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FIFA Player of the Century

This article is about FIFA Player of the Century. For FIFA Female Player of the Century, see FIFA Female Player of the Century.
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Five years after the award; winners Maradona and Pelé exchange national team shirts.

FIFA Player of the Century was a one-off award created by FIFA to decide the greatest football player of the 20th century. Diego Maradona and Pelé were joint winners of the award.[1][2] Maradona won the award based on the Internet poll, while Pelé won the award based on votes from FIFA officials, journalists and coaches.[3]

Background

Since 1991, FIFA have had awards for FIFA World Player of the Year and they decided to bring in the new millennium by conducting a public vote to decide the FIFA Player of the Century. This was to be decided by votes on their official website, their official magazine and a grand jury. Maradona won the Internet based poll by wide margins, garnering 53.6% of the votes against 18.53% for Pelé. Many observers complained that the Internet nature of the poll would have meant a skewed demographic of younger fans who would have seen Maradona play, but not Pelé. As a result, FIFA decided to add a second poll and appointed a "Football Family" committee composed of football journalists, officials and coaches, who voted Pelé the best player of the century with 72.75% of the vote, thus both were joint winners of the award.[3] Many suspected that Pelé was rewarded for his constant support of FIFA, in contrast to Maradona's frequent criticism.[3]

Vote specialists (IFFHS)

This award is decided by vote which was conducted with the participation of specialists from around the sports world.[4]

Player Nationality Votes
1 Pelé 23x15px Brazil 1705
2 Johan Cruyff 23x15px Netherlands 1303
3 Franz Beckenbauer 23x15px Germany 1228
4 Alfredo Di Stéfano 23x15px Argentina 1215
5 Diego Maradona 23x15px Argentina 1214
6 Ferenc Puskás 23x15px Hungary

23x15px Spain

810
7 Michel Platini 23x15px France 722
8 Garrincha 23x15px Brazil 624
9 Eusébio 23x15px Portugal 544
10 Bobby Charlton 23x15px England 508
11 Stanley Matthews 23x15px England 368
12 Marco van Basten 23x15px Netherlands 315
13 Gerd Müller 23x15px Germany 310
14 Zico 23x15px Brazil 207
15 Lothar Matthäus 23x15px Germany 202
16 George Best 23x15px Northern Ireland 187
17 Juan Alberto Schiaffino 23x15px Uruguay

23x15px Italy

158
18 Ruud Gullit 23x15px Netherlands 119
19 Didí 23x15px Brazil 116
20 Gianni Rivera 23x15px Italy 116
21 Giuseppe Meazza 23x15px Italy 108
22 Matthias Sindelar 23x15px Austria 106
23 Fritz Walter 23x15px Germany 103
24 Bobby Moore 23x15px England 98
25 José Manuel Moreno 23x15px Argentina 96
26 Hugo Sánchez 23x15px Mexico 85
27 George Weah 23x15px Liberia 79
28 Roger Milla 23x15px Cameroon 78
29 José Leandro Andrade 23x15px Uruguay 74
30 Just Fontaine 23x15px France 73
Francisco Gento 23x15px Spain 73
32 Ladislao Kubala 23x15px Czechoslovakia

23x15px Hungary

23x15px Spain

71
33 Franco Baresi 23x15px Italy 70
34 Josef Bican 23x15px Austria

23x15px Czechoslovakia

63
35 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge 23x15px Germany 59
36 Omar Sívori 23x15px Argentina

23x15px Italy

56
37 Elías Figueroa 23x15px Chile 55
38 Kevin Keegan 23x15px England 53
39 Sándor Kocsis 23x15px Hungary 52
40 Héctor Scarone 23x15px Uruguay 51
41 Josef Masopust 23x15px Czechoslovakia 46
42 Giacinto Facchetti 23x15px Italy 44
43 Raymond Kopa 23x15px France 41
Sandro Mazzola 23x15px Italy 41
45 Uwe Seeler 23x15px Germany 40
46 Gunnar Nordahl 23x15px Sweden 36
47 Zizinho 23x15px Brazil 35
48 Teófilo Cubillas 23x15px Peru 34
49 Arsenio Erico 23x15px Paraguay 30
50 Denis Law 23x15px Scotland 29
51 Silvio Piola 23x15px Italy 28
52 Adolfo Pedernera 23x15px Argentina 27
53 Obdulio Varela 23x15px Uruguay 24
54 Arthur Friedenreich 23x15px Brazil 23
55 Michael Laudrup 23x15px Denmark 22
56 Alberto Spencer 23x15px Ecuador 21
József Bozsik 23x15px Hungary 21
58 Tostão 23x15px Brazil 19
59 Ernst Ocwirk 23x15px Austria 18
60 Cha Bum-Kun Template:Country data South Korea 11
Paul van Himst 23x15px Belgium 11
62 Lakhdar Belloumi 23x15px Algeria 10
Rabah Madjer 23x15px Algeria 10
64 Majed Abdullah 23x15px Saudi Arabia 9
Luis Cubilla 23x15px Uruguay 9
Oleg Blokhin 23x15px Soviet Union 9

FIFA internet vote

The results of FIFA's internet Poll were as follows:

Player Nationality Percentage
1 Diego Maradona 23x15px Argentina 55.60%
2 Pelé 23x15px Brazil 18.53%
3 Eusébio 23x15px Portugal 6.21%
4 Roberto Baggio 23x15px Italy 5.42%
5 Romário 23x15px Brazil 1.69%
6 Marco van Basten 23x15px Netherlands 1.57%
7 Ronaldo 23x15px Brazil 1.55%
8 Franz Beckenbauer 23x15px Germany 1.50%
9 Zinedine Zidane 23x15px France 1.34%
10 Rivaldo 23x15px Brazil 1.19%
11 Zico 23x15px Brazil 1.15%
12 Garrincha 23x15px Brazil 1.08%
13 Johan Cruyff 23x15px Netherlands 0.87%
14 Alfredo Di Stéfano 23x15px Argentina/23x15px Colombia/23x15px Spain 0.68%
15 Michel Platini 23x15px France 0.58%
16 Bobby Charlton 23x15px England 0.39%
17 Ferenc Puskás 23x15px Hungary 0.37%
18 Lothar Matthäus 23x15px Germany 0.37%
19 Lev Yashin 23x15px Soviet Union 0.36%
20 George Best 23x15px Northern Ireland 0.32%

FIFA Magazine and Grand Jury vote

This part of the award was decided by the FIFA Magazine readers vote and the FIFA Grand Jury.[5]

Player Nationality Percentage
1 Pelé 23x15px Brazil 72.9%
2 Alfredo Di Stéfano 23x15px Argentina 9.8%
3 Diego Maradona 23x15px Argentina 6.0%
4 Franz Beckenbauer 23x15px Germany 2.5%
5 Johan Cruyff 23x15px Netherlands 2.0%
6 Michel Platini 23x15px France 1.0%
7 Garrincha 23x15px Brazil 0.95%
8 Zico 23x15px Brazil 0.9%
9 George Best 23x15px Northern Ireland 0.3%
10 Bobby Charlton 23x15px England 0.3%

FIFA Centennial Award

FIFA Centennial Player and Football Personality.[6]

Winner Nationality
Franz Beckenbauer 23x15px Germany
Pelé 23x15px Brazil

References

  1. ^ "Maradona or Pele?". CNN Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 13 March 2013
  2. ^ FIFA Player of the Century. touri.com
  3. ^ a b c "Pele, Maradona each win FIFA century awards after feud". CNN. 
  4. ^ "World - Player of the Century". RSSSF.com. Retrieved 9 April 2013
  5. ^ "FIFA Player of the Century" (PDF). touri.com. Retrieved 30 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "Celebrations mark the opening of FIFA Centennial Congress in Paris, FIFA’s birthplace". FIFA.com. Retrieved 9 April 2013
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