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PeteFromLeeds
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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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 mmoment) 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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