Greatest AFL Players Ever

The greatest players in the history of the Australian Football League.

The Top TenXW

1Gary Ablett

By far the greatest player in terms of passion, class and showing how the game should be played.

Gary Ablett ia an amazing and awesome player he never takes his eyes off the ball and most importantly he is not afraid to lose, I mean he use to be on one of the best ever AFL sides and then changed to the worst team

Ablett could dominate the game in more than 1 position, make the impossible possible and the ridiculous seem normal. A genius with and without the ball, there was no one more worth watching at their best.

Because he is a gun

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2Leigh Matthews

This man is the best voted best player of all time. Kicked 915 goals as a small forward, and voted player of the century. Won 8 premiership medallions as a coach and player for the hawks, he's won a coleman and 9 best and fairest.

The best "rover" in the game, later to then become the best small forward in the game. Simply ruthless on his attack on the ball, opposing players ( sometimes to his detriment) and pesky point posts at "Windy Hill". His nickname to VFL fans was "Lethal", but to the Hawks faithful he was always known as "Barney" as in Barney Rubble. Brute strength is what broke the point post that day and he only received a little lump on his elbow from it. I'm glad I was there to see this happen and for it to reinforce the "Legend that is "Leigh Matthews.

Pound for pound the best player ever. For a man of his height to dominate and on top of that a burning desire to win at all costs. He was a leader in arguably the best team of the 70's and 80's.Fearless.A winner. Even after his playing days he won 4 premierships at 2 different clubs.This guy knows what it takes to win.I'm sure the players he played with and coached would say the same thing.A winner.. A legend of Australian rules football.

He is the best player I can remember apart from dunstall

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3Wayne Carey

Best contested mark the game has ever seen and as good at ground level as anyone his size has ever been. Best on-field leader of the modern game. The complete package who dominated from centre half forward but could play anywhere if required. What puts him above all others though is his match-winning ability. He wasn't just great, he was great when he needed to be!

Certainly the best player ever at his best. Had all the x-factor of a buddy franklin, but was so much more. He was the best on-field leader I've seen, best contested mark, great at ground level as well, one of the most reliable shots on goal from any range. He was probably the strongest bloke in the league and was quick for his size... There genuinely wasn't an aspect of the game that he wasn't great at. And he was a winner. I don't think there's ever been a player with the same ability to win games for his team.

There has been no better player than Wayne Carey. His strength, athleticism and skills were obvious but equally important was his huge work ethic. He rarely, if ever, played a bad game and was the consumate match winner. Despite immense attention throughout his whole career, he never succumbed to injury or poor form and routinely played at a level that most players could only dream of. Unlike some of his feted peers, he was instrumental in his team winning premierships. Not more than you can ask, really. Mark M.

Greatest Player of All Time

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4Gary Ablett Sr.

Greatest player I have seen he has brilliant consistency. He is the best kick ever. To kick 65 metres on your right foot and 60 on your left is amazing, when some players can not even kick 50. He kick a kick against hawthorn that went around 80 metres. He had excellent hands and perfect judgement. His speed is astonishing he could not bet beat. Ablett could have the whole back line on him and still kick goals. 9 goals against richmond at half time from the wing is incredible. He had the best season of any footballer in 1993. He his the best footballer by a country mile.

he can do anything you want he once kicked 18 goals he took the best mark and it still is he is tough he is a great man!

He was my favourite player to watch growing up, there was nothing this man couldn't do on a footy field, the defender needed to be as quick and fit as a midfielder but also big and strong to beat him in the air so was near unstoppable in his prime.

Better then his son

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5Chris Judd

Judd's contested football, ability to get the ball away to a teammate when he has 3 players hanging off him and his ability to turn a game is second to none. Now he's starting to kick goals. Magnificent

chris judd is by far the best he's got the paste talent and one of the best centre clearences in the afl and already wrapped up 2 brownlows how good is that

CHRIS JUDD is by far the best player the AFL has ever seen duel brownlow medalist and a real ball getter. He has been the best player in his era and the most outstanding player VFL/AFL has ever seen he's an out right legend.

Better than gaz

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6James Hird

Seemed to always have time when in possession, unbelievable grace and talent

Better than all except for maybe ablett snr and carey. But better to watch than carey and premierships which ablett snr did not. Judd and ablett jnr close but can't match the flair!

The best 4 sure him and matthew lloyd made the afl superb

He was the best

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7Ted Whitten

Ted Whitten is nicknamed "Mr Football" because he is the best at football

If your're called mr football, I think it's for a good reason.

One of the top Aussies to have ever set foot on this land.

So good a oval is named after him

The best player ever

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8Tony Lockett

Will I ever see the day that anyone gets close to Lockett's record. I won't hold my breath!

In his area, just get ready for the next centre bounce. It will most likely be a goal to Locket. Is the only player who can win a game off his own boot.

Has the highest average of goals in a individual season of 7.47 goals per game. Need I say anymore.

Power forward. Only way to stop him, was to stop the ball heading his way. Great hands and a great shot for goal.

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9Robert Harvey

Most underrated player ever. Amazing ability to hit target after target with his 20-30metre short passes/

His level of sportsman ship and ability to run any other player on this list off their legs should really have him at no. 1

Robert Harvey is so awesome. He can kick better than franklin and is just a freak player

NOBODY could run with him!

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10Nathan Buckley

Hands down to Nathan Buckley who has been a Collingwood all time great. Hard nut at the footy, and was so close to winning a premiership for the pies. Definitely should be in the top 5!

I hate collingwood but this guy could play. He should be 5th not nick maxwell whos done nothing as captain since taking over buckley. He held the cup in 2010 because of his team mates leadership not his

Legend of the game! Could hit a target on either foot from any distance. Great leader.

Nathan Buckley is amazing

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The Contenders

11Michael Voss

Did all the hard unnoticed work in a scrap as well as performed the miraculous. An absolute game changer, he led his team by example, put his body on the line and did whatever had to be done to inspire his team.

Totally needs to be in top ten. Literally carried inspired drove the lions into and win 3 grand finals by his play and leadership

led his team to 3 consecutive premierships and just lost in the fourth one. - THEMASTER

Best player all up

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12Bobby Skilton

Left or right foot and over his head. Bashed and bruised he won the ball against winning rucks. Had to fight for every kick and still won three Brownlows. Never reported nor suspended and always humble. Belongs on everyone's mantle piece among the very best.

Clarly the best here having won 3 brownlow medals plus he played for south melbourne!

To win three brow lows in a team that was for the most part in the bottom half of the ladder and umpires votes mostly go to the winning sides I regard Bob Skilton as the greatest footballer in the sixty years I have followed league football G.J. G

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13Jason Dunstall

For someone who just got behind opponents and pushed ( sarcasm intended) he was an extraordinary mark on the lead. Great hands, accurate kick and only Pratt and Hudson kicked more goals in a season and they never dished one off to a team mate. He was a fantastic big game player and continued at an elite level even when Hawthorn went in to a decline.

A Hawks legend a real sharpshooter who often kept the team in games when they no right to be winning

Love him, great player and a leader for the forward line

The chief is awesome best ever

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14Alex Jesaulenko

Jezza you Beauty enough said Jezza is one of the greatest players of all time if not the best he was able to take brilliant marks kick great goals the only blue to kick a century of goals in a season and took the mark of the century in the 1970 grand final kicked 7 in 1972 and was the last captain coach to captain coach a premiership in 1979.

For his size, he had an amazing leap and grip for the ball, and could always be relied on to kick a goal when needed

Simply the most elegant player there was...

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15Kevin Bartlett

The ordinary man who did extraordinary things.

Receiver nevergot dirty quick to pounce on other player's hard work...

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16Buddy Franklin

The very best player in the game bar none. To kick 65 -70 goals a year and play Winger, Half forward, Full Forward is a testament to the complete player that he is. I reckon he will have 900 or 1000 goals by 2021.

Buddy not quite there yet but will be one of the greats. This poll has no accuracy as a lot of players have not completed their careers. If the poll was based statistically the greatest would be Lethal Leigh Matthews!

Since he was in the draft and then to the Hawks my team, he was an amazing player total class. Remember his 13 goals it was amazing.

Absolute legend

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17Ron Barassi

Probably rated about where he should be for football ability but deserves to be in the top ten just for his fantastic contribution. I shook hands with him when I was 12 in 1957 and only just washed my hand the other day.

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18Greg Williams

Should be in top 5 @least. Vision on field 2nd to none.

Reliable and pin point accuracy handballs and kicks

Best player I've seen in the last 40 years!

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19Matthew Lloyd

Matthew should still play. I play footy and I look up to him a lot. His my hero. That's why I love the bombers. In the EJ game (2013) he was a superstar I've got something to say Matthew you ROCK

A true legend of the game. One of the best players I've ever seen.

Lloyd was one of the greats. Fantastic player should be ranked a lot higher!

Such a awesome forward he boots heaps of goals

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20Peter Hudson

Met this man in December last year, a fantastic bloke. Would've loved to have been there to watch him at the peak of his powers.

The greatest full forward in my time!

Better than Lockett, better than Coleman, simply the best full forward the game as ever seen. How many goals would he have kicked if his career was not cut short? What other full forward has ever had the ball on a string like Hudson.? He was a guenuine football genius and of course, like Leigh Mathews he played for the brown and gold.

My friends names hudson

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