I don't recall this being done on Big Soccer yet, so thought it might be an idea to start a thread in which everyone can select their All-Time XI and I can keep a tally of votes for each player and also keep track of the combined Big Soccer All-Time XI (with people free to change their votes having changed their mind or perhaps being so impressed with new candidates that they find a place for them). It's a familiar concept for journalists of course. For example not so long ago World Soccer surveyed lots of them: https://www.worldsoccer.com/features/the-greatest-xi-how-the-panel-voted-341427 As Puck showed, Placar conducted a poll in 1981: http://www.bigsoccer.com/threads/placar-greatest-footballers-1981-1999.1987390/ Towards the end of last century Voetbal International asked readers to vote for such an XI too for example as shown at the bottom of this page: http://www.rsssf.com/miscellaneous/best-x-players-of-y.html#vi-xi I did think about categorising players by position like that, but instead of specifying a formation (or a certain number of midfielders/attackers etc) I thought outlining potential roles in the team but allowing free choice (if the choices are valid in terms of where the players can and did play) as to which roles to put the players in would be the best call. So it is close to allowing complete free choice on the XI, but should ensure that the formation chosen does resemble a normal football team. Using theoretical shirt numbers (you'd quite possibly allocate them differently in your XI) I have the roles as these: 1 - Goalkeeper 2 - Right back/Wing back 3 - Left back/Wing back 4 - Libero or anchor midfielder 5 - Covering defender or stopper 6 - Supporting defender or marker 7 - Supporting attacker or midfield winger (right) 8 - Box to box/Central midfielder 9 - Centre forward 10 - Attacking midfielder or trequartista 11 - Supporting attacker or midfield winger (left) So to show my own vote as an example: 1 - Lev Yashin 2 - Cafu 3 - Paolo Maldini 4 - Franz Beckenbauer 5 - Franco Baresi 6 - Bobby Moore 7 - Pele 8 - Michel Platini 9 - Marco van Basten 10 - Johan Cruyff 11 - Diego Maradona So that team would be valid in this Christmas Tree formation (the one I'll choose): Yashin; Cafu, Baresi, Moore, Maldini; Platini, Beckenbauer, Cruyff; Pele, Maradona; Van Basten But these other formations (that I consider almost equally!) would be valid too (wing-back system with sweeper, 4-3-1-2 and 4-2-2-2 Magic Square respectively) Yashin; Beckenbauer; Cafu, Baresi, Moore, Maldini; Platini, Cruyff; Maradona; Pele, Van Basten Yashin; Cafu, Baresi, Moore, Maldini; Platini, Beckenbauer, Cruyff; Maradona; Pele, Van Basten Yashin; Cafu, Baresi, Moore, Maldini; Platini, Beckenbauer; Cruyff, Maradona; Pele, Van Basten So as you can see various formations will be acceptable and it is not hyper strict in terms of allowing players in certain roles. I've put Platini as a central midfielder myself for example, when obviously he could be an attacking midfielder too (and in my first choice nominated formation he is in effect sharing midfield duties with Cruyff as a nominal right side central midfielder, with Cruyff nominally a left side central midfielder). The supporting attacker roles can be, as in my 4-2-2-2 example, tweeked and split up so that one becomes an attacking midfielder and the other a support striker. Pele could have been picked as a trequartista, in a team with two midfield wingers or in a 4-2-3-1 for example (as shown in another thread if I use 4-2-3-1 one then Messi actually makes my team rather than Maradona). Everyone has free choice in terms of how much to value peak level and how much career when selecting players (as tends to be the case with these votes I think), but like I say the main thing is to make the team resemble a feasible selection of a real line-up (which isn't always the case with all-star selections). Free free to get voting, and I'll keep a track of how things progress!