Best soccer player at his peak?

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Best soccer player at his peak?

Messi
9
39%
Pele
1
4%
Maradona
3
13%
Cristiano
1
4%
Ronaldo 9
4
17%
Zidane
0
No votes
Ronaldinho
3
13%
Cruyff
0
No votes
other
2
9%
 
Total votes: 23

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Best soccer player at his peak? 

Post#1 » by Gregoire » Tue Feb 16, 2021 12:50 pm

Hi, guys!
I want to ask simple question: who was best ever player at their best? Who impacted the game most actually and who likely would impact the most in most teams and scenarios ever?
I assume 1 season peak, but its up to you, maybe 2 seasons, maybe 1 game (if you thing it wasnt fluke). I just thing 1 season is optimal for sample size purposes...
Give, please, the answer and maybe your top-5 in order.
Obvious candidates: Messi, Pele, Maradona, Cruyff, Fenomeno...
Maybe some other names: Ronaldinho, Zico, Platini, Zidane, Di Stefano, Puskas, Muller, Cristiano,
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Yeah, when ever I make all time comparisons, I pretty much ignore the pre-3PT-line era. The game was so different then. It's apples and oranges. Those guys may be better or may be worse, we're never really going to know.
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Post#2 » by The_Brecht » Tue Feb 16, 2021 1:18 pm

It's Messi in my book.
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Post#3 » by HIF » Tue Feb 16, 2021 3:57 pm

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Post#4 » by Foye » Tue Feb 16, 2021 5:31 pm

Not the best but Ronaldinho certainly was the most fun to watch in his prime.
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Post#5 » by Gregoire » Sat Feb 20, 2021 6:35 am

My take:
1. Pele
2. Messi
3. Maradona
4. Ronaldo 9
5. Cruyff
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Yeah, when ever I make all time comparisons, I pretty much ignore the pre-3PT-line era. The game was so different then. It's apples and oranges. Those guys may be better or may be worse, we're never really going to know.
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Post#6 » by Muha_i_samolet » Sat Feb 20, 2021 9:10 am

If I was given a random squad and had to win one match by whatever means possible, I'd choose Messi.
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Post#7 » by HIF » Sun Feb 21, 2021 12:08 pm

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Post#8 » by fbalmeida » Tue Jul 13, 2021 9:48 am

The best peak I've ever witnessed from a player was that one year of Ronaldo on Barcelona.

My favourite peak to have watched, was probably Luis Figo's last season on Barcelona and first two on Real Madrid.
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Post#9 » by rapstarter » Wed Jul 14, 2021 11:46 am

Ronaldinho, Ronaldo and Kaka could reach incredible heights over a single game, but it's still Messi.

From someone who's not an all-time great, David De Gea's single-season peak was one of the best I've seen and very very underrated IMO.
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Post#10 » by AK47MVP » Mon Jul 19, 2021 6:01 pm

This is a tough one. I feel if we ignore trophies, longevity and just look at peak, top form - than nobody beats Ronaldo 9 in my opinion. Dude could do everything and was impossible to stop. Only injuries killed him.
Now if we look at favorites mine is Michael Laudrup by far. His vision, dribbling and passing was unmatched. Too bad he did not have that killer instinct and a bit of selfishness and just looked to be genuinely happy playing soccer and being a second or third option on the teams he used to play.
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Re: Best soccer player at his peak? 

Post#11 » by marley game » Tue Jul 20, 2021 4:40 pm

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Post#12 » by Foye » Wed Jul 21, 2021 11:27 am

marley game wrote:robinho

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Not even top 100.
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Re: Best soccer player at his peak? 

Post#13 » by KG Leonard » Sat Jul 24, 2021 6:33 am

1. Ronaldo - short peak because of injuries but he was magical dribbler like Ronaldinho, powerful, direct like Messi,could take on a whole defence on his own.

2. Pele was the original Messi/Ronaldo

3. Ronaldinho - shorter peak but could have easily been best ever if he was as disciplined, hungry as Messi.

4. Messi

5. Maradona

Funny enough I think best ever is Messi followed because of his amazing peak was decade long,Maradona nr.2 best ever because he was also brilliant from early 80s to 1994.

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