Hi guys i dont know if anyone here has tried but i decided to rank all these legendary players according to their greatness. By greatness i mean their ability to lead their team to championships as well playing a long career and personal achievements. The system i came up with gives points based upon total number of caps, goals, personal hardware, and team championships these players accumulated throughout their career. I wanted to use a scientific/mathematical formula to rank these players to see who is actually overrated/underrated. To keep it fair so that all players can be compared i divided them into 4 obvious categorizes: goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders, and strikers. The only thing that separates these categories is the points they receive per goal. So here is how i ranked them: ACHIEVEMENT POINTS Club Caps 1Country Caps 3World Cup Caps 5Domestic Championships 40Club Continental Champs. 70Club Intercontinental Champs. 80Country Continental Champs. 150Country Intercontinental Champs. 150World Cup Champs. 300World Cup Golden Boot 100World Cup Golden Ball 100World Cup All-Star 50International Golden Boot 100International Player of Year 100Domestic Player of Year 50Domestic Golden Boot 50More goals than caps 2/+goal for Goalkeepers World Cup Clean Sheet 8Goal (all goals treated the same) 12 for Defenders Club Goal 8Country Goal 10World Cup Goal 12 for Midfielders Club Goal 4Country Goal 6World Cup Goal 10 for Striekrs Club Goal 2Country Goal 4World Cup Goal 8 Right off the bat there are some obvious short-comings to this system. Not all information is available about all the players which may skew the actual ranking. This is true, but for most of the well-known players from each country enough information is available to make this a viable system. Also this system focuses on the ability of the player to win anything and does not take into context the team that was around the player or rank the competitions. Championships are categorized according to domestic, continental, and intercontinental for both club and nation. I am not interested in ranking the championships which play on the same level, for instance a Copa America is weighed the same as an European Championship because their are both continental. I did this to keep the playing field level for players who played at big clubs and ones who were stuck at small clubs. The emphasis is on winning. The players who won more championships and trophies are considered "greater" than the ones with lots of ability or great statistics. That is why a player like Pele is considered the greatest ever because he not only had a long career, many goals, but the winning of 32 team championships put him way over the top of other players like Di Stefano who many individual awards and had great statistics. So here are the results of the 24 players i have already done. Please posts your suggestions as to how this can be improved and also your comments on the idea and try it yourself to see where your favorite player ranks. I realize this might not be the most accurate way to rank these players but its worth a shot. Rank Country Name Position Total Points 1 Brazil Pele ST 5,601 2 Brazil Zico M 5,4703 Argentina Maradona M 4,786 4 Arg./Spain Di Stefano ST 4,486 5 W. Germany Gerd Muller ST 4,416 6 Portugal Eusebio ST 4,289 7 Netherlands Cruyff M 3,954 8 Hungary Puskas ST 3,8399 W. Germany Matthaus M 3,836 10 France Platini M 3,71811 W. Germany Beckenbauer D 3,677 12 England Bobby Charlton M 3,547 13 Italy Maldini D 3,530 14 Brazil Ronaldo ST 3,369 15 France Zidane M 3,302 16 Brazil Garrincha ST 2,891 17 Hungary Kocsis ST 2,746 18 Argentina Passarella D 2,603 19 Netherlands Rijkaard M 2,397 20 Brazil Didi M 2,228 21 England Bobby Moore D 2,181 22 N. Ireland George Best M 2,110 23 Italy Baresi D 2,043 24 Netherlands Krol D 1,952 I started with Maradona and Pele first and i wasn't at all surprised with the results until i did one of the last ones which was Zico. When the numbers added all up i was shocked he knocked Maradona out of 2nd place. I got most of the statistical information from player profiles shared on this forum, Wikipedia, PlanetWorldCup and of course googled any other various info i needed. I am going to do more players and i guess we'll see if there are any more surprises. Post the ones you did and i will add them.