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Who is the greatest player to ever grace the football pitch?

Posted: 19 May 2011, 08:32
by TheBrilliance
Look, we have probably had a few of these threads but I think with EF's new brood of members and based on recent debates over who is better and who is not Id love to know who you think is THE BEST.

The best is defined by impact and footballing ability, with character and passion. Time period should be taken into account aswell as teams and success.

I have several Id like to mention in this thread but Ill start with the player I think was and is the best player t ever play the game.

...Johan Cruyff.

I feel the man is better than Pele, Best etc.

The man revolutionised the game. He was blessed with insane skill and vision and was a brilliant leader.
Implemented total football. Changed the way the game was played in a positive manner.
Awesome player.
Had success and made an impact INTERNATIONALLY aswell which i feel counts alot towards the best.

Others i feel are great aswell but Ill leave them for later on.

Posted: 19 May 2011, 10:28
by collin
i have to go with george best

Posted: 19 May 2011, 10:36
by Barcaelona10
Diego Maradona.

Posted: 19 May 2011, 10:51
by TheBrilliance
collin wrote:i have to go with george best
Why though? :P

Posted: 19 May 2011, 13:17
by panchester07
Obviously Diego Maradona period.

Ball attached to the foot they where one, he could do exactly what he wanted with it, with tha unstopable lefty, not only did he beat men all game with a enourmous ease, he was a pass master, freekick animal, he could do anything, he is the perfect example of love for the game, and being the best, his joy when his team won, and sorrow when he's team lost are proff of dis - football wouldn't be what it is today with out D10S.

Posted: 22 May 2011, 15:50
by klc123
It's hard to pick between Maradona and Cruyff for me, but for winning a world cup almost single handed, as well as many league trophies, it has to be maradona.

Posted: 22 May 2011, 19:32
by stephen8789
i think george best could have been the greatest ever if it wasnt for his off field problems. but as it is he is up there with the greats. i would have to say zidane zinedine is the best ever he had a perfect first touch and that is how i want to play. he a pretty interesting video i found about him the other day.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s28KnG37AYs

Posted: 22 May 2011, 20:19
by Barcaelona10
"What Zidane does with a ball, Maradona could do with an orange," - Michel Platini

Posted: 22 May 2011, 21:37
by collin
i think maradona and zidane are hard to comapre. In terms of dribbling they are alot different, zidane is more of a creative crafty dribbler and maradona had a very agressive dribbling style. Both great players

Posted: 23 May 2011, 10:02
by Marrykate
I think the greatest player is C.Ronaldo he plays well and he gives his full effort to go in the right way and to win the game.

Posted: 23 May 2011, 16:00
by Ward9310
Pele good. Maradona better. George Best.

Posted: 24 May 2011, 19:38
by klc123
Collin Zidane wasn't great for his dribbling really...The flair from Zidanes game came from his creativity in passing, and controlling the game with his control and passing speed. For a long time, if you didn't stop him, you lost to whichever team he was on.

Posted: 24 May 2011, 21:55
by TheBrilliance
klc123 wrote:Collin Zidane wasn't great for his dribbling really...The flair from Zidanes game came from his creativity in passing, and controlling the game with his control and passing speed. For a long time, if you didn't stop him, you lost to whichever team he was on.
Gotta love the Zidane 360 though :P

Posted: 24 May 2011, 22:25
by shahensha
What I admire about Zidane's dribbling ability is that he was able to beat players despite being a very slow player. Goes to show talent wins out over athleticism any day. He is my favorite player ever because he defined that Football is a game where skill dominates over atheleticism.........unlike sports like Basketball where a giant like Shaquile O Neal can dominate despite being absolute sh*t at shooting free-throws

TheBrilliance wrote:
klc123 wrote:Collin Zidane wasn't great for his dribbling really...The flair from Zidanes game came from his creativity in passing, and controlling the game with his control and passing speed. For a long time, if you didn't stop him, you lost to whichever team he was on.
Gotta love the Zidane 360 though :P
which he picked up from Maradona. Apparently everyone calls it the Maradona Turn. There arent videos of him doing it but it might be somewhere in his dribbling and skill tribute videos on youtube

Posted: 25 May 2011, 09:28
by TheBrilliance
shahensha wrote:What I admire about Zidane's dribbling ability is that he was able to beat players despite being a very slow player. Goes to show talent wins out over athleticism any day. He is my favorite player ever because he defined that Football is a game where skill dominates over atheleticism.........unlike sports like Basketball where a giant like Shaquile O Neal can dominate despite being absolute sh*t at shooting free-throws

TheBrilliance wrote:
klc123 wrote:Collin Zidane wasn't great for his dribbling really...The flair from Zidanes game came from his creativity in passing, and controlling the game with his control and passing speed. For a long time, if you didn't stop him, you lost to whichever team he was on.
Gotta love the Zidane 360 though :P
which he picked up from Maradona. Apparently everyone calls it the Maradona Turn. There arent videos of him doing it but it might be somewhere in his dribbling and skill tribute videos on youtube
Excellent post and I see where you are coming from with ZZ. Thats what makes it a brilliant sport. Men who arent blessed with insane athleticsm can still tear it up.

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