1. Maradona - needed to use his hands to beat england. overrated in my opinion, but undoubtedly one of the greats. i don't like him, but i haev to respect his play
2. Pele -all time best in my book. as ratherton said, he scored 1280 goals and won the wc at 17. he was absolutely brilliant no matter where he played.
3. Beckenbauer - one of the top 5 for me. the best defender, and a revolutionary when it came to captaincy. he beat holland in 74, so he had to be great
4. Cruyff - my favorite. deserved to win in 74. he was brilliant, as was everyone on this list, and he's my personal favorite
5. Platini - the only one better than becks at set pieces
6. Rossi - an italian icon, but really one among many when it comes to great strikers. he was incredibly skilled, but didn't really have a trademark
7. Abdullah - ???
8. Ivanov - haven't seen him play