Recently I encountered a late 1987 book published and made by the RAI (the Italian BBC). I wouldn't say it is particularly good (some obvious foreign players like George Best look to be missing to me while his ManUnited team-mates are mentioned) but there are two good things about it. One is that of the Italians Riva, Altafini (Brazilian-born), Meazza, Piola, Boniperti, Facchetti and Zoff are 'universally' regarded as great. Ofc we already knew, say, Rivera had his detractors with not so flattering nicknames as 'l'abatino' invented for him (personally I'm a fan; I recognize he offered close to zero in defense but was very good in making himself available, technically brilliant and was in his best seasons a productive player but funnily clearly not so when he won the BdO). The other good thing is the long chapter on Pelé and Cruijff, with commentary by figures as Bearzot, Trapattoni, Conti and Rivera too on what makes them special figures in the history of the sport, and how/why they are good.