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The 50 Greatest Footballers Of The 1990s Have Been Named And Ranked

The 50 Greatest Footballers Of The 1990s Have Been Named And Ranked

Legendary Argentine Diego Maradona has beaten fierce competition from Peter Schmeichel to be named the best footballer of the 1990s.

Maradona, 59, left Barcelona in 1984 to move to Napoli and spent six years at the Italian side as he won two Serie A titles and a UEFA Cup.

And fans over at Ranker have cast their votes and put the World Cup-winning Argentine at the top of the pile.


Maradona secured the popular vote -- at the time of this writing -- as he amassed 4,268 upvotes and only received 1,606 downvotes.

Schmeichel, 56, was widely revered as one of the best goalkeepers of the 1990s and played an instrumental part in Manchester United's treble-winning season.

The Danish legend finished behind Maradona in second place, while Roberto Baggio and Alessandro Del Piero came third and fourth respectively.

Posted below are the top 50 footballers of the 1990s, according to the fans.

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50. Ruud van Nistelrooy

49. Dwight Yorke

48. Andy Cole


47. Didier Deschamps

46. Thomas Ravelli

45. Karel Poborsky

44. Kennet Andersson


43. Roy Keane

42. Jose Luis Chilavert

41. Stefan Effenberg

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40. Rudi Voller

39. Ronald Koeman

38. Thomas Habler

37. Mixu Paatelainen

36. Carlos Valderrama

35. Tomas Brolin

34. Laurent Blanc

33. Oliver Bierhoff

32. Abedi Pele

31. Kari Laukkanen

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30. Antti Sumiala

29. Edgar Davids

28. Antti Pohja

27. Jari Rantanen

26. Andreas Brehme

25. Lilian Thuram

24. Paul Gascoigne

23. Gary Lineker

22. Rivaldo

21. Oliver Kahn

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20. Romario

19. Lothar Matthaus

18. Gheorghe Hagi

17. Alan Shearer

16. Eric Cantona

15. Paul Scholes

14. Raul

13. Gabriel Batistuta

12. Roberto Carlos

11. Ryan Giggs

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10. Ronaldo

9. Luis Figo

8. Pavel Nedved

7. Thierry Henry

6. Zinedine Zidane

5. Dennis Bergkamp

4. Alessandro Del Piero

3. Roberto Baggio

2. Peter Schmeichel

1. Diego Maradona

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You can view the complete rankings, which features more than 100 footballers, over at Ranker.

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Topics: Football News, Football, Ronaldo, Dennis Bergkamp, Diego Maradona, Zinedine Zidane, Peter Schmeichel, Luis Figo, thierry henry, Pavel Nedved

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]


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