Opinionated Post: What will be your Typical GOAT (Greatest of All Time) footballer and Why?
I value ‘pure footballing ability’ and being able to perform it consistently at a level better than others. It’s why my best GOAT (Greatest of All Time) list has lots of #10s. Players who score, dribble, create, pass etc. The imaginary perfect footballer does all of those things at the highest level.
Ability + Performances = Primary Criteria.
It’s why the ‘supposed’ 3 greatest ever (Maradona, Messi, Pele) were branded as GOATs (Greatest of All Time) in their early years. Longevity, stats and awards are secondary. Football is all subjective at the end of the day. I think we can still understand this opinion without agreeing.
I’m not a fan of Cristiano Ronaldo but not putting him in the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) conversation is a naïve thing to say. In lots of Greatness conversations, they come into play which is why if someone says Ronaldo is greatest, I understand their thinking.
Greatness isn’t defined by talent and so Cristiano Ronaldo will always be in that category of Greatness. You cannot convince anyone that the guy with the most goals in the whole history of the sport [football] isn’t in that conversation no matter what.
GOAT (Greatest of All Time) conversation is opinionated. It’s what you value in a footballer. Some men go for stats, some men it’s purely on the eye, which again is subjective. To me, the likes of Pele, Messi, Maradona possessed a footballing completeness no one matches and at a level no one matches. The game went through them. The Greats. The players I don’t rank as highly don’t do all of scoring, creating, orchestrating, dribbling or passing to an all time level.
That’s the problem with our arguments in these conversation. People want others to see things from their own perspective or preference (Just like I did). The question asked is simple but allow it to be relative. Depending on the person you are asking, when he started watching football and when he stopped if possible and all that.
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