FourFourTwo's 100 Greatest Footballers EVER: 90 to 81

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85. Uwe Seeler

Uwe Seeler

Why are they here?
Talk about starting as you mean to go on. When Seeler made his debut as an 18-year-old in 1954, he scored four goals. Over the next 19 years, he never stopped plundering them for West Germany across three World Cups, and for his beloved Hamburg, with whom he netted 404 goals in 476 games.

Although only 5ft 7in, he was incredibly powerful, and blessed with a prodigious leap which enabled him to score numerous headers throughout his career.

Career highlight
Not as decorated as some other West German legends, but Seeler did win the championship with Hamburg in 1959/60, netting over 50 goals for the season.

Words: Jon Spurling

84. Giacinto Facchetti

Giacinto Facchetti

Why are they here?
In the 1970 World Cup Final, Brazil saw the future. He was playing at left-back for the opposition, who O Canarinho were busy beating 4-1 at the time.

Italy’s Giacinto Facchetti invented the modern full-back. Converted by Inter coach Helenio Herrera from a centre-forward into a right-footed left-back, Facchetti provided the deep-lying attacking thrust in a defence-first catenaccio system which dominated Italian football from the mid-1960s for three decades.

“Those who copied me copied me wrongly,” Herrera later said of his Inter side. “I had Picchi as a sweeper, yes, but I also had Facchetti, the first full-back to score as many goals as a forward.”

In an 18-season career comprising 629 Nerazzurri appearances and 75 goals, Facchetti won four Serie A titles, two European Cups, two Intercontinental Cups and Euro 68 with Italy. Forget Carlos Alberto, Roberto Carlos or any other buccaneering Brazilian: this is where the full-back as a weapon began.

Career highlight
Being part of the first Italian side to defend the European Cup in 1965.

Words: Andy Murray

83. Ryan Giggs

Ryan Giggs

Why are they here?
Evergreen Welsh winger who spent over two decades flowing elegantly past full-backs in the English league and in Europe. Giggs spent his entire career at Manchester United, making a club-record 963 appearances and picking up 13 league titles along the way.

As he grew older and his pace began to wane, he was successfully repurposed by Sir Alex Ferguson into a number of different midfield roles – testament to his flexibility but also fundamental to his lifespan at the top of the game. A true modern great and perhaps the first Premier League superstar, Giggs thrilled for longer than he had any right to.

Career highlight
That treble with Manchester United, winning the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League in the 1998/99 season.

Words: Seb Stafford-Bloor

82. Hugo Sanchez

Hugo Sanchez

Why are they here?
Comfortably the finest Mexican player of all time and one of the leading scorers in Real Madrid and La Liga history. He played for both Madrid clubs, but it was at Real (after moving in 1985) where Sanchez and his somersaulting goal celebration became legend.

Sanchez won five consecutive league titles between 1985 and 1990, was the competition’s top scorer in four of those seasons, and decorated Spanish grounds all over the country with his spectacular range of finishes. Predatory inside the penalty box, certainly, but also extravagantly gifted outside of it, too.

Career highlight
1989: a Liga winner’s medal, victory in the Copa del Rey final against Real Valladolid and, after a staggering 45 goals in 42 games across all competitions, the European Golden Boot.

Words: Seb Stafford-Bloor

81. Dragan Dzajic

Dragan Dzajic

Why are they here?
Dzajic only used his right foot for running, but his left foot was absolutely amazing. Playing on the wing, he was able to dribble past any defender, his crosses were immaculate, and his free-kicks could be magical.

He helped Red Star Belgrade to win five league championships between 1963 and 1973, and was at the very heart of the Yugoslavia national team for 14 years. It’s a great shame that Dzajic was only allowed to move abroad at the age of 29, and went on to represent modest Bastia in France.

Career highlight
Dzajic scored the opening goal of the 1968 European Championship Final against Italy and was close to leading Yugoslavia to the title, but for a late Italian equaliser.

Words: Michael Yokhin

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