Shoaib Malik, Kevin Pietersen, and Babar Azam were all given the axe as the SportsMax Zone panel and Zone team homed in on the Ultimate XI T20 batsmen 3-5.

After much heated debate, two legendary Indian players Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni were selected alongside South African smasherAB de Villiers as the players to go forward.  The specialist included cricket analyst Kerry Scott, regional umpire Chris Taylor and sports columnist Zaheer Clarke.

For the most part, Kohli and de Villers were universal picks with the battle for the third spot coming down to Dhoni and Pietersen.  Taylor tried to make the case for Pietersen, pointing to a strike rate of 141.51 and an average of 37.93 in T20 international cricket.  He found no support, however, from either his fellow panelist or the Zone team, with exception of Lance Whittaker who was the lone voice joining him in his quest to advance the case of the South African-born Englishman.  Some of the issues presented, in the case again Pietersen, stemmed from what was described as his overall lack of consistency, as compared to the others on the list.

Fans, called Fanalysts have a 30% weighted vote on who makes SportsMax’s Ultimate XI T20 team, with the SportsMax Zone having another 30% of the vote. The panel of experts’ vote will count for 40% of the overall votes.

Fanlysts can vote by clicking here or going to SportsMax.tv and just clicking on the Ultimate XI tab at the top of the screen.

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Today the team will turn its attention to sorting through the list of quality bowlers.

 

He has been an asset for the Bangladesh team for a long time. In the bowling department, Shakib al Hasan possesses accuracy and consistency. Meanwhile, on the batting front, Shakib al Hasan has aggression and a variety of strokes in his arsenal.

He made his international debut in 2006 for the ODI and T20 teams in 2006. A year later, he was drafted into the Test team for the very first time.

In 2009, he ascended to the role of Bangladesh skipper and to date, remains the captain of the Test and T20 team.

Shakib began his tryst with the IPL in 2011. From that year to 2017, he played for the Kolkata Knight Riders. Then, in 2018 he joined the Sunrisers Hyderabad and now has stuck with them for another year.

He has not exactly contributed much with the willow, with his personal best being an unbeaten 66. However, he can boast of two half-centuries and a strike rate of 127.28.

 

Career Statistics (2006-present)

Full name: Shakib Al Hasan

Born: March 24, 1987 (33), Magura, Jessore

Major teams: Bangladesh, Adelaide Strikers, Bangladesh A, Bangladesh Cricket Board XI, Barbados Tridents, Brampton Wolves, Dhaka Gladiators, Jamaica Tallawahs, Karachi Kings, Khulna Division, Kolkata Knight Riders, Peshawar Zalmi, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Worcestershire

Playing role: Allrounder

Batting style: Left-hand bat

Bowling style: Slow left-arm orthodox

 

T20I Career - Bangladesh

Mat      Inns      Balls     Runs     Wkts    BBI     BBM     Ave       Econ     SR    4w   5w   10w

76          75        1667     1894         92     5/20     5/20    20.58       6.81    18.1    3      1       0

 

T20 Career

Mat      Inns      Balls     Runs     Wkts      BBI   BBM      Ave       Econ     SR     4w   5w    10w

308       302       6487     7459        354       6/6     6/6       21.07      6.89     18.3    8       4       0

 

Career Highlights

  • 3rd most T20I scalps, 92 in 76 matches at 20.58
  • Most wickets for Bangladesh in T20 WC (30 at 19.53)
  • 3 T20I four-wicket hauls, 1 five-wicket haul
  • 5th most T20 wickets (354 at 21.07)
  • 1st to be ranked 'No.1 all-rounder' in all three formats

Marketing leg-spinner's modern face with chic, Rashid Khan outnumbers leg-breaks with googlies, something he has perfected into a reliable and somewhat retaliatory weapon, executing it with very little change in action. Having doted on Shahid Afridi's modus operandi since childhood, Rashid bowls similar lines - linear, from stump to stump - and does so at a quick pace, rebelliously using his fingers more than the wrists, thus not allowing the batsman any time to shimmy out and get to the pitch of the ball.

The T20I debut for Rashid came a few days after his ODI debut on October 26, 2015 at Bulawayo against Zimbabwe. The Afghan team won the match by 6 wickets and Rashid took one wicket in the match.

Since then his importance to the Afghanistan team and for any team he joins on the T20 circuit cannot be understated. Today there is no bowler with a better T20I average, and no bowler in IPL history has ever had a better economy than the 6.55 Rashid boasts.

 

Career Statistics (2015-present)

Full name: Rashid Khan Arman

Born: September 20, 1998 (21), Nangarhar

Major teams: Afghanistan, ACB Development Squad, Adelaide Strikers, Afghanistan Under-19s, Afghanistan XI, Band-e-Amir Dragons, Band-e-Amir Region, Boost Defenders, Boost Defenders, Comilla Victorians, Durban Heat, Guyana Amazon Warriors, ICC World XI, Kabul, Kabul Eagles, Maratha Arabians, Mis Ainak Region, Nangarhar Leopards, Quetta Gladiators, Speen Ghar Region, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Sussex, Sussex 2nd XI

Playing role: Bowler

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Legbreak googly

 

T20I Career - Afghanistan

Mat      Inns      Balls     Runs     Wkts    BBI   BBM     Ave       Econ     SR    4w   5w    10w

48          48        1098     1124         89       5/3    5/3     12.62      6.14     12.3    3      2       0

 

T20 Career

Mat      Inns      Balls     Runs     Wkts    BBI     BBM     Ave       Econ     SR    4w    5w    10w

211       209       4853      5100       296     5/3       5/3       17.22     6.30    16.3    6        2       0

 

Career Highlights

  • Best bowling average in T20Is (12.62)
  • 4th most T20I scalps, 89 in just 48 matches
  • 3 four-wicket hauls, 2 five-wicket hauls in T20I
  • Topped the ICC T20I Player Rankings for bowlers in 2018
  • Tied 2nd fastest to 50 T20I wickets (31 matches)
  • 8th most T20 wickets (296) taken at 17.22
  • Best economy rate in IPL history (6.55)

Picked for the Indian squad for the four-Test tour against the West Indies in 2016, KL Rahul played in the second Test at Jamaica and scored 158, his highest Test score then.

In the process, he became the first Indian opener to score a century in his debut Test in the West Indies.

In the first match of the T20I series in the United States, he scored a century off 46 balls in a losing cause, the second-fastest ever and fastest by an Indian. He also set the world record for being the only player to score a hundred in his first innings as an opener in both Tests and ODIs.

Rahul set the record for the fastest batsman to have scored centuries in all three formats in just 20 innings surpassing the record of Ahmed Shehzad who took 76 innings.

He is the first player in T20I history to score a century when batting at the number 4 position or lower (110*). On July 3, 2018, Rahul smashed his second T20 International ton against England. He is also the first Indian batsman to be dismissed hit-wicket in T20Is.

 

Career statistics (2013-present)

Full name: Kannaur Lokesh Rahul

Born: April 18, 1992, Bangalore, Karnataka (28)

Major teams:  India, Bangalore Brigadiers (Urban), India Under-19s, India Under-23s, Karnataka, Karnataka State Cricket Association Colts XI, Kings XI Punjab, Royal Challengers Bangalore, South Zone, Sunrisers Hyderabad

Playing role: Opening batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Fielding position: Wicketkeeper

 

T20I Career

Mat    Inns        NO         Runs      HS          Ave        BF           SR           100        50  

42           38           6        1461      110*      45.65     1000      146.10           2         11                        

 

T20 Career

Mat    Inns        NO         Runs      HS          Ave        BF           SR           100        50  

131        118        21         4076      110*      42.02     2908      140.16          3          33         

 

Career highlights

  • 1461 T20I runs scored at an average of 45.65
  • First T20I player to score a century when batting at number 4 position or lower
  • Fastest 50 in IPL history (14 balls)
  • One of three Indian batsmen to score a century in all formats (two T20I centuries)
  • 4076 T20 runs at 42.02

Sangakkara was a natural behind the stumps, and for someone who was naturally a left-hander, took fine catches to his right off both fast bowlers and spinners. He could keep to Chaminda Vaas’ pace on bouncy tracks in overseas conditions as well as to Muttiah Muralitharan on spinning tracks in Sri Lanka.

He took 539 catches and also stumped 139 times in his international career. His combined 678 dismissals is the fourth most in international cricket. As far as his batting his concerned his 14234 runs in ODI cricket speaks volumes about his contribution.

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Kumar Chokshanada Sangakkara

Born: October 27, 1977, Matale

Major teams: Sri Lanka, Asia XI, Central Province, Colombo District Cricket Association, Deccan Chargers, Durham, Hobart Hurricanes, ICC World XI, Jamaica Tallawahs, Kandurata, Kandurata Maroons, Kings XI Punjab, Marylebone Cricket Club, Multan Sultans, Nondescripts Cricket Club, Quetta Gladiators, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Surrey, Warwickshire

Playing role: Wicketkeeper batsman

Batting style: Left-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak

Fielding position: Wicketkeeper

 

ODI Career: Sri Lanka (2000-2015)

Mat    Inns    NO     Runs     HS     Ave      BF        SR       100s     50s     4s       6s      Ct     St

404      380     41     14234    169    41.98   18048    78.86     25        93      1385    88     402    99

 

Career Highlights

  • Had a hand in 54 wickets across 36 innings behind the stumps at the World Cup, at an average of 1.5 dismissals per innings.
  • Most runs as wicketkeeper-batsman in ODI history (13,262 runs)
  • Second most stumpings in a career as a wicketkeeper in ODIs – 99
  • 1st wicketkeeper-batsman to score over 10000 runs in ODIs
  • Most wicket-keeping dismissals in ODI cricket (482)
  • ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year (2011 & 2013)
  • At retirement, he was the 2nd highest run-scorer in ODI cricket
  • 1st player to have scored 4 centuries in a single World Cup
  • Most consecutive centuries in a single World Cup (4)

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is credited with having the fastest hands behind the stumps and that suits him perfectly since he plays the game ahead of what is happening.

His overall game awareness and the ability to stay, always, one step ahead of the batsman puts him among the very best to occupy the position.

He is hardly your typical wicketkeeper and there is often a good amount of craft in his game. Under pressure when India needs a wicket, he has been known to produce moments of magic out of nowhere to send the batsman back to the pavilion. His stats for someone who does not count as a textbook wicketkeeper are staggering.

Dhoni, in 350 matches, has snaffled 321 catches along with a record 123 stumpings.

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Born: July 7, 1981, Ranchi, Bihar (now Jharkhand)

Major teams: India, Air India Blue, Asia XI, Bihar, Bradman XI, Chennai Super Kings, East Zone, East Zone Under-19s, Help for Heroes XI, India A, Indian Board President's XI, International XI, Jharkhand, Rajasthan Cricket Association President's XI, Rest of India, Rising Pune Supergiants, Sehwag XI

Playing role: Wicketkeeper batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm medium

Fielding position: Wicketkeeper

 

ODI Career: (2004-present)

Mat    Inns    NO     Runs     HS      Ave      BF          SR      100s    50s   4s      6s      Ct     St

350     297     84     10773     183*   50.57   12303      87.56     10     73     826    229    321    123

 

Career Highlights

  • Highest batting average among wicket-keepers (50.96)
  • In 2017, became the first Indian to hit 200 sixes in ODIs
  • ICC ODI Player of the Year (2008 & 2009)
  • Highest score by a wicket-keeper, 183 against Sri Lanka in 2005
  • 1st player to pass 10,000 runs in ODIs with an average of over 50
  • Most not outs in ODIs (82)
  • Most stumpings by any wicket-keeper in an ODIs (120)

Voted India's Cricketer of the Century in 2002, ahead of Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev is arguably India’s best bowling all-rounder.

Leading India to the 1983 World Cup and wresting the world-record aggregate of Test wickets from Richard Hadlee were his two greatest accomplishments.

Few, who saw it, will forget his incredible knock of 175 against Zimbabwe during the 1983 World Cup as he single-handedly dragged India from a precarious 17 for 5 to a hard-fought 31-run win.

Kapil Dev was also the first bowler to take 200 ODI wickets eventually ending his career with 253 wickets at a decent average of 27.45.

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Kapildev Ramlal Nikhanj

Born: January 6, 1959, Chandigarh

Major teams: India, Haryana, Northamptonshire, Worcestershire

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm fast-medium

 

ODI Career (Batting): India (1978-1994)

Mat        Inns        NO       Runs      HS        Ave        BF         SR          100s        50s          

225          198        39        3783      175*      23.79     3979      95.07           1           14                         

 

ODI Career (Bowling): India (1978-1994)

Mat        Inns        Balls       Runs     Wkts      BBI       BBM      Ave       Econ      SR      4w     5w     10w

225          221        11202     6945       253       5/43      5/43      27.45     3.71       44.2     3        1         0

 

Career Highlights

  • Captained India’s 1983 World Cup-winning team
  • 1st player to take 200 ODI wickets
  • Peak ICC rating of 631 is the highest ever by an all-rounder in ODIs

Retired South African middle-order batsman Jacques Kallis has not been getting a lot of respect lately from the Ultimate XI panellists on the Sportsmax Zone.

A batsman of breathtaking enterprise, AB De Villiers was a cricketer overflowing with talent and the temperament to back it up.

De Villiers is a 360-degree batsman who can hit any ball, anywhere, against any bowler. Indeed, his range of inventive shots has grown as his career has unfolded.

He has been ranked among the top Test and ODI batsmen in the world.

He holds the records for the fastest 50 (16 balls), 100 (31 balls) and 150 (64 balls) of all time in One Day Internationals by any batsmen, and also holds the fastest hundred by a South African in Tests and the fastest 50 by a South African in T20Is.

He is a three-time ICC ODI player of the year, winning the award in 2010, 2014 and 2015.

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Abraham Benjamin de Villiers

Born: February 17, 1984, Pretoria

Major teams: South Africa, Africa XI, Barbados Tridents, Botha XI, Brisbane Heat, Delhi Daredevils, Jacques Kallis Invitational XI, Lahore Qalandars, Middlesex, North Eastern Transvaal, Northerns, Pretoria University, Proteas, Rangpur Riders, Rest of South Africa, Royal Challengers Bangalore, South Africa A, South Africa Under-19s, Titans, Tshwane Spartans

Playing role: Wicketkeeper batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Fielding position: Wicketkeeper

 

ODI Career: South Africa (2005-2018)

Mat        Inns        NO         Runs      HS          Ave        BF           SR         100s        50s     Ct        St

228          218        39           9577      176        53.50     9473      101.09          25          53     176        5

 

Career Highlights

  • Holds the record for the fastest ODI century (31 balls)
  • Holds the record for the fastest ODI 50 (16 balls)
  • Holds the record for the fastest ODI 150 (64 balls)
  • Named ICC ODI Player of the Year thrice

Sándor Kocsis Péter is the most lethal international striker of all time. In 68 matches for Hungary between 1948 and 1956, Kocsis racked up 75 goals, meaning not even the great Gerd Müller could boast as great a goals to game ratio. Müller scored 68 goals in 62 appearances for West Germany. Kocsis also had a number of firsts in the game, becoming the first man to score two hat-tricks in one World Cup outing. In 1954, Kocsis would score 11 goals for Hungary at the World Cup with France’s Just Fontaine, the only man to ever do better. Kocsis’ international goalscoring record is even more impressive when you consider he relegated teammate Ferenc Puskás to third on the all-time list of most lethal strikers. Puskás ended his international career with 84 goals from 85 matches. Kocsis would end his career having scored an international hat-trick on seven occasions. For club Kocsis was no slouch either, ending a career spanning 434 games with 341 goals, a more-than-competent achievement. The striker, who died at just 49 after falling from the fourth floor of a hospital in Barcelona, could lay claim to being the greatest striker of all time. At the time of his death he was being treated for Lukemia and stomach cancer, leaving speculation that his death was a suicide, rife.   

Playing Career

Full name: Sándor Kocsis Péter

Date of birth: 21 September 1929

Place of birth: Budapest, Hungary

Date of Death: 22 July 1979 (aged 49)

Place of Death: Barcelona, Spain

Playing position: Striker

Club Career

          Years                    Team                             Apps   (Gls)

  • 1945–1946          Köbanyai TC                         5         (0)
  • 1946–1950          Ferencváros                       59         (40)
  • 1950                   ÉDOSZ                              30         (30)
  • 1950–1957          Honvéd                            145         (153)
  • 1957–1958          Young Fellows Zürich          11         (7)
  • 1958–1965          Barcelona                        184         (111)
  • 1961                   Valencia (guest)         
  • Total                                                        434       (341)

Club Honours

  • Ferencváros TC - Hungarian Champions: 1949
  • Honvéd FC - Hungarian Champions (3): 1952, 1954, 1955
  • Barcelona - Spanish Champions (2): 1958–59, 1959–60; Copa del Generalísimo (2): 1958–59, 1962–63; Inter-Cities Fairs Cup: 1958–60

International Career

  • 1948-1956 Hungary 68 (75)

International Honours

  • Olympic Champions: 1952
  • Central European Champions: 1953
  • FIFA World Cup Runner up: 1954

Individual Honours

  • Hungarian Football Federation Player of the Year: 1954
  • FIFA World Cup Golden Boot: 1954
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1954
  • World Soccer: The 100 Greatest Footballers of All Time
  • Ballon d'Or: 8th place 1956

Ronaldo de Assis Moreira (Ronaldinho Gaúcho) became only the second Barcelona player after Diego Maradona to receive a standing ovation from Real Madrid fans at the Santiago Bernabéu. In that season he was to win his second FIFA World Player of the Year award as well as the Ballon d’Or. Ronaldinho had scored two spectacular goals in the game between Barcelona and Real, a derby known for pitting two of the world’s greatest footballing rivals against each other. His heroics in the El Clásico would come a year after Ronaldinho had won the World Cup with Brazil. He was at the top of his game and that put him on top of the world.

There are many, whom, having seen Ronaldinho, declare him the most skillful player to ever play the game, but the midfielder was also effective. That skill, the ability to dribble past players, score goals almost at will, and produce trickery that would make the world sit up and watch, brought with it trophies. Ronaldinho would become versed at taking free kicks and was always dangerous because of his ability to play anywhere in the attacking third of the football field. Ronaldinho was sometimes deployed as a winger, on either side of the midfield, as well as in the more central number-10 role. On occasion, he would also become the striker, which made him fearsome to defend. What was most scary about playing against Ronaldinho was the almost natural way he had of creating danger for opposition defenders. According Netherlands midfield general, Edgar Davids, who played with him at Milan, "For the skills and tricks, Ronaldinho was the best player that I ever played with."

Playing Career

Full name: Ronaldo de Assis Moreira (Ronaldinho Gaúcho)

Date of birth: 21 March 1980 (age 40)

Place of birth: Porto Alegre, Brazil

Height: 1.81m (5ft 11 in)

Playing positions: Attacking midfielder, forward

Club Career

        Years                    Team                             Apps   (Gls)

  • 1998–2001          Grêmio                              52      (21)
  • 2001–2003          Paris Saint-Germain            55     (17)
  • 2003–2008          Barcelona                         145      (70)
  • 2008–2011          Milan                                 76      (20)
  • 2011–2012          Flamengo                          33       (15)
  • 2012–2014          Atlético Mineiro                  48       (16)
  • 2014–2015          Querétaro                          25         (8)
  • 2015                   Fluminense                         7         (0)
  • Total                                                        441    (167)

Club Honours

  • Paris Saint-Germain - UEFA Intertoto Cup: 2001
  • Barcelona - La Liga: 2004–05, 2005–06; Supercopa de España: 2005, 2006; UEFA Champions League: 2005–06
  • Milan - Serie A: 2010–11
  • Flamengo - Campeonato Carioca: 2011; Taça Guanabara: 2011; Taça Rio: 2011
  • Atlético Mineiro - Campeonato Mineiro: 2013; Copa Libertadores: 2013; Recopa Sudamericana: 2014

International Career

  • 1999-2013 Brazil 97 (33)

International Honours

  • FIFA U-17 World Championship: 1997
  • Copa América: 1999
  • CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic Tournament: 2000
  • FIFA World Cup: 2002
  • FIFA Confederations Cup: 2005
  • Olympic Bronze Medal: 2008

Individual Honours

  • FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Ball: 1999
  • FIFA Confederations Cup Golden Shoe: 1999
  • South American Team of the Year: 1999
  • Bola de Prata: 2000, 2011, 2012
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 2002
  • Ligue 1 Goal of The Year: 2003
  • La Liga Best Foreign Player: 2003–04, 2005–06
  • Trofeo EFE: 2003–04
  • FIFA World Player of the Year: 2004, 2005
  • UEFA Team of the Year: 2004, 2005, 2006
  • World Soccer Magazine World Player of The Year: 2004, 2005
  • UEFA Club Forward of the Year: 2004–05
  • FIFA Confederations Cup Bronze Ball: 2005
  • Ballon d'Or: 2005
  • Onze d'Or: 2005
  • FIFPro World Player of the Year: 2005, 2006
  • FIFPro World XI: 2005, 2006, 2007
  • UEFA Club Footballer of the Year: 2005–06
  • La Liga top assist provider: 2005–06
  • UEFA Champions League top assist provider: 2005–06
  • FIFA Club World Cup Bronze Ball: 2006
  • FIFA World Player of the Year Bronze award: 2006
  • Golden Foot: 2009
  • Sports Illustrated Team of the Decade: 2009
  • Serie A top assist provider: 2009–10
  • Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Team of the Year: 2011, 2012
  • Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Best Fan's Player: 2012
  • Campeonato Brasileiro Série A top assist provider: 2012
  • Bola de Ouro: 2012
  • Copa Libertadores top assist provider: 2012, 2013
  • South American Footballer of the Year: 2013
  • UEFA Ultimate Team of the Year (substitute; published in 2015)
  • FIFA 100
  • Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame
  • C. Milan Hall of Fame

El Flaco, the silky, slender Uruguayan born Enzo Francescoli Uriarte, was an elite playmaker of maybe understated class. In a glorious period for Uruguayan football, El Flaco played 73 times for his country between 1982 and 1997, nobody has played more. El Flaco made two appearances at the FIFA World Cup in 1986 and 1990 and won three Copa America titles. He would enjoy stints in his home country with Wanderers before globe trotting to feature in the Serie A, in France’s Ligue 1 and in the Argentine first division. So impressive a career did El Flaco have, that he is the only Uruguayan to make Pele’s list of the world’s 100 greatest living footballers.

Playing Career

Full name: Enzo Francescoli Uriarte

Date of birth: 12 November 1961 (age 58)

Place of birth: Montevideo, Uruguay

Height: 5 ft 11 1⁄4 in (1.81 m)

Playing position: Attacking midfielder

Club Career

           Years                         Team                    Apps   (Gls)

  • 1980–1982          Wanderers                     74         (20)
  • 1983–1986          River Plate                     113        (68)
  • 1986–1989          RC Paris                        89          (32)
  • 1989–1990          Olympique Marseille       28          (11)
  • 1990–1993          Cagliari                         98         (17)
  • 1993–1994          Torino                          24           (3)
  • 1994–1997          River Plate                    84          (47)

           Total                                                     510     (198)

 

Club Honours

  • River Plate - Primera División (5): 1985–86, 1994 Apertura, 1996 Apertura, 1997 Clausura, 1997 Apertura; Copa Libertadores (1): 1996; Supercopa Sudamericana (1): 1997

 

  • Marseille - French Division 1 (1): 1989–90

International Career

  • 1982–1997 Uruguay 73 (17)

International Honours

  • South American Youth Football Championship (1): 1981
  • Copa América (3): 1983, 1987, 1995

Individual Honours

  • Copa América player of the tournament (2): 1983, 1995
  • South American Footballer of the Year (2): 1984, 1995
  • Argentine Primera División top scorers (3): 1984 Metropolitano, 1985–86, 1994 Apertura
  • Player of the Year of Argentina (2): 1985, 1995
  • France Foreign Player of the Year (1): 1990
  • South American Team of the Year (4): 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997
  • FIFA 100
  • World Soccer: The 100 Greatest Footballers of All Time
  • Cagliari Hall of Fame
  • Cagliari Greatest All-time Starting XI

Roberto Rivellino is most noted for being one of the attacking midfielders in arguably the greatest football team of all time – Brazil’s World-Cup-winning 1970 outfit. Rivellino was agreed to be one of the most graceful footballers to ever live and is credited with some of the moves employed by many of the stars of yesteryear, like Ronaldinho, Romario, and Cristiano Ronaldo. But Rivellino was also dangerous when the ball wasn’t moving as well with a very educated left foot. He bent free-kicks in ways that created wonder, and was a brilliant passer over distance as well. "Rivelino was everything I wanted to be as a football player,” ran a quote from Diego Maradona, a man who was arguably the greatest footballer to ever live. A good grade from a player of that calibre says enough. Rivellino would go on to play in two other World Cups but believed his greatest achievement came in 1970.

Playing Career

Name: Roberto Rivellino
Date of birth: 1 January 1946
Birthplace: São Paulo, SP, Brazil

Playing Position: attacking midfield

 

International career

  • Brazil: 1965-1978 (92 caps, 26 goals)

 

Honours

  • 1970 FIFA World Cup

 

Individual

  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team player: 1970
  • Bola de Prata Brazilian Championship All-Star Team: 1971
  • CONMEBOL All-Star Team: 1973[21]
  • Bronze ball South American Footballer of the Year: 1973,[22] 1976[23]
  • Silver ball South American Footballer of the Year: 1977[24]
  • FIFA 100 Greatest Living Footballers: 2004
  • Premio Golden Foot Award (Football Legend Award): 2005[25]
  • The Best of The Best – Player of the Century: Top 50[26]
  • World Soccer: 38th Greatest Player of the 20th Century
  • IFFHS Brazilian Player of the 20th Century (12th place)[27]
  • Brazilian Football Museum Hall of Fame

Club Career

           Years           Teams          Apps (Gls)

  • 1965-1974 Corinthians          236   (70)
  • 1975-1978 Fluminese             45   (10)
  • 1978-1981 Al-Hilal                 57    (23)
  • Total                                 338 (103)

        

Club Honours

  • Corinthians - Torneio Rio – São Paulo: 1966
  • Fluminense - Campeonato Carioca: 1975, 1976
  • Al Hilal - Kings Cup (Saudi Arabia): 1980

George Manneh Oppong Weah played as a striker in his prolific 18-year professional playing career that ended in 2003.

After beginning his career in his home country of Liberia, Weah spent 14 years playing for clubs in France, Italy, and England.

Arsène Wenger first brought him to Europe, signing him for Monaco in 1988. Weah moved to Paris Saint-Germain in 1992 where he won Ligue 1 in 1994 and became the top scorer of the 1994–95 UEFA Champions League.

He signed for A.C. Milan in 1995 where he spent four successful seasons, winning Serie A twice.

His most notable goal in Italy saw him run the length of the field against Verona. He moved to the Premier League towards the end of his career and had spells at Chelsea and Manchester City, winning the FA Cup at the former, before returning to France to play for Marseille in 2001, and subsequently ending his career with Al-Jazira in 2003.

FourFourTwo named Weah one of the best players never to win the UEFA Champions League.

At the international level, Weah represented Liberia at the African Cup of Nations on two occasions, winning 53 caps and scoring 13 goals for his country.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest African players of all time, in 1995, he was named FIFA World Player of the Year and won the Ballon d'Or, becoming the first and to date only African player to win these awards.

 In 1989, 1994 and 1995, he was also named the African Footballer of the Year, and in 1996, he was named African Player of the Century.

Known for his acceleration, speed, and dribbling ability, in addition to his goalscoring and finishing, Weah was described by FIFA as "the precursor of the multi-functional strikers of today".

 

Playing Career

Full Name: George Manneh Oppong Weah

Date of birth: 1 October 1966 (age 53)

Height: 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)

Position: Striker

 

Club Career

Years                   Team                            Apps     (Gls)

1985–1986           Bong Range United                2       (1)

1985–1986          Mighty Barrolle                     10       (7)

1986–1987          Invincible Eleven                   23      (24)

1987                    Africa Sports                       2       (1)

1987–1988          Tonnerre Yaoundé               18      (14)

1988–1992          Monaco                              103    (47)

1992–1995          Paris Saint-Germain              96     (32)

1995–2000          A.C. Milan                           114    (46)

2000 →                Chelsea (loan)                    11       (3)

2000                    Manchester City                   7        (1)

2000–2001          Marseille                              19      (5)

2001–2003          Al Jazira                                8       (13)

Total                                                         413    (194)

 

Club Honours

  • Mighty Barrolle - Liberian Premier League: 1985–86; Liberian Cup: 1985–86; Invincible Eleven; Liberian Premier League: 1986–87
  • Monaco - Coupe de France: 1991
  • Paris Saint-Germain - Ligue 1: 1993–94; Coupe de France: 1992–93, 1994–95; Coupe de la Ligue: 1995
  • C. Milan - Serie A: 1995–96, 1998–99
  • Chelsea - FA Cup: 1999–2000

 

International Career

  • 1987-2018 Liberia 53 (13)

 

International Honours

  • CSSA Nations Cup runner-up: 1987

 

Individual Honours

  • African Footballer of the Year: 1989, 1994, 1995
  • FIFA XI: 1991, 1996 (Reserve), 1997, 1998
  • French Division 1 Foreign Player of the Year: 1990–91
  • UEFA Champions League Top Scorer: 1994–95
  • BBC African Footballer of the Year: 1995
  • Onze d'Or: 1995
  • Ballon d'Or: 1995
  • FIFA World Player of the Year: 1995
  • ESM Team of the Year: 1995–96
  • Onze d'Argent: 1996
  • FIFA Fair Play Award: 1996
  • FIFA World Player of the Year – Silver award: 1996
  • IFFHS African Player of the Century: 1996
  • World Soccer's 100 Greatest Footballers of All Time: 1999
  • FIFA 100: 2004
  • Arthur Ashe Courage Award 2004
  • Golden Foot Legends Award: 2005
  • C. Milan Hall of Fame
  • IFFHS Legends
  • Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Cuttington University: 29 June 2018.
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