Renzo De Vecchi (Genoa, Italy)

Half-Back

1. Nils Middelboe (Copnehegen Boldklub, Denmark)
2. Bok De Korver (Sparta Rottderdam, Netherlands)
3. Francisco Olazar (Racing Club, Argentina)
4. Jose Maria Belauste (Athletic Bilbao, Spain)

Outside-Forward

1. Billy Meredith (Man City, Man Utd, Wales)

Inside-Forward/ Withdrawn Center-Forward

1. Jose Piendibene (Penarol, Uruguay)
2. Vaclav Pilat (Sparta Prague, Czechoslovakia)
3. Jan Studnicka (Wienner AC, Austria) 

Center-Forward

1. Imre Schlosser (Ferencvaros, Hungary)
2. Poul Tist Nielsen (Copenheghen Boldklub, Denmark)
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The Second Half 1910s

Goalkeeper

1. Karoly Zsak (33-FC, Hungary)
2. Pierre Chayrigues (Red Star Paris, France)
3. Cayetano Saporiti (Montediveo Wanderers, Uruguay)

Full-Back

1. Renzo De Vecchi (Genoa, Italy)
2. Armand Swartenbroeks (Daring Bruxelles, Belgium)
3. Alfredo Foglino (Nacional, Uruguay)

Half-Back

1. Nils Middelboe (Copnehegen Boldklub, Denmark)
2. José María Belauste (Athletic Bilbao, Spain)
3. Francisco Olazar (Racing Club, Argentina)

Outside-Forward

1. Patsy Gallagher (Celtic, Scotland)
2. Isabelino Gradin (Penarol, Uruguay)

Inside-Forward/ Withdrawn Center-Forward

1. Alberto Ohaco (Racing Club, Argentina)
2. Vaclav Pilat (Sparta Prague, Czechoslovakia)
3. Jose Piendibene (Penarol, Uruguay)
4. Angel Romano (Nacional, Uruguay)

Center-Forward

1. Alfred Schaffer (MTK Hungary, Hungary)
2. Arthur Friedenreich (Paulistano, Brazil)
3. Imre Schlosser (Ferencvaros, Hungary)
4. Poul Tist Nielsen (Copenheghen Boldklub, Denmark)
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The First Half 1920s

Goalkeeper

1. Americo Tesoriere (Boca Juniors, Argentina)
2. Heinrich Stuhlfauth  (Nurnberg, Germany)
3. Ference Plattko (MTK, Bacelona, Hungary)
4. Elisha Scott (Liverpool, Ireland)
5. Andres Mazali (Nacional, Uruguay)
6. Karoly Zsak (33-FC, Hungary)
7. Jean De Bie (Royal Racing Club de Bruxelles, Belgium)

Full-Back

1. Virginio Rosetta (Juventus, Italy)
2. Renzo De Vecchi (Genoa, Italy)
3. Karoly Fogl  (Ujpest, Hungary)
4. Armand Swartenbroeks (Daring Bruxelles, Belgium)
5. Ludovico Bidoglio (Boca Juniors, Argentina)

Half-Back

1. Karel Pesek-Kada (Sparta Prague, Czechoslovakia)
2. David Meiklejohn (Rangers, Scotland)
3. Manuel Flietas Solich (Olimpia, Paraguay)
4. Agostinho Fortes (Fluminese, Brazil)

Outside-Forward

1. Alan Morton (Rangers, Scotland)
2. Kalman Konrad (Wienner Amateur, Hungary)
3. Jan de Natis (Ajax, Netherlands)

Inside-Forward

1. Gyorgi Orth (Mtk, Hungary)
2. Hector Scarone (Nacional, Uruguay)
3. Manuel Seoane (Independiente, Argentina)
4. Angel Romano (Nacional, Uruguay)
5. Josep Samitier (Barcelona, Spain)
6. Billy Walker (Aston Villa, England)

Center-Forward

1. Arthur Friedenreich (Paulistiano, Brazil)
2. Charlie Buchan (Sunderland, England)
3. Paulinho Alcantara (Barcelona, Spain)
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The Second Half 1920s

Goalkeeper

1. Ricardo Zamora (Espanyol, Spain)
2. Ference Plattko (MTK, Bacelona, Hungary)
3. Elisha Scott (Liverpool, Ireland)
4. Heinrich Stuhlfauth  (Nurnberg, Germany)
5. Jean De Bie (Royal Racing Club de Bruxelles, Belgium)
6. Frantisek Planicka (Slavia Prague, Czechoslovakia)

Full-Back

1. Jose Nasazzi (Bella Vista, Uruguay)
2. Virginio Rosetta (Juventus, Italy)
3. Karoly Fogl  (Ujpest, Hungary)
4. Umberto Caligaris (Casale, Italy)
5. Ludovico Bidoglio (Boca Juniors, Argentina)

Half-Back

1. Jose Leandro Andrade (Nacional, Uruguay)
2. Luis Monti (San Lorenzo, Argentina)
3. Manuel Flietas Solich (Olimpia, Paraguay)
4. Karel Pesek-Kada (Sparta Prague, Czechoslovakia)
5. David Meiklejohn (Rangers, Scotland)
6. Fyodor Selin (Dynamo Moscow, Soviet Union)

Outside-Forward

1. Raimundo Orsi (Independiente, Argentina)
2. Alex Jackson (Hudderfield, Scotland)

Inside-Forward

1. Raymond Braine (Belgium)
2. Antonin Puc (Slavia Prague, Czechoslovakia)
3. Manuel Seoane (Independiente, Argentina)
4. Hector Scarone (Nacional, Uruguay)
5. Svenn Rydell (Örgryte IS, Sweden)
6. Aurelio Gonzalez (Olimpia, Paraguay)
7. Manuel Ferreira (Estudientes, Argentina)
8. Adolfo Baloncieri (Alessandria, Torino, Italy)
9. Fulvio Bernadini (Inter Milan, Lazio, Italy)

Center-Forward

1. Dixie Dean (Everton, England)
2. Jozsef Takacs (Ferencvaros, Hungary)
3. Jimmy Mcgrory (Celtic, Scotland)
4. Pedro Petrone (Nacional, Uruguay)
5. Matthias Sindelar (Austria Wienna, Austria)
6. Hughie Gallagher (Newcastle, Scotland)
7. Mikhail Butusov (Leningard, Soviet Union)
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The First Half 1930s

Goalkeeper

1. Ricardo Zamora (Real Madrid, Spain)
2. Gianpiero Combi (Juventus, Italy)
3. Frantisek Planicka (Slavia Prague)
4. Rudolph Hiden (Winner AC, Austria)
5. Hans Jakob (Regensburg, Germany)

Full-Back

1. Jacinto Quincoces (Real Madrid, Spain)
2. Jose Nasazzi (Nacional, Uruguay)
3. Eddie Hapgood (Arsenal, England)
4. Karl Sesta (Wienner AC, Austria)
5. Eraldo Monzeglio (Bologna, Italy)
6. Luigi Allemandi (Inter Milan, Italy)
6. Milutin Ivkovic (BASK Belgrade, Yugoslavia)

Half-Back

1. Luis Monti (Juventus, Italy)
2. Josef Smistik (Rapid Wienna, Austria)
3. Gyorgi Sarosi (Ferencvaros, Hungary)
4. Fritz Szepan (Schalke, Germany)
5. Puck Van Heel (Feyenoord, Netherlands)
6. Ludwig Goldbrunner (Bayern Munich, Germany)
7. Walter Nausch (Austria Wienna, Austria)
8. Mirolad Arsenijevic (BSK Belgrade, Yugoslavia)

Outside-Forward

1. Raimundo Orsi (Juventus, Italy)
2. Carlos Peucelle (River Plate, Argentina)
3. Antonin Puc (Slavia Prague, Czechoslovakia)
4. Cliff Bastin (Arsenal, England)
5. Eric Brook (Man City, England)

Inside-Forward/Withdrawn Center-Forward

1. Giuseppe Meazza (Inter Milan, Italy)
2. Matthias Sindelar  (Austria Wienna, Austria)
3. Anton Schall (Austria Wienna, Austria)
4. Oldrich Nejedly (Sparta Prague, Czechoslovakia)
5. Ernest Kuzorra (Schalke, Germany)
6. Raymond Braine (Belgium) 
7. Alex James (Arsenal, England)
8. Giovanni Ferrari (Juventus, Italy)
9. Fritz Gschweidl (First Vienna, Austria)
10. Renato Cesarini (Juventus, Italy)

Center-Forward

1. Richard Hofmann (Dresdener, Germany)
2. Isidro Langara (Real Oviedo, Spain)
3. Istvan Alvar (Ujpest, Hungary)
4. Jozsef Takacs (Ferencvaros, Hungary)
5. Jimmy Mcgrory (Celtic, Scotland)
6. Bernabe Ferreyra (River Plate, Argentina)
7. Beb Bakhuys (ZAC, Netherlands)
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The Second Half 1930s

Goalkeeper

1. Frantisek Planicka (Slavia Prague, Czechoslovakia)
2. Franjo Glaser (BSK Belgrade, Gadanski Zagreb)
3. Aldo Oliveri (Luchesse ,Italy)
4. Hans Jakob (Regensburg, Germany)
5. Rudolph Hiden (Sochux, Austria)

Full-Back

1. Domingos Da Guia (Boca Juniors, Flamengo, Brazil)
2. Paul Janes (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany)
3. Alfredo Foni (Juventus, Italy)
4. Reinhold Munzenberg (Aachen, Germany)
5. Pietro Rava (Juventus, Italy)
6. Severino Minelli (Grasshopper Zurich, Switzerland)

Half-Back

1. Michele Andreolo (Bologna, Italy)
2. Andreas Kupfer (FC Schweinfurt 05, Germany)
3. Ugo Locatelli (Inter Milan, Italy)
4. Ernesto Lazzatti (Boca Juniors, Argentina)
5. Segundo Castillo (Sports Boy, Peru)
6. Wilf Copping (Arsenal, England)

Outside-Forward

1. Enrique Garcia (Racing Club, Argentina)
2. Ernst Lehner  (Augsburg, Germany)
3. Carlos Peucelle (River Plate, Argentina)
4. Stanley Matthews (Stoke City, England)
5. Eric Brook (Manchester City, England)

Inside-Forward

1. Gyorgi Sarosi (Ferencvaros, Hungary)
2. Gyula Zsengeller (Ujpest, Hungary)
3. Jose Manuel Moreno (River Plate, Argentina)
4. Giuseppe Meazza (Inter Milan, Italy)
5. Antonio Sastre (Independiente, Argentina)
6. Fritz Szepan (Schalke, Germany)
7. Ernest Wilimowski (Ruch Chorzow, Poland)
8. Raich Carter (Sunderland, England)
9. Luliu Baratky (Rapid Bucharest, Romania)
10. Roberto Porta (Inter Milan, Nacional, Uruguay)

Center-Forward

1. Arsenio Erico (Independiente, Paraguay)
2. Leonidas Da Silva (Flamengo, Brazil)
3. Silvio Piola (Lazio, Italy)
4. Franz Binder (Rapid Wienna, Austria)
5. Josef Bican (Slavia Prague, Austria)
6. Tommy Lawton  (Everton, England)
7. Teodoro Fernandez (Universitario, Peru)
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The First Half 1940s

Goalkeeper

1. Franjo Graser (Gadanski Zagreb, Yugoslavia)
2. Sergio Livingstone (Universidad De Chile, Chile)
3. Jose Soriano (River Plate, Peru)

Full-Back

1. Domingos Da Guia (Flamengo, Brazil)
2. Pietro Rava (Juventus, Italy)
3. Sandor Szuc (Szolnoki, Hungary)
4. Jose Salomon (Racing Club, Argentina)

Half-Back

1. Obdulio Varela (Montediveo Wanderers, Penarol, Uruguay)
2. Angel Perucca (Newell's Old Boy, Argentina)
3. Carlos Sosa (Boca Juniors, Argentina)
4. Schubert Gambetta (Nacional, Uruguay)

Outside-Forward

1. Agustin Gainza (Athletic Bilbao, Spain)
2. Enrique Garcia (Racing Club, Argentina)

Inside-Forward

1. Jose Manuel Moreno (River Plate, Argentina)
2. Adolfo Pedernera (River Plate, Argentina)
3. Antonio Sastre (Sao Paulo, Argentina)
4. Rinaldo Martino (San Lorenzo, Argentina)
5. Zizinho (Flamengo, Brazil)
6. Karl Decker (First Wienna, Austria)
7. Anibal Ciocca (Nacional, Uruguay)

Center-Forward

1. Josef Bican (Slavia Prague, Czechoslovakia)
2. Fernando Peyroteo (Sporting Portugal, Portugal)
3. Leonidas Da Silva (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
4. Heleno De Freitas (Botafogo, Brazil)
5. Isidro Langara (San Lorenzo, Real Espana, Spain)
6. Atillio Garcia (Nacional, Uruguay)
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The Second Half 1940s

Goalkeeper

1. Sergio Livingstone (Universidad De Chile, Chile)
2. Roque Maspoli (Penarol, Uruguay)
3. Frank Swift (Manchester City)
4. Alexei Khomich (Dynamo Moscow, Soviet Union)

Full-Back

1. Neil Franklin (Stoke City, England)
2. Branko Stankovic (Redstar Belgrade)
3. Erik Nilsson (Malmo FF, Sweden)
4. Johnny Carey (Man Utd, Ireland)
5. Ferenc Rudas (Ferencvaros, Hungary)
6. Eusebio Tejera (Nacional, Uruguay) 

Half-Back

1. Obdulio Varela (Penarol, Uruguay)
2. Danilo Alvim (Vasco Da Gama, Brazil)
3. Zlatko Cajkovski (Partizan Belgrade, Yugoslavia)
4. Ernst Ocwirk (Austria Vienna, Austria)
5. Nestor Rossi (River Plate, Argentina)
6. Ron Burgess (Tottenham, England)
7. Eusebio Castigliano (Torino, Italy)
8. Carlo Parola (Juventus, Italy)

Outside-Forward

1. Stanley Matthews (Stoke City)
2. Felix Loustau (River Plate, Argentina)
3. Tom Finney (Preston North End)
4. Istavn Nyers (Stade Francais, Inter Milan, Hungary)
5. Rogerio Pipi (Benfica, Portugal)
6. Albano Pereira (Sporting Portugal, Portugal)


Inside-Forward (AM)

1. Zizinho (Flamengo, Brazil)
2. Valentino Mazzola (Torino, Italy)
3. Adolfo Pedernera (Millonarios, Argentina)
4. Jose Manuel Moreno (River Plate, Argentina)
5. Jair Da Rosa (Flamengo, Brazil)
6. Jose Travasoss (Sporting Portugal, Portugal)
7. Juan Schiaffino (Penarol, Uruguay)
8. Larbi Benbarek (Stade Francais, France)
9. Gunnar Gren (IFK Gothenberg, Sweden)
10. Wilf Mannion (Middlesbrough, England)
11. Norberto Mendez (Racing Club, Argentina)       

Inside-Forward (FW)

1. Ferenc Puskas (Kispest Honved, Hungary)
2. Angel Labruna (River Plate, Argentina)
3. Stjepan Bobek (Partizan Belgrade, Yugoslavia)
4. Rinaldo Martino (San Lorenzo, Juventus, Argentina)
5. Alfredo Di Stefano (River Plate, Millinarios, Argentina)
6. Faas Wilkes (Xerxes, Netherlands)
7. Karl Decker (First Wienna, Austria)

Center-Forward

1. Ferenc Deak (Ferencvaros, Hungary)
2. Ademir De Menezes (Vasco Da Gama, Brazil)
3. Telmo Zarra (Athletic Bilbao, Spain)
4. Rene Pontoni (San Lorenzo, Argentina)
5. Heleno De Freitas (Botafogo, Brazil)
6. Jeff Mermans (Anderletch, Belgium)
7. Abe Lenstra (Herenveen, Netherlands)
8. Ferenc Szusza (Ujpest, Hungary)
9. Gunnar Nordahl (Norrkoping, Sweden)
10. Stan Mortensen (Blackpool, England)
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The First Half 1950s

Goalkeeper

1. Vladimir Beara (Hajduk Split, Yugoslavia)
2. Antonio Ramallets (Barcelona, Spain)
3. Walter Zeman (Rapid Wienna, Austria)
4. Bert Trautmann (Man City, West Germany)
5. Roque Maspoli (Penarol, Uruguay)
6. Gyula Grosics (Budapest Honved, Hungary)
7. Amadeo Carrizo (River Plate, Argentina)
8. Moacir Babosa (Vasco Da Gama, Brazil)

Defender

1. Nilton Santos (Botafogo, Brazil)
2. Billy Wright  (Wolvehampton, England)
3. Victor Rodriguez Andrade (Penarol, Uruguay)
4. Branko Stankovic (Redstar Belgrade, Yugoslavia)
5. Robert Jonquet (Reims, France)
6. Jose Santamaria (Nacional, Uruguay)
7. Sergio Cervato (Fiorentina, Italy)
8. Joan Segarra (Barcelona, Spain)
9. Cor Van De Hart(Lille, Holland) 
10. Alexandru Apolzan (Steua Bucharest, Romania)
11. Mikhail Ogonkov (Spartak Moscow, Soviet Union)

Defensive Midfielder

1. Jozsef Bozsik (Kispest Honved, Hungary)
2. Ernst Ocwirk (Austria Wienna, Austria)
3. Gerhard Hanappi (Rapid Wienna, Austria)
4. Nestor Rossi (Millonarios, Argentina)
5. Zlatko Cajkovski (Partizan Belgrade, Yugoslavia)
6. Stefan Bozhkov (CSKA Sofia, Bulgaria)
7. Bauer (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

Outside-Forward

1. Tom Finney (Preston Northend, England)
2. Zoltan Czibor (Budapest Honved, Hungary)
3. Julinho (Portuguesa, Brazil)
4. Helmut Rahn (Rot-Weiss Essen, West Germany)
5. Stanley Matthews (Stoke City, England)
6. Estanislao Basora (Barcelona, Spain)
7. Giampiero Boniperti (Juventus, Italy)
8. Milos Milutinovic (Partizan, Yugoslavia)
9. Karl Aage Praest (Juventus, Denmark)
10. Lennart Skoglund (Inter Milan, Sweden)
11. Alcides Ghigghia (Penarol, Roma, Uruguay)
12. Helgre Bronee (Palermo, Roma, Denmark)

Inside-Forward (AM)

1. Nils Liedholm (AC Milan, Sweden)
2. Juan Schiaffino (Penarol, Uruguay)
3. Zizinho (Bangu, Brazil)
4. Kee Rijvers (Saint Etienne, Stade de Francis, Netherlands)
5. Larbi Benbarek (Atletico Madrid, Marseille, France)

Inside-Forward (FW)

1. Alfredo Di Stefano (Millonarios, Real Madrid, Argentina)
2. Ferenc Puskas (Budapest Honved, Hungary)
3. Fritz Walter (Kaiserslautern, West Germany)
4. Laszlo Kubala (Barcelona, Spain)
5. Nandor Hidegkuti (MTK Hungary, Hungary)
6. Bernard Vukas (Hajduk Split, Yugoslavia)
7. Abe Lenstra (Hereenveen, Netherlands)
8. Stjepan Bobek (Partizan Belgrade, Yugoslavia)
9. Faas Wilkes (Inter Milan, Valencia, Netherlands)
10. Henri Coppens (K Beerschot, Belgium) 
11. John Angelo Hansen (Juventus, Denmark)

Center-Forward

1. Sandor Kocsis (Budapest Honved, Hungary)
2. Gunnar Nordahl (AC Milan, Sweden)
3. Nat Lofthouse (Bolton, England)
4. Oscar Miguez (Penarol, Uruguay)
5. Valeriano Lopez (Sports Boy, Alianza Lima, Peru)
6. Istvan Nyers (Inter Milan, Hungary)
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The Second Half 1950s

Goalkeeper

1. Lev Yashin (Dynamo Moscow, Soviet Union)
2. Vladimir Beara (Redstar Belgrade, Yugoslavia)
3. Amadeo Carrizo (River Plate, Argentina)
4. Bert Trautmann (Man City, England)
5. Lorenzo Buffon (AC Milan, Italy)
6. Gilmar (Corinthains, Brazil)
7. Antonio Ramallets (Barcelona, Spain)
8. Rogelio Dominguez (Racing Club, Real Madrid, Argentina)
9. Fritz Herkenrath (Rot-Weiss Essen, Germany)
10. Georgi Naydenov (CSKA Sofia, Bulgaria)

Defender

1. Nilton Santos (Botafogo, Brazil)
2. Jose Santamaria (Nacional, Real Madrid, Uruguay, Spain)
3. Djalma Santos (Portuguesa, Brazil)
4. Billy Wright (Wolvehampton, England)
5. Branko Zebec (Partizan Belgrade, Yugoslavia)
6. Sergio Cervato (Fiorentina, Italy)
7. Robert Jonquet (Reims, France)
8. Guillermo Delgado (Alianza Lima, Peru)
9. Cor Van De Hart (Lille, Netherlands)
10. Orvar Bergmark (Orebro, Sweden)

Defensive Midfielder

1. Duncan Edwards (Man Utd, England)
2. Danny Blanchflower (Tottenham, Northern Ireland)
3. Igor Netto  (Spartak Moscow, Soviet Union)
4. Horst Szymaniak (Wuppertaler, Germany)
5. Jozsef Bozsik (Kispest Honved, Hungary)
6. Ernst Ocwirk (Sampdoria, Italy)
7. Josef Masopust (Dukla Prague, Czechoslovakia)
8. Gerhard Hanappi (Rapid Wienna, Austria)
9. Karl Koller (First Wienna, Austria)
10. Dave Mackay (Hearts, Scotland)

Outside-Forward

1. Garrincha (Botafogo, Brazil)
2. Francisco Gento (Real Madrid, Spain)
3. Julinho  (Fiorentina, Brazil)
4. Omar Corbatta (Racing Club, Argentina)
5. Bora Kostic (Redstar Belgrade, Yugoslavia)
6. Zoltan Czibor (Barcelona, Hungary)
7. Helmut Rahn (Rot-Weiss Essen, West Germany)
8. Canhoteiro (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
9. Juan Joya  (Alianza Lima, Peru)
10. Lennart Skoglund  (Inter Milan, Sweden)
11. Ivan Kolev (CSKA Moscow, Bulgaria)

Inside-Forward (AM)

1. Didi (Botafogo, Brazil)
2. Raymond Kopa (Reims, Real Madrid, France)
3. Luis Suarez Miramontes (Barcelona, Spain)
4. Johnny Haynes (Fulham, England)
5. Edvaldo Dida (Flamengo, Brazil)
6. Alberto Terry (Universitario, Peru)
7. Ernesto Grillo (Independiente, AC Milan, Argentina)

Inside-Forward (FW)

1. Alfredo Di Stefano (Real Madrid, Spain)
2. Pele (Santos, Brazil)
3. Omar Sivori (River Plate, Juventus, Argentina)
4. Kurt Hamrin (Fiorentina, Sweden)
5. Jose Sanfilippo (San Lorenzo, Argentina)
6. Laszlo Kubala (Barcelona, Spain)
7. Roger Piantoni (Reims, France)

Center-Forward

1. Uwe Seeler (Hamburg, West Germany)
2. Just Fontaine (Reims, France)
3. John Charles (Juventus, Wales)
4. Eduard Streltsov (Torpedo Moscow, Soviet Union)
5. Vava (Vasco Da Gama, Atletico Madrid, Brazil)
6. Thadee Cisowski (RC Paris, France)
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The First Half 1960s

Goalkeeper

1. Lev Yashin (Dynamo Moscow, Soviet Union)
2. Gilmar (Santos, Brazil)
3. Hans Tilkowski (Dortmund, West Germany)
4. Villiam Schrojf (Slovan Bratislava, Czechoslovakia)
5. Gordon Banks (Leicester, England)
6. Giuliano Sarti (Inter Milan, Italy)
7. Milutin Soskic (Partizan Belgrade, Yugoslavia)
8. Antonio Roma (Boca Juniors, Argentina)

Defender

1. Karlheinz Schnellinger (FC Klon, Matova, Roma, West Germany)
2. Djalma Santos (Palmeiras, Brazil)
3. Silvio Marzolini (Boca Juniors, Argentina)
4. Jan Popluhar (Slovan Bratislava, Czechoslovakia)
5. Bobby Moore (West Ham, England)
6. Germano (Benfica, Portugal)
7. Mauro Ramos (Santos, Brazil)
8. Jimmy Armfield (Blackpool, England)

Defensive Midfielder

1. Josef Masopust (Dukla Prague, Czechoslovakia)
2. Zito (Santos, Brazil)
3. Valery Voronin (Torpedo Moscow, Soviet Union)
4. Dave Mackay (Tottenham, Scotland)
5. Giacomo Bulgarelli (Bologna, Italy)
6. Dino Sani (AC Milan, Brazil)
7. Svatopluk Pluskal (Dukla Prague, Czechoslovakia)
8. Horst Szymaniak (Catania, West Germany)
9. Nestor Goncalves (Penarol, Uruguay)

Offensive Midfielder

1. Luis Suarez Miramontes (Inter Milan, Spain)
2. Gianni Rivera (AC Milan, Italy)
3. Dragoslav Sekularac (Redstar Belgrade, Yugoslavia)
4. Mario Coluna (Benfica, Portugal)
5. Helmut Haller (Bologna, West Germany)
6. Alfredo Di Stefano (Real Madrid, Spain)
7. Bobby Charlton (Man Utd, England)
8. Jim Baxter (Rangers, Scotland)
9. Joseph Jurion (Anderlecht Belgium)
10. Ermindo Onega (River Plate, Argentina)

Offensive Lateral

1. Garrincha (Botafogo, Brazil)
2. Kurt Hamrin (Fiorentina, Sweden)
3. Francisco Gento (Real Madrid, Spain)
4. Pepe (Santos, Brazil)
5. Amancio (Real Madrid, Spain)
6. Juan Joya (Penarol, Peru)
7. Julinho Botelho (Fiorentina, Brazil)
8. Jose Augusto (Benfica, Portugal)
9. Leonel Sanchez (Universidad De Chile, Chile)
10. Cliff Jones (Tottenham, Wales)
11. Juan Seminario (Real Zaragoza, Fiorentina, Peru)

Forward

1. Pele (Santos, Brazil)
2. Omar Sivori (Juventus, Italy)
3. Florian Albert (Ferencvaros, Hungary)
4. Ferenc Puskas (Real Madrid, Spain)
5. Paul Van Himst (Anderletch, Belgium)
6. Milan Galic (Partizan Belgrade, Yugoslavia)
7. Valentin Ivanov (Torpedo Moscow, Soviet Union)
8. Amarildo (Botafogo, AC Milan, Brazil)

Striker

1. Eusebio (Benfica, Portugal)
2. Denis Law (Man Utd, Scotland)
3. Uwe Seeler (Hamburg, West Germany)
4. Jimmy Greaves (Tottenham, England)
5. Alberto Spencer (Penarol, Uruguay)
6. Luis Artime (River Plate, Argentina)
7. Jose Altafini (AC Milan, Italy)
8. Countinho (Santos, Brazil)
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The Second Half 1960s

Goalkeeper

1. Gordon Banks (Leicester, Stoke, England)
2. Ladislao Mazurkiewicz (Penarol, Uruguay)
3. Enrico Albertosi (Cagliari, Italy)
4. Jose Angel Iribar (Athletic Bilbao, Spain)
5. Dino Zoff (Mantova, Napoli, Italy)
6. Ivan Curkovic (Partizan Belgrade, Yugoslavia)
7. Fabio Cudicini (AC Milan, Italy)
8. Manga (Botafogo, Nacional, Brazil)

Defender

1. Bobby Moore (West Ham, England)
2. Giacinto Facchetti (Inter Milan, Italy)
3. Carlos Alberto (Santos, Brazil)
4. Karlheinz Schnellinger (AC Milan, Italy)
5. Albert Shesternev (CSKA Moscow, Soviet Union)
6. Willi Schulz (Hamburg, West Germany)
7. Hector Chumpitaz (Universitario, Peru)
8. Murtaz Khurtsilava (Dinamo Tblisi, Soviet Union)
9. Velibor Vasovic (Partizan Belgrade, Ajax, Yugoslavia) 
10. Roberto Perfumo (Racing Club, Argentina)
11. Elias Figueroa (Penarol, Chile)

Defensive Midfielder

1. Franz Beckenbauer (Bayern Munich, West Germany)
2. Willem Van Hanegem (Feyenoord, Netherlands)
3. Jose Pirri (Real Madrid, Spain)
4. Antonio Rattin (Boca Juniors, Argentina)
5. Billy Bremner (Leeds United, Scotland)
6. John Greig (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland)
7. Nestor Goncalves (Penarol, Uruguay)

Offensive Midfielder

1. Bobby Charlton (Man Utd, England)
2. Gianni Rivera (AC Milan, Italy)
3. Sandro Mazzola (Inter Milan, Italy)
4. Wolfgang Overath (FC Koln, West Germany)
5. Gerson (Botafogo, Brazil)
6. Pedro Rocha (Penarol, Uruguay)
7. Rivelino (Corinthains, Brazil)
8. Nicolae Dobrin (Arges Pitesti, Romania)
9. Ademir Da Guia (Palmeiras, Brazil)

Offensive Lateral

1. George Best (Man Utd, Northern Ireland)
2. Dragan Dzajic (Red Star Belgrade, Yugoslavia)
3. Jairzinho (Botafogo, Brazil)
4. Jimmy Johnstone (Glasgow Celtic, Scotland)
5. Coen Moulijn (Feyenoord, Netherlands)
6. Amancio (Real Madrid, Spain)
7. Mario Corso (Inter Milan, Italy)
8. Luis Cubilla (River Plate, Nacional, Uruguay)
9. Oscar Mas (River Plate, Argentina)
10. Sjaak Swart (Ajax, Netherlands)

Forward

1. Pele (Santos, Brazil)
2. Johan Cruyff (Ajax, Netherlands)
3. Tostao (Cruzeiro, Brazil)
4. Florian Albert (Ferencvaros, Hungary)
5. Ferenc Bene (Ujpest, Hungary)
6. Paul Van Himst (Anderlecht, Belgium)

Striker

1. Eusebio (Benfica, Portugal)
2. Gerd Muller (Bayern Munich, West Germany)
3. Luigi Riva (Cagliari, Italy)
4. Georgi Asparuhov (Levski Sofia, Bulgaria)
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The First Half 1970s

Goalkeeper

1. Dino Zoff  (Juventus, Italy)
2. Pat Jennings  (Tottenham,  Northern Ireland)
3. Jurgen Croy (Sachsenring Zwickau, East Germany)
4. Sepp Maier (Bayern Munich, West Germany)
5. Ivo Viktor (Dukla Prague, Czechoslovakia)
6. Ladislao Mazurkiewicz (Atletico Mineiro, Uruguay)
7. Jan Tomaszewski  (LKS Lodj, Poland)
8. Evhen Rudakov (Dinamo Kiev, Soviet Union)
9. Jan Van Beveren (PSV Eindhoven, Netherlands)
10. Chirstian Piot (Standard Liege, Belgium)

Defender

1. Franz Beckenbauer (Bayern Munich, West Germany)
2. Elias Figueroa (Internacional, Chile)
3. Giacinto Facchetti (Inter Milan, Italy)
4. Berti Vogts (Monchengladbach, West Germany)
5. Hector Chumpitaz (Universitario, Peru)
6. Ruud Krol (Ajax, Netherlands)
7. Luis Pereira (Atletico Madrid, Brazil)
8. Carlos Alberto (Santos, Brazil)
9. Murtaz Khurtsilava (Dinamo Tblisi, Soviet Union)
10. Paul Breitner (Bayern Munich, West Germany)

Defensive Midfielder

1. Johan Neeskens (Ajax, Netherlands)
2. Willem Van Hanegem (Feyenoord, Netherlands)
3. Jose Pirri (Real Madrid, Spain)
4. Billy Bremner (Leeds Utd, Scotland)
5. Clodoaldo (Santos, Brazil)
6. Rainor Bonhof (Gladbach, West Germany)
7. Wilson Piazza (Cruzeiro, Brazil)
8. Romeo Benetti (AC Milan, Italy)
9. Arie Haan (Ajax, Netherlands)

Offensive Midfielder

1. Rivelino (Corinthians, Brazil)
2. Teofilo Cubillas (Alianza Lima, Porto, Peru)
3. Gunter Netzer  (Monchengladbach, West Germany)
4. Sandro Mazzola (Inter Milan, Italy)
5. Kazimierz Deyna (Legia Warzaw, Poland)
6. Gianni Rivera (AC Milan, Italy)
7. Wolfgang Overath (FC Koln, West Germany)
8. Ricardo Bochini (Independiente, Argentina)
9. Hristo Bonev (Lokomotive Plovdiv, Bulgaria)
10. Nicolae Dobrin (Arges Pitesti, Romania)

Offensive Lateral

1. Jairzinho (Botafogo, Brazil)
2. Grzegorz Lato (Gornik Zabrze, Poland)
3. Dragan Dzajic (Redstar Belgrade, Yugoslavia)
4. Piet Keizer (Ajax, Natherlands)
5. Robert Gadocha (Legia Warsaw, Poland) 
6. Rene Houseman (Huracan, Argentina)
7. George Best (Man Utd, Northern Ireland)
8. Paolo Cezar Lima (Botafogo, Brazil)
9. Jonas Edurado Americo (Brazil)

Forward

1. Johan Cruyff (Ajax, Netherlands)
2. Oleg Blokhin (Dinamo Kiev, Soviet Union)
3. Ferenc Bene (Ujpest, Hungary)
4. Tostao (Cruzeiro, Brazil)
5. Pele (Santos, Brazil)
6. Hugo Sotil (Deportivo Municipal, Barcelona, Peru)
7. Rob Rensenbrink  (Anderlecht, Netherlands)

Striker

1. Gerd Muller (Bayern Munich, West Germany)
2. Eusebio (Benfica, Portugal)
3. Wlodzimerz Lubanski (Gornik Zabrze, Poland)
4. Fernando Morena (Penarol, Uruguay)
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The Second Half 1970s

Goalkeeper

1. Dino Zoff (Juventus, Italy)
2. Sepp Maier (Bayern Munich, West Germany)
3. Ubaldo Fillol (River Plate, Argentina)
4. Ray Clemence (Liverpool, England)
5. Peter Shilton (Nottingham Forest, England)
6. Jurgen Croy (Sachsenring Zwickau, East Germany)
7. Ronnie Hellstrom (Kaiserslautern, Sweden)
8. Jan Van Beveren (PSV, Holland)
9. Emerson Leao (Palmeiras, Brazil)
10. Pat Jennings (Tottenham, Arsenal, Northern Ireland)

Defender

1. Daniel Passarella (River Plate, Argentina)
2. Ruud Krol (Ajax, Netherlands)
3. Elias Figueroa (Palestino, Chile)
4. Gaetano Scirea (Juventus, Italy)
5. Claudio Gentile (Juventus, Italy)
6. Berti Vogts (Monchengladbach)
7. Danny Mcgrain (Celtic, Scotland)
8. Marius Tresor  (Marseille, France)
9. Manfred Kaltz (Hamburg, West Germany)
10. Bruno Pezzey (Wacker Innsbruck, Frankfurt, Austria)

Defensive Midfielder

1. Falcao (Internacional, Brazil)
2. Marco Tardelli (Juventus, Italy)
3. Johan Neeskens (Barcelona, Natherlands)
4. Toninho Cerezo  (Atletico Mineiro, Brazil)
5. Osvaldo Ardiles (Huracan, Tottenham)
6. Arie Haan (Ajax, Netherlands)
7. Paul Breitner ( Bayern Munich, West Germany)
8. Jose Valasquez (Alianza Lima, Peru)
9. Emlyn Hughes (Liverpool, England)

Offensive Midfielder

1. Zico (Flamengo, Brazil)
2. Michel Platini  (Nancy, France)
3. Rivelino (Fluminese, Brazil)
4. Teofilo Cubillas (Porto, Alianza Lima, Peru)
5. Johan Cruyff (Barcelona, Netherlands)
6. Ricardo Bochini (Independiente, Argentina)
7. Cesar Cueto (Alianza Lima, Peru)
8. Giancarlos Antognoni  (Fiorentina, Italy)
9. Safet Susic (FK Sarajevo, Yugoslavia)
10. Antonin Panenka (Bohemian Prague, Czechoslovakia) 

Offensive Lateral

1. Franco Causio (Juventus, Italy)
2. Daniel Bertoni (Independiente, Sevilla, Argentina)
3. Willington Ortiz (Millonarios, Colombia)
4. Johnny Rep (Valencia, Bastia, Netherlands)

Forward

1. Diego Maradona  (Argentinos Juniors, Argentina)
2. Kevin Keegan (Liverpool, Hamburg, England)
3. Oleg Blokhin  (Dinamo Kiev, Soviet Union)
4. Mario Kempes (Valencia, Argentina)
5. Rob Rensenbrink  (Anderlecht, Netherlands)
6. Allan Simonsen (Monchengladbach, Denmark)
7. Kenny Dalglish  (Celtic, Liverpool, Scotland)
8. Roberto Bettega  (Juventus, Italy)
9. Karlheinz Rummenigge (Bayern Munich, West Germany)

Striker

1. Paolo Rossi (Vicenza, Italy)
2. Reinaldo  (Atletico Miniero, Brazil)
3. Hans Krankl  (Rapid Wienna, Barcelona, Austria)
4. Klaus Fischer (Schalke, West Germany)
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The First Half 1980s

Goalkeeper

1. Rinat Dasaev (Spartak Moscow, Soviet Union)
2. Toni Schumaccher (FC Koln, West Germany)
3. Peter Shilton (Nottingham Forest, Southampton, England)
4. Ubaldo Fillol (River Plate, Flamengo, Argentina)
5. Jean Marie-Pfaff (Beveren, Bayern Munich, Belgium)
6. Pat Jennings (Arsenal, Northern Ireland)
7. Luis Arconada (Real Sociedad, Spain)
8. Jozsef Mylnalcyk (Widzew Lodj, Bastia, Poland)
9. Rodolfo Rodriguez (Nacional, Uruguay)
10. Uli Stein (Hamburger SV, Germany)

Defender

1. Gaetano Scirea (Juventus, Italy)
2. Daniel Passarella (River Plate, FIorentina, Argentina)
3. Antonio Cabrini (Juventus, Italy)
4. Leovegildo Junior (Flamengo, Brazil)
5. Alan Hansen (Liverpool, Scotland)
6. Karlheinz Forster (Stuttgart, West Germany)
7. Claudio Gentile (Juventus, Italy)
8. Hans Peter Briegel (Kaiserslautern, Hellas Verona, West Germany)
9. Pietro Vierchowod (Fiorentina, Roma, Sampdoria, Italy)
10. Jose Antonio Camacho (Real Madrid, Spain)
11. Maxime Bossis (Nantes, France)

Defensive Midfielder

1. Falcao (AS Roma, Brazil)
2. Jean Tigana (Bordeaux, France)
3. Bryan Robson (Man Utd, England)
4. Marco Tardelli (Juventus, Italy)
5. Graemme Souness (Liverpool, Scotland)
6. Paul Breitner (Bayern Munich, Germany)
7. Toninho Cerezo (Atletico Mineiro, Roma, Brazil)


Offensive Midfielder

1. Michel Platini (Juventus, Italy)
2. Zico (Flamengo, Udinese, Brazil)
3. Diego Maradona (Boca Juniors, Barcelona, Napoli, Argentina)
4. Socrates (Corinthians, Fiorentina)
5. Bernd Schuster (Barcelona, West Germany)
6. Alain Giresse (Bordeaux, France)
7. Liam Brady (Juventus, Ireland)
8. Safet Susic (FK Sarajevo, Paris-SG, Yugoslavia)
9. Jan Ceulemans (Club Brugge, Belgium) 
10. Glenn Hoddle (Tottenham, England)


Winger

1. Bruno Conti (Roma, Italy)
2. Pierre Littbartski (FC Koln, West Germany)
3. Franco Causio (Udinese, Inter Milan, Italy)
4. Eder (Atletico Mineiro, Brazil)
5. Fernando Chalana (Benfica, Portugal)
6. Frank Arnesen (Valencia, Anderlecht, Denmark)

Forward

1. Karlheinz Rummenigge (Bayern Munich, West Germany)
2. Zbigniew Boniek (Widzew Lodj, Juventus, Poland)
3. Kenny Dalglish (Liverpool, Scotland)
4. Enzo Francescoli (River Plate, Uruguay)

Striker

1. Paolo Rossi (Juventus, Italy)
2. Ian Rush (Liverpool, Wales)
3. Preben Elkjaer (Lokeren, Verona, Denmark)
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The Second Half 1980s

Goalkeeper

1. Rinat Dasaev (Spartak Moscow, Soviet Union)
2. Walter Zenga (Inter Milan, Italy)
3. Michael Preud’Homme (Mechelen, Belgium)
4. Neville Southall (Everton, Wales)
5. Hans Van Breukelen (PSV Eindhoven, Netherlands)
6. Andoni Zubizarreta (Barcelona, Spain)
7. Peter Shilton (Derby, England)
8. 

Defender

1. Franco Baresi (AC Milan, Italy)
2. Andreas Brehme (Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, West Germany)
3. Giuseppe Bergomi (Inter Milan, Italy)
4. Ronald Koeman (PSV, Netherlands)
5. Jurgen Kohler (FC Koln, West Germany)
6. Manuel Amoros (Monaco, France)
7. Pietro Vierchowod (Sampdoria, Italy)
8. Oscar Ruggeri (River Plate, Logrones, Argentina)

Defensive Midfielder

1. Lothar Matthaeus (Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, West Germany)
2. Frank Rijkaard (Ajax, AC Milan, Netherlands)
3. Bryan Robson (Man Utd, England)
4. Leovegildo Junior (Torino, Brazil)
5. Luis Fernandez (Paris-SG, RC Paris, France)
6. Soren Lerby (Bayern, PSV, Denmark)

Offensive Midfielder

1. Diego Maradona (Napoli, Italy)
2. Ruud Gullit (AC Milan, Netherlands)
3. Dragan Stojkovic (Redstar Belgrade, Yugoslavia)
4. Enzo Francescoli (Racing Paris, Marseille, Uruguay)
5. Michael Laudrup (Juventus, Denmark)
6. Gheorghe Hagi (Steua Bucharest, Romania)
7. Julio Cesar Romero (Fluminese, Paraguay)
8. Carlos Valderrama (Deportivo Cali, Monpellier, Colombia)

Winger

1. Michel Gonzalez (Real Madrid, Spain)
2. John Barnes (Liverpool, England)
3. Paolo Futre (Porto, Portugal)
4. Roberto Donadoni (AC Milan, Italy)

Forward

1. Emilio Butragueno (Real Madrid, Spain)
2. Roberto Mancini (Sampdoria, Italy)
3. Ihor Belanov (Dinamo Kiev, Soviet Union)
4. Jorge Alberto Gonzalez (El Salvador)

Striker

1. Marco Van Basten (PSV, AC Milan, Netherlands)
2. Hugo Sanchez (Real Madrid, Mexico)
3. Gary Lineker (Everton, Barcelona, Tottenham, England)
4. Careca (Sao Paulo, Napoli, Brazil)
5. Rudi Voller (Bremen, Roma, West Germany)
6. Preben Elkjaer (Hellas Verona, Denmark)
7. Jean Pierre Papin (Marseille, France)
8. Gianluca Vialli (Sampdoria, Italy)
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The First Half 1990s

Goalkeeper

1. Peter Schmeichel  (Man Utd, Denmark)
2. Michael Preud’Homme (Mechelen, Belgium)
3. Andreas Kopke (FC Koln, West Germany)
4. Gialuca Pagliuca (Sampdoria, Inter Milan)
5. Andoni Zubizarrata (Barcelona, Spain)
6. Thomas Ravelli (IFK Gothenberg, Sweden)
7. Claudio Taffarel (La Coruna, Brazil)
8. Sergio Goycochea (Racing Club, River Plate, Argentina)

Defender

1. Franco Baresi (AC Milan, Italy)
2. Paolo Maldini (AC Milan, Italy)
3. Jurgen Kohler (Juventus, Dortmund, West Germany)
4. Marcos Cafu (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
5. Laurent Blanc (Napoli, Saint Etienne, France)
6. Gheorghe Popescu (PSV, Romania)
7. Alessandro Costacurta (AC Milan, Italy)
8. Ronald Koeman (Barcelona, Netherlands)
9. Jorginho (Leverkusen, Bayern Munich, Brazil)
10. Oscar Ruggeri (Velez Sarsfield, Argentina)

Defensive Midfielder

1. Frank Rijkaard (AC Milan, Ajax, Netherlands)
2. Lothar Matthaeus (Inter Milan, Bayern Munich, West Germany)
3. Mauro Silva (La Coruna, Brazil)
4. Carlos Dunga (Fiorentina, Brazil)
5. Marcel Desailly (Marseille, AC Milan, France)

Offensive Midfielder

1. Michael Laudrup (Barcelona, Real Madrid, Denmark)
2. Ruud Gullit (AC Milan, Sampdoria, Netherlands)
3. Gheorghe Hagi (Real Madrid, Brescia, Romania)
4. Thomas Haessler (Roma, Karlsruhe, West Germany)
5. Dejan Savicevic (Redstar Belgrade, AC Milan, Yugoslavia)
6. Paul Gascoigne (Tottenham, Lazio, England)
7. Enzo Scifo (Torino, Monaco, Belgium)
8. Enzo Francescoli (Cagliari, River Plate, Uruguay)
9. Andreas Moller (Juventus, West Germany)
10. Rai (Sao Paulo, Paris-Saint Germain, Brazil)

Offensive Lateral

1. Brain Laudrup (Bayern Munich, Fiorentina, Denmark)
2. David Ginola (Paris Siant Germain, France)
3. Ryan Giggs (Man Utd, Wales)

Forward

1. Roberto Baggio (Fiorentina, Juventus, Italy)
2. Hristo Stoichkov (Barcelona, Bulgaria)
3. Dennis Bergkamp (Ajax, Inter Milan, Netherlands)
4. Eric Cantona (Man Utd, France)
5. Bebeto (La Coruna, Brazil)
6. Gianfranco Zola (Napoli, Parma, Italy)
7. Jari Litmanen (Ajax, Finland)

Striker

1. Romario (PSV, Barcelona, Brazil)
2. Gabriel Batistuta (Fiorentina, Argentina)
3. Jurgen Klinsmann (Bayern Munich, Tottenham, West Germany)
4. Jean Pierre Papin (Marseille, France)
5. Marco Van Basten (AC Milan, Netherlands)
6. Alan Shearer (Blackburn, England)
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The Second Half 1990s

Goalkeeper

1. Oliver Kahn (Karlsruhe, Bayern Munich, Germany)
2. Jose Luis Chilavert (Velez Sarsfield, Paraguay)
3. Edwin Van Der Sar (Ajax, Juventus, Netherlands)
4. Andreas Kopke (FC Koln, Germany)
5. Peter Schmeichel (Man Utd, Denmark)
6. Fabien Barthez  (Marseille, France)
7. Angelo Peruzzi (Juventus, Lazio, Italy)

Defender

1. Lilian Thuram (Parma, France)
2. Matthias Sammer (Dortmund, Germany)
3. Paolo Maldini (AC Milan, Italy)
4. Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid, Brazil)
5. Marcel Desailly (AC Milan, Chelsea, France)
6. Fernando Hierro (Real Madrid, Spain)
7. Ciro Ferrara (Juventus, Italy)
8. Fabio Cannavaro (Parma, Italy)
9. Japp Stam (PSV, Man Utd, Netherlands)
10. Marcos Cafu (Sao Paulo, Roma, Brazil)

Defensive Midfielder

1. Fernando Redondo (Real Madrid, Spain)
2. Edgar Davids (Juventus, Netherlands)
3. Roy Keane (Man Utd, Ireland Republic)
4. Stefan Effenberg (Bayern Munich, Germany)
5. Didier Deschamps (Juventus, France)

Offensive Midfielder

1. Zinedine Zidane (Juventus, France)
2. Rui Costa (Fiorentina, Portugal)
3. Ariel Ortega (Valencia, Parma, Argentina)

Offensive Lateral

1. Luis Figo (Barcelona, Real Madrid, Portugal)
2. Ryan Giggs (Man Utd, Wales)
3. Pavel Nedved (Lazio, Czech Republic)
4. David Beckham (Man Utd, England)
5. Marc Overmars (Arsenal, Natherlands)

Forward

1. Rivaldo (Barcelona, Brazil)
2. Dennis Bergkamp (Arsenal, Netherlands)
3. Raul Gonzalez (Real Madrid, Spain)
4. Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus, Italy)
5. Predrag Mijatovic (Real Madrid, Yugoslavia)

Striker

1. Ronaldo (Barcelona, Inter Milan, Brazil)
2. George Weah (AC Milan, Liberia)
3. Gabriel Batistuta (Fiorentina, Roma, Argentina)
4. Davor Suker (Sevilla, Real Madrid, Croatia)
5. Christian Vieri (Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Italy)
6. Alan Shearer (Newcastle, England)
7. Romario (Flamengo, Vasco Da Gama, Brazil)
8. Oliver Bierhoff (Udinese, AC Milan, Germany)
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The First Half 2000s

Goalkeeper

1. Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus, Italy)
2. Oliver Kahn (Bayern Munich, Germany)
3. Iker Casillas (Real Madrid, Spain)
4. Francesco Toldo  (Inter Milan, Italy)
5. Edwin Van Der Sar (Fulham, Netherlands)
6. Rustu Recber (Fenerbahce, Turkey)

Defender

1. Alessandro Nesta (AC Milan, Italy)
2. Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid, Brazil)
3. Fabio Cannavaro (Parma, Juventus, Italy)
4. Lilian Thuram (Juventus, France)
5. Paolo Maldini (AC Milan, Italy)
6. Marcos Cafu (Roma, Brazil)
7. Javier Zanetti (Inter Milan, Argentina)
8. Roberto Ayala (Valencia, Argentina)

Defensive Midfielder

1. Patrice Vieira (Arsenal, France)
2. Michael Ballack (Leverkusen, Bayern, Germany)
3. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool, England)
4. Claude Makelele (Real Madrid, Chelsea, France)
5. Gennaro Gattuso (AC Milan, Italy)

Offensive Midfielder

1. Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid, France)
2. Pavel Nedved (Juventus, Czech Republic)
3. Juan Sebastian Veron (Man Utd, Inter Milan, Argentina)
4. Juan Roman Riquelme (Boca Juniors, Villareal, Argentina)
5. Paul Scholes (Man Utd, England)
6. Deco (FC Porto, Portugal)
7. Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan, Italy)
8. Rui Costa (AC Milan, Italy)

Offensive Lateral

1. Ronaldinho (Paris-SG, Barcelona, Brazil)
2. David Beckham (Man Utd, Real Madrid, England)
3. Ryan Giggs  (Man Utd, Wales)
4. Robert Pires (Arsenal, France)     
5. Luis Figo (Barcelona, Real Madrid, Portugal)

Forward

1. Thierry Henry (Arsenal, France)
2. Francesco Totti (Roma, Italy)
3. Raul Gonzalez (Real Madrid, Spain)
4. Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus, Italy)

Striker

1. Ronaldo (Real Madrid, Brazil)
2. Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan, Ukraine)
3. Ruud Van Nistelrooy (Man Utd, Netherlands)
4. Christian Vieri (Inter Milan, Italy)
5. Hernan Crespo (Lazio, AC Milan, Argentina)
6. Michael Owen (Liverpool, England)
7. David Trezeguet (Juventus, Italy)
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The Second Half 2000s

Goalkeeper

1. Iker Casillas (Real Madrid, Spain)
2. Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus, Italy)
3. Peter Cech (Chelsea, Czech Republic)
4. Edwin Van Der Sar (Man Utd, Netherlands)
5. Julio Cesar Soares (Inter Milan, Brazil)

Defender

1. John Terry (Chelsea, England)
2. Nemanja Vidic (Man Utd, Serbia)
3. Javier Zanetti (Inter Milan, Argentina)
4. Maicon (Inter Milan, Brazil)
5. Carles Puyol (Barcelona, Spain)

Defensive Midfielder

1. Mikael Essien (Chelsea, Ghana)
2. Xabi Alonso (Liverpool, Spain)
3. Esteban Cambiasso (Inter Milan, Argentina)

Offensive Midfielder

1. Kaka (AC Milan, Brazil)
2. Xavi Hernandez (Barcelona, Spain)
3. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool, England)
4. Juan Roman Riquelme (Villareal, Boca Juniors, Argentina)
5. Frank Lampard (Chelsea, England)
6. Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan, Italy)
7. Wesley Sneijder (Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Netherlands)
8. Andres Iniesta (Barcelona, Spain)

Offensive Lateral

1. Cirstiano Ronaldo (Man Utd, Portugal)
2. Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich, France)
3. Arjen Robben (Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Netherlands)

Forward

1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Argentina)
2. Ronaldinho  (Barcelona, AC Milan, Brazil)
3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter Milan, Barcelona, Sweden)
4. Diego Forlan (Atletico Madrid, Uruguay)
5. Wayne Rooney (Man Utd, England)

Striker

1. Samuel Eto’o (Barcelona, Inter Milan, Cameroon)
2. David Villa (Valencia, Spain)
3. Didier Drogba (Chelsea, Ivory Coast)
4. Fernando Torres (Liverpool, Spain)
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The First Half 2010s

Goalkeeper

1. Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich, Germany)
2. Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus, Italy)
3. Iker Casillas (Real Madrid, Spain)

Defender

1. Philippe Lahm (Bayern Munich, Germany)
2. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid, Spain)
3. Daniel Alves (Barcelona, Brazil)
4. Thiago Silva (Paris-SG, Brazil)

Defensive Midfielder

1. Bastian Schweisteinger (Bayern Munich, Germany)
2. Xabi Alonso (Bayern Munich, Spain)
3. Yaya Toure (Man City, Ivory Coast)

Offensive Midfielder

1. Andres Iniesta (Barcelona, Spain) 
2. Xavi Hernandez (Barcelona, Spain)
3. Andrea Pirlo (Juventus, Italy)
4. Mezut Ozil (Real Madrid, Germany)
5. Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Germany)
6. Luka Modric (Real Madrid, Croatia)

Offensive Lateral

1. Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich, Germany)
2. Franck RIbery (Bayern Munich, France)
3. Gareth Bale (Real MAdrid, Wales)
4. David Silva (Manchester City, Spain)
5. Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid, Argentina)

Forward

1. Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Argentina)
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid, Portugal)
3. Luis Alberto Suarez (Liverpool, Uruguay)
4. Zlaton Ibrahimovic (AC Milan, Paris-SG, Sweden)
5. Neymar (Santos, Barcelona, Brazil)
6. Robin Van Persie (Man Utd, Holland)
7. Wayne Rooney (Man Utd, England)

Striker

1. Sergio Aguero (Man City, Argentina) 
2. Robert Lewandowki (Dortmund, Bayern Munich, Poland)
3. Edison Cavani (Napoli, PSG, Uruguay)
4. Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid, Spain)

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  1. What should Raí is included in the first half of the 90s. His performance in São Paulo was spectacular. It is indisputable.

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    1. I didn't name him because of his failure in the 1994 World Cup. But still, if I name Ortega in the second half 1990s, Rai should have a place in the list as well when the compensation of his great performance in both domestic and international club is enough.

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  2. Soren Lerby and Morten Olsen in 80s?

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    1. Both players was undoubtedly one of the top players in any specific year and they’re just below the limited line of my standardization.

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  3. i dont know how Luis Fernandez can be better then Soren Lerby? Morten Olsen is a true legend in 80s. Big captain of "danish dynamite" and Anderlecht. Maybe after Beckenbauer and Sammer, best libero. Ciao!

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  4. As for the players' characteristics Ferrnandez and Lerby were equally good runners, like speed and jump games and both a strong mentality. Lerby was certainly a much more universal player. He was more agile than Luis. He had better technique and passing game. He was also an aggressive player, and the player with the better a shot from Fernandez. Much more dangerous is Lerby was also the opponent's goal. When it is added to the Lerby won nine national championships (Ajax, Bayern, PSV), several national cup and league champions 1988th Fernandez won only one French championship and two cups. When it is adding to the Lerby been ranked higher in the elections, "France Football", I do not see any segment in favor of Fernandez, except that he was the champion of Europe with the French national team.

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  5. no explanation why Fernandez is better than Lerby?

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  6. Lerby achieved his best year in 1986 refer to coincidence between Kicker and Ballon'Dor ranking for his world-class status. There is no seasonal rating of L.Fernandez found but at least he won 1985 French player of the year which could be considered in world-class when considers competitive standard between French players during mid-80s. Although Luis Fernandez is more achieved in National Team, Lerby was an important player to help PSV won European Treble (Even PSV in 1988 is one of the worst champions ever when it penalty shootout 3 matches in row). I saw Luis Fernandez was a better defensive player while Lerby is more versatile in advanced role. In conclusion, I agree to name Lerby in the list but I need to study more to conclude the result between this comparison. I'll return to inform you.

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  7. O.k. Thank you! But Lerby was already a big star from the period when he played for Ajax, together with Frank Arnesen.

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  8. Dear Readers

    I just add the most competitive era by position and the most number of standardized players by era.

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  9. No place for Morten Olsen and John Angelo Hansen?

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  10. John Angelo Hansen is one of 12 foreign players who entered the Juventus "hall of fame". In the early eighties, Morten Olsen is considered one of the best defenders in the world. 6.place - "World Soccer" 1984. Best central defender in Europe 1983. I think it is irresponsible not to include these two players in this category.

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    1. Morten Olsen became a libero at 1982 and he finished third place in the 1984 Belgian Golden shoe with fifth place in 1985 although the awards was biased for Belgian player.
      As I check he finished between 15th - 20th Ballon'Dor in three years (1983,1984 and 1986). I think it would be fine if I name him in the first half 1980s. Anyway, I don't think John Angelo Hansen is consistent enough to be made in the list.

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  11. http://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2009/oct/13/forgotten-story-denmark-1980s

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  12. http://www.theguardian.com/football/2009/oct/13/danish-dynamite-the-players

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  13. John Hansen in six and a half years in Italy scoring 139 goals in Serie A. He was not a striker. He was a forward. He was the top scorer of Serie A, the top scorer of the only international tournament which is played, Olympics 1948 Serie A (214-139), danish league (114-113), danish national team (8-10). Total-(336-262). Impressive numbers for someone who is not the first attacker.

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  14. Do you think for Coppens and Lenstra, and special Wilkes and Nyers are better players with better careers than Hansen? Coppens and Lenstra without trophies, Wilkes with one spanish cup. Nyers with one serie A. Season 44/45 he played 3 match with one goal. Season after,half of the season went to Servette. Season 53/54 for Inter same, for season 56/57(barcelona) has not played any match. So that it remains one serie A. For seven and half season i seria A scored 153 goals including about 40 from penalty. And was a striker.

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    1. I'm not serious on trophy achievement since this list is considered only individual performance. Wiles and Lenstra was researched by Dutch university as one of their highest peak performer ever but they are known to be lack of an important opportunity internationally.

      Coppens, he was very consistent in that period with impressive scoring ratio in twice seasons (more than 1).

      In case of Nyers would be very interesting. I tend to agree John Angelo Hansen is slightly advantageous since the prime of Nyers is between the late 1940s and early 1950s by which is a defect of the kind of this list which is clearly bordered in range of period.

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  15. I am very satisfied with your explanation.

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  16. "I'm not serious on trophy achievement since this list is considered only individual performance".

    INFO:

    Former Danish player, an offensive allrounder and genius, but also very problematic guy. Bronee was one of the most talented players ever to play in Italy, famous for his skills, footwork, fantasy and vision, but also notorious for his contoversal behaviour, lack of discipline and agoistic attitude. Had fantastic ball control and dribbling, sweet touch, strong shot and genial intuition, used to come very deep to help in defence, sometimes on side back position. But he lacked consistency and didn't always had will for playing, sometimes he'd just walk on the pitch uninterested for game. Bronée started his senior career with Copenhagen clubs Boldklubben 1893 (B 93) and Handelsstandens Boldklub (HB). He moved to Østerbro Boldklub (ØB), where he formed a fearsome attacking partnership with Karl Aage Præst. With 26 goals in the 1945-46 Danish 2nd Division season, Bronée helped ØB win promotion for the top-flight Danish 1st Division. Bronée got his debut for the Danish national team in September 1945, where he scored the first goal in a 5-1 victory against Norway. He was the topscorer of the 1946-47 Danish championship with 21 goals in 18 games, as ØB finished in fourth place in their 1st Division debut season. Explodes in the French team of Nancy. In 1950 he was hired for 40 million lire from Palermo Prince Raimondo Lanza di Trabia, discovered during a pleasure trip during the match in Nancy Nancy-Grenoble. He soon comes into conflict with the coach of the Rosanero Gipo Viani. Off the court he had an unruly character, which soon causes him to dislike in society. Even for this game in rosanero only for two seasons (1950-1951 and 1951-1952) total of 70 appearances and scoring 22 goals. His career continued in Rome, but here's his quarrelsome character creates some problems. After a Roma-Inter between him and his teammate Arcadio Venturi, there is a dispute which culminated with the launch of a shoe on the face of a leader of respect, Dr. Campilli, the son of a minister. Bronée is taken out, thus putting an end to his adventure Romanist. In 1954 he arrived at Juventus, where he remained a season total of 29 appearances and 11 goals. In the next championship goes to conclude his Italian interlude in the ranks of Novara. Closes Career with Rødovre and B 93. Helge Bronee died on 03/06/1999.


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  17. You put "The First Half 1910s" instead of "The First Half 2010s".

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  18. Two corrections - Alan Hansen should be listed as Scotland not England andJorginho played for Beyer Leverkusen not Bayern Munich. Great work otherwise !


    Munich.

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  19. Diego Costa best striker of the first half 2010s?? Are you serious?

    You can put Suarez on striker rather than forward and Lewandowski deserves to be ahead of Diego Costa.
    And where are Cavani (three season at 23 goals or more in Serie A), Aguero (2 times champion and one golden boot), but also Higuain and Benzema.
    There were all best than Diego Costa (just 2 good seasons of 5) for 2010-2015.

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    1. I admit I was too hurry to finish this list. Now Aguero and Cavani has been added. I see it is very similar level between both of them and also Lewandowski. Anyway, the rank has been decided. Suarez s really not target striker. He often run with the ball and made a number of assists.

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  20. Im sorry, but where is Morten Olsen in "first half 80"?

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  21. What seasons does an era include? For example The First Half 2010s is 2009/2010 till 2013/2014?

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    1. 1st half 1980s is 1980 - 1984 so the 2nd half is 1985 - 1989

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  22. -How is Casillas not the 1th in the 2nd half of the 2010s? He was named the best goalkeeper in the first 3 years and 6th and 9th in the next years. Buffon at least isn't even close in cumulative performance.

    -How is any defender above Ramos in the same period?
    ..He was World Champion and MVP according to Castrol Ratings(2010)
    ..He was included in the FIFA Team of the Year in 2011
    ..He was basically the best defender on the planet this year by being named La Liga Best Defender, UEFA Team of the Year , ESM Team of the Year(for consistency) and won the EURO being named MVP according to castrol ratings. Also highest defender at the Ballon d'Or(you should name him such in you annual series)(2012)
    ..Once again La Liga Best Defender , UEFA Team of the Year and FIFA Team of the Year(2013)
    ..Once again La Liga Best Defender , UEFA Team of the Year and FIFA Team of the Year.
    Apart from Lahm , no one is close in cumulative performance

    -Xabi Alonso was definetly better than Schweisteinger and Essien in the The Second Half 2000s and The First Half 2010s respectively.
    He was the best central midfielder in 2010 and ranked in top 10 Ballon d'Or
    He was named in FIFA Team of the Year in 2011 and was again considered the best in the world in his position
    He was again included in FIFA Team of the Year(above the likes of Pirlo) and La Liga best midfielder above Xavi having an incredible season
    2013 was a average year by his standards but he was again instrumental for La Decima in 2014.
    This is out of hte timeline but Xabi even after he left Real and joined Bastian as team mate proved better and recieved better overall ratings than Bastian. He has been a incredible player and every team he ever played and the best at his role in his era.

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    1. The most number of IFFHS world best goalkeeper awards could not help Casillas to be number one because he did almost nothing in the 2013 - 2014 La Liga season due to his reserved player status. For Sergio Ramos, I consent to revise as he is much more successful in NT career.

      Xabi Alonso ? Essien was seen to be more dominant in central midfield area. Xabi was a better creator but I think he is too static and slow. Schweisteinger was an indispensable player for Bayern and Germany in their glory era. I think Xabi is not even a true competitor.

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