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third earl of jean wrote: I think it's very difficult to pinpoint one player as 'the greatest' although I think Maradona would be one of a very short list of contenders. He and Pele were named joint winners of FIFA's player of the 20th Century, with Maradona topping the online poll that was run:-
https://www.fifa.com/news/pele-and-mara ... tens-76134
Certainly Maradona doesn't have the consistency or longevity of a Ronaldo or Messi, but then neither of them have had such a starring role in winning the World Cup for their country as Maradona did in 1986. Or transformed a club (Napoli) in quite the same way.
I think the other thing to consider is that Maradona played in an era where the greatest players were blatantly and cynically hacked down.
These days Ronaldo and Messi have it easy where defenders are scared to even make any contact.
Maradona is easily in the top three players of all time. Considering he played in Argentina, Spain and Italy, whereas Pele only played in Brazil, he might even be at the top.