FIFA 100

structured list of footballers

The FIFA 100 is a list of 125 footballers chosen by Brazilian football legend Pelé. He made his choices based on who he thought were the best living footballers in the world. It was presented on 4 March 2004 at a ceremony in London.

The number 100 represents the 100th anniversary of FIFA and not the number of players selected. The list has 123 male players and 2 female players. At the time the list was selected, 50 players were active and 75 were retired.

ListEdit

This is the list of the "FIFA 100" greatest living footballers as chosen by Pelé.[1][2]

  • An asterisk (*) marks players who still played in 2004.
  • Players who are still playing in 2020 are in italics.

  ArgentinaEdit

Player Position Date of Birth
Gabriel Batistuta* FW 1969-02-01
Hernán Crespo* FW 1975-07-05
Alfredo Di Stéfano FW 1926-07-04
Mario Kempes FW 1954-07-15
Diego Maradona FW/MF 1960-10-30
Daniel Passarella DF 1953-05-25
Javier Saviola* FW 1981-12-11
Omar Sívori FW 1935-10-02
Juan Sebastián Verón* MF 1975-03-09
Javier Zanetti* DF/MF 1973-08-10

  BelgiumEdit

Player Pos. DoB
Jan Ceulemans MF 1957-02-28
Jean-Marie Pfaff GK 1953-12-04
Franky Van der Elst MF 1961-04-30

  BrazilEdit

Player Pos. DoB
Carlos Alberto DF 1944-07-17
Cafu* DF 1970-06-07
Falcão MF 1953-10-16
Pelé FW 1940-10-23
Júnior MF 1954-06-29
Rivaldo* MF 1972-04-19
Rivelino MF 1946-01-01
Roberto Carlos* DF 1973-04-10
Romário* FW 1966-01-29
Ronaldinho* MF/FW 1980-03-21
Ronaldo* FW 1976-09-18
Djalma Santos DF 1929-02-27
Nílton Santos DF 1925-05-16
Sócrates MF 1954-02-19
Zico MF/FW 1953-03-03

  BulgariaEdit

Player Pos. DoB
Hristo Stoichkov FW 1966-02-08

  CameroonEdit

Player Pos. DoB
Roger Milla FW 1952-05-20

  ChileEdit

Player Pos. DoB
Elías Figueroa DF 1946-10-25
Iván Zamorano FW 1967-01-18

  ColombiaEdit

Player Pos. DoB
Carlos Valderrama MF 1961-09-02

  CroatiaEdit

Player Pos. DoB
Davor Šuker FW 1968-01-01

  Czech RepublicEdit

Player Pos. DoB
Josef Masopust MF 1931-02-09
Pavel Nedvěd* MF 1972-08-30

  DenmarkEdit

Player Pos. DoB
Brian Laudrup FW 1969-02-22
Michael Laudrup MF 1964-06-15
Peter Schmeichel GK 1963-11-18

  EnglandEdit

Player Pos. DoB
Gordon Banks GK 1937-12-30
David Beckham* MF 1975-05-02
Bobby Charlton MF 1937-10-11
Kevin Keegan FW 1951-02-14
Gary Lineker FW 1960-11-30
Michael Owen* FW 1979-12-14
Alan Shearer* FW 1970-08-13

  FranceEdit

Player Pos. DoB
Eric Cantona FW 1966-05-24
Marcel Desailly* DF 1968-09-07
Didier Deschamps MF 1968-10-15
Just Fontaine FW 1933-08-18
Thierry Henry* FW 1977-08-17
Raymond Kopa MF 1931-10-31
Jean-Pierre Papin FW 1963-11-05
Robert Pires* MF 1973-10-29
Michel Platini MF 1955-06-21
Lilian Thuram* DF 1972-01-01
Marius Trésor DF 1950-01-15
David Trezeguet* FW 1977-10-15
Patrick Vieira* MF 1976-06-23
Zinedine Zidane* MF 1972-06-23

  GermanyEdit

Player Pos. DoB
Michael Ballack* MF 1976-09-26
Franz Beckenbauer SW 1945-09-11
Paul Breitner MF/DF 1951-09-05
Oliver Kahn* GK 1969-06-15
Jürgen Klinsmann FW 1964-07-30
Sepp Maier GK 1944-02-28
Lothar Matthäus MF/SW 1961-03-21
Gerd Müller FW 1945-11-03
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge FW 1955-09-25
Uwe Seeler FW 1936-11-05

  GhanaEdit

Player Pos. DoB
Abédi Pelé FW 1964-11-05

  HungaryEdit

Player Pos. DoB
Ferenc Puskás FW 1927-04-02

  ItalyEdit

Player Pos. DoB
Roberto Baggio* FW/MF 1967-02-18
Franco Baresi DF/SW 1960-05-08
Giuseppe Bergomi DF 1963-12-22
Giampiero Boniperti FW 1928-07-04
Gianluigi Buffon* GK 1978-01-28
Alessandro Del Piero* FW 1974-11-09
Giacinto Facchetti DF 1942-07-18
Paolo Maldini* DF 1968-06-26
Alessandro Nesta* DF 1976-03-19
Gianni Rivera MF 1943-08-18
Paolo Rossi FW 1956-09-23
Francesco Totti* FW/MF 1976-09-27
Christian Vieri* FW 1973-07-12
Dino Zoff GK 1942-02-28

  JapanEdit

Player Pos. DoB
Hidetoshi Nakata* MF 1977-01-22

  LiberiaEdit

Player Pos. DoB
George Weah FW 1966-10-01

  MexicoEdit

Player Pos. DoB
Hugo Sánchez FW 1958-07-11

  NetherlandsEdit

Player Pos. DoB
Marco van Basten FW 1964-10-31
Dennis Bergkamp* FW 1969-05-10
Johan Cruyff FW 1947-04-25
Edgar Davids* MF 1973-03-13
Ruud Gullit MF 1962-09-01
René van de Kerkhof MF 1951-09-16
Willy van de Kerkhof MF 1951-09-16
Patrick Kluivert* FW 1976-07-01
Johan Neeskens MF 1951-09-15
Ruud van Nistelrooy* FW 1976-07-01
Rob Rensenbrink FW 1947-07-03
Frank Rijkaard MF/DF 1962-09-30
Clarence Seedorf* MF 1976-04-01

  NigeriaEdit

Player Pos. DoB
Jay-Jay Okocha* MF 1973-08-14

  Northern IrelandEdit

Player Pos. DoB
George Best MF 1946-05-22

  ParaguayEdit

Player Pos. DoB
Romerito FW 1960-08-28

  PeruEdit

Player Pos. DoB
Teófilo Cubillas FW 1949-03-08

  PolandEdit

Player Pos. DoB
Zbigniew Boniek MF 1956-03-03

  PortugalEdit

Player Pos. DoB
Eusébio FW 1942-01-25
Luís Figo* MF 1972-11-04
Rui Costa* MF 1972-03-29

  IrelandEdit

Player Pos. DoB
Roy Keane* MF 1971-08-10

  RomaniaEdit

Player Pos. DoB
Gheorghe Hagi MF 1965-02-05

  RussiaEdit

Player Pos. DoB
Rinat Dasayev GK 1957-06-13

  ScotlandEdit

Player Pos. DoB
Kenny Dalglish FW 1951-03-04

  SenegalEdit

Player Pos. DoB
El Hadji Diouf* FW 1981-01-15

  South KoreaEdit

Player Pos. DoB
Hong Myung-bo* DF 1969-02-12

  SpainEdit

Player Pos. DoB
Emilio Butragueño FW 1963-07-22
Luis Enrique* MF 1970-05-08
Raúl* FW 1977-06-27

  TurkeyEdit

Player Pos. DoB
Rüştü Reçber* GK 1973-05-10
Emre Belözoğlu* MF 1980-07-09

  UkraineEdit

Player Pos. DoB
Andriy Shevchenko* FW 1976-09-29

  United StatesEdit

Player Pos. DoB
Michelle Akers MF/FW 1966-02-01
Mia Hamm* FW 1972-03-17

  UruguayEdit

Player Pos. DoB
Enzo Francescoli FW/MF 1961-11-12

ReferencesEdit

  1. "FIFA 100". Best Football Players Ever.
  2. "The Fifa 100". The Guardian. 4 March 2004.