FIFA Player of the Century

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Five years after the award, winners Maradona and Pele exchanged national team shirts. MaradonaPeleShirts.jpg
Five years after the award, winners Maradona and Pelé exchanged national team shirts.

FIFA Player of the Century was a one-off award created by FIFA to decide the greatest football player of the 20th century, announced at the annual FIFA World gala, held in Rome on 11 December 2000. [1] Diego Maradona and Pelé were joint winners of the award. [2] [3] Maradona won the award based on the Internet poll, while Pelé won the award based on votes from FIFA officials, journalists and coaches. [2] [3]

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Background

Since 1991, FIFA have had awards for FIFA World Player of the Year and they decided to bring in the new millennium by conducting a public vote to decide the FIFA Player of the Century. This was to be decided by votes on their official website, their official magazine and a grand jury. Maradona won the Internet-based poll by wide margins, garnering 53.6% of the votes against 18.53% for Pelé. [4] Despite the fact that Eusébio, who played football professionally during Pelé's era, placed third in the poll, many observers complained that the Internet nature of the poll would have meant a skewed demographic of younger fans who would have seen Maradona play, but not Pelé. As a result, FIFA decided to add a second poll and appointed a "Football Family" committee composed of football journalists, officials and coaches, who voted Pelé the best player of the century with 72.75% of the vote, thus both were joint winners of the award. [5]

FIFA internet vote

The results of FIFA's internet Poll were as follows: [6]

PlayerNationalityPercentage
1 Diego Maradona Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 53.6%
2 Pelé Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 18.53%
3 Eusébio Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 6.21%
4 Roberto Baggio Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 5.42%
5 Romário Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 1.69%
6 Marco van Basten Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 1.57%
7 Ronaldo Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 1.55%
8 Franz Beckenbauer Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 1.50%
9 Zinedine Zidane Flag of France.svg  France 1.34%
10 Rivaldo Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 1.19%
11 Zico Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 1.15%
12 Garrincha Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 1.08%
13 Johan Cruyff Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 0.87%
14 Alfredo Di Stéfano Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 0.68%
15 Michel Platini Flag of France.svg  France 0.58%
16 Bobby Charlton Flag of England.svg  England 0.39%
17 Ferenc Puskás Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 0.37%
18 Lothar Matthäus Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 0.37%
19 Lev Yashin Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 0.36%
20 George Best Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland 0.32%

FIFA Magazine and Grand Jury vote

This part of the award was decided by the FIFA Magazine readers vote and the FIFA Grand Jury. [6]

PlayerNationalityPercentage
1 Pelé Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil72.75%
2 Alfredo Di Stéfano Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina9.75%
3 Diego Maradona Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina6.0%
4 Franz Beckenbauer Flag of Germany.svg Germany2.5%
5 Johan Cruyff Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands2.0%
George Best Ulster Banner.svg Northern Ireland2.0%
7 Michel Platini Flag of France.svg France1.0%
Garrincha Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil1.0%
Zico Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil1.0%
Gerd Müller Flag of Germany.svg Germany1.0%
Roberto Baggio Flag of Italy.svg Italy1.0%

FIFA Centennial Award

FIFA Centennial Player and Football Personality. [7]

WinnerNationality
Franz Beckenbauer Flag of Germany.svg Germany
Pelé Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil

IFFHS

IFFHS gave out an award decided by votes which was conducted with the participation of journalists and former players (no further details given). [8]

PlayerNationalityVotes
1 Pelé Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 1705
2 Johan Cruyff Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 1303
3 Franz Beckenbauer Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 1228
4 Alfredo Di Stéfano Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 1215
5 Diego Maradona Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 1214
6 Ferenc Puskás Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 810
7 Michel Platini Flag of France.svg  France 722
8 Garrincha Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 624
9 Eusébio Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 544
10 Bobby Charlton Flag of England.svg  England 508

Best World Cup Players

A few years prior to the end of the century, in 1993, in a ceremony sponsored by the American Airlines in Las Vegas, FIFA voted the best players, goalkeepers and coaches in the World Cup history. [9]

Players

PlayerNationalityVotes
1 Pelé Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 991
2 Franz Beckenbauer Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 954
3 Johan Cruyff Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 911
4 Diego Maradona Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 907
5 Michel Platini Flag of France.svg  France 872
6 Garrincha Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 862
7 Bobby Charlton Flag of England.svg  England 850
8 Bobby Moore Flag of England.svg  England 814
9 Lothar Matthaus Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 727
10 Gerd Muller Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 705
11 Ferenc Puskás Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 659
12 Eusébio Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 642
13 Djalma Santos Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 588
14 Roberto Rivelino Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 549
15 Paolo Rossi Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 536
16 Mario Kempes Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 535
17 Didi Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 522
18 Paul Breitner Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 495
19 Daniel Passarella Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 484
20 Jairzinho Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 483

Goalkeepers

PlayerNationalityVotes
1 Lev Yashin Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 641
2 Gordon Banks Flag of England.svg  England 478

Coaches

PlayerNationalityVotes
1 Franz Beckenbauer Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 596
2 Cesar Luis Menotti Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 429
- Mario Zagallo Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 429

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