Americas Football Hall of Fame




All-Time Americas Squad


Goalkeeper
Defender
Midfielder
Forward
Ubaldo Fillol
(Argentina)
Gilmar (Brazil)
Djalma Santos (Brazil)
Nilton Santos (Brazil)
Daniel Passarella (Argentina) (Captain)
Elias Figueroa (Chile)
Jose Leandro Andrade
(Uruguay)
Roberto Carlos (Brazil)
Jose Santamaria (Uruguay)
Luis Monti (Argentina)
Falcao
(Brazil)
Zizinho (Brazil)
Didi (Brazil)
Jose Manuel Moreno (Argentina)
Zico (Brazil)
Garrincha (Brazil)
Diego Maradona
(Argentina)
Alfredo Di Stefano
(Argentina)
Lionel Messi (Argentina)
Pele (Brazil)
Ronaldo (Brazil)
Romario (Brazil)


Manager : Helenio Herrera (Argentina)



 
Formation XI (4-1-3-2)



Explanation of Formation

The team strategy is advanced defensive line with off-side trap to support the vacancy of the midfield area. Fillol stands as a goalkeeper. Nilton Santos would extremely go advanced to support the wing-area as Maradona tend to be based on semi-side or central area than the wing. Djalma Santos is balanced operator. Passarella acts as an advanced libero to support midfield area at the offensive possession. Figueroa is strongly an expectable defender of the team. Di Stefano has a central midfielder role, would extremely stop the opponent’s game and also controls the rhythm of team concisely. Maradona performs semi-side attacking midfielder, would mainly run across between midfield to forward line. Garrincha always shows his phenomenon dribbling on the right-wing. Zico is positioned in a three-quarter area and would dangerously beat opponents or scores from the secondary line. Pele and Messi would coordinate together or conduct the ball by themselves from the deep-lying forward area to the top zone.     

Statistics By Nations

Brazil       : 12
Argentina : 8
Uruguay : 1
Chile : 1
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Eras Greatest Americas Footballers

10s : Arthur Friedenreich
20s : Hector Scarone (1st Half), Jose Leandro Andrade (2nd Half)
30s : Luis Monti (1st Half), Arsenio Erico (2nd Half)
40s : Jose Manuel Moreno (1st Half), Zizinho (2nd Half)
50s : Juan Schiaffino (1st Half), Didi (2nd Half)
60s : Pele 
70s : Rivelino (1st Half), Daniel Passarella (2nd Half)
80s : Zico (1st Half), Diego Maradona (2nd Half)
90s : Romario (1st Half), Ronaldo (2nd Half)
00s : Ronaldinho (1st Half), Lionel Messi (2nd Half)
10s : Lionel Messi (1st Half)


The Greatest Americas Footballers of All-Time

*Remark : Update for 2016 season



Substitution List

Gabriel Batistuta (Argentina)Domingos Da Guia (Brazil)
Omar Corbatta (Argentina)
Arsenio Erico (Paraguay)
Angel Labruna (Argentina)
Luis Alberto Suarez (Uruguay)
Mario Kempes (Argentina)
Jose Nasazzi (Uruguay)

By Nations

Brazil : 24, Argentina : 17, Uruguay : 6, Others : 3




Americas Footballer of The Year


Winner
Runner-Up
Third Place
1911
Jose Piendibene


1912
Arthur Friedenreich
1913
Alberto Ohaco
1914
Alberto Ohaco
1915
Alberto Ohaco
1916
Isabelino Gradin
1917
Hector Scarone
1918
Arthur Friedenreich
1919
Arthur Friedenreich
1920
Angel Romano
1921
Hector Scarone
1922
Manuel Seoane
1923
Jose Nasazzi
1924
Pedro Petrone
1925
Manuel Seoane
1926
Jose Leandro Andrade
Manuel Fleitas Solich
1927
Jose Leandro Andrade
Raimundo Orsi
1928
Hector Scarone
Pedro Petrone
1929
Aulerio Gonzalez
Manuel Ferreira
1930
Luis Monti
Jose Nasazzi
1931
Raimundo Orsi
Luis Monti
1932
Raimundo Orsi
Pedro Petrone
1933
Luis Monti
Raimundo Orsi
1934
Luis Monti
Raimundo Orsi
1935
Jose Nasazzi
Anibal Ciocca
1936
Carlos Peucelle
Enrique Guaita
Anibal Ciocca
1937
Arsenio Erico
Jose Manuel Moreno
Vicente De La Mata
1938
Arsenio Erico
Leonidas Da Silva
Jose Manuel Moreno
1939
Arsenio Erico
Jose Manuel Moreno
Teodoro Fernandez
1940
Leonidas Da Silva
Jose Manue Moreno
Herminio Masantonio
1941
Jose Manuel Moreno
Antonio Sastre
Adolfo Pedernera
1942
Jose Manuel Moreno
Adolfo Pedernera
Obdulio Varela
1943
Adolfo Pedernera
Antonio Sastre
Heleno de Frietas
1944
Domingos Da Guia
Obdulio Varela
Angel Labruna
1945
Zizinho
Rinaldo Martino
Heleno de Frietas
1946
Adolfo Pedernera
Zizinho
Angel Labruna
1947
Alfredo Di Stefano
Felix Loustau
Rene Pontoni
1948
Danilo Alvim
Zizinho
Felix Loustau
1949
Zizinho
Ademir De Menezes
Jair Da Rosa
1950
Ademir De Menezes
Zizinho
Juan Schiaffino
1951
Alfredo Di Stefano
Valeriano Lopez
Zizinho
1952
Juan Schiaffino
Alfredo Di Stefano
Julinho
1953
Nilton Santos
Juan Schiaffino
Julinho
1954
Alfredo Di Stefano
Julinho
Jose Santamaria
1955
Alfredo Di Stefano
Juan Schiaffino
Enrique Hormazabal
1956
Juan Schiaffino
Alfredo Di Stefano
Didi
1957
Alfredo Di Stefano
Didi
Omar Sivori
1958
Didi
Pele
Garrincha
1959
Alfredo Di Stefano
Pele
Omar Corbatta
1960
Omar Sivori
Garrincha
Jose Sanfilippo
1961
Pele
Garrincha
Omar Sivori
1962
Garrincha
Pele
Alberto Spencer
1963
Pele
Pepe
Luis Artime
1964
Pele
Ermindo Onega
Luis Artime
1965
Pele
Ermindo Onega
Pedro Rocha
1966
Luis Artime
Pedro Rocha
Silvio Marzolini
1967
Pedro Rocha
Jairzinho
Oscar Mas
1968
Pele
Jairzinho
Gerson
1969
Pele
Tostao
Carlos Alberto
1970
Jairzinho
Tostao
Pele
1971
Tostao
Hector Chumpitaz
Teofilo Cubillas
1972
Teofilo Cubillas
Rivelino
Pedro Rocha
1973
Rivelino
Miguel Brindisi
Hugo Sotil
1974
Elias Figueroa
Ricardo Bochini
Mario Kempes
1975
Ricardo Bochini
Elias Figueroa
Teofilo Cubillas
1976
Daniel Passarella
Zico
Elias Figueroa
1977
Zico
Teofilo Cubillas
Reinaldo
1978
Mario Kempes
Daniel Passarella
Falcao
1979
Zico
Diego Maradona
Falcao
1980
Zico
Diego Maradona
Daniel Passarella
1981
Zico
Diego Maradona
Falcao
1982
Zico
Falcao
Junior
1983
Zico
Socrates
Diego Maradona
1984
Zico
Falcao
Enzo Francescoli
1985
Diego Maradona
Junior
Daniel Passarella
1986
Diego Maradona
Careca
Enzo Francescoli
1987
Diego Maradona
Hugo Sanchez
Carlos Valderrama
1988
Diego Maradona
Hugo Sanchez
Enzo Francescoli
1989
Diego Maradona
Careca
Hugo Sanchez
1990
Diego Maradona
Hugo Sanchez
Claudio Caniggia
1991
Gabriel Batistuta
Ivan Zamorano
Oscar Ruggeri
1992
Rai
Bebeto
Enzo Francescoli
1993
Romario
Bebeto
Cafu
1994
Romario
Bebeto
Fernando Redondo
1995
Gabriel Batistuta
Ronaldo
Leonardo
1996
Ronaldo
Jose Luis Chilavert
Gabriel Batistuta
1997
Ronaldo
Romario
Roberto Carlos
1998
Ronaldo
Rivaldo
Marcelo Salas
1999
Rivaldo
Gabriel Batistuta
Hernan Crespo
2000
Rivaldo
Gabriel Batistuta
Juan Sebastian Veron
2001
Rivaldo
Juan Sebastian Veron
Juan Roman Riquelme
2002
Roberto Carlos
Rivaldo
Ronaldo
2003
Ronaldo
Roberto Carlos
Ronaldinho
2004
Ronaldinho
Kaka
Adriano
2005
Ronaldinho
Adriano
Juan Roman Riquelme
2006
Ronaldinho
Kaka
Juan Roman Riquelme
2007
Kaka
Ronaldinho
Robinho
2008
Kaka
Lionel Messi
Javier Zanetti
2009
Lionel Messi
Kaka
Diego Forlan
2010
Lionel Messi
Diego Forlan
Luis Alberto Suarez
2011
Lionel Messi
Luis Alberto Suarez
Radamel Falcao
2012
Lionel Messi
Neymar
Radamel Falcao
2013
Lionel Messi
Neymar
Luis Alberto Suarez
2014
Lionel Messi
Luis Alberto Suarez
James Rodriguez
2015
Lionel Messi
Neymar
Alexis Sanchez
2016
Lionel Messi
Luis Alberto Suarez
Neymar
2017
Lionel Messi
Luis Alberto Suarez
Neymar

 Table of Medal (Since 1936)



Name
Gold
Silver
Bronze
Messi
9
1
0
Zico
7
1
0
Maradona
6
3
1
Pele
6
3
0
Di Stefano
6
2
0
Ronaldo
4
1
1
Rivaldo
3
1
1
Ronaldinho
3
1
1
Erico
3
0
0
J.M. Moreno
2
3
1
Zizinho
2
3
1
Schiaffino
2
2
1



Nation
Gold
Silver
Bronze
Brazil
41
41
24
Argentina
41
28
28
RLA
25
14
30

32 comments:

  1. Anonymous4/30/2014

    Congratulations to this compilation.

    I detected a possible mistake: in 1944 you list Obdulio Varela as the 2nd best American player, yet in another thread at Big Soccer members forum this year you selected Severino Varela as the best player from Uruguay.
    Which is correct?
    Or did you change your mind in the meantime?

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    1. Very thanks for noticeable a mistake ! It must be Obdulio Varela in 1944 as the best Uruguayan player.
      I've revised the same list in Bigsoccer
      http://xtralegend.blogspot.com/2013/01/Rest-of-Latin-Americas.html

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  2. Anonymous8/25/2014

    There is absolutely no way James Rodrigues should be third for 2014. He may have been good in the World Cup but he was not world class in overall season. I suggest Di Maria, since he was world class and witthout a doubt had a better season. Other than Di Maria I would suggest Artiro Vidal for 3rd. He has been world class for the last 2 seasons and was overall much better than James this season. There are a number of other players who had better overall seasons. For example thiago silva, tevez, etc. Even his teammate Cuadrado had a similar level throughout the season. James may have been very good in 4 games at the World Cup but that is no reason to classify his entire season as world class, certainly not above Vidal or Di Maria. Regards

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  3. Anonymous8/25/2014

    I don't think Suarez should be 3rd for 2011. He was the best player at the Copa America(a terrible Copa America) but he was not world class in overall season. Not sure to suggest since it was a poor year for South Amaerican players. Falcao was probably better.

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    1. I’d not deny he wasn’t a world-class player in that season in both eredivise and premier league. Likes you said, it was low competitive seasonal year. I also consider Falcao was still not a world-class one in Portuguese League and his NT is clearly inferior to L.Suarez.

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    2. Anonymous8/26/2014

      But If you take into account Europa League, I would rank him ahead.

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  4. Anonymous8/25/2014

    I meant that Suarez shouldn't be in the top 3 for 2010. Not sure who I would have ahead. Maybe Higuian. He scored 27 in the league.

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    1. Players in lower standard league are always underrated and overlooked. I’d not specify his world-class status in that year but at least he was Ajax player of the year and played well in all competitions (Eredivisie, Dutch Cup, Int.Club and World Cup). Iguain could be better in domestic league but he was poor in Spanish Cup and UEFA Champion League. In World Cup, Suarez is still superior to Inguain.

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  5. Anonymous6/21/2015

    I think that you have to put Ronaldo instead of Garrincha in the Best XI. And the formation will be something like this: Di Stéfano like a Central Holding Midfielder, Maradona and Zico both in the Offensive Midfielder position, Pelé like a forward in the left, Messi like a forward in the right and Ronaldo will be the main Striker.

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  6. Disparaging Romario again! In 2000 Romario was the best player in the WORLD MADE MORE THAN 60 GOALS IN THE YEAR OF BRAZILIAN CHAMPIONSHIP IN ADDITION TO TITLES

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    1. He scored many goals in state championship and when consider average goal per game (0.78), it is not outstanding enough. His NT career is nothing but superb, scoring 7 goals in only 2 games in WC qualifying but only two matches is too few to put him among the best.

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    2. Romario was the top scorer in the World that year

      You saw what he did in the Mercosur Cup 2000?
      and the Brazilian Championship 2000?

      Messi scored more than 90 goals in 2012 playing in the Spanish league and was considered the best player in the world

      His artillery in 2000

      Copa Mercosur: 2000 - (11 goals) (Vasco da Gama)
      Brazilian Championship: 2000 - (20 goals)
      Carioca championship: 2000 - (19 goals) (Vasco da Gama)

      Outside the game Palmeiras 3x4 Vasco you saw his performance on the field?

      Gunner largest in the world in the 2000 season - (76 goals)

      He deserved a little more consideration

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    3. I didn’t watch Romario in the 2000 Copa Mercosur because I think it is not need when consider his general profile. The Copa Mercosur is still much lower prestigious than Copa Libertadores Cup. It was created to make more TV money to participants. Copa Mercosur is not qualified based on performance in the league, just an invitation for top traditional clubs, is also competed by 5 nations, no Peruvian, Colombian and Ecuadorian clubs. Even the competition is participated by top clubs from those five nations, it is much less important tournament than Copa Libertadores Cup which already allowed five Brazilian clubs to participate in 2000.
      When compare to Batistuta and Veron who superbly performed in top standard of competition likes Series A and both made great performance in international club and NT career also, there is no space for Romario in top three.

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    4. This is an ABSURD !

      Romario won the Brazilian Championship 2000 with teams such as Palmeiras, Corinthians, Sao Paulo, Cruzeiro Grêmio

      Did you watch the World Cup 2000 clubs?

      The final was between Corinthians and Vasco x NOT between Manchester-Real Madrid

      The 2000 Brasieiro Championship had a high level like the Italian Championship was only 4 good teams

      Romario was rather better than Batistuta in 2000 only EUROPEAN NOT SEEN HIM PLAY is speaking this

      I saw him play and say that it was better

      As for Mercosur Cup had Argentine teams that are much better than Bolivian clubs here in America nobody cared for Copa Merconorte but here the Mercosur Cup had the same level as the Recopa Européis

      Libertadores in that time only the Brazilian Champion and Brazil Cup were classified only 2 times

      Mercosur already met classified the 2nd to 4th place in the Brazil Championchip

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    5. I’m sure Man Utd and Arsenal would have beaten the Brazilian clubs the tournament if held in England. So your assumption is that everyone who saw Romario played must be agree ? I suggest you to make a survey poll by people from several nations not only Brazil.
      The standard of the cup is a matter and the importance of tournament is another matter. As Mercosur Cup was held in a short time in history and the participation has no qualification system, it could not be much important in overall history of South American international club. It would be unfair to players in the era without Mercosur cup if overrate this tournament.

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    6. That you're English is overestimating teams of England
      Manchester won the Intercontinental Cup 99 with Palmeiras being slightly better
      The Copa Mercosur met at the time the qualifying 2 a4º the Brasileirão which now go to the Copa Libertadores by classification is
      Arsenal in my view was not all that out of England has never won one Champions
      And in 2000 the champion of Champions Real Madrid also lost the game to Boca Juniors in Tokyo
      We can not be thinking of possibilities that this tournament was in England
      We have to take into account only what really happened and this tournament takes place in Brazil and the Brazilian teams were better than big European teams

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    7. That is actually not related to possibility to play in anywhere but the tournament was held in Brazil as a trial and after then it was not allowed to play in Brazil anymore. So, what to do with a trial tournament that held in South Americas and never held in Europe for entire tournament ? Other tournaments all are held in Japan or two legs with alternation between Europe and South America. It was a trial tournament which is less important than the others due to its abnormal format of host status. This case is an abnormal advantage and should not be applied to the rating equal to the others. You should praise Romario performance against higher and more justice standard of competition.

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    8. But I analyzed with justice

      Serie A had good times at the time: Rome, Milan, Inter, Lazio, Parma, Juventus

      And in the Brazilian Championship: Vasco, São Caetano (Surprise of the season), São Paulo, Corinthians, Palmeiras, Flamengo, Gremio, athletic, Fluminense,Cruzeiro

      It was a Playoff Championship which is more unpredictable than consecutive points

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  7. Anonymous11/14/2015

    In the Table of Medal (Since 1936)

    Why is not Ronaldinho? If you located the winner in 2004, 2005, 2006, and third place and second place in 2003 and 2007 respectively.

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    1. OK, thanks, that is an omission of Ronaldinho in the table

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  8. Anonymous12/06/2015

    Why do you think Ronaldinho among the best in 2007 ?


    Why do you think Kaká better than Messi in 2008?

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    1. Ronaldinho was declining in 2007 but still not lower than his average. Also, there was not many great candidates in that year.

      This is seasonal year of 2007 - 2008 not calendar year and I'm sure Messi was much less influential to his team according to that year.

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  9. Anonymous1/17/2016

    2015?
    Messi
    Neymar
    Luis Suárez

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  10. Orsi in best 11... He has a fantastic palmares...

    https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raimundo_Orsi

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  11. Anonymous6/15/2017

    Di Maria should be no.1 in 2014. He was named Argentine Player of the Year ahead of Messi and rightfully so.

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  12. Anonymous8/01/2017

    Hi,

    What did Domingos da Guia achieve in 1944 to earn the No 1 spot?

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    1. Sorry for late reply. It is not confidential that 1940s Brazilian players rating is subjective but Domingos Da Guia was arguably during his peak career.

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    2. Anonymous8/04/2017

      I thought you had a point system for the 1940s for South America, a continent not affected by the war.
      Many people regard Carioca champion Zizinho as the best both in 1943 and 1944.
      In your annual Top3 player list you have total scores for South American players until 1942.
      Do not you plan to extend that point system, at least for South America, between 1943 and 1946 as well?

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    3. In that period, there were many leagues not held. I think the World Player of the year is somewhat meaningless.

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  13. Anonymous8/05/2017

    I understand it is meaningless to choose the World Player of the year between 1943 and 1946.
    But what about calculating points just for South American players?
    In 1942 Moreno has 74.4, ahead of Pedernera with 72.0; which of course coincides with your American ranking.
    It would be good to see similar points for South American players between 1943 and 1946, to see why they were ranked in that particular order.

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