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Between Maradona, Zidane And Ronaldinho, Who Is Best Playmaker Ever?

I saw a website where they are doing online voting to select best players ever. For the the playmaker category, they have Maradonna, Zidane and Ronaldinho.

Lets do our own voting too. who do you consider the best ever?.

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pls what is your bone of contention? even Pele was not put in the list and you are talking of Cantona.

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Well, I think I can argue that if there is one player that has "single handedly" carried a team to greatness it is Cantona. But it'll be tough

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Maybe Cantona and Beckham fit

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maybe the person was trying to compare Cantona with Beckham

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Johan Cryuff us highly regarded. He was voted best European player on last century ahead of Beckenbauer, Platini Muller, Baggio, Eusebio and Zoff

How can anyone mention Cantona in this type of thread? We are discussing gods and someone is mentioning Cantona.

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what abt cantona, i don't geddit,

ofcourse i have seen alot of Yohan cryuff's clips and he is a fantastic player,

i particularly like the way he makes dribbling look so effortlessy smooth

but is he in the same league as maradona ?, dont think so

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They won the world cup.

Winning it put you in a different class. Like Dinho and Zidane. . we can discuss them because they have won it at all levels. Even the very top. Cruyff unfortunately never did that. .  but he is one of the greats nonetheless. The same way I won't speak about Maradona, you shouldn't speak of Cruyff if you have never seen him play.

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i think there is a reason why maradona (alongside pele) has always been regarded as the greatest player

to ever play the game, dont you think

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If Johann Cruyff won a world cup he would be up there . . . its unfortunate people don't remember him. I watched a documentary on him about a month ago and he was ahead of his time. No one won more trophies than him.

As player

Ajax

Eredivisie: 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1982, 1983

KNVB Cup: 1967, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1983

European Cup: 1971, 1972, 1973

Intercontinental Cup: 1972

UEFA Super Cup: 1972, 1973

FC Barcelona

La Liga: 1974

Copa del Rey: 1978

Feyenoord

Eredivisie: 1984

KNVB Cup: 1984

European Player of the Century XX IFFHS

Golden Player of the Netherlands

As manager

Ajax

KNVB Cup: 1986, 1987

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1987

FC Barcelona

[/b]Copa del Rey: 1990

La Liga: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1989

European Cup: 1992

UEFA Super Cup: 1992

[b]Individual

European Footballer of the Year: 1971, 1973, 1974

FIFA World Cup Golden Ball: 1974

FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1974

Dutch Golden Shoe: 1984

World Soccer Awards Manager of the Year: 1987

Coach of the Year: 1992, 1994

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I'll put that up against ANYBODY!!

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@ Krayola,

Don't say a word about El Diego if you haven't seen him play.

There's no one like him. . . . .Forget Dinho, Xavi, Zidane or Messi.

Maradona was the best football player i have ever seen in the history of football

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@ Sauron

Ronaldinho made better passes than that in every game he played for Barcelona (Till he got fat and stopped giving a poo). There's a reason why Samuel Eto'o scores 24 goals with 47 shots. Someone was putting the ball right at his feet in front of goal.

Check this clip . . Gattusso harrasses Ronaldinho the whole game and crippled him. .  He slipped and fell for one second. .  That was all it took!!

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Ronaldinho was a great dribbler and all, but his deadliest weapon was his passing.He was insanely good IMO.

@ Biina.

Xavi is Barcelona's main play maker now. . . Under Rijkaard it was Ronaldinho. Everything went through him.

Like I said, I didn't watch much of Maradona . . so I don't want to speak too much on something I don't know (I'm downloading a docu. about him in Napoli right now), but from what I saw of him, he is a lot like Messi. .  He gets the ball, makes runs, creates space for others, and if he feels generous he'll pass . .

Zidane is the best play-maker I have ever seen, but I saw him play his whole career. (Ronaldinho is the best I've seen but only for 2 seasons which ain't good enough)

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Cheers, mate!!!

I don't know anyone that treads precise passes as much as Maradona did in his days.

He was in a different world. . . . . He puts those passes on your feet you don't even need to break stride.

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Post the url link, i will help you embed it.

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Does anyone know how to upload video from youtube on here pls

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that is the most rediuculous statements i have heard this year, for real

let me break the france 98 squad down for you,

in goal was the best goal keeper of the tournament Barthez

best and most valuable defender at that point in time (Thuram) alongside Desailly

Patrick Viera, of course his quality can never be questioned

Theiry Henry, what else can i say abt the igwe himself

Blanc, Deschamp, Petit, Lizarazu.

I just dont like making people look silly, now tell me the great player (s) argentina had in 86 apart from the great one himself

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My point about where playmakers play on the pitch is still valid, as you dont typically playmake from the SS position. Over his career Maradona has played as an SS, a trequartista and an AM, and given his great abilities, he has been the playmaker on more than one occassion.

My issue was with your earlier assertion to maradona's great playmaking based on the world cup. Maradona played predominantly as a deep SS in the 1986 world cup, and the fact that neither batista nor guitsi were the best creatively necessitated that maradona often picked up the ball deep and ran at defenses (a beauty to watch). A better display of his creative abilities was at the 1990 and 1994 world cup. One remembers maradona for taking on defenders at full speed and not for his killer passes.

The french national team often played a lone striker, with the trio of Zidane, viera and makelele in the middle. They got away with it as Trez was often unavailable for major tournaments, and when needing to field both trez and henry, the played henry as a false right winger.

I dont think Zidane was a great (like top 5, top 10) playmaker, but I feel he was a better playmaker than maradona, but maradona was obviously a better player.

When I think of great playmakers, the likes of Dr. Socrates comes to mind, with his ability to split open a defence with surgical precision.

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the above came from you

you were trying to say Maradona was a support striker

i can read and understand english mr biina

ok, now that we have both agreed that hes was a playmaker good

as for who was the greatest, maradona still ranks better than Zidane

do you know when Zidane was actively playing for France, he was the highest goal scorer for the national team behind Trezeguet and some goals better than Henry?

does that mean Zidane was a striker?

Its a known fact that Playmakers atimes score a lotta goals for their teams

not sure about the number of games Pasculli played but i know he was the second striker apart from Valdano

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Maradona single-handedly won the world cup in 86.

It was him and 10 chumps on the field.

He scored 2 goals in the semis, a brace against England in the q/finals and a brilliant assist to cop the winner in the final.

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@jalether

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http://www.fifa.com/worldfootball/news/newsid=1057273.html

Who is still arguing Maradona wasn't a play-maker?

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@ Krayola, i hope you are not even thinking of comparing ronaldinho with maradona

let the comparison be limited to zidane pls

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shait . . .He is good.

The best till date.

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nice one sauron, here it is

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He was born to play football!!!

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Diego Amando maradona was a playmaker in 1986 world cup. he played as a central midfielder

Argentina had 3 strikers at the 86 mundial namely

~ Sergio Almiron

~Jorge Valdano

~Pedro Pasculli

Maradona was in the midfield with others like

~Claudio Borghi

~Jorge Burruchaga

~Richardo Giusti

so how is Maradona not a playmaker?

can u enlighten us?

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Zidane ke?

Abegi Maradona is in a class of his own.

If Ronaldo had maintained fitness throughout his career, Zidane would not be the greatest player of his generation, talkless of challenging Maradona.

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Zidane won the world cup in 1998.

Maradona had support casts too at Argentina

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there is only one playmaker of all playmakers, Maradona the Don, like i have always said

until Zidane and ronaldinho single handedly win the world cup, all comparisons should be suspended

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Maradona not a playmaker?

and what was he?

any ideas?

u guys shld stop saying what you dont know. How many clips of Maradona did u see?

if u havent seen, try and buy DVDs and see

check his exploits at the world cup, napoli and co and get back to me

Zidane a great player but Maradona is a notch better

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Haha. . thats exactly what i was thinking. I was wondering why Maradona was on the list . . . Ronaldinho is a play maker though.

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Zizzou also decided many matches at the highest levels. Zidane also almost single-handely won the world cup for the french in 1998 against the almighty brazil. he gave france two early leads.

Zizzou single-handedly neutralised the midfield of brazil that paraded Ronaldinho, Kaka, Robinho, Ze-Roberto and Ronaldo da Lima in the quarter final of Germany 2006 world cup. He humbled the brazillians on two occasions at the world level.

Zizzou played like he created football. he also played with both legs and very good at hair. he could control the whole field from a spot and carried the whole weight of his team on his shoulder.

the last instruction any coach of a team Zizzou plays for gives, is: "pass the all to Zizzou if you dont know what to do"

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Seems some people don't know what it means to be a playmaker

Playmaker: A player in a sport with goals, such as a guard in basketball, who initiates offensive plays.

The playmaker conducts the orchestra of his team's attack. A key part of being a good playmaker is ball distribution. Running at defenses is not play making.

Playmakers play in the middle of the field, and not as supporting/shadow strikers. Their main weapon is their passing, and not their dribbling skills.

For example, in the current Barcelona team, Xavi is the playmaker and not messi.

Maradona was a great player, but was far from being a great playmaker

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To be honest I was too young to have watched a lot of Mardaona. I only ever watched him at the world cup, and Barcelona games here and there. I know Maradona mostly for dribbling and one- two type passing. . but I think Zidane's great vision and passing puts him a class above, plus the fact that he didn't destroy his career prematurely.

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Undoubtedly Maradona is the best Play maker in Football history.

He single handedly wins matches at the highest level, he dribbles with ease can play with both legs.

Scored the best in goal in World cup history against England then the famous "hand of God" goal.

Zizzou yes great galactico, won the World Cup, La Liga, World's best Champions League and more.He is good but his influence in matches is no where near what Maradona did .

Dinho is good , great skill and scoring abilities.

Maradona is the greatest Footballer in Eternity.

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Maradona is my choice.

And he is the greatest footballer ever.

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From the contributions so far it seems those people here have not started watching soccer in the days of Diego Armando Maradona the great. King of Soccer. Remove Bad belle

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maradona, zizzou and dinho in that order for me

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Broda tanx 4 dis topic looks hot.

once again it's d great Zinedine Zidane

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for playmaking, Zidane is the obvious choice.

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well for me the answer will always be Zidane,at least amongst the 3 mentioned.Zidane was excellent for both club and country

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By far Ronaldino. Zizo is a great player because of the competitiveness of the Euro championship which maradona and Ronaldino cannot attend.

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As for me, it is the only professor of football, Zidane.

ALLEZ ZIZOU. ALLEZ, ALLEZ, ALLEZ.

GO ZIZOU, GO, GO, GO.

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