I was wondering about this and eventually I thought it would fit best to just open a new thread. The question is an easy one, although actually three different things are meant. 1 - 'Best player' as in entire career 2 - 'Best player' as in peak performance 3 - 'Best player' as in what he did after 1993-94, since ESM started in 1994-95. In 1994-95 only a team of the season was chosen. He wasn't selected in there, although three of the eight voters included him an XI (9 players got voted more often). All those three voters selected however five or more forwards, and only the Belgian magazine identifiably ranked him ahead of other Italian based attackers. Three inclusions placed him level with the Italian based attackers Vialli and Savicevic. Some would say it is Romario but he's a year older than Baggio and was only eligible for half a year, before he moved out of Europe (many prefer Baggio anyway, even while winning a lot less and that view makes some sense imho). On the other hand Romario played at a position where someone gets noticed earlier when he performs well, when he has already built a name, especially in that time with the dominant roles and tactics back then (Baggio more of a goalscoring forward than assister too of course, compared to other number tens). This are the other players from 18 February 1967 or earlier (took some time to figure this out but found a handy method for this). 1961 - D. Blind (1994-95 team of the season plus 4 selections) 1961 - L. Matthaus (4 selections) 1962 - F. Rijkaard (1994-95 team) 1962 - A. Köpke (1 selection) 1962 - M. Konsel (1 selection) 1962 - Donato (1 selection) 1963 - P. Schmeichel (4 selections) 1963 - B. Lama (2 selections) 1963 - D. Seaman (1 selection) 1963 - G. Bergomi (1 selection) 1964 - J. Klinsmann (1994-95 team plus 1 selection) 1964 - M. Laudrup (1994-95 team) 1964 - R. Mancini (2 selections) 1964 - A. Yeboah (1 selection) 1964 - S. Apostolakis (1 selection) 1964 - P. Le Guen (1 selection) 1964 - L. Dixon (1 selection) 1964 - G. McAllister (1 selection) 1965 - L. Blanc (11 selections) 1965 - J. Angloma (10 selections) 1965 - 'Rai' (3 selections) 1965 - T. Helmer (2 selections) 1965 - J. Kohler (1 selection) 1965 - G. Pallister (1 selection) 1965 - K.H. Riedle (1 selection) 1965 - R. Hesp (1 selection) 1966 - G. Weah (5 selections) 1966 - G. Zola (1994-95 team plus 1 selection) 1966 - K. Balakov (3 selections) 1966 - E. Cantona (3 selections) 1966 - M. Keown (3 selections) 1966 - G. Pagliuca (2 selections) 1966 - Mazinho (2 selections) 1966 - M. Pantic (1 selection) 1966 - W. Jonk (1 selection) 1966 - T. Hassler (1 selection) 1966 - A. Di Livio (1 selection) 1966 - O. Thon (1 selection) 1966 - T. Adams (1 selection) 1966 - T. Sheringham (1 selection) 1967 - C. Ferrara (5 selections) 1967 - I. Zamorano (1994-95 team) 1967 - D. Ginola (2 selections) 1967 - T. Flowers (1 selection) Even for the third question I can see the merit of the proposition (also strongly the counter-merit). For example 'defenders' Angloma, Ferrara and Matthaus (April 1998, May 1999 - a sympathy vote probably -, November 1999, February 2000) were not short changed here, while we know differing views existed at the time, aided by a number of high profile errors for each of them. Angloma received 10 selections, and he was out of the picture for the national team as well. We also see some veteran performances as McAllister, Sheringham and Mazinho (for Celta de Vigo) getting a nod of approval.