How the Guardian ranked the 100 greatest male footballers on this planet 2022

It’s a bit later than regular – attributable to a World Cup that completed in December – however this week we’re able to current our record of the 100 greatest male footballers on this planet in 2022. Soccer luminaries akin to Maicon, Fatih Terim and Avram Grant joined the judges’ panel for our eleventh version.

Former gamers akin to Jan Åge Fjørtoft and Ricardo Rocha additionally be part of a number of coaches, broadcasters, reporters, correspondents and editors from around the globe to type a knowledgable and really world jury.

The 14 present and former professionals have received a mixed 558 worldwide caps.

The countdown begins at 09.00 GMT on Tuesday 24 January with numbers 100-71. On Wednesday we are going to reveal numbers 70-41, on Thursday 40-11 earlier than the highest 10 on Friday completes this 12 months’s record.

The highest 100 guidelines are defined beneath the record of judges. The judges are listed in alphabetical order by class.


Patrik Andersson Former Sweden worldwide who received 96 caps and performed on the 1994 and 2002 World Cups

Rune Bratseth Former Norway worldwide with 60 caps who captained his nation on the 1994 World Cup

Gilles De Bilde Former Belgium worldwide with 25 caps

Erik Edman Former Sweden worldwide with 57 caps who performed on the 2006 World Cup

Jan Åge Fjørtoft Former Norway worldwide with 71 caps who performed on the 1994 World Cup

Maicon Former Brazil worldwide with 76 caps who performed on the 2010 and 2014 World Cups

Janusz Michallik Former US worldwide and ESPN soccer analyst

Juninho Pernambucano Former Brazil worldwide with 40 caps who performed on the 2006 World Cup

Juninho Pernambucano celebrates scoring for Brazil towards Japan on the 2006 World Cup. {Photograph}: John Sibley/Motion Photos/Reuters

Ricardo Rocha Former Brazil worldwide with 38 caps who received the World Cup in 1994

Aymen Tahar Algerian midfielder who performed for Boavista amongst others

Frédéric Waseige Former midfielder who received the Belgian Cup and League Cup with FC Liège and is now a TV pundit

Coaches and technical employees

Fatih Terim Former Milan, Galatasaray and Turkey coach

Avram Grant Former Chelsea, Portsmouth and West Ham supervisor now answerable for Zambia

Magnús Már Einarsson Head coach of Afturelding in Iceland


Ed Aarons Deputy information editor, the Guardian

Ahmed Adala Journalist, Radio Mosaïque FM Tunisia

Shireen Ahmed Multi-platform journalist and co-host of the Burn It All Down feminist sports activities podcast

Fares Salem Al-Johani Author at Asharq Al-Awsat Newspaper in Saudi Arabia

Gary Al-Smith African soccer specialist and co-author of LeGyanDary, the official autobiography of Asamoah Gyan

Davit Alaverdyan Chief Editor, Mediamax Media Firm, Armenia

Abdulmohsen Algabbani Soccer editor based mostly in Saudi Arabia

Tobias Altschäffl Chief footballer reporter at Sport-Bild in Germany

Nick Ames Soccer author, the Guardian

Juan Arango Match Commentator and correspondent for Diario Sport (Spain) and AhoraMismo (USA)

Thiago Arantes Movistar+ commentator and UOL columnist

Marcela Mora y Araujo Argentinian soccer author

Emanuele Atturo Soccer journalist at l’Ultimo Uomo

Philippe Auclair Senior author, France Soccer

Nicky Bandini Italian soccer correspondent, the Guardian

Jorge Baravalle ESPN journalist. European Soccer Analyst

John Bennett Broadcaster, BBC World Service & BBC 5 Stay

Chloe Beresford Content material editor at

Luca Bianchin Soccer author, La Gazzetta dello Sport

Christoph Biermann Soccer author for 11Freunde in Germany

Eduardo Biscayart Commentator on European soccer at Fox Sports activities Mexico and Telemundo (USA)

Andreas Böni Head of soccer at Blick in Switzerland

Anne-Laure Bonnet TV presenter at Téléfoot La Chaine

Andy Brassell European soccer author/broadcaster

Costas Bratsos Soccer author at in Greece

Feargal Brennan Employees author, Soccer España

John Brewin Soccer author, the Guardian

Rodrigo Bueno Soccer journalist and FOX commentator in Brazil

Edgar Cantero Pelota Tata, ESPN

Felipe Cardenas Soccer author on the Athletic, overlaying MLS in addition to soccer in Mexico and Conmebol

Javier Cáceres Soccer author, Süddeutsche Zeitung

Susy Campanale Employees author, Soccer Italia

Pedro Canelo Journalist at El Comercio in Peru

Antonio Casale Journalist for RCN Radio. Additionally works for ESPN and El Espectador newspaper

Carolina Castellanos Sports activities journalist at RCN Radio and La Titular, reporting and commentating on a number of sports activities

Hernán Castillo Argentinian soccer journalist at TNTSports

Alex Chaffer Supervisor of the official Bundesliga web site

Ivaylo Chilev Soccer journalist and Champions League broadcast producer at bTV Media Group in Bulgaria

Rodolfo Chisleanschi Sports activities journalist for El País (España) and La Nación (Argentina)

Marcus Christenson Soccer particular tasks editor, the Guardian

Paulo Vinicius Coelho Soccer author and Fox commentator in Brazil

Pedri, seen right here celebrating a purpose towards Actual Madrid within the latest Tremendous Cup, completed at No 21 final 12 months. Has he moved up or down? {Photograph}: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Photos

James Corbett Writer & Senior Correspondent, Off The Pitch

Santiago Cordera Head of content material of juanfutbol, the most important soccer web site in Mexico

Alfredo Coronis Journalist at Scorching 94.1 FM/Conexión Goleadora

Adriano Del Monte Worldwide TV Presenter (beIN Sports activities, BT Sport, Fifa, Uefa)

Haresh Deol Editor of TwentyTwo13 in Malaysia

Adam Digby Italian soccer author

John Duerden Asian soccer correspondent for the Guardian

Claudia Ekai Freelance sports activities journalist, reporter, producer

Amine El Amri Sports activities journalist at Le Matin in Morocco

Adam Elder US freelance journalist

Kasper Elissaar Editor-in-chief at Soccernet in Estonia

Jeroen Elshoff Soccer commentator NOS Dutch Nationwide tv

Rodrigo Errasti Founding father of Imagosport Comunication & Former sports activities editor chief of the Agencia Colpisa-Vocento in Spain

Alejandro Etcheverry Soccer reporter at BMS Plus radio

Amr Fahmy Journalist working for beIN Sports activities in Egypt

Christian Falk Head of soccer at Sport-Bild in Germany

Babacar Ndaw Faye Author at Emedia in Senegal

Alan Feehely Soccer author for Twenty3

Ryan Fenix TV commentator, Philippines

Martín Fernandez Senior soccer author at Globoesporte in Brazil

Barak Fever ESPN soccer commentator

Oliver Fritsch Sports activities editor of Zeit On-line

Alex Frosio Soccer editor at La Gazzetta dello Sport

Juan Manuel Gavilan TV soccer producer in Peru

Jonas Giaever Sports activities journalist at Dagbladet in Norway

Barry Glendenning Soccer author and Guardian Soccer Weekly common

Fabián Godoy Argentinian/Spanish Commentator and Tactical Analyst at Directv Sports activities, TNT Sports activities and Continental Radio. Correspondent from Argentina at Cadena Cope (Spain).

Bryan Graham Guardian US sports activities journalist

Andreas Hagenauer Soccer journalist at Der Commonplace

Daniel Harris Sports activities author, the Guardian, and film-maker

Jesper Haue Hansen Soccer reporter at Jyllands-Posten in Denmark

Kevin Hatchard Commentator for Bundesliga world feed, Uefa and talkSPORT

Johannes Hofer Presenter at Sky Sport Austria

Gustavo Hofman Soccer journalist and ESPN commentator in Brazil

Andy Hunter Soccer author, the Guardian

Azmaal Hydoo Head of soccer at Mauritius’s best-selling paper and journal, L’Categorical

David Hytner Chief soccer correspondent, the Guardian

Search engine optimization Hyung-wook MBC TV commentator, Footballist CEO, South Korea

Sasa Ibrulj Bosnian soccer author

Wael Jabir CEO in Dubai

Hakim Ziyech in motion for Morocco through the World Cup, the place he shone. However will he make the 2022 record after a stop-start 12 months at Chelsea? {Photograph}: Bagu Blanco/Pressinphoto/Shutterstock

Kristian Jack VP, Canadian Premier League. TV/radio host, reporter, author

Behnam Jafarzadeh Deputy editor at, Iran

Ott Järvela Estonian journalist working at, Kuku Raadio and Viaplay

Boris Jovanovic Editor in Chief Sportske.web

Raphaël Jucobin Editor-in-chief, Get French Soccer Information

Eduard Kalantaryan Head of Armenia TV sport

Celestine Karoney Kenyan sports activities journalist

Jamie Kemble Journalist at Soccer España

Ali Khaled Sports activities Editor at Arab Information

André Kfouri Commentator and author for ESPN Brasil

Tom Kludt Soccer journalist based mostly within the US

Pavle Knezevic Reporter at Sportske.web

Ermal Kuka Sports activities journalist at Panorama Sport in Albania

Samindra Kunti Freelance soccer journalist

Cecilia Lagos ESPN correspondent based mostly within the Netherlands

Steven Lavon Sports activities journalist and editor-in-chief of in Lomé, Togo

Joshua Regulation São Paulo-based freelance journalist and editor of the web site Yellow and Inexperienced Soccer

Sergio Levinsky Journalist working for Infobae and Jornada in Argentina in addition to Kicker in Germany

Gianluca Lia Sports activities journalist at Instances of Malta

Fabio Licari Head of worldwide division at Gazzetta delo Sport

Jonathan Liew Sports activities author, the Guardian

Sid Lowe Spanish soccer correspondent for the Guardian

Alexandre Lozetti Commentator and author for Globo

Olof Lundh Swedish soccer author for Fotbollskanalen and Dagens Industri, pundit for TV4 and C Extra and writer

Ben Lyttleton Soccer writer and advisor

Ben Mabley Japan-based tv commentator for J Sports activities, SkyPerfecTV, and DAZN

Jaime F Macias Soccer analyst at BeIN Sports activities USA

Nebojsa Markovic Sports activities journalist at in Serbia

Gergely Marosi Freelance sports activities journalist and soccer author in Hungary

Everaldo Marques TV Globo broadcaster in Brazil

Martin Mazur Argentinian soccer journalist for El Gráfico, FourFourTwo and La Gazzetta dello Sport

Ugur Meleke Hurriyet columnist and BeinSports pundit

Marcus Mergulhao Sports activities Editor, The Instances of India

Colin Millar European soccer author for Mirror Soccer

Filip Mishov Freelance sports activities journalist and soccer author from Macedonia

Tomasz Mortimer Hungarian soccer author

Dmitriy Mostovoy Commentator atSetanta Sports activities in Kazakhstan

Rasim Movsumzadeh Has written for Kicker and The European Soccer Yearbook and has been Azerbaijan’s juror on the Ballon d’Or since 2000

Hassanin Mubarak Soccer author

Daniel Mundim Worldwide soccer journalist at TV Globo

Ricardo Murguía Champions League commentator for TNT Sports activities México

Ewan Murray Scottish soccer correspondent, the Guardian

Hirofumi Nakano Journalist and radio present host in Japan

Sachin Nakrani Soccer author, the Guardian

Mauricio Noriega Brazilian journalist and SporTV commentator

Vladimir Novak Freelance sports activities journalist, soccer author and producer

Hernan O’Donnell Journalist working for Universo Deportivo who has beforehand written for El Gráfico and La Nación

Antonis Oikonomidis Greek freelance soccer author

Oluwashina Okeleji Reporter for BBC Sport, World Soccer and Al Jazeera on-line

Rafael Oliveira Soccer journalist and ESPN commentator in Brazil

Collins Okinyo African soccer journalist and managing editor of

Joseph Owino Founder, Kawowo Sports activities

Álex Pareja Sports activities journalist at ESPN

Juan Carlos Pasman Argentinian journalist who presents his personal reveals on DirecTV Sports activities and Radio La Pink

Artur Petrosyan Soccer journalist based mostly in Dubai

Ricardo Puig Soccer journalist at ESPN Fuera de Juego

Kieran Quaile Editor at Get Spanish Soccer Information

Thiago Rabelo Brazilian journalist and Guardian contributor

Derek Rae ESPN commentator Bundesliga & La Liga and the Fifa 22 online game

Ali Rea British soccer journalist and content material director for the UAE’s

Marion Reimers Journalist and broadcaster/commentator for TNT Sports activities. Founder and president of Versus

Filippo Maria Ricci Spain correspondent for Gazzetta dello Sport

Roberto Rivera Sports activities commentator and producer together with his personal firm, Gol Desires Movies. Additionally presenter of a present on WAO (radio) and Gol Journal (TV) in Panama

Tom Robinson Senior content material producer at Hudl and South American soccer author, podcaster and scout.

Vitor Sergio Rodrigues Commentator and editor at Esporte Interativo in Brazil

José Armando Rodríguez Editor-in-chief, Deporte Complete USA

Roberto Rojas Paraguayan-American journalist working for beIN Sports activities USA & co-host of the Low Restrict Futbol podcast

Juan Pablo Romero Sports activities journalist at El País in Uruguay

Emanuel Rosu Romanian soccer author

Stephan Roth Reporter at Swiss every day Blick

Jeff Rueter Soccer author for the Athletic

Max Rushden Guardian Soccer Weekly host

Graham Ruthven Soccer journalist based mostly in Scotland

Mina Rzouki Author, presenter and soccer pundit contributing to BBC 5live, BBC Sportsworld, Sky Sports activities, CNN, ESPN and TRT World

Marwan Saeed Operations supervisor of

Emre Sarigul Editor and founding father of

Josué Seixas Brazilian soccer journalist who contributes to The Guardian, Every day Mail and Folha de S. Paulo

Metodi Shumanov Bulgarian soccer author

Vidir Sigurdsson Sports activities editor of Morgunbladid and and writer of the Icelandic Soccer Yearbook

Nacho Silván Co-founder of Imagosport {and professional} soccer analyst

Manos Staramopoulos Chief editor of, Demokratia and Foxssportstories and contributor to and Overfm 104,9

Mojmir Stasko Soccer author for Dennik Sport in Slovakia

Jacob Steinberg Soccer author, Guardian

Nikos Stratis Sports activities author/worldwide soccer analyst/TV presenter/Radio producer at

Keeshaanan Sundaresan Host/Author at Astro SuperSport Malaysia

Saku-Pekka Sundelin Soccer journalist at Ilta-Sanomat

Aet Süvari Estonian soccer reporter

Agris Suveizda Reporter for in Latvia

Jonathan Tannenwald Soccer journalist at Philadelphia Inquirer

Luiz Teixeira TV Globo presenter in Brazil

Mihovil Matter Chief soccer author at Telesport in Croatia

Nuno Travassos Portuguese soccer author at Maisfutebol

Tran Duc Truong Sports activities Journalist, ZingNews, Ho Chi Minh Metropolis, Vietnam

Darren Tulett Presenter at beIN Sports activities in France

Will Unwin Soccer author, the Guardian

Petter Veland Norwegian TV commentator and La Liga skilled for Viasat

Felipe Valderrama Journalist for Caracol Radio and editor of

Ari Virtanen Sports activities journalist at Helsingin Sanomat in Finland

Raúl Vilchis Mexican sports activities journalist based mostly in New York

Bart Vlietstra Dutch soccer journalist working for de Volkskrant and SANTOS journal

Lukas Vrablik Slovakian journalist at Denník N

Ola Wenström Freelance soccer journalist and producer

Greg Wilcox Freelance sports activities journalist and soccer author

Senta Wintner Sports activities author for Austrian every day newspaper Die Presse

Tomasz Wlodarczyk Soccer Journalist,

Carl Worswick Soccer author based mostly in Colombia

Michael Yokhin European soccer author

Bi Yuan Chinese language Soccer Journalist at Titan Sports activities, Beijing

Victor Zaferson Mendoza Soccer scout & analyst based mostly in Peru

Clemens Zavarsky Soccer author for Ballesterer in Austria

Miran Zore Chief editor of Nogomania in Slovenia

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How the voting works

The No 1 alternative of every decide was awarded 40 factors, No 2 given 39pts, right down to 1pt for his or her No 40 alternative. All of the votes have been added collectively to provide a uncooked rating.

To minimise the affect of outliers within the record, the best rating awarded to a participant was then deducted to provide a ultimate rating.

A participant wanted to obtain votes from at the very least 5 judges to qualify for the record.

If gamers are degree on factors within the scoring, the variety of particular person votes forged is used as a tie-breaker.

The person voting breakdown might be printed when the complete record has been revealed.

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