There are now a few 'great players' lists from the 1980s and beyond available. To see how they were rated against their own contemporaries and the evolution in thinking. This comes in various forms such as votes by peers, journalists or simply just one list by a (reputable) name. I wonder whether anyone has an idea for the 1970s and earlier? Inspired by these comments here; http://forums.bigsoccer.com/threads/footballers-of-the-year.2038711/page-12#post-35132001 For the mid 1950s I have two books, albeit from an Dutch-Belgian perspective (the Dutch author was of Italian descent). One of them has become a classic and sort of the 'ultimate' reference, but the other is also good (a yearbook from 1954 with an encyclopedic section). I'll start with the encyclopedia from 1955. The small booklet on the right shows the additions and corrections by 1956. The first page shows the editors, the other scan the remaining co-operators. [click to enlarge] I've used and references this encyclopedia before for the (known) tactical systems of the time.