World Annual Awards of The Century

*Update for the end of 2016 - 2017 season

I. Introduction
   
   The First Official World Player of the Year award was just established by FIFA in 1991 elected by national team manager and captain. The unofficial world player of the year was started in 1982 by reader voting.

    The objective of this work is thus to establish the annual best three World players of the year by evaluation system that ranked based on systematic rating of performance in three major competition likes Domestic Club, International Club and International Country in Seasonal Year or Calendar year, starting from the beginning of domestic club season and ended within July which includes international tournament (In example for 2000 -2001 season is belonged to year 2001 starting from Series A first game and last in the 2001 FIFA Confederation Cup). The list starts from 1930 and the only exclusion of period between 1943 – 1946) due to World War II interruption.
    
II. Methodology

Performance Coefficient
Phenomenon : >93

Supreme-World-Class : 86 – 92

Ordinary-World-Class : 81 – 85

Supreme-International-Class : 76 – 80

Ordinary-International-Class : 71 – 75


Competition Level Proportion
Domestic League : 38 %, Domestic Cup 7 %, International Club 25 % International Major Tournament 30 %

Domestic League : 40 %, Domestic Cup 8 %, International Club 30 % Qualifying Round/Regional Tournament 18 % (20% in case of Confederation Cup)


Amount of Playing
Domestic league is obtained 100 % if participated not less than 90 % of available game, if not, calculate based on this formula ; (Participated game +(90 % of total available game))/(2*total available games)

*In case of absence in any competition, the loss portion is 25 % and rest of 75 % is distributed to available part based on the current proportion.

Elimination Tournament : Reduced by 5 % for each descending round  (1st : 100%, 2nd : 95 %, Semi-Final 90 %, Quarter-Final 85%, etc).

The competition ratio is also applied as following ; European Cup/UEFA Champion League/Copa Libertesdores Cup 100 %, UEFA Cup 95 %, UEFA Europa League/Copa Sudamericana/Mitropa Cup 90 %, Cup Winners Cup  85 %, Latin Cup 75 %
Decisive Factor
In case the score is not significantly different (>0.1), the amount of peak performance is to judge.


III. Result


Abbreviation

PST : Playing Position
Performance Class : P : Phenomeon-Class, SW : Supreme World-Class
OW : Ordinary World-Class, SI : Supreme International-Class           
PST : Team's Finished Position in Each Competition
IS : Individual Status (Achievement such as MVP : Most Valuable Player, TS : Top Scorer, TA : Top Assist)
DMT CPT : Domestic Competition

Competition
WC : World Cup, EN : UEFA Euro, CA : Copa America
MT : Mitropa Cup, MC : Minor Tournament
CFC : Confederation Cup
UCL : UEFA Champion League, UC : UEFA Cup
CWC : Cup Winners Cup, CL : Copa Libertadores Cup






































Statistics  



IV. Discussion  

    The systematic criteria of rating facilitates calculation of the approximate qualitative performance against the amount of playing and the level of competition. Definitely the qualitative performance that is evaluated by watching, awards and stats could be debatable. Furthermore, the competition level criteria is one of the main factors in the evaluation. The system deduct only 25 % of criteria point if player didn't participate. Players who performed at the best level is not always finished the first place if they’re lack of opportunity to prove themselves enough in higher level international competition.
       Due to the fact that competitiveness of candidates between years is varied. The table of medal can represent the best players in their own era only. Lionel Messi finished the first place in the table partially because his era is less competitive than that of Maradona who won only three times against the best candidates like Zico an Platini for example. Eusebio and Van Basten are evaluated to have never won best player of the world in any year. Eusebio’s best year in 1965 is unfortunately beaten by Pele and Van Basten obtains the same score as Maradona in 1989 but is beaten by amount of peak performance.

      The competition level criteria effects on both Van Basten (1988) and Ronaldo (2002) who performed superbly in European Championship and World Cup, respectively but they participated very low amount in domestic competition and prevent them from achieving the level of top player in the World. 
       In 1930, there is no Uruguayan player appear in top 3 despite winning world cup trophy as the standard of competition is even considered to be lower than Central European International Cup that was competed by majority of top teams in Europe at that time. All winners in the 1930s come from Central European nations due to the dominance of Mitropa Cup and Central European International Cup.  
        The war-time years is included in the list between 1940 - 1942 when the majority of European leagues remained running its domestic competition (Only England, Scotland and France were interrupted by World War II) although the average standard of competition had gone down while the La Maquina" River Plate was spending their golden era led by Jose Manuel Moreno and Adolfo Pedernera. 
        In the post-war era, Hungarian players dominated the world football and win in 6 years within the first 8 years. However, the next era (2nd half 1950s and 1st half 1960s) saw the most glory era of South American nations with the peak of superstars like Di Stefano, Pele and Garrincha and totally won 9 years from total 11. It is noticeable that South American players won in all three places in 1961 as the only year to have such a dominance. European nations return to dominate, winning 10 years from total 11 between 1966 - 1977. In 1976, Elias Figueroa is a strong contender of Zico in the third place but he is lack of international participation and if he make the list, all three winners are defender. 
         Between 1988 and 1996, the majority of winners are from Italian Series A and the winner is a defender in two years and five defenders appeared in top three. Since 1997, almost all winners played in Spanish La Liga, only three of them played in other league. It is noteworthy that there is only player from the champion of international country major tournament is a winner (Cristiano Ronaldo in 2016) since 1998 as UEFA Champion League became a main important competition in modern era of football. Prior to 1998, most of winners are from the nation won the title in World Cup or UEFA Euro.  
          
Status of Awards 
The Most Competitive Years (In Top Three Players)

1962, 1965, 1972, 1961, 1980

The Most Competitive Years with other candidates

1968 Bobby Charlton, Jairzinho
1972 Gunther Netzer, Sandro Mazzola
1960 Garrincha, Alfredo Di Stefano
1970 Pele, Gerson
2003 Ronaldo, Shevchenko, Buffon

The Greatest Winners

1. Lionel Messi 2012 : 86.8    
    Ronaldo 1997 : 86.7 
    Alfredo Di Stefano 1959 : 86.7 
4. Garrincha 1962 : 86.5
5. Pele 1963 : 86.3
    Beckenbauer 1974 : 86.3
7. Zico 1981 : 85.6
    Di Stefano 1957 : 85.5
9. Lionel Messi 2011 : 84.5
10. Digo Maradona 1986 : 84.2


The Most World-Class Year Performers

1. Franz Beckenbauer : 12 Years (1966 - 1977)
2. Pele : 10 Years (1958 - 1965, 1967 - 1969, 1973)
3. Alfredo DI Stefano : 10 Years (1947, 1949 - 1951, 1954 - 1959)
4. Lionel Messi : 9 years (2008 - 2016)
5. Diego Maradona : 9 Years (1979 - 1981,1984 - 1989)
6. Johan Cruyff : 9 Years (1967 - 1974, 1977)
7. Ferenc Puskas : 9 Years (1947 - 1951, 1953 - 1954,1960 - 1961)
8. Michel Platini : 9 Years (1976 - 1978, 1981 - 1986)
9. Cristano Ronaldo 9 Years (2007,2008, 2010 - 2016) 
10. Zico : 8 Years (1976 - 1977, 1979 - 1984)
11. Zinedine Zidane : 8 Years (1997 - 1998, 1999 - 2004)


The Most Consecutive World-Class Year Performers

1. Franz Beckenbauer : 12 Years (1966 - 1977)
2. Pele : 8 Years (1958 - 1965)
3. Johan Cruyff : 8 Years (1967 - 1974)
4. Lionel Messi : 8 years (2008 - 2015)
5. Diego Maradona : 7 Years (1983 - 1989)
6. Cristano Ronaldo 7 Years (2010 - 2016) 
7. Alfredo DI Stefano : 6 Years (1954 - 1959)
8. Michel Platini : 6 Years (1981 - 1986)
9. Zico : 6 Years (1979 - 1984)
10. Zinedine Zidane : 6 Years (1999 - 2004)

The Lowest Competitive Years (In Top Three Players by Average Score)

1941 : 70.8
1942 : 72.5
1951 : 72.8
1931 : 73.1
1969 : 73.7

The Worst Winners

1941 : Jose Manuel Moreno : 71.7
1953 : Nandor Hidegkuti : 73.8
1930 : Giuseppe Meazza : 74.1
1969 : Pele : 74.1

The Worst Players In Top Three

1941 : Gyorgi Sarosi : 69.7
1939 : Tommy Lawton : 70.7
1942 : Josef Bican : 71.0
1936 : Oldrich Nejedly 71.6

The Greatest Footballer's Domestic Season of All-Time

1. Diego Maradona (1984 - 1985)
2. Pele (1961)
3. Lionel Messi (2011 - 2012)
4. Johan Cruyff (1971 - 1972)
5. Zico (1982)
6. Ronaldo (1996 - 1997)
7. George Best (1967 - 1968)
8. Diego Maradona (1980)
9. Pele (1963)
10. Garrincha (1962)

The Greatest Footballer's International Club Season of All-Time
1. Pele (1962) 
2. Lionel Messi (2010 - 2011)
3. Zico (1981)
4. Johan Cruyff (1972 - 1973)
5. Alfredo Di Stefano (1958)
6. Pele (1963)
7. Cristiano Ronaldo (2014)
8. Michel Platini (1984 - 1985)
9. Franz Beckenbauer (1975 - 1976)
10. Marco Van Basten (1988 - 1989)

The Greatest Footballer's International Tournament of All-Time

1. Diego Maradona WC 1986
2. Garrincha WC 1962
3. Johan Cruyff WC 1974
4. Michel Platini Euro 1984
5. Marco Van Basten Euro 1988
6. Pele WC 1970
7. Roberto Baggio 1994
8. Didi WC 1958
9. Franz Beckenbauer Euro 1972
10. Gunther Netzer Euro 1972  

97 comments:

  1. Anonymous4/30/2014

    Congratulations to this compilation.

    I would be interested in you Top6 for each year. I see you made Top3 lists for Europe, America and Africa in separate threads. Do you have a composite world ranking extending beyond the top3 positions?

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  2. I ever had the idea to create top five but I'd prefer to show the lower ranking players in continental annual best players. Anyway, I may expand it in the future. I'll notifying in bigsoccer if I'd have done it.

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  3. Anonymous4/30/2014

    Thanks for the answer.

    You know, I have been pondering about such annual rankings before the 1980s years ago, but did not have the means to do it. I am glad someone has overtaken this task.

    I am looking forward to your Top5 world ranking as well.

    I noticed a couple of inconsistencies between your Top3 world lists and the Continental top 3 lists. E.g. in 1989 you have Van Basten as the best European in that thread, yet here he is preceded by Matthaeus.

    Also, there are many inconsistencies between your Continental top 3 here and the Best Cental European/British Isles footballer thread that you started this year at the bigsoccer forum.

    Just to name a few:
    In 1917 you have Schlosser as the best Central European, yet here Konrad is the best European.
    In 1926 you have Jackson as the best from the British Isles, yet here Camsell is the best European
    In 1929 you have Camsell as the best from the British Isles, yet here Gallacher is the best European
    In 1930 you have Takács as the best Central European, yet here he is preceded by Smistik.
    In 1931 you have Sindelar as the best Central European, yet here he is preceded by Schall.
    In 1938 you have Zsengellér as the best Central European, yet here he is preceded by Sárosi and Bican.
    In 1939 you have Wilimowski as the best Central European, yet here he is preceded by Zsengellér and Binder.
    In 1950 you have Nordahl as the best Scandinavian, yet here he is preceded by Liedholm.
    In 1951 you have Ocwirk as the best Central European, yet here he is preceded by Kocsis.
    In 1952 you have Kubala as the best Central European, yet here he is preceded by Kocsis.
    In 1953 you have Puskás as the best Central European, yet here he is preceded by Hidegkuti.
    In 1954 you have Alberto Terry as the best Latin American (outside BRA/ARG), yet here he is preceded by Santamaria.

    Could you check the reason behind these inconsistencies?
    That is ine of the reasons I would be interested in your world Top6 for each year.

    All the best,
    Karoly (from Hungary)

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    1. Welcome and Thanks you for checking. The ranking in World Best Player and Continental Best Player is based on "Seasonal Year" while the ranking in zonal union is based on "Calender Year". Even so, I admit that zonal union ranking list is still not fully applied with performance system likes World Annual Best Player (There is not much evidence of rating to rate all players in every zone). Even so, seasonal year in some periods/leagues were also a calender year and I omit to link between WFHC to other involved zonal union lists. I'll finish revision soon.

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  4. Anonymous8/14/2014

    Do you plan to extend your list to years before 1930?
    I would be very interested in seeing your opinion.
    You already ranked the Top2/Top3 European and American players in the 1910s and 1920s, perhaps it would not bee too difficult to merge those lists.

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    1. I didn’t make the list for the pre-war years because there were too few official international matches at that time aside from the 1924 and 1928 Olympic years. Anyway, for your request, I’d name my best player list in 1920s. Please just wait for the result soon.

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    2. This is my pre-1930s list (Seasonal Year). I’d start at 1924 and just specified for the status now.
      1924 Hector Scarone : His leading role for the 1924 Uruguay Champions
      1925 Manuel Seoane : Copa America Best Player/Top Scorer
      1926 Jose Leandro Andrade : Copa America Best Player
      1927 Antonin Puc : One of the best players in Mitropa Cup, scored five consecutive games for Czechoslovakia and his influential role helps his nation won six games in row.
      1928 Dixie Dean : Phenomenon Domestic Goalscoring
      1929 Jozsef Takacs : Phenomenon Domestic Goalscoring

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    3. Anonymous8/16/2014

      Thanks for those Top players after 1924.
      Based on your continental Top players lists and your positional best players lists, I made a few educated guesses the perhaps reflects your opinion. I realize your positional best players lists may be a bit outdated, so there may be discrepancies.
      1911: your best striker is Schlosser, the best European. He must be the world’s best as well, as Piendibene was also a striker.
      1912: the best European is Middelboe. He must be the world’s best as well, as Friedenreich is not even the best striker (Schlosser is ahead of him)
      1913: your best striker is Ohaco, the best South American. He must be the world’s best as well, as Schlosser (whom many consider as the world’s best) was also a striker.
      1914: you did not name a best European, although the war only started after the end of the seasonal year. Probably Ohaco is still ahead of Schlosser.
      1917: your best striker is Scarone, the best South American. He must be the world’s best as well, as Schlosser was also a striker.
      1918: your best striker is Schaffer, the best European. He must be the world’s best as well, as Friedenreich was also a striker.
      1919: based on your positional data it is not possible to decide between Konrád (midfielder) and Friedenreich (striker). It is difficult to decide between these two.
      1920: an interesting year. You have Samitier as the best European and best midfielder. As far as I know, the best South American Romano (whom many consider as the world’s best) also was a midfielder. So based on your system Samitier was the world’s best.
      1921: based on your positional data it is not possible to decide between Orth (midfielder) and Tesoriere (goalkeeper). I would choose Orth. Many people consider Friedenreich the best, however even Scarone is ahead of him as a striker in your system.
      1922: based on your positional data it is not possible to decide between Orth (midfielder) and Seoane (striker). Seoane is considered by many to be the best in the world this year.
      1923: based on your positional data it is not possible to decide between Morton (midfielder) and Nasazzi (defender). Morton is considered by many to be the best in the world this year.

      Do you have any comments on this?
      Regards,
      Karoly

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    4. I understand your logic to link involved lists to apply in conclusion of World Best player.
      So, it means I have set World Best Player of The Year unintentionally.

      For inconclusive years, I'll attempt to make conclusion soon.

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  5. 1914 I'd confirm Schlosser is not up there as he scored number of goals below standard of that era.
    1919 Id prefer Freidenreich who was chosen as Copa America best player and scored three hat-tricks in Brazilian state league. Konrad seems to achieve one of his best seasons but all international games were friendly matches.
    1921 I agree Freidenreich should be selected, he scored seven hat-tricks in domestic competition.
    1922 I'd strongly choose Orth. Seoane scored 55 goals in amateur league is very impressive but he had not first capped yet.
    1923 I also go for Morton. Nasazzi reached his peak during the second half 1920s to the first half 1930s.

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  6. great job as always, but in 1988 I disagree that time I had been following football and Van Basten played much more than any other player on earth in 1988, but it's a great job in this section

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    1. This list is rated base on seasonal year so 1988 means 1987 - 1988 season which Van Basten played only 11 Series A games and scored 3 goals, played in international club just 3 games.

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  7. Anonymous9/08/2014

    best ever winners doesn't quite match the list of best peak players.

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    1. I'm not sure about which list of "Best Ever Winners" you cite for. Could you make more specific word for me ?

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    2. Anonymous9/09/2014

      The Greatest Winners list on this page doesn't match best peak payers list and i think that it should because the peak list only considers one season, same as this.

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    3. OK I'd say the two lists is similar but still not the same. The best winners list is considered base on system of competition criteria and another list of highest peak is not take system into account just determine the whole peak regardless of competition they played. In example, players who did not play in international club because his team finished below eligible group would not be disadvantage as the system is not applied.

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    4. Anonymous9/09/2014

      Players who did not play in international club and world cup and so on don't have disadvantage in peak performance, but in best winners list it does matter, right?

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    5. Yes, the importance of difference is "Opportunity". As players' equity of opportunity in playing international competition is always an issue, the highest peak list give the equity to them.

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  8. Dear all friends, just add list of the most world-class years performers and the most consecutive world-class performers list.

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  9. Anonymous10/18/2014

    In greatest winners lis messi has P-P-SW and in 2012 list he has P-SW-SW for the same year. you need to edit that . also maradona 1986 is 4. in greatest winners list and has sw-na-p, but maradona in 1980 has p-na-p but that year is lower, why is that?

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    1. Yes, Messi's performance code is typed wrongly.
      I know your question about Maradona is very strong notification. SW-NA-P in 1986 beat P-NA-P in 1980 because P (NT) in 1986 which was held the World Cup is much more meaningful than 1980 (NT) which has no major tournament. In another sentence, P (NT) between two years is equal in class but actually not equal in amount of performance depend on level of competition standard. Although 1980 has a better domestic class (P) than that of 1986 (SW), it is considered not enough to compensate the NT difference.

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    2. Anonymous10/18/2014

      thanks

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  10. Anonymous10/18/2014

    can you explaint the difference between this most world class season list and most sustainable players list?

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    1. Very good question !

      Sustainable player mean consistency + longevity
      Most world-class players is just subset of sustainability. In example, player likes Maradona is not considered in top ten most sustainable players as his performance was much declined below his standard at 30 years old, means longevity base on standard of performance is below average. Anyway, I think I've overrated Romario so I need to update.

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  11. Anonymous10/28/2014

    you should update the table of winners

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  12. Anonymous11/08/2014

    In what stage of development is the greatest winners list?

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    1. Every lists in World Annual Award of the Century is being in the intermediate developing state.

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  13. Anonymous1/04/2015

    Can you explain the methodology behind the greatest winners list, i would like to exand it for myself.

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    1. It is just a basic determination, just check performance-class in relative years based on proportion of competition (Generally club part and NT part is equal and int.club is given in less weight) and ranked them in descending from the best.

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    2. Anonymous1/04/2015

      Ok, thanks.

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  14. Anonymous1/07/2015

    Messi's int. club in 2011 is sw but pele's and zico's who are behind him in The Greatest Footballer's International Club Season of All-Time have phenomenon??

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  15. Anonymous4/07/2015

    I saw that C.Ronaldo has received 3 silver medal, not 2

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  16. Anonymous4/29/2015

    Can you please explain or link why you think Beckenbauer in 72 has the 7th best int performance ever? I see he played only 2 matches. Where did you read that he was so phenomenal that he should be considered as the 7th best ever? Btw , Pele in 58 should be in top 3.

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    1. Pele in the 1958 is even below level of Didi and Kopa. Pele scored many goals but made no assists while Kopa scored 3 goals made 10 assists, twice timed more productive than Pele.
      The 1972 European championship was available in only twice game and I need to include the game since quarter-final round. It is always hard to compare players in different position within a short period of competition. The 1972 German team is one of the best ever and I consider Beckenbauer was the best player of the tournament ahead of Netzer and Muller who also achieved the top performance. Muller scored 4 goals in 2 games is a phenomenon record but as I see, the overall game direction is known to be much influenced by Beckenbauer. However, I wrote based on my unclear memory from what I saw clip video. I have a plan to review this list in the next months.

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    2. Anonymous5/19/2015

      Pele had 2 assists in wc58, and I think that Kopa had 9 not 10 but I'm not sure about that.

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    3. Anonymous5/21/2015

      Yes , Pele assisted 2. You can see that in Bella Kona's youtube chanel. Pele was without doubt the MVP of the 1958 tournament. I think even Fontaine was better than Kopa.

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  17. Anonymous6/09/2015

    1993- don balon ( Laudrup-3, Stoichkov whitout place in best 50), el mundo (Laudrup-2, Stoichkov-19), ballon d or (Laudrup-5, Stoichkov-14).

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    1. I agree and have revised according to your suggestion. Anyway, M.Laudrup was named in top 10 FIFA World Player of The Year when Romario finished second place and Stoichkov finish fifth place. I found it is too difficult to name Romario in top three. He had the best international club profile than the two but his domestic is rather inferior, participating only 25 games and scored only 22 goals in Eredivise. In the 1992 – 1992 seasonal year, Romario played only 2 games for Brazil and scored no goal despite the team scored 5 goals totally, it is disappointing impact of productivity.

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  18. Anonymous6/22/2015

    Why did Ronaldo and Messi get the same score for domestic club in 2014 when Ronaldo was the MVP and the Top Scorer of the league?

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    1. C.Ronaldo and Messi made the same number of Goals + Assists and the games played is equal. Messi was more contributed to his team than C.Ronaldo during the game creation.

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  19. sven rydell in mid 20's
    john hansen in late 40's

    can u check both of them ?

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    1. Svenn Rydell scored a ton of goals in NT career but mostly against lower level Nordic teams. Swedish league at that time is difficult to rate also. John Angelo Hansen ? His peak is belonged to the 1950s.

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  20. Romario had a spectacular performance in the Cup 94 Decisive It should be 3 forward johan

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    1. Sorry, I'm not understand what you said "it should be 3 forward Johan" ?

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    2. Sorry, do not write right, meant that this ranking
      The Greatest Footballer's International Tournament of All-Time
      Romario was better than Cruyff, 3rd in the performance of 94 World Cup

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  21. Rai was the best player in the WORLD in the year 92
    He won the Paulista Championship, Libertadores Cup and World against Barcelona
    Because it is not 1?

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    1. Rai is impossible to beat M.Laudrup in 1992. M.Laudrup clearly played football in higher technical and creative level. Rai won South American footballer of the year but did not acquire Bola de Oot uro. The fact of matter that Copa Libertadores Cup in early 1990s is much lower competitive standard than that of European Cup. Even so, it does not mean Sao Paolo cannot beat Barcelona by this logic since the intercontinental cup is provided only one match.

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  22. No no
    at that time the Copa Libertadores were the same level as the European Cup
    The Intercontinental Cup is proof
    São Paulo was better than Barcelona and Milan in 92.93?
    E Velez Sarsfield beat Milan on 94?
    The Intercontinental Cup was the decision that decided the best World team if they win surely was coz it was better
    Rai made two goals against Barcelona in this game, how do you explain that?

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    1. I don’t think so. Many top South American players had already been exported to Europe and it highly impacted on the team quality in overall. You shouldn’t consider only winner of intercontinental cup since it was played in only one game and the inferior team could apply the tactic extremely. Likes FA Cup, many inferior teams could beat superior team as usual.

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    2. If Milan and Barcelona was better because it did not win?
      So for his thesis the tactic used by St. Paul and Velez was better for it won the Intercontinental Cup
      And why did Raí better than Laudrup in 92

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    3. In case you decide based on only an intercontinental cup match, it is a rating for intercontinental cup not overall competitions, right ? In example, when Man Utd lost team form lower division in FA Cup, that means Man Utd would be rated in lower performance in overall season ?
      The knockout competition held a too few numbers to represent the entire benchmark between the team in different league.

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  23. Here in South America's most important competition is the Intercontinental Cup / Club World Cup

    Who wins this competition here at least is considered the World's Best Team and year

    But tell me then for its cuz criterion Barcelona he played a weak La Liga with just a good team that was Real Madrid, it was better than St. Paul who won the Brasiliero Championship playing against more than a good team like Vasco, Flamengo, Palmeiras, Corinthains

    What is your criterion to say that St. Paul was no better than Barcelona?

    In 92 we made 4x1 and 4x0 them at Real Madrid

    And Rai was the highlight of the team?

    I need to know your opinion

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    1. The early 1990s covers the year between 1990 and 1993. Sao Paolo won only one national domestic tile. Other ranks are 2nd,4th and 6th. Barcelona was number one in La Liga in consecutive three seasons (1990 – 1993) with additional half of season of the 1993 – 1994 that Barcelona also win the champion in the final table. Surely Campeonato Bresileiro has a higher standard but it is not that much different in benchmark Sao Paolo at 4th of Brazilian league equal to Barcelona at 1st of La Liga. Barcelona is clearly better domestically when Sao Paolo is also better in international club but not by much. Sao Paolo won two Copa Libertadores when Barcelona won once with additional quarter-final at the first half of the 1993 -1994 season).

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  24. OK

    Barcelona and Olympique won more international titles over the fairest would consider the Championship level

    While Barcelona only had one team of the same level and Olympique only it dominates France Sao Paulo at 93 played 98 games in year one Remember and so had no physical condition to win the Brazilian Championship that how you himself said has a much higher level than the other league

    Brazilian champions could be up to 8 times that also have to be taken into account

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  25. Anonymous12/29/2015

    Can you fulfill the table of medal? I just want to assess objectively the capability of each players. Thank you!

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    1. Sorry, I'm not clear which table would you want to assess ?

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  26. Anonymous1/11/2016

    I means the table of player's medals. I saw that there are 3 gold medal for Ronaldo de Lima and I still want you to fulfill the rest players into that table if you have time. Thanks!

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    1. OK, I try to find the free time for this work in any time of the future.

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  27. Anonymous2/06/2016

    Kaka was the best player in the world in 2007

    Would you are the only people in the world who doubt this?

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    1. It was a mistake to specify his MVP of series A in 2008. I will revise and he will be the first place in 2007.

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  28. Anonymous2/07/2016

    Ballon d'Or: 2007
    Onze d'Or: 2007
    Best player in the world by World Soccer: 2007
    World Player of the FIFPro: 2007
    FIFA World Player of the Year: 2007
    World's best playmaker of IFFHS: 2007
    UEFA Best Forward: 2007
    Player of the Year by UEFA: 2007
    ideal team in Europe (L'Equipe): 2005 and 2007
    Italian Silver Ball: 2007
    Oscar del Calcio Top scorer: 2004 and 2007
    Sportsman Latino of the Year by the IAAF: 2007
    UEFA Champions League: 2006-07 (10 goals)

    Kaka made three goals in Man United in the semifinals of the UCL in 2007
    Anyone in the world knows that he was undoubtedly the 2007 World Best

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  29. Hey buddy, Great job as always. I just wanted to point out a correction in the medals table:
    Ronaldo (Brazil) - 3 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze

    My offer to help you, in any way I can, still stands. Feel free to contact me if you would like some. (For example, just off the top of my head, I could help by editing your previous work or by helping write up the text for future work. I could also help in research or number crunching. The work you do is so wonderful and thorough I can only imagine the large volume of responsibility and labor required. I would be honored to help carry some of that burden so you can continue to do the wonderful work you have been doing.)
    Thanks again.
    -Solomon

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    1. Hi, Solomon

      If I understand correctly, I guess you're from Ethiopia ?
      I have to thank for your support and I'm sure I'll ask you for the assistance in the future.
      Please leave your contact e-mail to my e-mail xtralegend@gmail.com

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  30. Why is Cruyff 74 above Pele 70 in int tournaments? That is extremely counter intuitive.

    Pele had better passing accuracy and also much better pass acuracy in the opponents half(where it's harder). Cruyff dribbled much more players but the percentage for duels won is not very far(56.2%Cruyff,42.7%Pele). Cruyff had better defensive imput , while Pele socored 4 goals(compared to Cruyff 3) with one game less. Both created a huge amount of chances(36Cruyff , 28 Pele) with Cruyff being the better Crosser and Pele being the by far the more decisive creator having double the amount of assists(6 to 3). And if you go beyond sheer numbers the gap becomes huge as Pele's performance is a classic in every way in that WC. Even his misses were legendary(atempted lob from halfway , pele-dummy against Mazurkiwicz and save of the century against Banks). Not to mention that as a small factor, even tough we're speaking about individual performance , he even won the tournament , wich should count somewhat.

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    1. Cruyff was more dominant on his team than Pele as he was less supported by his teammates, being seen more often to conduct the ball by himself and even got deeper to midfield area to create the game. Cruyff in his peak was absolute indispensable fro Holland. You can check how much Holland got draw and Lost without Cruyff when Brazil was less impacted without Pele.

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    2. Anonymous7/16/2016

      Well Holland was more affected from Cruyff's absence because Brazil was better overall. Pele's Brazil is generaly regarded as the greatest team ever but that doesn't make Cruyff's performance better. Pele won it , he scored more , assisted twice more and even when missing have classic World Cup moments. Hands down better performance.

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  31. Anonymous6/29/2016

    How can Figo be ahead of Zidane in 2000 and 2001? And why Zidane is rated as 1st in 2003 (could be Henry or Nedved) and, especially, in 2006?

    Can you explain please? Don't get me wrong, Zidane is a great and elegant player, and was the World best player in 2000 and 2001, but i think that you overestimated him at the year 2006.

    Also, can you explain your position about the individual peak of the main players in 2002. The year of 2002 look me so undefined (Ronaldo, Zidane, Roberto Carlos, Kahn, Ballack or Rivaldo).

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    1. Sorry now I don’t have much time to reply so I would be best at just explain based on the performance rating system.
      In 2000, Zidane has a problem in international club part. He participated in UEFA Cup round of 32 only. That’s why Figo is very advantageous as he led Barcelona to semi-finalist. As well as 2001, Figo is much better in int.club while other competition are not wide gap between them. For 2003, it is actually a tough decision between Zidane and Nedved as they have a similar profile of performance but I rate Zidane in a higher peak when he performed superior technique and creativity to his club.
      2006 is also closed between Zidane and Ronaldinho but I think Ronaldinho played too bad in World Cup that led his rating is decreasingly down.

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  32. Anonymous7/14/2016

    Why isn't Pele 1th in 70? Both him and Jairzinho scored 11 goals at club level and Pele had clearly the World Cup MVP so how is he above O Rey?

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    1. Please tell me how many games Jairiznho played by each domestic competition. I 'm not sure but I just saw Pele was much declined in domestic career at that season.

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  33. Anonymous7/22/2016

    Sorry but I don't know the number of games. Pele was in decline compared to his standard but not to Jairzinho.
    According to France Football's Le nouveau palmarès , Pele was retroactively named World Player of the Year in 1970 , as they replaced their previous choice , Muller.

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  34. Anonymous4/26/2017

    Hi,

    I am glad you published your updated list, I have been waiting for this for a long time. Let me ask you three questions:
    1. In some cases (already in 1930) the order of the top players does not follow the number of points in the score column. Why is that?
    2. Would it be possible to show at least the Top5 in each year? It would be interesting to see which players came close to finishing in the Top3 each year.
    3. I hoped you would extend your list at least back to 1920. Do you have any calculations, or at least a subjective annual Top3 for the years between 1920 and 1929?

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    1. Hi, I would reply item by item

      1) It is just found to be incomplete. I already revise.
      2) For potential 4th and 5th place, it has been showed in European/Americas hall of fame although it does not cover all possible cases (such as the year either European or Americas won all three places)
      3) In the 1920s, the potential candidates have also been shown in European/Americas hall of fame and I’d prefer combine it in the World list because the international competition was too limited at that time and no key evidence to compare playing standard between nations.

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  35. Anonymous4/30/2017

    In "The Most Consecutive World-Class Year Performers", Messi has 8 years (2008-2015), but he deserves 9 years (2008-2016). And you have to put the table of the 2014-2016 years after the 2009-2013 years.

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  36. Anonymous6/21/2017

    How can Zidane be behind Henry in 2006 when they have the same performance class in every club competition but Zidane has higher class in world cup?

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    1. Because Henry's performance in UCL is much better than Zidane as Arsenal reached final match.

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  37. Anonymous6/29/2017

    How many goals did Sindelar scored in 35. I see you rated him world player of the season.

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    1. A guy in xtratime.org gave me a link of his career statistics but I don't remember the link well and it need time to search. Anyway I remember he should score around 25 - 30 goals at that season, not very prolific but he was more creative than productive.

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    2. Anonymous6/29/2017

      http://www.level-k.com

      Is this the link?

      As I see here, that year isn't recorded and his highest scoring season ever is 1933/34 with 23 goals. That would mean that 35 is his highest scoring season ever?

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    3. Oh, OK, I think it is not accurate for his domestic career as I did not get the goals stats but Austria Wienna scored only 38 goals in the entire season of 1934 - 1935. I think I overrate him. Saorosi should be superior. Anyway, there seems to be not many great candidates at that year.

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    4. Anonymous7/03/2017

      Ted Drake and Alex James are the best candides for that season apart from Sarosi.

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    5. They both are better than Sarosi in league games but it is too difficult to rate players without international appearances very high.

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  38. Anonymous7/05/2017

    Ronaldo is unanimously agreed as best player of this season hands down. The odds for him winning the Ballon d'Or are 1.02, the lowest ever.

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    1. That is much depend on criteria. As he participated only 77 % of league games (my criteria allowed at least 90 % to get full participation so he obtain 92.5 %) as well as his major absence in Copa Del Rey, he is rather disadvantageous.

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  39. Anonymous7/05/2017

    Some revision then maybe, because apearently he is clear cut winner.

    Also in 2013 he should be no.1 He was the UCL Best Player, not Ribery as you list him. Ribery wasn't even in top 70 best players in that UCL season according to whoscored based on objective statistics.

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    1. OK, I agree C.Ronaldo performed as the best player in UCL in 2013. When I revise score, Ribery still lead C.Ronaldo by margin. I don;'t tale whoscore rating much as it take only quantitative stats not qualitative. I'm sure Ribery was playing well enough to be rated in world-class in that UCL season.

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    2. Anonymous7/07/2017

      In don't understand the rating. League OW vs OW, Cup SW vs SI , UCL SW vs OW , Int. Country OW vs OW and yet Ribery still obtains higher rating? Ronaldo was better in league, Cup, UCL and NT. How can Ribery be better? He should be ahead of even Messi(even won all the WPOTY titles).

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    3. You just read the criteria at the top of the page where you can see point range for each class but I've not specified score in the table. Anyway, in this case, Score is provided as below
      Domestic League C.Ronaldo 83, Ribery 83
      Domestic Cup : C.Ronaldo 90 (x0.95 for 2nd place), Ribery 78.5
      UCL : C.Ronaldo 87 (x0.9 for semi-finalst), Ribery 81.5
      NT : C.Ronaldo 83.5, Ribery 83

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    4. Anonymous7/07/2017

      According to this , Ronaldo had the better season. Don't know what I'm missing.

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    5. UCL 87 x 0.9 = 78.3 for C.Ronaldo < 81.5 for Ribery

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  40. Anonymous7/06/2017

    You wrote in table that Barcelona was first and Real was second in domestic league in 2017. Need to fix that.

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  41. Anonymous7/08/2017

    Bundesliga MVP in 2017 was Emil Frosberg. And 2nd place Aubameyang, not Lewa.

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  42. Anonymous7/09/2017

    Kaka definetly wasn't Serie A MVP in 2007 and neither does he deserve SW as it wasn't even in his top 3 Serie A seasons. The best player that season was Totti.

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    1. OK, I agree but he remains the first place although I have rated him down to supreme-International-class.

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  43. Anonymous7/10/2017

    Wow, you actually chose Lewandowski. He's certainly an option, but I think that Kroos is still criminally underrated, and Modrić had poorer first half of the season just like Ronaldo, so My top 10 would be: 1. Messi 2. Ronaldo 3. Kroos 4. Modrić 5. Lewandowski 6. Marcelo 7. Neymar 8. Suarez 9. Hazard 10. Thiago Alcantara

    What do you tjink?

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    1. Toni Kroos played quite well in UCL but he made only 3 assists and 1 goal in total 14 international club games. That is very low productive. Modric made only 2 assists as well.

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