World Soccer 100 Best Players in the World (1991)

Discussion in 'Soccer History' started by comme, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. comme

    comme Moderator Staff Member

    Feb 21, 2003
    Going through an old copy of World Soccer I found a listing from 1991 of the world's top 100 players. There is clearly a bit of tokenism in here (hence inclusion of players from Northern Ireland and USA) but still interesting.

    It's in alphabetical order:

    Sergei Aleinikov (USSR)
    John Aldridge (Ireland)
    Manuel Amoros (France)
    Roberto Baggio (Italy)
    Franco Baresi (Italy)
    John Barnes (England)
    Bebeto (Brazil)
    Miodrag Belodidici (Romania)
    Francois Omam Biyik (Cameroon)
    Kingsley Black (Northern Ireland)
    Basile Boli (France)
    Branco (Brazil)
    Andreas Brehme (Germany)
    Pat Bonner (Ireland)
    Tomas Brolin (Sweden)
    Emilio Butragueno (Spain)
    Claudio Caniggia (Argentina)
    Careca (Brazil)
    Jan Ceulemans (Belgium)
    Stephane Chapuisat (Switzerland)
    Colin Clarke (Northern Ireland)
    Lajos Detari (Hungary)
    Enzo Francescoli (Uruguay)
    Jan Furtok (Poland)
    Paulo Futre (Portugal)
    Paul Gascoigne (England)
    Eric Gerets (Belgium)
    Giuseppe Giannini (Italy)
    Sergio Goycochea (Argentina)
    Ruud Gullit (Holland)
    Gheorghe Hagi (Romania)
    John Harkes (USA)
    Hossam Hassan (Egypt)
    Thomas Hassler (Germany)
    Heinz Hermann (Switzerland)
    Rene Higuita (Colombia)
    Mark Hughes (Wales)
    Bodo Ilgner (Germany)
    Mo Johnston (Scotland)
    Jozsef Kiprich (Hungary)
    Jurgen Klinsmann (Germany)
    Ronald Koeman (Holland)
    Oleg Kuznetsov (USSR)
    Marius Lacatus (Romania)
    Peter Larsson (Sweden)
    Brian Laudrup (Denmark)
    Michael Laudrup (Denmark)
    Anders Limpar (Sweden)
    Gary Lineker (England)
    Cyrille Makanaky (Cameroon)
    Paolo Maldini (Italy)
    Roberto Mancini (Italy)
    Diego Maradona (Argentina)
    Lothar Matthaus (Germany
    Ally McCoist (Scotland)
    Paul McGrath (Ireland)
    Paul McStay (Scotland)
    Michel (Spain)
    Alexei Mikhailichenko (USSR)
    David O’Leary (Ireland)
    Darko Pancev (Yugoslavia)
    Jean-Pierre Papin (France)
    David Platt (England)
    Toni Polster (Austria)
    Gica Popescu (Romania)
    Michel Preudhomme (Belgium)
    Robert Prosinecki (Yugoslavia)
    Oleg Protasov (USSR)
    Tab Ramos (USA)
    Frank Rijkaard (Holland)
    Bryan Robson (England)
    Romario (Brazil)
    Oscar Ruggeri (Argentina)
    Rui Barros (Portugal)
    Ian Rush (Wales)
    Hugo Sanchez (Mexico)
    Dean Saunders (Wales)
    Dejan Savicevic (Yugoslavia)
    Peter Schmeichel (Denmark)
    Enzo Scifo (Belgium)
    Ruben Sosa (Uruguay)
    Neville Southall (Wales)
    Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgaria)
    Dragan Stoijkovic (Yugoslavia)
    Taffarel (Brazil)
    Tanju Colak (Turkey)
    Jonas Thern (Sweden)
    Kubilay Turkilmaz (Turkey)
    Carlos Valderrama (Colombia)
    Marco Van Basten (Holland)
    Hans Van Breukelen (Holland)
    Gianluca Vialli (Italy)
    Rudi Voller (Germany)
    Chris Waddle (England)
    Des Walker (England)
    George Weah (Liberia)
    Walter Zenga (Italy)
    Andoni Zubizarreta (Spain)

  2. KyleP

    KyleP Member

    Jan 24, 2009
    AC Milan
    Very interesting, thanks for posting. Never realised Kingsley Black was rated that highly. :confused:
  3. schwuppe

    schwuppe Member

    Sep 17, 2009
    FC Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih
    Heinz Hermann?

    (Depends on when the list was released) Biggest omission might be Gabriel Batistuta.
    Maybe Ivan Zamorano.
  4. comme

    comme Moderator Staff Member

    Feb 21, 2003
    He's one of the ones who I think only got in through tokenism. He was a decent top flight player but not much more than that.

  5. Baron Zbimg

    Baron Zbimg Member

    Oct 28, 2012
    Juventus FC
    Great list, but there are only 98 players in there, who are the two missing ?
  6. comme

    comme Moderator Staff Member

    Feb 21, 2003
    It was Ahmed Shoubeir of Egypt and Tomas Skhuravy of Czechoslovakia.

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