Article by Tomislav Kovacevic
Everyone possesses their own personality and personal strategy to Football. Some can be the far more calm, peaceful and casual gamers such as the Dennis Bergkamp’s of Football. In comparison, you have the Roy Keane’s and Graeme Souness’s who are completely the opposite, complete of aggression, never ever say die attitude. Every single ten years brings a new player, a new dimension to Football. Pele the star of the 60’s, Maradona the 70’s, Johann Cruyff of the 80’s, Ronaldo of the 90’s, Zidane of the 2000’s and the latest stars of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi bring the reputation of football to a sensational point.
1960’s – 2011 comparison (Pele)
There is no question that Brazilian striker Pele was the greatest player of the 1960’s. Pele and Maradona are the two players who are usually described when the frequent query is asked, ‘Who was the finest player to have at any time lived?’ Pele will frequently be the reply. So what was Pele like? Pele was a organic target scorer, the Santos striker was amazingly athletic and his dribbling/stability combination was unstoppable for defenders. His ability to go past defenders at this kind of speed and sustain this kind of stability credited him with many aim scoring possibilities, which far more probably than not Pele would score emphatically. Pele had strategy, the passing capability of a central midfield maestro, the engine of a Marathon runner and the electrical power of a steam train. His stats are sensational, 1281 targets in 1363 video games.
No 1 can stay up to Pele’s name Manchester United’s George Greatest in the 70’s was a related variety of player to Pele but was a lot more a winger than a forward. In the modern-day era, couple of have been in contrast to Pele but none have lived up to the status that Brazilian Pele possessed. Alexandre Pato of AC Milan was tipped to be the Pele of this era, but he has to nevertheless to exhibit any phenomenal type to even label him the one particular of the best strikers nowadays let by yourself at any time lived. Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney is the closest of this ten years that we have compared to Pele. Rooney possesses the exact same energy and physique that Pele does, the exact same capacity to decide on out a 70 property cross subject ball and the same vision and approach. England striker Rooney just doesn’t have very same sum of tempo that Pele did which brings together with the issue that Rooney does not especially go previous gamers with talent and flair.
Wayne Rooney has scored targets that you wouldn’t assume were achievable with the beautiful volley versus Newcastle and the latest possible target of the period overhead towards rivals Manchester Metropolis. Pele scored stunning goals in the 60’s and 70’s for Santos and Brazil, one particular ‘nearly’ objective that would’ve been one particular of the best ambitions of all time. His dummy against Uruguay that left the keeper for dead when the ball went 1 way and Pele went all around the other way, but his shot off harmony and on a tight angle just went vast.
1970’s – 2011 comparison (Johann Cruyff)
Johann Cruyff was component of the Ajax facet that inherited the ‘total football’ philosophy released by Dutch coach Rinul Michels. Former Barcelona and Ajax front man Johann Cruyff’s fashion of play was influenced by the complete football tactic he conducted to his game. His natural place was centre ahead but simply because of the tactical way the Ajax aspect played the game, he roamed around and ended up enjoying on the wing and central midfield much more frequently than not. The Holland striker spent half of the 1970’s at Barcelona for Rinus Michels, wherever he was crowned European Footballer of the Year at his time at Barcelona in consecutive a long time.
Cruyff was dubbed the ‘Pythagoras in boots’ simply because of his capability to choose out passes from angles that looked not possible. Not only did he have an eye for a pass but he had huge speed and his ability to speed up away from defenders which was helped by the ‘Cruyff turn’ named after the Dutch maestro is nonetheless a turn associated with football 40 a long time later on.
I don’t assume any striker could grace Cruyff’s potential to play in many positions to greatest effect so I’ve selected a playmaker and pace merchant who would grace Cruyff’s technical and bodily attributes to his game, Ryan Giggs. Both players in their prime had the ability to go previous gamers with flair and huge speed developing goal scoring opportunities. Giggs is not as prolific as Cruyff as a finisher but Giggs certainly lives up to the playmaking capabilities that Cruyff possessed. Ryan Giggs in his prime was lightening about five-10 yards and could maintain such scary pace for 40-50 yards which he shared with Cruyff.
Nonetheless as football has modified a lot more than the many years considering that Cruyff’s successful days at Ajax and Barcelona, the type of play has transformed and there are not many related type of gamers of Cruyff’s calibre that could play naturally upfront and drop again deeper and nevertheless be very efficient.
1980’s – 2011 comparison (Diego Maradona)
Maradona or Messi? There is no doubt that of today’s game, Lionel Messi is the nearest if not likely candidate to surpass Maradona’s ability as a footballer. Previous Barcelona striker Diego Maradona along with Pele is one particular of the best players to have actually graced this planet. He wasn’t as medical as Pele but taking nothing at all away from Maradona he still had a very very good goal scoring file for club and region. The fashion of play on the ball for Maradona and Messi is identical. They each dribble with severe tempo and a extremely reduced centre of gravity they both possess severe dribbling abilities with the capability to have five-ten touches in the area of seconds to make it difficult for defenders to tackle. A lot of have questioned whether Lionel Messi could do what Maradona did at Napoli. Maradona won what is now the Italian ’serie A’ with Napoli with what was a quite common squad, Maradona becoming the pivotal aspect of the Napoli side and no question wouldn’t have been title winners if Maradona wasn’t on their textbooks. Could Messi do a comparable fate at Blackburn of the English Premiership, Udinese of the Italian Serie A? Several question regardless of whether Messi could.
In contrast Messi has reached a great deal much more than Maradona at this age obtaining currently won the Spanish La Liga four occasions and Champions League 2 occasions. Messi is only 23, Maradona at 23 won the treble with Barcelona in 1983 and an Argentine title with Boca Juniors in 1981 but that was it. So Messi so significantly has had a greater profession on silverware success but Maradona’s achievements at Napoli and on the global arena set him aside to Messi. Infamously, Maradona also has a World Cup to his name in 1986 which Maradona created his name.
There is no doubt that Barcelona winger Messi scores targets from all types of angles and all sorts of scintillating runs but Maradona’s 2nd goal versus England in the 1986 Globe Cup has been regarded as the aim of the century by numerous people. Maradona travelled with the ball sixty metres and took on 6 English gamers in the process, rounded England goalkeeper Peter Shilton and scored from a tight angle to defeat England 2-1 in the quarter finals of the 1986 World Cup which they went on to win. The ex-Napoli striker also scored the really controversial ‘hand of god’ goal in the exact same game which has been spoken about ever because. Messi hasn’t actually shined on the worldwide stage and if he does, it may possibly be what normally requires him past his boyhood hero’s position.
1990’s – 2011 comparison (Ronaldo)
He was a natural goal scorer of his era and by far the greatest striker in his generation for merely scoring aim following objective. Ronaldo played at the highest degree by means of the 90’s and early 00’s, he represented PSV, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Actual Madrid and AC Milan in an illustrious job that was disrupted by severe knee injuries. Brazilian striker Ronaldo was a born objective scorer, he had the capability to go past gamers with his talent and electrical power but defiantly his risk was in the box. He scored 62 ambitions in just beneath one hundred appearances for Brazil and has been voted Brazil’s finest actually striker since Pele by numerous judging panels. Former Real Madrid striker Ronaldo was indestructible, if he received in the box it was unavoidable he was going to score.
As Ronaldo has nonetheless becoming enjoying till fairly latest, there hasn’t been lengthy for any person to probably substitute Ronaldo’s prowess for being a acknowledged target scorer. Nevertheless, there a couple of gamers that this season in globe Football has began to produce their status. Javier Hernandez of Manchester United is a single striker that could have the likely to live up to Ronaldo’s talents in front of aim. He already has 16 targets for Manchester United in his 1st period and is a predator in the box similarly to Ronaldo. It really is doubtful no matter whether Mexican ahead Hernandez will have the effect on planet football that Ronaldo did, but the Mexican is a extremely comparable striker to what Ronaldo was in his prime.
Barcelona’s David Villa is yet another striker who is known for his potential in the box. Spanish hit guy David Villa has earned his trade at Valencia for numerous a long time and ultimately sealed a move to Barcelona exactly where he currently has 21 targets to his identify. Villa has also lived up to Ronaldo’s worldwide popularity, acquiring currently won the European Championships in 2008 and the World Cup in 2010 with Spain being a key member of the winning aspect in each tournaments with his contribution of goals.
2000’s – 2011 comparison (Zidane)
One particular of the most gifted gamers of this century was French midfielder and former Juventus/Bordeaux midfielder Zidane. One particular of the most all-natural players at taking part in the game, Zidane glided via the game in a nonchalant manner that saw him 1 of footballs most composed gamers actually to have graced the game. An out and out central midfielder, Zidane possessed a target scoring potential from midfield and also the capability to craft out magic in midfield to kick off attacks for his side.