Each voter was asked to select an Xl in a 4-4-2 formation and name, in no particular order, their five top managers of all time.

The Greatest XI:

Lev Yashin

Cafu

Paolo Maldini

Bobby Moore

Franz Beckenbauer

Johan Cruyff

Alfredo di Stefano

Zinedine Zidane

Diego Maradona

Pele

Lionel Messi

 

By position

Goalkeepers

Lev Yashin (Soviet Union) 31

Gordon Banks (England) 6

Dino Zoff (Italy) 6

Gianluigi Buffon (Italy) 5

Peter Schmeichel (Denmark) 5

Iker Casillas (Spain) 4

Sepp Maier (West Germany) 3

Pat Jennings (Northern Ireland) 2

Oliver Kahn (Germany) 2

Edwin Van der Sar (Holland) 2

Amadeo Carrizo (Argentina) 1

Petr Cech (Czech Republic) 1

Michel Preud’homme (Belgium) 1

Walter Zenga (Italy) 1

 

Full Backs

Paolo MaIdini (Italy) 48

Cafu (Brazil) 24

Carlos Alberto (Brazil) 18

Roberto Carlos (Brazil) 13

Djalma Santos (Brazil) 11

Giacinto Facchetti (Italy) 7

Nilton Santos (Brazil) 6

Berti Vogts (West Germany) 4

Lilian Thuram (France) 3

Ruud Krol (Holland) 2

Victor Rodriguez Andrade (Uruguay) 2

Karl-Heinz Schnellinger (West Germany) 2

Andreas Brehme (West Germany) 1

Paul Breitner (West Germany) 1

Dani Alves (Brazil) 1

Claudio Gentile (Italy) 1

Phillip Lahm (Germany) 1

Bixente Lizerazu (France) 1

Danny McGrain (Scotland) 1

Javier Zanetti (Argentina) 1

 

Central Defenders

Franz Beckenbauer (West Germany) 68

Bobby Moore (England) 23

Franco Baresi (Italy) 22

Daniel Passarella (Argentina) 4

Fabio Cannavaro (Italy) 3

John Charles (Wales) 3

Marcel Desailly (France) 3

Paul McGrath (Republic of Ireland) 3

Giuseppe Bergomi (Italy) 2

Jack Charlton (England) 1

Riccardo Ferri (Italy) 1

Elias Figueroa (Chile) 1

Fernando Hierro (Spain) 1

Alessandro Nesta (Italy) 1

Roberto Rosato (Italy) 1

Jose Santamaria (Uruguay/Spain) 1

Georg Schwarzenbeck (West Germany) 1

Gaetano Scirea (Italy) 1

John Terry (England) 1

Obdulio Varela (Uruguay) 1

Billy Wright (England) 1

 

Midfielders

Diego Maradona (Argentina) 64

Johan Cruyff (Holland) 58

Zinedine Zidane (France) 28

Alfredo Di Stefano (Argentina/Spain) 24

Michel Platini (France) 18

Garrincha (Brazil) 15

George Best (Northern Ireland) 12

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) 7

Bobby Charlton (England) 5

Lothar Matthaus (West Germany) 5

Andres Iniesta (Spain) 4

Xavi (Spain) 4

Didi (Brazil) 3

Socrates (Brazil) 3

Roberto Baggio (Italy) 2

Toninho Cerezo (Brazil) 2

Francisco Gento (Spain) 2

Ryan Giggs (Wales) 2

Stanley Matthews (England) 2

Johan Neeskens (Holland) 2

Rivelino (Brazil) 2

Zico (Brazil) 2

Liam Brady (Republic of Ireland) 1

Zoltan Czibor (Hungary) 1

Roberto Donadoni (Italy) 1

Luis Figo (Portugal) 1

Jairzinho (Brazil) 1

Roy Keane (Republic of Ireland) 1

Grzegorz Lato (Poland) 1

Claude Makelele (France) 1

Luis Monti (Argentina/Italy) 1

Pavel Nedved (Czech Republic) 1

Gunter Netzer (West Germany) 1

Fernando Redondo (Argentina) 1

Rob Rensenbrink (Holland) 1

Frank Rijkaard (Holland)  1

Bryan Robson (England) 1

Ronaldinho (Brazil) 1

Juan Schiaffino (Uruguay/Italy) 1

 

Strikers

Pele (Brazil) 56

Lionel Messi (Argentina) 46

Ferenc Puskas (Hungary) 11

Ronaldo (Brazil) 9

Marco Van Basten (Holland) 5

Gerd Muller (West Germany) 4

Oleg Blokhin (Soviet Union) 2

Eusebio (Portugal) 2

Guiseppe Meazza (Italy) 1

Luigi Riva (Italy) 1

Romario (Brazil) 1

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (West Germany) 1

Andriy Shevchenko (Ukraine) 1

 

 

Panel

Paddy Agnew, World Soccer, Italy

Team: Jennings, Thuram, Beckenbauer, Moore, Maldini, Cruyff, Neeskens, Zidane, Messi, Maradona, Van Basten

Manager: Mourinho, Lippi, Michels, Pozzo, Weisz

 

 

Marco Ansaldo, La Stampa, Italy

Team: Zoff, Vogts, Passerella, Beckenbauer, Maldini, Garrincha, Neeskens, Maradona, Rivelino, Van Basten, Pele

Manager: Kovacs, Happel, Sacchi, Guardiola, Michels

 

 

Philippe Auclair, France Football

Team: Yashin, Cafu, Beckenbauer, Moore, Fachetti, Garrincha, Di Stefano, Platini, Blokhin, Pele, Cruyff

Manager Chapman, Herrera, Hogan, Lobanovskyi, Ferguson

 

 

Patrick Barclay, London Evening Standard, England

Team: Buffon, Cafu, Beckenbauer, Moore, Maldini, Messi, Platini, Di Stefano, Cruyff, Pele, Maradona

Manager: Trappatoni, Lippi, Pozzo, Chapman, Mourinho

 

 

Colin Benjamin, Dominica

Team: Yashin, Carlos Alberto, Moore, Baresi, Maldini, Best, Beckenbauer, Di Stefano, Cruyff, Pele, Maradona

Manager: Ferguson, Michels, Clough, Paisley, Lippi

 

 

Nick Bidwell, World Soccer, Germany

Team: Banks, Djalma Santos, Beckenbauer, Baresi, Facchetti, Matthews, Didi, Platini, Maradona, Pele, Di Stefano

Manager: Zagallo, Sacchi, Michels, Busby, Happel

 

 

Fredi Bobic, former Germany international

Team: Zoff, Cafu, Beckenbauer, Maldini, Brehme, Figo, Maradona, Pele, Cruyff, Messi, Muller

Manager: Ferguson, Hitzfeld, Mourinho, Lattek, Wenger

 

 

Zbigniew Boniek, former Poland international

Team: Buffon, Carlos Alberto, Beckenbauer, Scirea, Facchetti, Lato, Platini, Zidane, Messi, Cruyff, Maradona

Manager Trapattoni, Lobanovskyi, Piechniczek, Guardiola, Mourinho

 

 

Packie Bonner, former Rep Ireland international

Team: Jennings, McGrain, Moore, McGrath, Maldini, Maradona, Keane, Cruyff, Messi, Pele, Best

Manager: Zagallo, Ferguson, Beckenbauer, Michels, J Charlton

 

 

Francois Colin, De Standaard, Belgium

Team: Preud’homme, Carlos Alberto, Beckenbauer, Moore, Maldini, Socrates, Di Stefano, Messi, Maradona, Pele, Cruyff

Manager: Ferguso, Paisley, Sacchi, Cruyff, Santana

 

 

Mike Collett, Reuters, England

Team: Jennings, Moore, Gentile, Beckenbauer, Maldini, Cruyff, Platini, Zidane, Messi, Pele, Maradona

Manager: Ferguson, Mourinho, Michels, Chapman, Guttmann

 

 

Sean Creedon, World Soccer, Rep Ireland

Team: Yashin, Cafu, Beckenbauer, McGrath, Maldini, Best, Messi, Maradona, Brady, Pele, Cruyff

Manager: Ferguson, Mourinho, Lippi, Michels, Clough

 

 

Peterjon Cresswell, World Soccer, Hungary

Team: Yashin, Vogts, Beckenbauer, Baresi, Maldini, Cruyff, Netzer, Platini, Puskas, Pele, Maradona

Manager: Santana, Weisweiler, Happel, Herberger, Sacchi

 

 

Steve Darby, coach, Vietnam

Team: Banks, Cafu, Baresi, Moore, Maldini, Cruyff, Robson, Di Stefano, Best, Maradona, Messi

Manager: Shankly, Paisley, Ferguson, Lobanovskyi, Sacchi

 

 

Jan-Hermen De Bruijn, Elf, Holland

Team: Yashin, Schnellinger, Beckenbauer, Moore, Roberto Carlos, Maradona, Pele, Cruyff, Best, Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo

Manager: Herrera, Lobanovskyi, Michels, Mourinho, Guadiola

 

 

Jaap de Groot, De Telegraaf, Holland

Team: Casillas, Carlos Alberto, Beckenbauer, Moore, Maldini, Zidane, Platini, Cruyff, Iniesta, Pele, Maradona

Manager: Michels, Santana, Beckenbauer, Ferguson, Del Bosque

 

 

Martin Del Palacio Langer, World Soccer, Mexico

Team: Yashin, Cafu, Beckenbauer, Desailly, Maldini, Platini, Iniesta, Maradona, Cruyff, Messi, Pele

Manager: Ferguson, Lobanovskyi, Sacchi, Guttman, Guardiola

 

 

Klaas-Jan Droppert, World Soccer, Holland

Team: Yashin, Djalma Santos, Beckenbauer, Schwarzenbeck, Maldini, Messi, Zidane, Maradona, Puskas, Cruyff, Pele

Manager: Michels, Herrera, Chapman, Guttmann, Shankly

 

 

Jerzy Dudek, TV pundit, Poland

Team: Casillas, Roberto Carlos, Gentile, Beckenbauer, Maldini, Ronaldinho, Platini, Zidane, Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi, Maradona

Manager: Ferguson, Mourinho, Benitez, Houllier, Beenhakker

 

 

John Duerden, World Soccer, South Korea

Team: Buffon, Vogts, Beckenbauer, Baresi, Maldini, Garrincha, Cruyff, Maradona, Best, Pele, Messi

Manager: Ferguson, Clough, Michels, Guardiola, Herrera

 

 

Paul Gardner, World Soccer, United States

Team: Banks, Carlos Alberto, Moore, Figeroa, Nilton Santos, Cruyff, Maradona, Rivelino, Pele, Romario

Manager: Santana, Menotti, Del Bosque, Michels, Bearzot

 

 

Philippe Germain, World Soccer, Canada

Team: Casillas, Carlos Alberto, Beckenbauer, Baresi, Maldini, Garrincha, Maradona, Zidane, Gento, Pele, Puskas

Manager: Ferguson, Michels, Trapattoni, Herrera, Pozzo

 

 

Brian Glanville, World Soccer, England

Team: Banks, Rodriguez Andrade, Varela, Beckenbauer, Breitner, Garrincha, Cruyff, Maradona, Messi, Di Stefano, Pele

Manager: Michels, Bearzot, Pozzo, Chapman, Ferguson

 

 

Mark Gleeson, World Soccer, South Africa

Team: Schmeichel, Carlos Alberto, Krol, Beckenbauer, Maldini, Xavi, Cruyff, Zidane, Messi, Maradona, Pele

Manager: Michels, Guttmann, Mourinho, Schon, Shankly

 

 

Rex Gowar, Reuters, Argentina

Team: Carrizo, Carlos Alberto, Beckenbauer, Passarella, Maldini, Messi, Zidane, Cruyff, Maradona, Di Stefano, Pele

Manager: Michels, Zagallo, Feola, Bielsa, Menotti

 

 

Victor Gusev, World Soccer, Russia

Team: Yashin, Carlos Alberto, Beckenbauer, Terry, Maldini, Giggs, Cruyff, Zidane, Platini, Maradona, Pele

Manager: Michels, Herrera, Guttmann, Fergusonm Happel

 

 

Gavin Hamilton, World Soccer

Team: Yashin, Cafu, Moore, Charles, Facchetti, Garrincha, Cruyff, Di Stefano, Maradona, Pele, Van Basten

Manager: Michels, Hogan, Lobanovskyi, Sacchi, Santana

 

 

Simon Hill, Fox Sports, Australia

Team: Banks, Carlos Alberto, Beckenbauer, Baresi, Maldini, Cruyff, Platini, Messi, Best, Pele, Maradona

Manager: Ferguson, Hitzfeld, Herrera, Paisley, Michels

 

 

Jim Holden, World Soccer, England

Team: Yashin, Djalma Santos, Beckenbauer, Charles, Maldini, Schiaffino, Di Stefano, Maradona, Puskas, Pele, Cruyff

Manager: Michels, Lobanovskyi, Guttmann, Ferguson, Guardiola

 

 

Brian Homewood, World Soccer, Switzerland

Team: Yashin, Cafu, Beckenbauer, Moore, Nilton Santos, Zico, Socrates, Maradona, Cruyff, Pele, Ronaldo

Manager: Michels, Santana, Menotti, Del Bosque, Sacchi

 

 

Alexander Ischenko, TV pundit, Ukraine

Team: Yashin, Vogts, Beckenbauer, Baresi, Roberto Carlos, George Best, Baggio, Zidane, Cruyff, Messi, Pele

 

 

Dobrivoje Jankovic, Serbia

Team: Yashin, Schnellinger, Beckenbauer, Santamaria, Facchetti, Cruyff, Maradona, Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Puskas, Pele

Manager: Luis Aragones, Bearzot, Ferguson, Lobanovskyi, Schon

 

 

Howard Johnson, World Soccer, France

Team: Schmeichel, Cafu, Beckenbauer, Baresi, Maldini, Best, Zidane, Maradona, Cruyff, Pele, Muller

Manager: Clough, Shankly, Sacchi, MichelsDel Bosque

 

 

Brian Kerr, TV pundit, Rep Ireland

Team: Yashin, Cafu, Beckenbauer, Carlos Alberto, Maldini, Best, Cruyff, Zidane, Maradona, Pele, Messi

Manager: Ferguson, Hitzfeld, Mourinho, Michels, Paisley

 

 

Roy Kitson, World Soccer, Northern Ireland

Team: Yashin,: Djalma Santos, Beckenbauer, Charles, Facchetti, Best, Cruyff, Zico, Rivelino, Pele, Eusebio

Manager: Lobanovskyi, Hitzfeld, Happel, Guttmann, Ferguson

 

 

Dariusz Kurowski, World Soccer, Poland

Team: Maier, Carlos Alberto, Beckenbauer, Maldini, Facchetti, Messi, Cruyff, Maradona, Zidane, Pele, Di Stefano

Manager: Michels, Happel, Pozzo, Herrera, Mourinho

 

 

Erich Laaser, commentator Sat 1, Germany

Team: Kahn, Lahm, J Charlton, Nesta, Maldini, Cruyff, Beckenbauer, Pele, Messi, Muller, Ronaldo

Manager: Ferguson, Herrera, Sacchi

 

 

Javier Leira, Reuters, Chile

Yashin, Roberto Carlos, Baresi, Beckenbauer, Maldini, Maradona, Zidane, Cerezo, Messi, Muller, Pele

Manager: Michels, Bilardo, Ferguson, Herrera, Santana

 

 

Lasana Liburd, World Soccer, Trinidad & Tobago

Team: Van Der Sar, Zanetti, Beckenbauer, Desailly, Maldini, Garrincha, Matthaus, Maradona, Zidane, Pele, Messi

Manager: Zagallo, Guardiola, Michels, Ferguson, Sacchi

 

 

Sid Lowe, World Soccer, Spain

Team: Zoff, Dani Alves, Beckenbauer, Hierro, Roberto Carlos, Platini, Cruyff, Xavi, Di Stefano, Pele, Maradona

Manager: Michels, Ferguson, Paisley, Lobanovsky, Herrera

 

 

Abdul Rahman Magdy, Egypt

Team: Schmeichel, Cafu, Beckenbauer, Baresi, Maldini, Maradona, Zidane, B Charlton, Cruyff, Messi, Pele

Manager: Ferguson, Hitzfield, Mourinho, Del Bosque, Bradley

 

 

Jimmy Magee, RTE, Rep Ireland

Team: Schmeichel, Carlos Alberto, McGrath, Beckenbauer, Maldini, Cristiano Ronaldo, Pele, Maradona, Cruyff, Ronaldo, Messi

Manager: Ferguson, Zagallo, Michels, Mourinho, Menotti

 

 

Bhasi Malaparamba, India

Team: Yashin, Roberto Carlos, Maldini, Fachetti, Nilton Santos, Moore, Monti, Beckenbauer, Wright, Matthews, Pele

Manager: Pozzo, Winterbottom, Feola, Sebes, Ramsey

 

 

Bora Milutinovic, coach, Mexico

Team: Buffon, Cafu, Beckenbauer, Baresi, Maldini, Messi, Di Stefano, Cruyff, Maradona, Pele, Ronaldo

Manager: Ferguson, Lobanovskyi, Guardiola, Michels

 

 

Glenn Moore, Independent, England

Team: Banks, Djalma Santos, Beckenbauer, Baresi, Maldini, Messi, Cruyff, Di Stefano, Cristiano Ronaldo, Maradona, Pele

Manager: Ferguson, Lippi, Happel, Michels, Zagallo

 

 

Manfred Munchrath, Kicker, Germany 

Team: Yashin, Djalma Santos, Beckenbauer, Desailly, Facchetti, Messi, Xavi, Maradona, Di Stefano, Muller, Pele

Manager: Chapman, Guttmann, Herrera, Michels, Weisweiler

 

 

Les Murray, SBS, Australia

Team: Yashin, Djalma Santos, Beckenbauer, Baresi, Maldini, Garrincha, Di Stefano, Maradona, Gento, Cruyff, Pele

Manager: Chapman, Pozzo, Sebes, Michels, Guardiola

 

 

Fred Musisi, journalist, ex pro, Uganda

Team: Zoff, Carlos Alberto, Beckenbauer, Moore, Maldini, Jairzinho, Zidane, Platini, Cruyff, Maradona, Pele

Manager: Ferguson, Zagallo, Guardiola, Schon, Paisley

 

 

Andres Must, World Soccer, Estonia

Team: Schmeichel, Thuram, Baresi, Beckenbauer, Maldini, Cruyff, Zidane, Maradona, Giggs, Pele, Messi

Manager: Bilardo, Ferguson, Herrera, Lobanovskyi, Rehhagel

 

 

Yoshiyuki Osumi, journalist, Japan

Team: Petr Cech, Djalma Santos, Figueroa, Beckenbauer, Roberto Carlos, Messi, Di Stefano, B Charlton, Maradona, Pele, Cruyff

Manager: Michels, Herberger, Chapman, Santana, Guardiola

 

 

Michael Oti Adjei, journalist and TV pundit, Ghana

Team: Yashin, Cafu, Beckenbauer, Baresi, Roberto Carlos, Garrincha, Matthaus, Zidane, Messi, Maradona, Pele

Manager: Paisley, Ferguson, Michels, Sacchi, Del Bosque

 

 

Diego Daniel PAZ, Diario Diez, Honduras

Team: Casillas, Cafu, Beckenbauer, Maldini, Roberto Carlos, Cruyff, Xavi, Zidane, Maradona, Ronaldo, Messi

Manager: Mourinho, Ferguson, Del Bosque, Parriera, Scolari

 

 

Pedro Pinto, CNN, Portugal

Team: Yashin, Cafu, Beckenbauer, Cannavaro, Maldini, Cruyff, Zinedine Zidane, Platini, Maradona, Eusebio, Pele 

Manager: Capello, Mourinho, Ferguson, Clough, Happel

 

 

Maurizio Pizzoferrato, Area Agenzia, Rome

Team: Yashin, Djalma Santos, Rosato, Scirea, Fachetti, Garrincha, Di Stefano, Pele, Maradona, Meazza, Riva

Manager: Herrera, Ferguson, Mourinho, Lobanovskyi, Shankly

 

 

Mike Plastow, World Soccer, Japan

Team: Maier, Cafu, Beckenbauer, Paolo Maldini, Roberto Carlos, Garrincha, Matthaus, Maradona, Cruyff, Messi, Pele

Manager: Capello, Michels, Guardiola, Hitzfeld, Ferguson

 

 

Keir Radnedge, World Soccer, England

Team: Yashin, Rodriguez Andrade, Beckenbauer, Moore, Fachetti, Garrincha, Cruyff, Pele, Maradona, Di Stefano, Puskas

Manager: Pozzo, Ferguson, Trappatoni, Michels, Herberger

 

 

Carlos Ramirez, Mexico

Team: Yashin, Baresi, Beckenbauer, Paserella, Roberto Carlos, Didi, Puskas, Cruyff, B Charlton, Pele, Di Stefano

Manager: Herberger, Zagallo, Gorski, Michels, Meisl

 

 

Zdravko Reic, World Soccer, Croatia

Team: Yashin, Djalma Santos, Cannavaro, Beckenbauer, Facchetti, Cruyff, Maradona, Pele, Iniesta, Di Stefano, Messi

Manager: Michels, Zagallo, Ferguson, Weisweiler, Guardiola

 

 

Tom Saintfiet, national coach, Yemen

Team: Van der Saar, Cafu, Baresi, Bergomi, Maldini, Cristiano Ronaldo, Matthaus, Maradona, Blokhin, Messi, Van Basten

Manager: Herrera, Mourinho, Trappatoni, Heynckes, Ivic

 

Paolo Jorge Santos, A Bola, Portugal

Team: Yashin, Carlos Alberto, Beckenbauer, Bobby Moore, Nilton Santos, Cruyff, Di Stefano, Maradona, Messi, Pele, Eusébio 

Manager: Ferguson, Mourinho, Herberger, Happel, Stein

 

 

Manos Staramopoulos, Greece

Team: Yashin, Cafu, Beckenbauer, Moore, Maldini, Zidane, Didi, Rijkaard, Maradona, Pele, Di Stefano

Manager: Vicente Del Bosque, Ferguson, Paisley, Lippi, Hitzfeld

 

 

Milorad Stojmanovski, World Soccer, Macedonia

Team: Yashin, Thuram, Beckenbauer, Moore, Roberto Carlos, Cruyff, Zidane, Maradona, Pele, Messi, Puskas 

Manager: Ferguson, Herrera, Michels, Mourinho, Capello

 

 

Masahiko Tejima, World Soccer Digest, Japan

Goalkeeper: Buffon, Maldini, Cruyff, Beckenbauer, Roberto Carlos, Messi, Platini, Iniesta, Zidane, Pele, Maradona

Manager: Ferguson, Michels, Sacchi, Chapman, Cruyff

 

 

Troels Bager Thogersen, TIPSbladet, Denmark

Team: Yashin, Cafu, Beckenbauer, Passarella, Nilton Santos, Garrincha, Di Stefano, Cruyff, Czibor, Pele, Maradona

Manager: Ferguson, Clough, Sacchi, Guttmann, Lobanovskyi

 

 

Robbie Thomson, Ligue1.com, France

Team: Schmeichel, Carlos Alberto, Cannavaro, Beckenbauer, Maldini, Cruyff, Redondo, Maradona, Zidane, Puskas, Ronaldo 

Manager: Michels, Herrera, Guardiola, Sacchi, Szebes

 

 

Darren Tullet, BeIN Sport, France

Team: Zoff, Cafu, Beckenbauer, Baresi, Lizarazu, Cristiano Ronaldo, Makelele, Messi, Zidane, Ronaldo, Maradona

Manager: Mourinho, Ferguson, Paisley, Clough, Lippi

 

 

Martin Tyler, Sky Sports, England

Team: Banks, Cafu, Beckenbauer, Moore, Maldini, Di Stefano, Maradona, Puskas, Messi, Pele, Van Basten

Manager: Ramsey, Ferguson, Michels, Paisley, Guardiola

 

 

Colin Udoh, journalist and TV pundit, Nigeria

Team: Zoff, Cafu, Franz Beckenbauer, Moore, Maldini, Cruyff, Zidane, Maradona, Garrincha, Ronaldo, Pele

Manager: Ferguson, Michels, Herrera, Stein, Lippi

 

 

Cees Van CuilenbOrg, European Sports Media, Holland

Team: Banks, Carlos Alberto, Beckenbauer, Baresi, Maldini, Socrates, Platini, Cruyff, Puskas, Maradona, Messi

Manager: Ferguson, Michels, Lobanovskyi, Herrera

 

 

Tim Vickery, World Soccer, Brazil

Team: Banks, Krol, Baresi Passarella, Roberto Carlos, Garrincha, Di Stefano,.Cerezo, Cruyff, Pele, Maradona

 

 

Henry Winter, Telegraph, England

Team: Yashin, Cafu, Moore, Beckenbauer, Maldini, Messi, Platini, Cruyff, Best, Pele, Maradona

Manager: Ferguson, Paisley, Michels, Trapattoni, Mourinho

 

 

Mike Woitala, Soccer America, United States

Team: Maier, Djalma Santos, Beckenbauer, Carlos Alberto, Nilton Santos, Platini, Maradona, Cruyff, Messi, Pele, Muller

Manager: Ferguson, Guardiola, Michels, Scolari, Schon

 

 

Oleg Zadernovsky, World Soccer, Ukraine

Team: Kahn, Cafu, Beckenbauer, Moore, Maldini, Matthaus, Baggio, Platini, Nedved, Shevchenko, Messi

 

In total, 102 players were nominated by our panel. In terms of their nationality, Brazil and Italy, with 17 players each, were the best represented countries. 
Brazil – 17
Italy – 17
Germany (inc. West Germany) – 13
Argentina – 8

England 8

Holland – 7

France – 6

Uruguay – 4

Portugal – 3

Russia/Soviet Union – 3

Spain – 3

Ireland 3

Northern Ireland – 2

Czech Republic – 2

Wales – 2

Chile 1

Scotland – 1

Denmark – 1

Belgium – 1

Hungary – 1

Ukraine – 1 

The Greatest Manager

  • Dév

    why so mad brah.

  • jrainbow

    OlegoZee,

    Zidane was in the Greatest XI.

  • OlegoZee

    Lolwut? MESSI is one of the greatest players of all time? Don’t make me laugh, this is ridiculous.
    Where are Zidane, Figo, van Basten, Cristiano?
    C.Ronaldo is one of the best players in history (if not the best) and you all greatly know this, you messi-wankers.

    The team:
    Yashin
    Cafu-Maldini-Beckenbauer-R.Carlos
    C.Ronaldo-Zidane-Maradona-Crujiff
    Pele-van Basten

  • Bebetinho

    Where is Alessandro Del Piero???!!!

  • pdr

    ¿y bebeto?

  • Ivan zamorano

    Faltan muchos nombres.. Grzegorz Lato (Polonia), Roger Milla (camerun), Gheorghe Hagi (rumania) por nombrar algunos..

    Algunos de la lista estan sobrevalorados.

  • Roberto Vena

    ronaldo vote 9?
    Ronaldo(Bra greatest ever

  • آرمین

    where is francesco totti ?!!!!!!!

  • Mark Ancell

    Southall(Wales),Suurbier(Holland),Marzolini(Argentina),Edwards(England),Ockwirk(Austria),Sammer(Germany),Kopa(France),Kubala(Hungary),Hidgekuti(Hungary),Law(Scotland),Riverlino(Brazil) Subs,Grocics(Hungary),Junior(Brazil),Kohler(Germany),Sivori(Argentina),Albert(Hungary) Not one vote amongst the lot of them……..unbelievable!

  • Riki – Getxo

    Somebody has forgotten the best golkeeper from the Spanish state, Jose Angel IRIBAR

  • simon

    ah okk c ronaldo got votes indeed so its somehow fair but ronaldo deserve more but maybe because of his position as semi midfielder semi attacker he got somehow low score

  • simon

    cristiano ronaldo should have got some votes, he is not as good as messi but he’s definitly a great player…

  • DH

    Ronaldo(BRA) better than Puskas at least.

  • U dont know

    WHERE ISSSS. GEORGE HAGI !!!!!!

  • Carlos Lima

    Ronaldo, Eusébio, Figo

  • WHITE TEAM, LOSER TEAM

    Only white people in this “selection”?
    and losers
    the only 2 black and mulatto in this team, the brazilians Pelé and Cafu, have the same number of world cup championsHips than the other 9 (the White european players): 5 titles for Pelé+Cafu: 5 titles for the 9 White guys
    WHERES THE MULATTO/BLACK CHAMPIONS?: THE GREAT GARRINCHA (2 TITLES), DIDI (2 TITLES), NILTON SANTOS(2 TITLES), EUSÉBIO, RONALDO(1 TITLE), ROMÁRIO(1 TITLE), RIVALDO(1 TITLE)???
    GARRINCHA, THE BEST PLAYER IN THE HISTORY, ONLY BEHIND PELÉ, THE KING, OF COURSE…

  • M B Mehdi

    Why is Messi not judged to the same standards as the others? Because he scores goals in a rinky dink league with is affront to competition? His combined record in World Cup and Copa America stands at 3 goals in 18 goals. He has no business on any such list.

  • Megas Alexandros

    Cafu???? He wasn’t nor among the 3 best brazilian Right Back, nor the best RB of his time…

  • Tony B

    This is what happens when a group of people, so called “panel” give their input about something without knowing anything or little bit (from listening to rumors) about the matter. In addition, the voting is tarnished by personal bias, depending on panels’ roots.
    There are 2 players that were pure talents, geniuses, legends and nobody will ever touch them. In my order:
    1 Puskas 2 Pele
    Next are just pure talents, born for soccer:
    Di Stefano, Cruyff, Beckenbauer, Platini, Zico, Maldini, Yashin, Eusebio, Maradona,
    Next are just talented, good players: pick your choice it does not matter anymore…

  • Dibas

    messi

  • Arbi

    I think the best 11 is: Yasin(buffon), Cafu, Baresi, Beckembauer, Maldini. Crujiff – Zidane- Iniesta-Maradona. Ronaldo – Pele’.

    Ronaldo is the trird player of the world behind Pele and Messi…

  • Daniel Tatarsky

    Greatest EVER?! So how come not a single player from the first 80 years of football. Ridiculous!

  • jrainbow

    Gerd Muller.

  • Arjan

    Bergkamp not mentioned once?!

  • ANtti Joensuu

    HEIYYYYY everybody, BUT WHERE IS mr.

    PUSKAS, the legendary player who make

    moust goals by 1900th century……

  • Langtudien

    Where Ronaldo 9? Fuck the list!

  • Alves

    MARADONA BETTER THAN PELÉ!?C’MON!AND WHERE’S GEORGE BEST?

  • GARRINCHA

    For be select in this “Greatest XI” the player must be…A LOSER???
    where’s the 2 time world cup champions (each one) and legends: GARRINCHA, DIDI and NILTON SANTOS?

    Selection of BONIEK (ZERO world cup championships): NO PELÉ!!! hahaha 3 time world cup champions and 1.200 goals socred…was BONIEK drunk when made this list? Lato, Platini, Messi, Facchetti, Cruyff…with so much losers, BONIEK, this XI greatest will be beaten by Brazil’s Confederations Cup 2013 team…LOSERS against WINNERS…

  • Nataniel

    Muller? brasiliano Torino Sao Paulo FC, ou Muller Germany?