Discussion in 'Football Forum' started by Sir Scott McToMinay, Sep 28, 2019.
In no particular order:
Guess what I'm gunna call my son.
In no order.
1. Messi + CR7
I don't believe Maradona, Ronaldinho and R9 performed at a high level long enough to be considered. People say 'But Diego won the WC on his own'... Yes but so did arguably Zidane, Ronaldinho, Iniesta etc
People say Maradona played during a time where forwards got butchered unlike Messi and CR7 today. True, but Diego was unprofessional and off his head on booze and drugs half the time during height of his fame.
Billy Goats Gruff
Then I find it difficult to chose, there’s a cluster of players on a similar level. From personal bias most likely Cruijff for me.
M. Laudrup wasn't a part of that team, so no
There can be only one GOAT: Maradona
Maradona, Pele, Messi, C. Ronaldo
George Best completes my Mt Rushmore. I've decided to hip the bleep out when we discussing such matters.
These sort of things just show how skewed these things are towards attacking players. Hardly any mentions for people like Beckenbauer, Maldini, Baresi, Buffon, Gullit.
Can’t have a stinking drug taking cheating creature in the top three footballers of all time.
So mine in no particular order except top position is.
Those three entertained, entertained and entertained some more. Were great ambassadors for the sport both whilst playing and in retirement.
Then there are the likes of Di Steffano and Pusskas. I don’t think you can leave those two out and it’s all relative, ask a Madrid supporter and Cruyff wouldn’t get a look in ask a Barcelona supporter and Di Steffano wouldn’t be mentioned.
Excuse spelling they are foreign after all.
Ronaldo#9, Messi, Ronaldinho
Messi, CR7, Ronaldinho
Only commenting on players I've seen.
Günter Netzer, George Best and Edmundo. Just great people.
Exactly. And that is why comparing players with similar abilities across generations is very tough.
Same players as me, I really enjoyed watching these players.
There is no way Ronaldinho was better than Messi.
Ronaldo and Messi are comfortably 1 and 2 although I’m not sure in which order. They have single-handedly won game after game for their teams for over a decade. It’s not just their quality, it’s their longevity. I guess they have a little more time in their careers to decide first and second. Even though Ronaldo has done it for more clubs and had a better international career, it’ll probably be remembered as
For number 3 the most likely candidates for me are: Ronaldo (the Brazilian one, obviously), Pele and Maradona. I wasn’t around for much of the latter twos careers, but from what I’ve seen I’m going with:
Find it stupid to comment on players you haven’t seen play.
Messi, Cristiano & Ronaldinho.
Honourable mentions: Cruyff, Beckenbauer, Di Stefano, Cristiano Ronaldo
Surely GOAT is 'Greatest of All Time' with an emphasis on All Time, not Greatest of Time I Started Watching. For me declaring a player the best ever by just not including 50 or 60 years of high-level football isn't right either.
Ronaldinho arguably won the WC on his own?! He was maybe as influential in 2002 as Maradona was in 1990 (influential in key moments but hardly a dominant force).
What Maradona did in 1986 was on a different level altogether. Did you even watch any of his performances then?
If you leave out strikers?
CR, not the same quality but great striker, if not the greatest.
In this day and age you can see anyone play, via the internet
I respect all people’s opinions, but not this one. Casillas and Cannavaro are nowhere near GOATs even if you take away strikers, midfielders and anyone with the letters B, D, E, F, G, H, J, K or M in their names.
Pele is weird in a way, hard to compare to the others since he essentially played a different game and there's few footage of it. May very well be the greatest.
Also hard to decide between R9 and Messi. Think on his day, R9 was even better than Leo.
Crikey, I wouldn't even put Casillas in the top 5 keepers of all time.
In no order:
Baresi (as a father figure)
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