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  • January 25, 2016

IFFHS announce the 48 football legend players

IFFHS announces the Phase One of football legend players

48 Football Legend Players, Phase One:

(Playing Position / Name / Country)

  • Forward / Edson Arantes Do Nascimento (PELE) / Brazil Brazil
  • Midfielder / Arthur Antunes Coimbra (Zico) / Brazil Brazil
  • Midfielder / Manuel Francisco dos Santos (Garrincha) LATE / Brazil Brazil
  • Forward / Ronaldo Luís Nazário De Lima (Ronaldo) / Brazil Brazil
  • Defender, Sweeper / Franz Anton Beckenbauer (Beckenbauer) / Germany Germany
  • Forward / GERD MÜLLER (Gerd) / Germany Germany
  • Defender, Midfielder / Lothar Matthäus / Germany Germany
  • Forward, Midfielder / Hendrik Johannes Cruijff (Johan Cruyff) / Netherlands Netherlands
  • Forward / Marco Van Basten (Marco) / Netherlands Netherlands
  • Forward, Midfielder / Ruud Gullit OON / Netherlands Netherlands
  • Forward, Midfielder / Bobby Charlton (Bobby) / United Kingdom United Kingdom
  • Midfielder / David Robert Joseph Beckham (David Beckham) / United Kingdom United Kingdom
  • Forward / STANLEY MATTHEWS LATE / United Kingdom United Kingdom
  • Midfielder / Diego Armando Maradona Franco (Maradona) / Argentina Argentina
  • Forward / Alfredo Stéfano Di Stéfano Laulhé LATE / Argentina Argentina
  • Forward / HAO HAIDONG / China China
  • Defender / Sun Jihai / China China
  • Forward / Mahmoud El-Khatib (Bibo) / Egypt Egypt
  • Midfielder / Mohamed Aboutrika / Egypt Egypt
  • Midfielder / Michel Platini / France France
  • Midfielder / Zinedine Yazid Zidane (Zizou) / France France
  • Goalkeeper / Antonio Carbajal (Tota) / Mexico Mexico
  • Forward / Hugo Sánchez Márquez (Sánchez) / Mexico Mexico
  • Forward / Eusébio da Silva Ferreira (Eusébio) / Portugal Portugal
  • Midfielder / Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo (Luis Figo) / Portugal Portugal
  • Goalkeeper / Dino Zoff / Italy Italy
  • Forward, Midfielder / Roberto Baggio / Italy Italy
  • Striker / Mustapha Rabah Madjer (Rabah Madjer) / Algeria Algeria
  • Forward / Albert Roger Mooh Miller (Roger Milla) / Cameroon Cameroon
  • Forward / Ferenc Puskás LATE / Hungary Hungary
  • Forward / Baichung Bhutia (Bhutia) / India India
  • Forward / Ali Daei / Iran Iran, Islamic Republic of
  • Midfielder / Hidetoshi Nakata / Japan Japan
  • Striker / Cha Bum-kun (Tscha Bum) / South Korea Korea, Republic of
  • Striker / Jasem Yaqoub Sultan Al-Besara / Kuwait Kuwait
  • Forward / George Tawlon Manneh Oppong Ousman Weah (George Weah) / Liberia Liberia
  • Forward / Wynton Alan Whai Rufer / New Zealand New Zealand
  • Forward / Nwankwo Kanu / Nigeria Nigeria
  • Goalkeeper /José Luis Félix Chilavert González (José Luis Chilavert) / Paraguay Paraguay
  • Goalkeeper / Lev Ivanovich Yashin (Lev Yashin) LATE / Russia Russian Federation
  • Forward / Majed Ahmed Abdullah Al-Mohammed (Majed Abdullah) / Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia
  • Forward / Francisco Gento Lopez (Paco) / Spain Spain
  • Forward / Hakan Şükür / Turkey Turkey
  • Forward / Oleh Volodymyrovych Blokhin / Ukraine Ukraine
  • Inside forward / Juan Alberto Schiaffino Villano (Pepe) LATE / Uruguay Uruguay
  • Forward, Midfielder / Landon Timothy Donovan / USA United States
  • Defender / Lucas Valeriu Ntuba Radebe (Lucas Radebe) / South Africa South Africa
  • Midfielder / Ryan Joseph Giggs (Ryan Giggs) / Wales Wales

REF : Link to the 48 Football Legend Players


48 thoughts on “IFFHS announce the 48 football legend players

  1. آه يابوعبدالله عشقناك يوم كنت تلعب وزاد عشقنا بعد اعتزالك
    أنت الاسطوره وأنت صاحب الخلق العالي داخل وخارج الملعب

    I love Majed Abdullah
    All Arabs love legend Majed Abdullah

    Thank IFFHS

    1. Could you love him in your country? I also love Dmitry Loskov, the legendary player of Lokomotiv Moscow, but I can’t say that he is worthy to be among Top-50 football legends. From Russia – only Lev Yashin and Valentin Streltsov, maybe Rinat Dasaev. But not Loskov, the most legendary player of my favorite team in Russia.

  2. آه يابوعبدالله عشقناك يوم كنت تلعب وزاد عشقنا بعد اعتزالك
    أنت الاسطوره وأنت صاحب الخلق العالي داخل وخارج الملعب

    I love Majed Abdullah
    All Arabs love legend Majed Abdullah

    Thank IFFHS

  3. Is this a joke? What about Messi? Xavi? Puyol? Luis Suárez? Maldini? Eto’o? Cristiano? Just to name some…

  4. The list is obviously players who have now retired, and it seems all the greats are there apart from George Best. Best is the greatest player to come from the UK (not Beckham??), and can easily be considered to be one of the top five players ever.

  5. TOP GOAL AVERAGES (1st class matches played) games goals ave.

    1 Isidro Langara Real Oviedo / San Lorenzo Spain [1930-1948] 351 418 1.1909

    2 Ferenc Puskas Honved / Real Madrid Hungary [1943-1966] 622 641 1.0305

    3 Teleco Corinthians – [1934-1944] 246 251 1.0203

    4 Jimmy McGrory Celtic Scotland [1922-1937] 547 550 1.0055

    5 Bernabé Ferreyra River Plate Argentina [1927-1939] 232 232 1.0000

    6 Jack Southworth Blackburn Rovers / Everton England [1887-1897] 168 168 1.0000

    7 Eusebio Da Silva Benfica Portugal [1957-1979] 635 626 0.9858

    8 Jimmy Smith East Stirlingshire/Rangers Scotland [1928-1946] 273 266 0.9744

    9 Jack Bowers Derby County/Leicester City England [1928-1939] 279 269 0.9642

    10 Gerd Muller Bayern Munich W. Germany [1963-1981] 687 661 0.9622

    11 Just Fontaine Nice/Reims France [1950-1962] 304 289 0.9507

    12 Pele Santos Brazil [1956-1977] 812 757 0.9323

    13 Jose Aguas Benfica Portugal [1948-1964] 416 385 0.9255

    14 Pedro Petrone Nacional/Fiorentina Uruguay [1924-1934] 272 249 0.9154

    15 Sandor Kocsis Ferencvaros/Honved/Barcelona Hungary [1943-1965] 454 411 0.9053

    16 Leonidas da Silva Botafogo/Flamengo/São Paulo Brazil [1931-1950] 517 466 0.9014

    17 Robert Dienst Rapid Vienna / Sewacht Austria [1947-1968] 378 340 0.8995

    18 Brian Clough Middlesbrough / Sunderland England [1955-1964] 298 267 0.8960

    19 Telmo Zarra Athletic Bilbao Spain [1940-1957] 245 219 0.8939

    20 Jim Fleming Rangers Scotland [1925-1935] 320 285 0.8906

    21 Arsenio Erico Independiente (Paraguay) [1933-1947] 334 295 0.8832

    22 Gyula Zsengeller UjpestiFC / Roma/ Ancona Hungary [1935-1953] 277 242 0.8736

    23 Stjepan Bobek Partizan Belgrade Yugoslavia [1945-1959] 531 463 0.8719

    24 Dixie Dean Everton England [1923-1939] 489 425 0.8691

    25 Tommy Lawton Burnley/Everton/Chelsea England [1935-1956] 731 635 0.8687

    26 Hughie Ferguson Motherwell/Cardiff/Dundee – [1916-1930] 422 363 0.8602

    27 Hercules Fluminense/Corinthians Brazil [1933-1948] 256 220 0.8594

    28 Willie Reid Morton/Motherwell/Rangers Scotland [1903-1922] 326 279 0.8558

    29 Mundo Valencia/CD Alcoyano Spain [1936-1951] 235 198 0.8426

    30 Robert Hamilton Rangers/Fulham Scotland [1897-1908] 249 208 0.8353

    31 Francisco Varallo Boca Juniors Argentina [1928-1940] 226 188 0.8319

    32 Ted Harper Blackburn/Spurs/Sheff Wed England [1923-1934] 268 222 0.8284

    33 Gunnar Nordahl A.C. Milan Sweden [1937-1958] 324 268 0.8272

    There are many great players not on your list – I have only included goal scorers as it is an easy metric to measure.

    Is Beckham a legend ? He makes a lot of money advertising, but was only a good player – never a great one.

    No Dean or Fontaine. Does 60 in a season not rate as legendary- or 13 at one WC ?

    Do McGrory and Lawton not make your cut because they are British ?

    Hao Haidong (less than 0.5) – included for the sake of ‘inclusivity’ ? Bibo (0.52) – ditto ? Bhutia (0.42) – ditto ?

    These last 3 I have not heard of before. The fact is that they are not legends.

    The legends of the game cannot be manufactured from thin air – they have to have played at the highest level and found popular acclaim beyond their localities.

    Just because ‘Joe Bloggs’ is the fastest sprinter in Tuvalu, it does not follow that he should be included in the canon of greatest 100m runners. Or are you saying that he should ?

    1. The list of average goalscorers is a big LOL!

      Where is Fernando Peyroteo (1918-1978), from Portugal?

      Durinh his carrer, between 1937 and 1949, he played 217 matches, scoring 343 goals, average of 1.58 goals/match.

      Another great player that began his career in Sporting Clube de Portugal (SCP), like Figo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani, and also Eusébio (in a Mozambican branch of SCP).


      1. Unfortunately the Portugese league pre 1950 was a bit of a joke. The quality of opposition to the big 3 clubs was meagre, hence Peyroteo’s scoring feats which (while impressive) can only be regarded as being achieved in a second-rate competition. Fred Roberts scored 364 in 251 (for Glentoran & Northern Ireland – 1928-1934) and Josef Bican 641 in 451 games (for Rapid Vienna & Austria 1931-1955). Again these feats are impressive, but must be regarded as having been achieved against lesser opposition in inferior leagues. The reality is that no one playing in a top-class league has ever scored much more than 1 goal per game. Any player whose figures are over 1.25 MUST have been playing in a less competitive league. It is also worth noting that Peyroteo’s international average is just 0.7. All the other players at the top of my list have comparable international averages to their league average. FP’s is just half………

        1. Thanks for the info, mate.

          However, 1.58 is more than the average of Fred Roberts (1.45) or Josef Bican (1.42).

          Peyroteu could play and score much more, but he retired at the age of 31, after a seriuos injury.

          Another great player was Hector Yazalde, from Argentina, that in the season 1973-1974, scored 46 goals in 29 matches played (1.59 average), for Sporting Clube de Portugal.


  6. So many players from China, India, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Egypt! I respect footballers from all over the world, but it’s not serious Jasem Yaqoub Sultan Al-Besara to be in the list and in the same time players like George Best, Giani Rivera, Gabrial Batistuta, Mario Kempes, Paolo Maldini, Hristo Stoichkov aren’t in the list!!! It’s absurd that there are two players from China and two players from Egypt(!) and just one player from Spain!!! Also just two players rrom Italy (a country 4 time world chammpion), Argentina is represented with one and a half players (since Di Stefano changed his nationality). Argentina and Italy are two greatest football nations – it’s ridiculous to have same number of legends like Egypt!

    1. if you could see egypation leauge you would really know how was those players talnted and pouplar and more skils than playyers you name my friend

      1. Everybodies don’t care about your Egyptian league. First of all, where is you national team? You even can’t reach the World Cup finals since 1930s, even from Africa zone! What are you talking about? You love football, OK, but in Albania and in Chad also everybody loves football. But world champions are only teams from South America and Europe. And untill you’ll win one (!) World Cup, nobody cares about Africa, Asia, and… Oceania!

        1. No sorry freind. Maybe i can agree about asian, oceanian and north american football. But africa has always great teams & players.
          – I think you forget Cameroon team in 1990, Ghana in 2010, Algeria in 1982 & 2014.
          – You forget too great players such as Samuel Eto’o, Nwankwu Kanu, JayJay Okocha, Didier Drogba, Yaya Touré, Roger Milla, Lakhdar Belloumi, George Weah (who wins the world golden ball).
          – You forget too some african players who played for european teams as Zinedine Zidane, Eusébio, Larbi Ben Barek …etc

          1. Eto’o, Drogba, Milla, Zidane, and Eusébio have no relation to the Egypt championship, it’s true. Everybody don’t care about Egyptian football. And it is logical. As for African national teams, may be they are strong in the level of “third word of football”, but, you know, I saw South Korea (Asia) in WC semifinal (I know that they had referees help in their home tournament, but…), and I also know that the USA (CONCACAF) finished 4th in 1930 World Cup. And I know that African teams never played in WC semifinals. So, Africa sucks, sorry.

          2. It’s true that no african team has won the WC, but european and south american teams have always problems to play against african teams.
            Also, Africa organized the WC in only one time in 2010, all competitions are organized in Europe or South America.
            South America wons the cup out there it continent only in 1958 & 2002 and Europe only in 2010 & 2014.

  7. HAO HAIDONG, Sun Jihai, Tanju Çolak, Wynton Rufer, Landon Donovan – jajaja, IFFHS, are you serious? Who are all those peoples, Jasem Yaqoub Sultan Al-Besara, Baichung Bhutia, Ali Daei? Tho mid-level players from CHINA and only one from URUGUAY? Damn, go to hell with you “tolerastic” and “marketing” rules. It’s the stupidest ranking that I’ve ever seen.

  8. Mario Kempes, Teofilo Cubillas, Elias Figueroa, Romario, Didi, Vava, Carlos Alberto Torres, Enzo Francescoli, José Nasazzi, Romerito, Leonidas… There are only South-Americans. And many Europeans. And you flog us with those Chineese and New Zelandian low-class players.

  9. Elías Figueroa is the defender with the more Major Individual Achievements on the history of football. best player of America thrice, twice best player of the world, best defender or 1974 WC about that champions Bekenbauer and more. Baresi, Maldini, Passarella, B. Moore never were best on continent yours.

    1. Well, the South America player of 1986 was Alzamendi…1986, Alzamendi!!! The award was conceived by Venezuelan newspaper!!! Elías Figueroa never win something as the best defender of 1974 WC -in fact de defense of the all stars team of that WC was: Berti Vogts, Ruud Krol, Franz Beckenbauer and Paul Breitner. The award to the best FIFA player of the world start in 1991 and the Ballon d’Or only was to european players until 1995…

      1. Eres colombiano? no seas ignorante y por cierto Figueroa fue tres veces mejor de américa, dos veces mejor del mundo y parte del equipo ideal del mundial del 74, como mejor defensa del torneo por sobre Beckenbauer, y mi fuente es FIFA.COM!!!! Más respeto no seas ignorante, estudia antes de contradecir a la gente.

  10. The list of average goalscorers is a big LOL!

    Where is Fernando Peyroteo (1918-1978), from Portugal?

    Durinh his carrer, between 1937 and 1949, he played 217 matches, scoring 343 goals, average of 1.58 goals/match.

    Another great player that began his career in Sporting Clube de Portugal (SCP), like Figo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani, and also Eusébio (in a Mozambican branch of SCP).


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