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The Greatest Offensive Laterals of All-Time

Definition of winger includes these positions

1. Side-Midfielder : Players base on side midfield area to cross the ball

2. Winger : Players always go forward to operate the game at edge of the field.

3. Wing-Forwarder : Players between winger and forward in 4-3-3 system but they must greater as winger than central forward.

4. Free-Role Attacker : Attacking Midfielders who operate the game in the edge of the field a lot more often than central area.


This the hardest position to rank because there are rather a few World’s legends in winger position and the lower level is very equal. But stiil, There are many factors quite enough to make a classification. Before World War II, This position was known as “Outside Forward”


Criteria cover these items ;

1. Level of Abilities
2. Consistency, Longevity
3. The Greatness, Awards
4. Standard Competition In Each Era











50. Franck Ribery



Skills : Speed B-, Agile B, Dribb B+, Cross B, Creative B, Score C, Tech B
Performance : Domestic Club B-, International Club B-, National Team C+
Total Skill: B, Total Performance: B-

Franck Ribéry is one of the best attackers in the World for his prime at Bayern Munich during the late 2000s, is described as a player who is fast, tricky and an excellent dribbler who has great control with the ball at his feet. His international reputation of playing was began when he establish himself as an extraordinary player of Olympic Marseille and played there for twice seasons before move to Bundesliga where he has been rated in World-Class 1.5 seasons and 3 seasons of international-class. Contrary to club level performance, he never reached World-Class with France national team for major tournament.








49. Pierre Littbarski



Skills : Speed B-, Agile B+, Dribb B+, Cross B-, Creative C+, Score C+, Tech B
Performance : Domestic Club B-, International Club C+, National Team B-
Total Skill: B-, Total Performance: B-

“The Demon of Baviera” Pierre Littbarski was one of the German brilliant stars during the 1980s. He mostly played as attacking midfielder for FC Koln and won Bundesliga runner-up three times and played as right-winger for West Germany. He was rated by kicker magazine in 1.5 world class seasons as winger which is the best position he could reached his prime and 5.5 international-class seasons as attacking midfielder, was widely known for his excellent dribbling abilities and humorous attitude, being one of the fan favorites in German Bundesliga. Although he participated in 3 consecutive World Cup West Germany reach all final matches, He was a starter in 1982 and 1990 but was mostly benched in 1986. Litti approximately scored 150 goals during his club career. According to German footballer of the year voting, he was German forward of the year for once time.








48. Bora Kostic



Skills : Speed C+, Agile C+, Dribb B-, Cross B-, Creative B-, Score B+, Tech B-
Performance : Domestic Club B-, International Club B-, National Team B-
Total Skill: B-, Total Performance: B-

Bora Kostic is one of the most prolific scorers among legendary wingers. He was a superstar of Redstar Belgrade and reached the prime of career in the late 1950s. Kostic was a free-kick specialist, is one of the most powerful shooters ever and even combined with its accuracy and curve, scored 158 goals in 258 league games and won twice times league top scorer as a result. He was a versatiled player with high level of positioning skill, ran to many areas on the pitch, was very good in understanding of the game and had a great ball crossing. His dribbing and technique was just international-class. Kostic played in European Cup for twices tournaments and reached the semi-finalist in 1957.








47. Antonin Puc



Skills : Speed B-, Agile B+, Dribb B, Cross C+, Creative C, Score B, Tech B-
Performance : Domestic Club B-, International Club C+, National Team B-
Total Skill: B-, Total Performance: B-

Antonin Puc is the greatest Czechoslovakian winger of all-time, was one of the prominent eastern european stars. He is a great legend of Slavia Prague that was one of the best clubs in Europe during the 1930s. Puc was a prolific scorer with accuracy shooting, was very agile and possessed top-class dribbling ability. His outstandingly aggressive characteristic combined with his talent was very useful for his team. He mainly played as outside-left but sometimes switches to play as center forward in emergency time. Puc was famous for doing the only score fro Czechoslovakia in World Cup 1934 final. He was very consistency in international career, is one of the most cap players in the pre-war era.








46. Franco Causio



Skills : Speed C+, Agile C+, Dribb B-, Cross A-, Creative B, Score C-, Tech B+
Performance : Domestic Club B, International Club C+, National Team B-
Total Skill: B-, Total Performance: B-

“The Baron” Franco Causio is considered one of the most talented Italian midfielders of all time. He was a creative side midfielder who was very good in defensive duty and had a long-ball accuracy. In the great period of Juventus during the lately 1970s his popularity reached its peak: Causio became the main idol of the southern Italians who supported Juventus. He was famous for his stylish moves on the pitch and his well-educated and fair attitude in life. In 1981 he moved to Udinese where he played for 3 years, teaming up with Brazilian superstar Zico and in the 1981 – 1982 season, he was rated by Guerin Sportivo as the most points ever among Italian players but still cannot take place of Bruno Conti as a starter in the 1982 World Cup.. He finished his career playing for Serie B team Triestina at the age of 39.








45. Cliff Bastin



Skills : Speed B-, Agile B, Dribb B, Cross C+, Creative C+, Score B, Tech B
Performance : Domestic Club B-, National Team B-
Total Skill: B-, Total Performance: B-

“Boy Bastin” Cliff Bastin was the greatest European winger in the mid-30s, is regarded as one of the great Arsenal legends. He played for Arsenal in their golden era during the 1930s under controlling of Herbert Chapman. Bastin formed an integral part of the side that dominated English football in that era. He scored 178 goals in 395 games, which made him Arsenal's all-time top goalscorer from 1939 until 1997, is currently Arsenal's third-top goalscorer of all time. Bastin's play was characterised by a remarkable coolness, and deadly precision in front of goal; he also became Arsenal's regular penalty taker. Bastin played at the time Arsenal's strategy depended heavily on their wingers cutting into the penalty box, and the supply of passes from Alex James was the source of many of his goals. Bastin also finished as Arsenal top scorer twice.








44. Michel Gonzalez



Skills : Speed C+, Agile C+, Dribb B, Cross A-, Creative B-, Score B, Tech B
Performance : Domestic Club B-, International Club C+, National Team B-
Total Skill: B-, Total Performance: B-

Michel Gonzalez was a remarkable Spanish winger between the second half 1980s to the early 1990s. He was most noted for his stellar crossing ability, also contributing with a fair share of goals. Michel was a creative winger combined with exceptional physical strong and good in defensive duty, also operate as central midfielder in his late career. He was the most prominent Spanish player in the 1990 FIFA World Cup, scored four goals. Michel totally scored 128 goals for Real madrid and is one of the club's legends. He finished 4th European Footballer of the Year in 1987. For Don Balon Award rating, he was selected in La Liga XI in four seasons. In 1985, he also finish runner-up in Don Balon Spanish Footballer of The Year and the 1988 El Mundo Spanish La Liga Footballer of The Year.








43. Thomas Haesler



Skills : Speed C+, Agile B+, Dribb B, Cross B, Creative B, Score C-, Tech B
Performance : Domestic Club B-, International Club C+, National Team B-
Total Skill : B, Total Performance: B-

‘Icke’ Thomas Hassler was recognized as the impressively finest German playmaker during the 1990s. He was reputable for his professional mind, agility, tireless stamina and dazzling dribbling sprees. Hassler was a playmaking free-role who tired to create assist in everywhere of the front line in the pitch with his work-rate. He was also a free-kick specialist. He never won any trophy in club level, finished runner-up Bundesliga with FC Koln 2 twice times plus once time UEFA Cup Runner-Up. Moreover, He reached Copa Italia final in 1993 with Roma but lost again. Then, He played for two unsuccessful clubs in Germany. All was opposite in international level that he got successful career. In 1992, He also won 4th of Ballon d’Or. Kicker rated him 1.5 world-class seasons and 7.5 seasons of international-class. According to German footballer of the year voting, he was German midfielder of the year for twice times.








42. Leonel Sanchez



Skills : Speed B-, Agile B, Dribb B, Cross C+, Creative C+, Score B, Tech B
Performance : Domestic Club B-, International Club C+, National Team B-
Total Skill: B-, Total Performance: B-

Leonel Sanchez is considered by many as the greatest Chilean attacker of all-time. He mainly played as a left winger but also a centre forward and sometimes used in midfield as playmaker, he was most known for his rocket shot with his left foot, solid set piece taker, not too fast and playing instinctively, had good technique and ball control, very aggressive. He did the most important role leading Chile finished third place in their World Cup host. Sánchez holds the record for most games played for Chile with 84 games. He remained in Universidad de Chile, although he received numerous offers from well known European clubs such as AC Milan. Sánchez was one of the prolific scorers, made 160 goals in 396 games for Universidad de Chile, help the club to dominate Chilean league during his era.








41. Hans Schäfer



Skills : Speed C+, Agile B-, Dribb B, Cross B-, Creative B-, Score B, Tech B-
Performance : Domestic Club B-, National Team B
Total Skill: B-, Total Performance: B-

Hans Schafer is the greatest German left-winger of all-time and one of the best players in history of FC Koln club. He was an outstanding German new generation player after the World War II, a superb winger-scorer with 254 goals from 394 games during his professional club career, played as outside-left until his 30 year olds before move playing as inside-forward, was rated by kicker that was available since his 28 years old for 6 seasons of international-class. Schafer was real leader on the pitch with good running abilities, coming back to help in playmaking and had solid strength and dribbling. In FIFA World Cup 1954, He scored 4 goals become one of the indispensable player of the team. According to German footballer of the year voting, he was German midfielder of the year for twice times.








40. Robert Pires



Skills : Speed B-, Agile B-, Dribb B, Cross B-, Creative B-, Score C, Tech B
Performance : Domestic Club B-, International Club B-, National Team B-
Total Skill: B-, Total Performance: B-

Robert Pires is the greatest French winger of all-time. He normally plays on the left wing but can play all across the midfield or in a position to support the striker. He is of Portuguese and Asturian descent. Pires started his professional career with Metz . Then, He signed for Olympic Marseille and won Runner-Up 1999 UEFA Cup. He became a famous player with Arsenal as the Trio of the Highbury alongside Patrice Vieira and Thierry Henry, noted for his acceleration, assisting and scoring by himself. In 2008, Arsenal fans voted Pirès as the club's sixth greatest player of all time. After he was disappointed not be a regular first team in 2006, He agreed to join with Villareal. All in all, He played more than 700 games and scored 165 goals in his professional club career. He was selected in PFA team of the year for three times.








39. David Beckham



Skills : Speed C, Agile B-, Dribb C, Cross A+, Creative B+, Score C+, Tech C+
Performance : Domestic Club B-, International Club B, National Team B-
Total Skill: B-, Total Performance: B-

David Beckham is one of the most famous sportsmen in the World because of his symbolic characteristic. He is notable for his precision crossing as one of the best ever in this skill and is a free-kick specialist but lack of high speed and technical ability. He compensated it with his great teamwork, vision to pass the ball and his work rates. Especially, Beckham is one of the most important players helping Man Utd won the only triple major champions in history of British football, created many assists from his crossing. Beckham captain England during the early 2000s and became the important role for his soul as an Englishman after being received the red card in 1998 FIFA World Cup Quarter-Final match. After a decade for Man United, He leaved the club to Real Madrid. He is currently England's most-capped outfield player.








38. Rene Houseman



Skills : Speed B, Agile A-, Dribb A-, Cross C, Creative C+, Score C+, Tech B+
Performance : Domestic Club B-, National Team B-
Total Skill: B, Total Performance: 86

Rene Houseman is regarded as one of the most talent Argentinian wingers of all-time. A small player, His supreme-class dribbling ability was a prototype of Diego Maradona. When it combined with his acceleration and agility, It become unstoppable running for opponents. Houseman was one of the key players helped Argentina winning World Cup 1978 in their homeland but his best tournament was the 1974 FIFA World Cup. On the other hand, His career was cut short due to problems with alcoholism and led him stand as a starter for Argentina until only his 26 year olds and his club career was not stable anymore after his only 27 year olds. He was voted in top ten South American footballer of the year by El Mundo for twice times in 1974 and 1977.








37. Lennart Skoglund



Skills : Speed B, Agile B+, Dribb B+, Cross B, Creative C+, Score C, Tech B+
Performance : Domestic Club B, National Team C+
Total Skill: B, Total Performance: B-

"The Waving Corncob" Lennart Skoglund is the greatest left-winger Sweden and Inter Milan has ever produced. He was a true entertainer living to please the crowds, wherever he plied his trade. Nutmegs, back-heels and mazy turns always kept his opponents guessing and mostly in the wrong direction. His fine ball-control, excellent left foot and fine distribution made him a big favourite with the fans. Sweden failed to qualify to the 1954 World Cup because they would not recall exiles like Nacka, hence his few caps, but when the Swedes played host to the 1958 tournament, they had a change of heart and Skoglund appeared in all Sweden’s games as they finished runners-up to Brazil.








36. Juan Joya



Skills : Speed B+, Agile B, Dribb B+, Cross B-, Creative C, Score C+, Tech B
Performance : Domestic Club B, International Club B, National Team C+
Total Skill: B, Total Performance: B-

Juan Joya was the greatest South American winger in the first half 1960s and is one of the greatest Peruvian footballers of all-time. Joya is a top legend of Penarol club as one of the most iconic players and playing in Uruguayan league led him to be called for a few caps for Peru national team. Joya was a complete winger, was a very strong player with top rate acceleration and speed and always showed his skillful dribbling and crossing. He scored around 100 goals in more than 223 games and this could prove his prominent scoring ability. Joya played for Penarol in the highest league until his 35 years old. He also played fa matchor Uruguayn national team in 1965.








35. Giampiero Boniperti



Skills : Speed B-, Agile B, Dribb B, Cross C+, Creative B-, Score B, Tech B
Performance : Domestic Club B, National Team B-
Total Skill: B-, Total Performance: B-

Giampiero Boniperti was the greatest Italian footballer during the 1950s. With 182 goals in all-competitions, he was the highest goalscorer in Juventus' history for more than 40 years, until his record was bested by Alessandro Del Piero. Notably, he is the tenth-highest goalscorer of all-time in Serie A. Boniperti signed for Juventus at age 16, he had already built himself a reputation prior to this at youth level, as he scored 11 goals in one match. At a try-out in which he scored seven goals, Although he began as a centre forward he was a flexible player, and could play also as an inside forward or on the right wing. However, in 1957 La Vecchia Signora signed two forwards; John Charles and Omar Sivori, along with them Boniperti would be a part of what was referred to as "the Magical Trio". The three players excelled impeccably together.









34. Enrique Garcia



Skills : Speed B, Agile B, Dribb B+, Cross B-, Creative C+, Score C-, Tech B
Performance : Domestic Club B, National Team B
Total Skill: B, Total Performance: B

“Poet of The Left” Enrique Garcia is fondly remembered as the finest left sided players in the World between the late 1930s to early 1940s. He was known as an unstoppable dribbler. Enrique Garcia started playing for local club Las Rosas and was sold to Gimnasia y Esgrima de Santa Fe despite wanting to play for Unión. In 1933 he joined Rosario Central where he played until he joined Racing Club de Avellaneda for an Argentine record transfer fee. He made a total of 233 appearances for "La Academia" between 1936 and 1944, scoring 78 goals and become one of the club's greatest players ever. Unfortunately the peak of his career coincided with World War II denying him the chance to play in a FIFA World Cup.








33. Karl Aage Praest



Skills : Speed B, Agile B-, Dribb B, Cross B, Creative B, Score B-, Tech B
Performance : Domestic Club B, National Team B
Total Skill: B, Total Performance: B

Karl Aage Praest is the Danish superstar between the 2nd half 40s to 1st half 50s. He has been forgotten for his greatness due to the fact that Denmark never closed to qualify World Cup final in his era but he still help the team to win Bronza Medal in the 1948 Olympic game. Præst was acknowledged as a world-class talent, with great balance and dribbling, and a great end-product of either precise crossing or a good shot on goal. He could play as winger on the both side and sometime switched to attacking midfielder. He played in Danish amatuer league until move to Juventus at his 27 years old. Aage Praest did his great jobs there for seven seasons and become one of legends in history of the club.








32. Grzegorz Lato



Skills : Speed B+, Agile B, Dribb B-, Cross C, Creative C+, Score B+, Tech B-
Performance : Domestic Club B-, International Club B-, National Team B
Total Skill: B-, Total Performance: B

Grzegorz Lato is regarded as the greatest right-winger ever to come from the Eastern Europe. Lato's playing career coincided with the golden era of Polish football, Blessed with remarkable acceleration, the talented winger consistently lived up to the high expectations placed before him whenever he was given the opportunity to compete at the international level. Lato was not renowned as crowd pleaser, but rather as a consistent and complete team player. His uncanny awareness on the playing field was ostensibly what allowed him to achieve great success at the international and club levels. He scored around 150 goal during his club career. Lato holds the all-time record the most appearances for Poland national team. Remarkably, He is an all-time World’s Top scorer as winger for international competition.








31. Piet Kaizer



Skills : Speed B-, Agile B-, Dribb B+, Cross B, Creative B, Score C+, Tech B+
Performance : Domestic Club B, International Club B+, National Team C+
Total Skill: B+, Total Performance: B

Piet Keizer is one of the top legends of Ajax Amsterdam, was considered as one of the best wingers in Europe during early 1970s. He and Johan Cruijff were known as the "royal pair", or "the starter and the finisher". Keizer had a gift for not being noticed, but then striking with uncanny precision. Keizer was overshadowed of Cruijff. With the Dutch national team, He played for the Dutch team that finished as runner-ups in the 1974 FIFA World Cup, although he had a minor role. The one reason was due to his already 31 year old of age and his speed had gone down and after an ineffective game by Keizer against Sweden, he was dropped for the remainder of the tournament. He scored 146 goals in 365 games for Ajax.








30. Canhoteiro



Skills : Speed A-, Agile A-, Dribb A, Cross B-, Creative B-, Score C, Tech A-
Performance : Domestic Club B+, National Team C+
Total Skill: B+, Total Performance: B

Canhoteiro is one of the most talent wingers in football history and is regarded as the most skillful left-winger Brazil has ever produced. His ability is by far good enough to be a starter for Brazil national team winning two World Cup tournaments in 1958 and 1962 instead of Mario Zagallo but he was withdrawn through his career after playing of his nation in only three years due to his unprofessional behavior about alcoholism. Nevertheless, Canhoteiro was notable for his superb dribbling. At least, He became a legendary player of Sao Paulo club where he played for nine seasons more than 400 games and scored more than 100 goals.








29. Amancio Amaro



Skills : Speed B-, Agile B+, Dribb B, Cross B-, Creative C+, Score B-, Tech B
Performance : Domestic Club B-, International Club B, National Team B-
Total Skill: B-, Total Performance: B-

"The Witch" Amancio Amaro is the greatest Spanish attacker during the late 1960s to early 1970s. He was transferred from Deportivo La Coruna to Real Madrid after the decade of the Galacticos had already ended and they mostly had Spanish players in the squad and Amancio finally became one of the most outstanding players to help the club dominate La Liga Champions in the 1960s. He was noted for his great scoring and considerably skillful dribbling. As a Real Madrid player, Amancio played 471 games and scored 155 goals, success to be a legend of the club eventually. In 1968, Amancio's reputation reached such international fame, that he had the honour of being called for a world team, promoted by FIFA.









28. Patsy Gallagher



Skills : Speed B, Agile A, Dribb A-, Cross C+, Creative C+, Score C+, Tech B+
Performance : Domestic Club B, National Team B
Total Skill: B+, Total Performance: B

"The Mighty Atom" Patsy Gallagher was considered to be one of the most talent players in the 1910s. In terms of his ability, Gallacher was a revelation. A genius. He was the most wonderful of dribblers and his audacious talent saw him tease and terrorise defenders. He was an entertainer but his cheeky skills also had an end product as time after time Gallacher would deliver a killer pass or hit home an unstoppable shot. He had tricks of manipulation all his own. His body swerve and ability to change pace, which never came from practice but obviously were natural gifts. Gallagher is a Glasgow Celtic legend, played there for 15 seasons until 35 years old and scored more than 200 goals.








27. Pepe



Skills : Speed B-, Agile B, Dribb B+, Cross B-, Creative C+, Score A-, Tech B
Performance : Domestic Club B, International Club B, National Team B-
Total Skill: B, Total Performance: B

“The Vila Cannon” Jose Macia Pepe is one of the hidden legends in history of Brazilian football. He played as a left winger and made a large number of scores more than 400 goals during his career for Santos where he played the same era of Pele and became the legends of the club after he retired. His nickname was sourced from his potent kick with his left leg and the fact that Santos plays in the Estádio Urbano Caldera, nicknamed Vila Belmiro. He claims to be "the greatest human striker in the history of Santos FC - because Pelé is not human" Pepe won both the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. However, he did not appear in any matches in both tournaments due to preference of coach in tactical ability of Mario Zagallo.








26. Estanislao Basora



Skills : Speed B, Agile B, Dribb B, Cross B, Creative C+, Score B-, Tech B+
Performance : Domestic Club B, International Club B, National Team B
Total Skill: B, Total Performance: B

“The Monster of The Colombes” Estanislao Basora Brunet is the greatest Spanish right-winger ever, who spent most of his career at FC Barcelona. He was best known for his agility. In 1974, during the club’s 75th anniversary celebrations, he was included in their all-time best XI. Basora also played for both Spain and the Catalan XI. During nine seasons at FC Barcelona he played in 301 games, scoring 112 goals in all competitions. He was a prominent member of the team during one of the club’s most successful eras, won five trophies during the 1951–52 season. He also helped Spain to win the 1950 FIFA World Cup fourth place. In 1955 he played alongside Ladislao Kubala and guest player Alfredo di Stéfano in a game against Bologna at Les Corts.








25. Alan Morton



Skills : Speed B-, Agile B+, Dribb B+, Cross B, Creative C+, Score C+, Tech B
Performance : Domestic Club B, National Team B
Total Skill: B, Total Performance: B

"Wembley Wizard" Alan Morton is the greatest winger in the World and the greatest British footballer during the first half 1920s. He is recognised as one of the best legends in history of Glasgow Rangers club that dominated Scottish football in his playing period. Morton started professional career at his 27 years old, played as outside-left for around 500 games in club level totally and was selected to play in Scottish league XI for 15 times. Morton is so short player but His talent lay in his physical balance, speed and thought. His nickname is created after he showed superb performance in match against England over and over again. Today a portrait of Morton in his Scottish strip stands at the top of the marble staircase at Ibrox's Main Stand such is his enduring stature at the club.








24. Coen Moulijn



Skills : Speed B, Agile B+, Dribb A-, Cross B, Creative B-, Score C-, Tech B+
Performance : Domestic Club B, International Club B, National Team B-
Total Skill: B, Total Performance: B

Coen Moulijn is one of the most underrated wingers of all-time due to his appearance for Holland during their failure years and is one of the best players in history of Feyenoord club. He was believed by many Dutch as the greatest winger to ever present for their country, very fast and excellent dribble. Compared by some to Stanley Matthews, Moulijn is considered one of the most talented left-wingers in Dutch football history. Johan Cruyff regarded Coen mastered one movement better than anyone: threatening to pass his opponent through the center, and then speeding past him on the other side. He was an exceptionally talented football player, a typical product of the Dutch school.








23. Carlos Peucelle



Skills : Speed B-, Agile B, Dribb B+, Cross B-, Creative B, Score B-, Tech B+
Performance : Domestic Club B, National Team B
Total Skill: B, Total Performance: B

Carlos Peucelle is one of the renowed legends in history of Argentinean football. He was a versatiled players, could switch to play well in several attacking positions and mainly played as outside right and is considered one of Argentina's most technical players in their history as well as being the catalyst for starting 'La Maquina" with River plate who went on to dominate football in South America in the 40's. Peucelle scored 143 goals in 407 games during his ten seasons for River Plate. Peucelle also played for the Argentina national football team he was in the squad of the 1930 FIFA World Cup, where he scored three goals in four games, and played in the final match against Uruguay.








22. Billy Meredith



Skills : Speed B, Agile B+, Dribb B+, Cross B+, Creative B-, Score D, Tech B+
Performance : Domestic Club B, National Team B
Total Skill: B+, Total Performance: B

Billy Meredith was considered one of the early superstars of football, is the greatest winger in the World during the 1910s, notably for Manchester United and Manchester City. About 70 years before Ryan Giggs started making his mark, there was another Welsh Wizard gracing Old Trafford. Billy was famous for his burst of pace, mazey dribbling runs and deadly crosses. Meredith was football's first big superstar. Wherever he played, he would attract massive crowds who would flock to watch him play. He played with a swagger and confidence, as well as playing while chewing a toothpick for concentration. He retired from internationally football at the extraordinary age of 48. Later on he played his last game for City at the age of 49.








21. Omar Corbatta



Skills : Speed B, Agile B+, Dribb A-, Cross C+, Creative C+, Score B-, Tech B+
Performance : Domestic Club B, International Club B, National Team B
Total Skill: B+, Total Performance: B

"The King of Sideline" or "The Argentinian Garrincha". Omar Corbatta is considered by some experts as the greatest Argentinian winger of all-time. Critics used to say he didn´t control the ball with his feet, he used to "fondle" it. His skills were so sharp, he used to make defenders develop a hate based only in his footballing abilities. It was the desperate in situations that he could created simply by playing his artistical football and dribble. But, none of this glorious gifts had any chance with his penaltie scoring ability. He was one of the best players there ever was from the 11 meters marc, was almost infallible in that area, especially due to his impeccable shooting technique and elegance. Corbatta was much tend down after his 26 years old, retired from National team career and played a few games in club level due to bad physical condition caused by alcoholism.








20. Jimmy Johnstone



Skills : Speed B, Agile A, Dribb A, Cross B-, Creative B-, Score C-, Tech B+
Performance : Domestic Club B, International Club B, National Team C+
Total Skill: B+, Total Performance: B

Jimmy Johnstone was the best right-winger in the Europe in the late 1960s, was voted as Celtic’s greatest player ever by their football fans in 2002. He is the shortest player as we could see in the Europe with 155 cm. It is for sure leading the advantage of agility and acceleration. Johnstone was a superb dribbler and excellent in passing as well. However, His status of legend in domestic club is not much high because he never won any individual award in Scottish league although he was the most outstanding player led Celtic won their only European Cup in 1967. In 2007 Celtic announced that they would erect a statue of Johnstone outside Celtic Park. Johnstone capped only 23 times for Scotland after unwilling to be antagonized by Rangers' fan.








19. Bruno Conti



Skills : Speed B-, Agile B+, Dribb B+, Cross B, Creative B-, Score C-, Tech B+
Performance : Domestic Club B, International Club B, National Team B
Total Skill: B+, Total Performance: B

Bruno Conti is the greatest Italian winger of all-time, is the best winger in the World during the early 1980s and one of the greatest players in history of AS Roma club. He was famous with his performance in World Cup 1982, was the second best attacker only to Paulo Rossi in that team. He could play as both left and right-winger well due to his great in both feet. Among the best in the world during his time, Conti was extremely fast, a great passer and a phenomenal dribbler. In the late career, He was loan to Genoa and played two seasons for them. He was chosen as a starter in All-Time AS Roma and Italy national team by many journalists in www.channel4.com. He was voted 5th European footballer of the year in 1982.









18. Helmut Rahn



Skills : Speed B-, Agile B, Dribb B-, Cross B-, Creative B, Score B+, Tech B
Performance : Domestic Club B, National Team B
Total Skill: B, Total Performance: B

Helmut Rahn is one of the great legends in history of German football, was the greatest German forward in the mid-50s, was sparked by the heroic antics of the German team during the 50’s. Particularly, a right-winger, Rahn showed his great performance in World Cup 1954 final, scores important twice goals and an assist help West Germany to win the game 3-2 over the apparently unbeatable Hungarian team. Rahn was notable for his mentality, team work ability and his powerful shooting. He was rated by kicker since 1955 in 2 World-Class seasons and 3 seasons of International-Class. In 2004, 50 years after the Bern match, a life size statue of him was put up near Georg-Melches-Stadium in Essen, on the square named after him.









17. Kalman Konrad



Skills : Speed B-, Agile B+, Dribb B+, Cross B, Creative B, Score B+, Tech B+
Performance : Domestic Club B, National Team B
Total Skill : B+, Total Performance: B

Kalman Konrad is one of the top legendary footballers in Hungary, is one of the greatest footballers in the World in the late 1910s to the early 1920s. He was a high talent outside forward or inside forward a a prolific scorer in club level, played in 94 games during this incredible run and scored 88 goals while a player for MTK and possesses all-round top-class offensive skills especially his playmaking and dribbling ability. He joined the MTK Hungary first team in the Hungarian League in 1913 at the age of 17. The World War I stop his career for two years in the middle 1910s. In the end of the 1910s, he moved to play for Wienner Amateur club and helped the club to win regional title twice. In 1999, he was listed by World Soccer as one of the 100 greatest players of all-time.








16. Ryan Giggs



Skills : Speed B+, Agile A-, Dribb B+, Cross B-, Creative B-, Score C-, Tech B
Performance : Domestic Club B+, International Club B, National Team B
Total Skill: B, Total Performance: B

Ryan Giggs is famous as the most consistency footballer in history of British game. Giggs holds a host of football records, including that of being the most decorated player in English football history. is the only player to have played and scored in every single season of the Premier League since its inception. Giggs holds Man Utd all-time leader in appearances with 842 and scored around 150 goals. His best goal was happened in FA Cup 1999 semi-final round against Arsenal, showed his superb dribble getting Arsenal’s four players passed and beautifully scored for Man Utd, helped Man Utd won the only triple champs in history of British football. He is one of the famous legends who never played in World Cup. He was named in PFA team of the year for 8 times.









15. Felix Loustau



Skills : Speed B+, Agile B+, Dribb B+, Cross B, Creative B, Score B-, Tech B
Performance : Domestic Club B+, National Team B
Total Skill: B+, Total Performance: B

Felix Loustau is regarded by many as the greatest Argentinian left-winger of all-time and is the greatest winger in the World during the 2nd half 1940s, he played in "La Maquina" that set total football style of play. He basically played as left-winger in this sytem and sometimes interchange position with Angel Labruna in inside-forward role, was known as an all-round players, great crosser, creator and dribbler. He played for River Plate for 15 seasons and retire at his 36 years old with Estudientes. Because the peak of his career was during the Second World War, his international career was limited to play inside the continent only. He is one of a few players in history of South American football to win 3 Copa America Titles.








14. Raimundo Orsi



Skills : Speed B+, Agile B+, Dribb A-, Cross C+, Creative B-, Score B, Tech B+
Performance : Domestic Club B, International Club B, National Team B+
Total Skill: B+, Total Performance: B

“Mumo” Raimund Orsi was the greatest outside forward in the pre-war era. He was an outstanding left winger with great speed and control and a powerful shot. A winger of such grace, pace and phenomenon dribbling ability he illuminated all competition. He is one of Argentineans footballer to be transferred his race to be European later like Alfredo Di Stefano, Luis Monti or Omar Sivori. He transferred his nationality to be Italian before World Cup 1930. Hence, He didn’t participate in that tournament that Argentina won runner-up. Orsi played as outside-left for seven seasons during his career in Italy and scored more than 100 goals. Orsi was famous for his classy dribbling ability. He sometimes switched to play as center-forward.








13. Kurt Hamrin



Skills : Speed B+, Agile A-, Dribb B+, Cross C+, Creative C, Score B+, Tech B+
Performance : Domestic Club B+, International Club B, National Team B
Total Skill: B+, Total Performance: B

Kurt Hamrin is considered as the best winger in history of Scandinavian football, is one of the great Swedish footballers of all-time but was overshadowed by the famous trio like Nordahl, Liedholm and Gren. He was a right-winger who liked to induce the ball into the inside forward area and make scores on his own. He was best known for his dribbling and finishing. Hamrin is currently the sixth highest goalscorer of all-time in Italy's Serie A, playing 289 Serie A games and scoring 150 goals. Also, Hamrin played for Padova, AC Milan and Napoli for a few seasons a club. Hamrin . In 1958, He was voted 4th European Footballer of The Year. In 1967, He was selected as a starter FIFA World XI against Champion of Europe “Spain”.








12. Zbigniew Boniek



Skills : Speed B+, Agile B, Dribb B+, Cross C+, Creative B+, Score C, Tech B+
Performance : Domestic Club B, International Club B, National Team B
Total Skill: B+, Total Performance: B

“Zibi” Zbigniew Boniek was a symbolic Eastern European footballer during the 1980s. Arguably his best performance of his career for Poland came in the 1982 World Cup in a second phase match against Belgium where he scored a magnificent hat-trick, one of the best hat-tricks in World Cup history. He was finally voted in 4th place player of th etournament. Boniek start playing as a right-winger before switched to a free-role attacking midfielder, could go running on the left, right side or the centre and his best performance would be appeared as a winger. His speed, dribble and vision to make many assists were always impressive. He was notable playing as an attacking trio with Michel Platini and Paulo Rossi in Juventus in their successful years. In the 1985 - 1986 season, he was rated by Guerin Sportivo as the greatest Foreign player.








11. Zoltan Czibor



Skills : Speed B+, Agile B+, Dribb A-, Cross B, Creative B-, Score B, Tech B+
Performance : Domestic Club B, National Team B
Total Skill: B+, Total Performance: B

Zoltan Czibor was the greatest left-winger in the World in the mid-1950s, was one of the great players in “The Magical Magyars” Hungary golden team, rated as Hungary’s best winger ever, played as a left-winger and was notable for having a powerful shot, world class finishing and for his superb dribbling. He was also known for his ability to score goals in major finals. During his playing career in Hungarian club football, Czibor scored 100 goals in 175 matches. Afterwards, He played for Barcelona in their great years for three seasons and this induced him stop to play for Hungary just at 27 years old. Aside from Barcelona, He played outside his country for six teams such as AS Roma, Espanyol and Austria Vienna.









10. Julinho



Skills : Speed B, Agile B, Dribb A-, Cross B+, Creative B, Score C+, Tech A-
Performance : Domestic Club B+, National Team B
Total Skill: B+, Total Performance: B+

Julinho Botelho was the best winger in the World during the mid-1950s. He was not only a superbly skillful winger but also full of aggressive and shot power. His performance for Brazil national team was rather shot due to play outside country, led him as one of the most underrated player in history of Brazil football. He played the first World Cup in 1954 and had he chose to go to WC 1958 instead of staying with Fiorentina, He was the first choice winger instead of Garrincha but he spent most of his time in Italy and did not play the qualifiers. In club level, Julinho was the only Brazil star during 1950s to play in Europe, was able to show his prime and finally was voted as the best player in the history of Fiorentina in 1996.









9. Tom Finney



Skills : Speed B+, Agile A-, Dribb A-, Cross B+, Creative B+, Score B, Tech A-
Performance : Domestic Club B+, National Team B+
Total Skill: A-, Total Performance: B+

Tom Finney was a notable English football in the post-war era. His total mastery of all the techniques triumphed over the lack of medals. He was versatile, playing in all the orthodox five forward positions of the day for Preston and appearing for England at right-wing, left-wing and centre-forward. He was a genuine two-footed player, packing an explosive shot in either his right or his left. He had speed, balance, was a pin-point passer and, for a man of no great height, could head with awesome power. Whilst Finney's ability was great many will remember him for his gentlemanly conduct on the game which ensured he never received a booking throughout his entire career. There were two seasons he played in second division. Finney never won any trophy with Preston, The best was two times second place English Top Division and once time Second Place FA Cup.








8. Francisco Gento



Skills : Speed A, Agile A-, Dribb A-, Cross B-, Creative B-, Score C+, Tech B
Performance : Domestic Club B+, International Club A-, National Team B+
Total Skill: B+ , Total Performance: B+

“The Strom of Cantabria” Francisco Gento is the best left-winger in the World between the late 1950s to early 1960s, is the most successful footballer in club level hold the all-time record the most champions of Spanish La Liga with 12 and the most European Cup Winners with 6, additionally holds with Maldini the record most appearances in European Cup final with 8. Gento was noted not only for having great speed. He used to be an athlete in his youth and could run 100 metres in 11 seconds flat and was almost as quick with a ball at his feet, but also for his skills with the ball and his relatively high scoring capabilities given his position. In 1963, He was selected as a start FIFA World XI against England. Gento totally played for Real Madrid 605 games and scored 183 goals. Incredibly, He never voted in top five Ballon d’Or in any year.








7. Luis Figo



Skills : Speed C+, Agile B, Dribb A-, Cross A-, Creative A-, Score C+, Tech A-
Performance : Domestic Club B+, International Club B+, National Team B+
Total Skill: A-, Total Performance: B+

Luis Figo is the greatest winger in the World in the last three decades. He was a playmaking right-winger who was average in speed but remarkable in dribbling, ability to make pinpoint passing and his imagination to create assists. Figo started his famous with playing in Portugal “Golden Generation Team”, was notable for their beautiful style of play in midfield. Figo also was one of the most important roles helping Portugal reached semi-final round in EURO 2000 and FIFA World Cup 2006. Figo is one of the few footballers to have played for both the Spanish rival clubs FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. He also played for Sporting Lisbon in his early career and Inter Milan in Late career. He played almost 800 games during his club professional career and scored more than 100 goals.








6. Jairzinho



Skills : Speed A-, Agile B+, Dribb A, Cross C+, Creative C+, Score B+, Tech A-
Performance : Domestic Club B+, International Club B+, National Team A-
Total Skill: A-, Total Performance: B+

Jairzinho is one of five players in The 1970 World Cup Champion Brazil team which is considered as the greatest team in history of the game. A high speed powerful winger, During World Cup 1970, He scored in every game Brazil played. In doing so, he became one of only 3 players - the others being Alcides Ghiggia and Just Fontaine - in the history of the World Cup to have scored in every game of the tournament. Jairzinho was a worthy successor to Garrincha in both the Botafogo and Brazil team although his style was not elegant but full of his devastating bursts of speed combined with lethal shooting and also superb passing. He never complained and performed his duties impeccably. His scintillating pace turned defenses inside out, exposing the opponent’s goalkeepers. He is the best right-winger in the World between late 60s and the early 70s.








5. Dragan Dzajic



Skills : Speed B+, Agile B+, Dribb A, Cross A+, Creative C+, Score B-, Tech A
Performance : Domestic Club A-, International Club B+, National Team B+
Total Skill: A-, Total Performance: B+

Dragan Dzajic is one of the most underrated footballers ever to play the game despite being one of the greatest left-wingers the world has ever produced. Dzajic is also the best player ever to come from Yugoslavia group of nations, is renown as one of the greatest crossers of all-time, unstoppable dribbling with great pace, natural technique and some of the best left footed free kicks ever. His most famous match was likely the 1968 UEFA Euro semifinal against England, in which his lob over goalkeeper Gordon Banks gave Yugoslavia a 1-0 victory against the defending world champion. The British press dubbed him "The Magic Dragan," In that year, Beckenbauer mentioned Dzajic should win Ballon’ Dor instead of George Best without doubt. Pelé was moved to say: "Džajić is the Balkan miracle – a real wizard. I'm just sorry he's not Brazilian because I've never seen such a natural footballer."








4. Ronaldinho



Skills : Speed B, Agile A, Dribb A, Cross B+, Creative B+, Score B, Tech A+
Performance : Domestic Club A-, International Club A, National Team B+
Total Skill: A, Total Performance: A-

Ronaldinho is widely regarded as one of the most gifted footballers of all-time. He was famous for his exciting technical abilities especially dribbling, agility and making score. Ronaldinho was known as a versatile attacker but he always base on the left-side of the field as a midfielder. He started his career with Gremio before moved to Europe to play for Paris Saint-Germain. After his impressive performance in the 2002 World Cup as the fifth best player of th etiurnament, He was wanted by many big club in Europe. Ronaldinho decided to join with Barcelona and he finally became the best player in the world during the middle of the 2000s, won so many individual awards in that time, was expected to become a top world-legend in the future. On the other hand, His legend status such incredibly failed down that becoming an average international footballer because of his unprofessional attitude as athletic. He also finished 5th place in the 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year.








3. Stanley Matthews



Skills : Speed B+, Agile A, Dribb A, Cross A, Creative B+, Score C-, Tech A-
Performance : Domestic Club A-, National Team A-
Total Skill: A , Total Performance: A-, Greatness Bonus

“The Magician” or “The Wizard of The Dribble” Sir Stanley Matthews is one of the greatest legends in history of English football. He is the only player to have been knighted while still playing, as well as being the first winner of both the European Footballer of the Year and the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year awards. A vegetarian teetotaller, he kept fit enough to play at the top level until he was 50 years old, the oldest player ever to play in England's top football division. He played his final competitive game in 1970, at the age of 55. The Second World War interrupted his career. After the war, he fell out with Stoke and was transferred to Blackpool at the age of 32. Matthews was a right-side midfielder who assisted many goals after done his great speed, stamina and dribble. He was voted 11th and 17th World player of the century by IFFHS and World Soccer’s poll, respectively.








2. George Best



Individual Achievement

UEFA Jubilee Award (Northern Ireland)
1968 European Footballer Of The Year
1968 FWA Footballer Of The Year
1968 English Top Division Top Scorer
1971 Bronze Ball European Footballer Of The Year
1999 IFFHS Northern Ireland Player of The Century
PFA Special Merit Award
Skills : Speed B+, Agile A, Dribb A+, Cross B-, Creative B, Score B, Tech A
Performance : Domestic Club A, International Club A, National Team A-
Total Skill: A, Total Performance: A

“Soccer Beatle” George Best is one of the most talent footballers of all-time. If consider only his prime, he would be the greatest player in history of British football without any hesitation but he was known for his unprofessional behavior as an alcoholism effected his career not consistency. George Best was a left-winger who was tremendously skilled an innovative footballer. Unsurpassed on dribble and penetration, would often pass off the score after rather than take the goal himself. He was one of few players with virtually ambidextrous ball control with both feet. Best scored 185 goals in 465 matched for Manchester United. In his native Northern Ireland the admiration for him is summed up by the local saying: "Maradona good; Pelé better; George Best. He was one of the world legends never participated in World Cup. He was voted 8th,12th and 16th World player of the century by World Soccer, France Football and IFFHS’s poll, respectively.








1. Garrincha



Individual Achievement

1962 FIFA World Cup Golden Ball - Golden Shoe- All-Stars Team
1994 FIFA World Cup All-Time Team
1998 FIFA World Team of The Century
Brazil Footballer Museum Hall Of Fame

Skills : Speed B+, Agile A+, Dribb A+, Cross A, Creative A-, Score B-, Tech A+
Performance : Domestic Club A+, National Team AA
Total Skill: A+, Total Performance: AA

“The Little Bird” Garrincha is regarded as the greatest winger and dribbler the World has ever seen. Many eminent football historians in Brazil and around the world refer to him being at least the equal of Pelé, was rated by many as the second greatest Brazilian footballer of all-time. He grew up in poverty with high right leg 6 cm shorter than the left. Rather than shying away from soccer after a childhood illness left his right leg bowing inward while the left bowed outward, he developed a devastating body swerve that mocked his body’s special anatomy. He was known for his remarkable ball control, imagination, acceleration, crossing, dribbling skills and ability to create something from nothing, He also possessed a ferocious shot with either foot and was a gifted dead ball specialist known for free kicks and corners taken with the outside of his foot, Garrincha’s best career highlight was happened in World Cup 1962, is regarded as one of the greatest individual performers in histroy of World Cup. For his all matches in World Cup, Brazil only lost one match with him on the pitch. He was voted 8th and 20th the greatest footballer of the century from IFFHS and World Soccer’s poll, respectively, was voted 6th the best player in world cup history by France Football.







Honourable Mention


Milos Milutinovic



Skills: Dribb A, Creative C+, Cross C, Speed B+, Score B+, Agile A-, Tech A-
Total Skill: B+

“Blond Gyroscope” Miloš Milutinović was the most talented player in the history of Yugoslavian football. He was the top-class player with excellent technique, very fast and agile. He was fantastic reader of the game combine with great movement, and he had unique style of dribble. Milutinović could play as right-winger or center forward. However, He was not world-class as assister but very outstanding to beat defenders to make scores by himself. In his prime, He was an unstoppable one. Unfortunately, His lung problem was the obstacle to interrupt his career played in only 5 years for his national team and played in Yugosavian league just five seasons with 65 percent of all league games only and disappeared in club level for full two seasons. Real Madrid and Inter Milan ever offered him to play for them but communist regime didn’t allow players to play outside the country.




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Statistics For Top 50


By Nation

Argentina : 7
Brazil : 6
England : 4
Spain : 4
Germany : 4
France : 3
Yugoslavia : 3
Italy : 3
Northern Ireland : 2
Wales : 2
Hungary : 2
Scotland : 2
Sweden : 2
Poland : 2
Portugal : 1
Holland : 1
Czechoslovakia : 1
Peru : 1
Chile : 1




By Decade

1900s : 1
1910s : 2
1920s : 1
1930s : 6
1940s : 3
1950s : 13
1960s : 10
1970s : 4
1980s : 5
1990s : 2
2000s : 4


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CLASSIFICATION


Class : Crown

None


Class : King Gold

Garrincha


Class : King Silver

George Best


Class : King Bronze

Stanley Matthews


Class : Queen Gold

Dragan Dzajic, Jairzinho, Luis Figo, Francisco Gento, Ronaldinho, Julinho, Tom Finney


Class : Queen Silver

Zoltan Czibor, Zbigniew Boniek, Kurt Hamrin, Raimundo Orsi, Felix Loustau, Ryan Giggs, Kalman Konrad, Bruno Conti, Helmut Rahn, , Jimmy Johnstone, Coen Moulijn, Estanislao Basora, Alan Morton, Omar Corbatta, Billy Meredith, Pepe, Carlos Peucelle, Amancio Amaro, Karl Aage Praest, Enrique Garcia, Patsy Gallagher, Milos Milutinovic (Honourable Mention)


Class : Queen Bronze

Piet Keizer, Grzegorz Lato, Canhoteiro, Hans Schafer, Juan Joya, David Beckham, Lennard Skoglund, Giampiero Boniperti, Cliff Bastin, Robert Pires, Rene Houseman, Leonel Sanchez, Franck Ribery, Antonin Puc, Brian Laudrup, Pierre Littbarski, Michel Gonzalez, Thomas Haesler, Bora Kostic, Franco Causio



Substitution Group : Supreme-Class

Roberto Donadoni : Italy/ 80's to early 90s
Brian Laudrup : Denmark/ 90's
Jose Augusto : Portugal/60's
John Barnes : England/ 80's
Arjen Robben : Holland/ 2000s
Marc Overmars : Holland/ 90's
Jurgen Grabowski : Germany/ Late 60s to Early 70s
Cliff Jones : Wales/ 60's
Paulo Futre : Portugal/ Lately 80’s to Early 90’s



Substitution Group : Ordinary-Class

Robert Gadocha : Poland/ 70's
David Ginola : France/ 90's
Alcides Ghiggia : Uruguay/ 50’s
Enrique Hormazabal : Chile/ 50's
Mario Corso : Italy/60's
Fernando Chalana : Portugal/ 80's
Willinton Ortiz : Colombia/ 70's
Juan Seminario : Peru/ late 50's to 60's
Augustin Gainza : Spain/ Late 40's to Early 50's


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Positional Ranking


Left-Winger

1. George Best
2. Ronaldinho
3. Dragan Dzajic
4. Francisco Gento
5. Zbigniew Boniek
6. Zoltan Czibor
7. Raimundo Orsi
8. Felix Loustau
9. Ryan Giggs
10. Coen Moulijn



Right-Winger

1. Garrincha
2. Stanley Matthews
3. Jairzinho
4. Luis Figo
5. Tom Finney
6. Julinho
7. Kurt Hamrin
8. Kalman Konrad
9. Helmut Rahn
10. Bruno Conti


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The top three got it right. No arguments here. I think Figo could be as high as 4, but I am biased in that one.

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Oh, Julinho would rank much higher had he chose to go to WC 1958 instead of staying with Fiorentina. He was the first choice winger but he spent most of his time in Italy and did not play the qualifiers. Had he decided to take the spot being offered, Garrincha might not have played. Joel was also ahead of him in the pecking order. Hard to believe, but Garrincha was the third choice winger prior to WC 1958. Julinho decided not to join the team since he had not played the qualifiers and Garrincha got the back up spot to Joel. AMzing to think Garrincha nearly missed the Cup that was his breaking out.

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Great read Though few cases are bit weird to see as wingers.

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Thanks you very much. I accept I am first not sure about his level just know he was voted Fiorentina's greatest player ever before the era of Batistuta and Rui Costa.

However, Hamrin played for Fiorentina for years and scores many goals still not surpass Julinho in that poll.

This convince me to rate Julinho higher but his career profile is gard to rank him in top 10. So, I have raised him in 12th instead of hamrin
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Hristo Stoickov was left winger, easily top15 material among left wingers.
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Hristo Stoickov was left winger, easily top15 material among left wingers.
He was more second striker. He may operate as the left attacker but not play in the edge of the field like other winegers.

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Thanks you very much. I accept I am first not sure about his level just know he was voted Fiorentina's greatest player ever before the era of Batistuta and Rui Costa.

However, Hamrin played for Fiorentina for years and scores many goals still not surpass Julinho in that poll.

This convince me to rate Julinho higher but his career profile is gard to rank him in top 10. So, I have raised him in 12th instead of hamrin


Oh, I was not criticizing your ranking; just commenting. I am impressed you had him in there. He was a heck of a player but kind of gets forgotten because of Garrincha's breakout tournament.

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Great to see another poster who loves football history!



It's a very good ranking! Congrats!

But let me disagree on certain things:

Jairzinho was not a winger. He was the ponta-de-lança, a mix of an AM and SS, the "10" player in Brasil just like Pele. In Botafogo, the club he played in most of his career, he was the number "10" and played the Pele role. The right winger (number 7) of that great team was Rogério, who played some games as the starter for the NT, but got injured for the WC. Jairzinho played improvised as the right winger in the 1970 team. He could not start in his true position, because there was a guy named Pele there
If you have Jairzinho in this list just because of the 1970 wc, then you should also have Rivelino, who was an AM and only played open in the left in that World Cup.

I don't understand how you don't have Pepe in the top 50. The guy is one of the greatest wingers ever. He played in the legendary Santos with Pele and scored 405 goals in his career. No player here in Brasil in the 60's, besides Pele (who had he 1000th goal in 1969) , scored more career goals than him. The man also who everythin there is. 2 world cups (as a bench player, I know). 2 Libertadores, 5 Taça Brasil (the only national championship at the time). He deserves to be in this list, easily.

Zagallo should also be in there. 2 time WC winner as a starter. He was a inovator, probably one of the first wingers who also helped defend in the midfield. Despite not having the physical natural talent or out of this world skill, he always gave 100% and that gave him the edge over some more talented players like Pepe and Canhoteiro. He was also part of the magical Botafogo team with Didi, Garrincha, Amarildo and Quarentinha.

Other brazilian players like Edu (Santos and Brazil NT), Joel (1958 wc) and Jair da Costa (Brazil 1962 and great in Italy playing for Internazionale) could also be there.
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Where's MESSI? HE's been playing as a RIGHT-WINGER since the age of 2
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Actually where is Donadoni? He was surely a top 50 winger in the history?
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Superb list!

But who in here would actually take Jairzinho/Matthews/Gento ahead of prime RONALDINHO?

Uhhhhhhhm ZIP! Therefore, I think he should be ranked higher!



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Thanks for requisition for Pepe.

I first thought I have known all great Brazilian players but I am wrong.

I would add him as soon as you gave me the link showed his career goalscorer because I could not find it in many sources.

As I saw Zagallo, I think he was a kind of Ze Roberto and Denilson.
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I've added Pepe. The unlucky man is Ariel Ortega has been named off. I also updated sevaral point. Please read agian.

I regret him so much because he is one of my favorite but I could not take anyone off. Ortega's career totally was average.

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31. Pepe



Date Of Birth : 25 February 1935
Nation : Brazil
Height : cm
Major Club : Santos
Caps : 40 Games ( Goals)
World Cup Participation : 1958, 1962 (No Game)
Club Honours : 10 Times Brazil State Championship
5 Times Copa de Brazil
2 Times Copa Libertadores Cup (1962, 1963)
International Honours : None
Individual Achievement : None

“The Vila Cannon” Jose Macia Pepe is one of the hidden legends in history of Brazilian football. He played as a left winger and made a large number of scores more than 400 goals during his career for Santos where he played the same era of Pele and became the legends of the club after he retired. His nickname was sourced from his potent kick with his left leg and the fact that Santos plays in the Estádio Urbano Caldera, nicknamed Vila Belmiro. He claims to be "the greatest human striker in the history of Santos FC - because Pelé is not human" Pepe won both the 1958 and 1962 World Cups. However, he did not appear in any matches in both tournaments due to the great performance of Garrincha.
One small correction - the player in whose place Pepe could have played was Zagallo (leftwinger), and not Garrincha (rightwinger). Pepe was far more skillful than Zagallo, which makes some of their contemporaries claim that leaving Pepe out of the '58 and '62 NTs was an injustice, but Zagallo really earned the NT position because of his ahead-of-its-time defensive contribution: in a time when most teams used their wingers as pure forwards, Zagallo would drop back to assist the midfield whenever his team lost the ball, effectively giving his teammates a numerical advantage in midfield. Pepe, being a pure winger, didn't perform the same tactical role. This extra defensive contribution was made even more necessary because Brasil's leftback was Nilton Santos, who created the modern attacking-fullback position, and therefore required coverage on the left side (which Zagallo always offered in Botafogo, and Pepe never had to offer at Santos).

And Zagallo could have been somewhere in this list, if for nothing else for his revolutionary defensive contribution. But he was more of a high-quality team-oriented piano carrier, so I understand why he might not make the top 50. Pepe was a great performer at the wing, while Zagallo was a great supporting actor who worked hard to make his teammates' lives easier.

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Jinky Johnstone is about 30 places too low. There's a very good argument for him being top 10. Seeing him below David Beckham is very odd, tbh.

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Oh and don't let Marc see that you've put Matthews ahead of Finney!

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Rob, I wonder ability of jimmy johnstone because it is odd that he never won SFWA footballer of the year even one time. Not that I would mostly judge player base on award but the fact that this awards was not too hard to won. In his era, There are no player could compare with his level of legends. Please clarifu about that.

I've add Carlos Peucelle who is the pratly starter of " La Maquina" in 34th and name Fanco Causio off.
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Great read mate, thanks and nice to see someone non-Serb rate Dzajic.

I'd also add Dejan Savicevic myself, as he mostly operated on the wings, despite wearing that #10.
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Idk who won the Scottish player of the year in that era (guess Dennis Law was about), but it's idiocy if he didn't win it. Considered the best Celtic player ever and the best player in a team that won 9 league titles and the first British team to win the European Cup.

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