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So, who is the greatest Russian ever to have graced the beautiful game?

Well, before i would have said Lev Yashin. But Streltsov? I read an article about him and it appears he was the Stanley Matthews of Russian football...

Anyway, any views on who was the greatest??

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Well I'm obviously too young but I would throw Valery Voronin in there as well. He's generally regarded as the best center-midfielder in Soviet history.
 

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Thanks Dimitriy! yeah im just reading about him now. Murdered and suffered from alcoholism... Sounds tragic.
 

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Voronin is such an underrated player.
Anyways Yashin is obviously the best Russian player, he is after all regarded the greatest goalie of all time and the only goalkeeper to win Ballon Dor. Now if you are asking about outfield player than Voronin for me.
 

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Most of the better soviets of the late 50s-72 are underrated.

You would think Yashin was a one man team sometimes by the way the others are excluded from discussions on excellent players of the era.

They had some really formidable teams.A bit too many quarter final ****ups when they looked the stronger side, but were packed with talent nonetheless.
 

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1960's USSR basically had world class players at every position. he end of that era pretty much came in '72 where W. Germany obliterated us at home in the Euro final.
 

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I'm too young, but hearing for various people that saw him play (my father and my uncle included), Streltsov was the most talented Russian player.

Nearly 1-to-1 goals to games for the NT BEFORE turning 20 is pretty impressive.
 

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Voronin is their too, basically USSR's version of Boszik. He was one of the best players in the world in his prime; unfortunately I can't find the USSR-Italy WC '66 game right now where he dominated.
 
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