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    Greatest European Footballer ?

    Okay folks - I am not a great follower of the game and have very limited knowledge of European footballers who played before 1980. So forgive me for missing names that may seem obvious to you. So Who is the greatest European Footballer Ever ?

    a. Johan Cruyff
    b. Michele Platini
    c. Paolo Rossi
    d. Beckenbauer
    e. Marco Van Basten

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    f. George Best.

    Either him or Cruyff. European football really hasn't been about strong individuals since about the mid-70s (with the possible exception of Platini) - all about the team and tactics.
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    Cruyff or Beckenbauer would be fair picks. Plenty of worthy names though.

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    Moore, Puskas...
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    The Zidane of a few years ago was first-rate. I have a suspicion that he's only going to sully his reputation in this tournament tho.

    Puskas has a realistic shout too.
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    Puskas, Moore, Best. Probably one of the first two, since Best didn't play/succeed in a major championships and so is unproven on the biggest stage of all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matteh
    Moore, Puskas...
    IMO, Moore is the greatest defender the world's ever seen (Beckenbauer next best), and Puskas probably Europe's most complete attacking player.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby
    The Zidane of a few years ago was first-rate. I have a suspicion that he's only going to sully his reputation in this tournament tho.
    Didn't he already do that in 2002?
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    I'd say Cruyff first, then Puskas, Moore and Best. Moore is definitely the best defender there's ever been IMO.

    I also think there's probably a case to be made for considering Eusebio in things too - and something makes me think in thirty years' time we might just be listing a young lad called Rooney up there too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barney Rubble
    I'd say Cruyff first, then Puskas, Moore and Best. Moore is definitely the best defender there's ever been IMO.

    I also think there's probably a case to be made for considering Eusebio in things too - and something makes me think in thirty years' time we might just be listing a young lad called Rooney up there too.
    I still think that Rooney could go the way of Gazza....I hope i'm wrong, but it's all set up to go that way.

    Add Lineker, Di Stefano, One of the Laudrups, Fontaine, Mueller, Charlton, Law, Neeskens, Daglish, Shilton, Platini, Maldini, Gullit, Prosnecki, Deschamps, Boban to the list.

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