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post May 13 2018, 04:23 PM
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So, you've voted and it's time to reveal who we've crowned our Ultimate Footballer. There won't be a specific time/date for this, I'll just be posting batches every day or so. Feel free to hype/predict!
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post May 16 2018, 03:50 PM
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30. David De Gea (41pts)


(9th in Semi 3, 42pts)

In last place, to the surprise of absolutely no-one, is David de Gea. He's last by quite a way, but it might surprise you to hear that he wan't 10th in his semi - that person's still to come. He has played for both Atletico Madrid and Man United in his time, as well as being on the Spanish national team (poor Iker Casillas - in fact he didn't even make the Final!) Despite having a rocky start over here, De Gea has found his footing and helped his team to many clean sheets.


29. Glenn Hoddle (63pts)


(10th in Semi 1, 49pts)

Our second 'how the heck did he make it through' player, Glenn Hoddle, finished in 29th, although with significantly more points than De Gea. Hoddle played for Tottenham most of his career, but also dabbled in a few other clubs, including Monaco. He won Young Player of the Year in 1980 after a stellar performance, and made a couple of appearances in the 1982 World Cup - he also re-appeared to manage the team in 1998.

28. Paul Scholes (67pts)


(8th in Semi 1, 55pts)

In 28th we have recently-retired Paul Scholes (although come to think of it, it's not that recent). He's only ever played for Man United, which is quite an achievement, although after becoming a first-team player when Cantona was suspended, he was close to being used in a part-exchange for Alan Shearer (who's still to come). One of his greatest achievements was a volleyed goal against Bradford in 2000, and was included in the PFA Team of the Year in 2007. After retiring for a brief spell in 2011, he was dragged back and played for two more years.

27. Ronaldo (71pts, no 21s)


(10th in Semi 2, 38pts)

When we mention Ronaldo nowadays this isn't the first player who comes to mind, although he's certainly worthy of his place here. He's played for more teams than the last three combined, most notably Inter Milan and Real Madrid, and he has won the FIFA World Player of the Year twice, as well as breaking the world transfer record twice. Unfortunately he suffered issues due to his weight and recurring injuried, and nowadays you'll see him on betting ads.

26. Patrick Vieira (71pts, one 21)


(7th in Semi 3, 49pts)

And our last player to drop out at this stage is Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira (although he has played for a variety of teams during his 17-year career). He played good football at Arsenal, forming a partnership with Emmanuel Petit in 1997, however he also faced a number of disciplinary issues and finally left in 2005. He is now a manager of New York City FC, after taking charge of Man City's reserve team.
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post May 16 2018, 04:11 PM
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Thinking it could be Pele topping this possibly. Messi to be amongst the Top5.
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post May 16 2018, 04:12 PM
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(first 5 posted now - pressed a button a little too early)
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post May 17 2018, 11:29 AM
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Was expecting David De Gea to be at the bottom. Expected Ronaldo to be a bit higher up in the countdown.
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post May 19 2018, 03:14 PM
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25. Gordon Banks (75pts)


(8th in Semi 2, 42pts)

Scraping into the second set of results is our second goalie Gordon Banks, who celebrated his 80th birthday last year. He was part of the World Cup winning squad back in 1966, after winning the League Cup with Leicester in 1975. He then moved to Stoke, competing in the next World Cup where he made a save to prevent a Pele goal, and won the League Cup with his team in 1972. Unfortunately his career was abruptly ended by a car crash which resulted in him losing an eye, although his legacy is clearly remembered to this day.

24. Eric Cantona (80pts)


(4th in Semi 1, 72pts)

Another former legend of the sport, Cantona spent most of his early career in France, moving to Leeds (yay) for a season in 1992 before turning to Manchester United, where he is still seen as a legend today. Nicknamed "King Eric", he won four of the five available League Titles at this club, and the FA Cup twice as well. An assault on a fan in 1995 was the tip of the iceberg for his disciplinary record, leading to an eight-month suspension, however it did then improve. This is a big drop for him from his Semi score though.

23. Steven Gerrard (87pts)


(6th in Semi 1, 64pts)

A more recent player now! Gerrard played for Liverpool for pretty much all of his career, having joined them in 1998 from the academy and helped Liverpool win the League, FA and UEFA Cups in 2001. He was made captain in 2003 and led the team to a fifth European Title in 2005. After a very fruitful career (getting him pretty much everything barring a Premier League win), he moved to America to retire, and has recently been announced as the Rangers manager which I wish him the best of luck in,

22. Alan Shearer (88pts)


(5th in Semi 3, 56pts)

I kind-of expected Shearer to be a little higher but that's my knowledge for you. Shearer began his career at Southampton, before moving to Blackburn and then Newcastle where he spent 10 years and became famous for his celebration of sticking one hand in the air. He scored a record 260 goals in the Premier League (including 11 hat-tricks) and 422 goals in total. Nowadays he's a pundit, and has a ton of letters after his name.

21. Gerd Muller (89pts)


(9th in Semi 1, 53pts)

And finishing off this section is German superstar Gerd Muller. Playing most of his career at Bayern Munich, Gerd was nicknamed "Der Bomber" (don't think I need to translate that) and was particularly renowned for his finishing in and around the six yard box, scoring 365 goals in the Bundesliga (that makes Shearer's number look fairly normal oops) and won the Golden Boot in the 1970 World Cup for West Germany.
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post May 26 2018, 12:22 PM
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20. Marco Van Basten (97pts)


(10th in Semi 3, 38pts)

And we resume our countdown with Marco Van Basten, who is surprisingly high considering he scraped into the Final by a single point. He played for Ajax and Milan, winning the league three times for both clubs and scoring 300 goals in his career. He also won FIFA's World Player of the Year in 1992 as well as winning the Ballon d'Or three times. He won the Euros in 1988 with the Netherlands which included a memorable volley against the Soviet Union. However, his career was cut short due to an injury in 1993, and he went on to manage a variety of teams.

19. Ruud Gullit (101pts, one 22)


(6th in Semi 3, 50pts)

We cross the 100 barrier now, and Ruud Gullit and his mullet is the first of three players on 101 points, this part of the table being extremely close. Gullit started out playing for Haarlem and Feyenoord, before moving to PSV where he won the Eredevisie twice. He then moved to Milan for a world record transfer fee and became part of the Dutch trio there alongside Van Basten and Frank Rijkaard. He won the Ballon D'or in 1987, as well as winning the World Soccer Player of the Year twice. He is currently assistant manager of the Netherlands.

18. Ronaldinho (101pts, one 26)


(3rd in Semi 1, 75pts)

From one flamboyant hairstly to another, we now have Ronaldinho. He played the bulk of his career at PSG, Barcelona and Milan, during which he won two World Player of the Year awards as well as a Ballon d'Or. He was also a staple in the Brazilian national team, scoring 33 goals and winning the 2002 World Cup, and finished his career at a variety of Brazilian clubs.

17. Ryan Giggs (101pts, one 30)


(5th in Semi 1, 65pts)

Completing the trio of 101s we have Welsh superstar Ryan Giggs, whoactually spent most of his childhood in Manchester, and didn't seem to leave for his entire playing career. The most decorated player in football history, his achievements included 13 Premier League titles, three League Cup titles and two Champions League medals. He continued in an active role at Manchester United up until 2016, and is now the manager of the Wales national team.

16. Peter Schmeichel (102pts)


(2nd in Semi 3, 82pts)

One point ahead of the three previous is the last goalkeeper standing (I think? I'm not actually looking at the rest of the results at the moment) Peter Schmeichel MBE. He spent most of his career at Manchester United but played for a number of teams, actually turning to Man City at the end of his career. He is the most capped player for Denmark and actually scored 10 goals during his career and winning 24 trophies. He also has quite a famous son who was the Leeds goalie when I started following football, before moving to Leicester and winning a Premier League title.
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post May 31 2018, 05:31 PM
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15. Ferenc Puskas (103pts, one 27)


(8th in Semi 3, 44pts)

Kicking off the second half we have the legend that is Ferenc Puskas. He played most of his senior career at Budapest Honved, where he was the top scorer in the Hungarian League on four occasions. After the Hungarian Revolution he moved to Spain, where he played for Real Madrid, where he scored seven goals in two European Champions' Cup finals. Internationally he led his team to the final of the 1954 World Cup, as well as winning three European Cups. He went on to manage a large number of teams, and died of pneumonia in 2006.

14. Dennis Bergkamp (103pts, one 29)


(6th in Semi 2, 56pts)

Fast-forward 40 years, next up is Dennis Bergkamp, who began his career at Ajax, which then led to a call-up for The Netherlands national team. After a brief spell at Inter, he moved to Arsenal where he spent the rest of his career, winning three Premier League titles and two FA Cups in the process. His famous goal against Newcastle was voted the best goal in the history of the Premier League. In 1998 he also became The Netherlands' highest scorer for their national team.

13. George Best (107pts)


(9th in Semi 2, 42pts)

Now I've been listing all the teams most of these players have played for, but Best has played for way too many for me to type. He started, and spent the most of, his career at Manchester United, where he scored 179 goals and was the League's top goalscorer for five consecutive seasons. He became one of the first celebrity footballers, however suffered from issues with alcohol, leading to his death in 2005 from a kidney infection.

12. Michel Platini (115pts)


(3rd in Semi 3, 59pts)

Now here's an interesting one, due to the events of the past few years, but you can't deny he was a great footballer. Platini played for Nancy, Saint-Etienne and Juventus during his career, the latter at which he won the Seire A Capocannoniere (top scorer) in three consecutive seasons. With the France National Team, he won the 1984 European Championships, and also reached the World Cup Semi Finals twice. He went on to manage the France National team, before becoming the President of UEFA, and we all know what happened from there.

11. Zinedine Zidane (123pts)


(7th in Semi 2, 44pts)

And just missing out on the Top 10 is Zizou himself. During his career, Zidane won two Serie A titles with Juventus, before moving to Real Madrid for what was then a world record fee of 77.5 million Euros. He went on to win the Champions League, including a famous volley to win him the title. With the France National Team, he won the 1998 World Cup and reaching the Final in 2006, during which he was sent off for headbutting Materazzi. He later went on to manage Real Madrid to three Champions League titles, and has very recently resigned.
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post May 31 2018, 05:32 PM
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Our Top 10 (alphabetical)

Franz Beckenbauer
Bobby Charlton
Johan Cruyff
Eusebio
Thierry Henry
Diego Maradona
Lionel Messi
Bobby Moore
Pele
Cristano Ronaldo

Any hopes/predictions?
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post May 31 2018, 05:33 PM
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Pele to win most likely.
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post May 31 2018, 05:52 PM
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We're left with 2 defenders and 8 forwards so Zidane is the highest placed midfield player. I think Pele will win.
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post May 31 2018, 06:08 PM
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Pele, Maradona, Cruyff Top3 I reckon.
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10. Thierry Henry (125pts)


(1st in Semi 3, 95pts)

And our first Semi winner drops out! There is still one more player from Semi 3 to come though ohmy.gif Henry began his career at Monaco, where, after he was called up to the French National Team, he moved to Juventus and then Arsenal, which is where he will be remembered. He scored 228 goals at the club, winning two League titles and two FA Cups. He then moved to Barcelona, with whom he won the La Liga, Copa Del Rey and Champions' League all in one season. He later moved to America to retire. Internationally, he won the 1998 World Cup and 2000 Europa League, and in 2007 became France's top goalscorer.

9. Cristiano Ronaldo (128pts)


(3rd in Semi 2, 75pts)

And after De Gea at #30, we finally come to a second player who's still playing! Ronaldo began at Sporting CP before quickly moving to Man United, helping the team win three successive League titles, and won his first Ballon d'Or aged 23. He then moved to Real Madrid in 2009 for 80 million, the most expensive transfer ever at the time (although it's been knocked down to 7th now), and he has helped the team win 15 trophies during his time there. He is Portugal's most capped player of all time, although whether you'd still put him in 9th after this World Cup will be interesting to follow.
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Expected Cristiano Ronaldo to be higher up in the countdown.
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post Jun 9 2018, 04:26 PM
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8. Bobby Charlton (132pts)


(4th in Semi 2, 64pts)

Sir Bobby is next up, an attacker who is most well known for being part of the World Cup-winning squad in 1966 (maybe we could win again this year? not a chance ). Charlton spent most of his playing career at Manchester United, where he won the Football League in 1965 and 1967, and is the club's second top scorer of all time (the first is Rooney, who didn't even get close here), being well known for his long-range shot. He became a CBE in 1974, and was knighted in 1994.

7. Bobby Moore (134pts)


(4th in Semi 3, 77pts)

Both Bobby's in a row, separated only by two points ohmy.gif Bobby Moore gets the higher position, the captain of the previously mentioned 1966 World Cup team and named as one of the best defenders of all time. Moore spent most of his playing career at West Ham, his ability to read the game being one of the best of his time. Moore won a total of 108 caps for England, which was at that point a record, and later went on to manage Oxford and Southend.

6. Franz Beckenbauer (143pts)


(2nd in Semi 2, 81pts)

And just missing out on the Top 5 is the footballer known as 'Der Kaiser', Franz Beckenbauer, who is also (I believe) the highest defender on the list. Franz spent most of his career at Bayern Munich, playing 439 games for the team and winning three consecutive European Cups, and also played in three World Cups for West Germany, winning one. He returned to manage his national team to another World Cup victory in 1990.
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Beckenbauer & Moore are/were both incredible. Finishing that highly for defenders when contests like these typically favour the flashy/attacking players is very impressive!
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How have I only just come across this thread ??
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You haven't been paying enough attention to the almighty Sports Forum wink.gif

Also big no at Messi finishing above Ronaldo.
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post Jun 12 2018, 07:19 PM
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Thought it would be likely that Beckenbauer would be Top5.
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5. Johann Cruyff (147pts)


(2nd in Semi 1, 114pts)

In fifth place we have Dutch superstar Johann Cruyff, one of the players who made The Netherlands a real international force. Cruyff spend the first 9 years of his career at Ajax, eight of these resulting in an Eredevisie title. He later moved to Barcelona for what was then a world record transfer fee, where he won the La Liga title, and he also went on to guide his country to the finals of the 1974 World Cup. He went on to be named as the European Player of the Century, and came second in the World Player of the Century.

4. Eusebio (156pts)


(7th in Semi 1, 62pts)

Finishing fourth, which is quite surprising since he only made 7th in the Semi, is Eusebio, who was born in Portugese Mozambique and went on to be one of Portugal's best players, the highest on this list. Eusebio won eleven league titles with club Benfica, as well as winning the Taca de Portugal (League Cup) five times, scoring 638 games in only 614 games. He also helped Portugal to third in the 1966 World Cup, and became an ambassador of football until his death in 2014.

And so we have an all South American top three ohmy.gif
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