Greatest AFL Players Ever

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The Top Ten

Gary Ablett
Gary Ablett is 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 he changed to the worst team
So clearly he is the best AFL player EVER
(Camron ling should be second):D:):]
Gary abblet has so muck skill he could beat collingwood by him self
By far the greatest player in terms of passion, class and showing how the game should be played.
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2Wayne 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!
Wayne Carey was so versitile, he could play off half back, through the guts and still manage to kick 80 goals a season, at centre half foward, most full fowards of the modern era can't get near that. Carey is the greatest ever, and daylight between the next
The king buy far has to be in the top 10 ever to play this game so many of us love. His domination not only week in week out but year to year growing from strength to strength lifting his team mates or wining a game off his own was truly ashame his power went to his head and will probably be remembered for all the wrong things by many if he had not I am sure he like voss, Hird, Buckley, long mire, etc would have had a huge impact with coaching. Thanks for the memories Wayne
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3Leigh 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 man dominated every team and player he came up against every single week for 10 years. When Matthews was playing there was no doubt who the alfa dog was - he knew it and ever single player in the adl in the 80's knew he was the best.
He can brake a point post with his head who else can do that yeah no one can you please vote for him he is epic now get everone else and vote for him imean come on just to top it off he is most likely to be the best player of the 20th century
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4Gary Ablett Sr.
This dude is great. Even if you don't barrack for the Cats he is still a legend, freak or whatever you wanna call him. He is definitely in my top players.

This is my top 5...

1. Garry Ablett junior is just like his father, or maybe even better. Definitely first because he reads the play so well, he's talented and is always reliable to get at least 25 disposals a game.

2. Gary Ablett Senior is just a freak (Full stop).

3. Jonathan Brown is in there. He is brave as you can tell with all his reconstructions, great vic bloke who never gives up and will never stop playing. Said he will not leave the Lions even though Collingwood gave him a couple hundred thousand more he still said NO. Can still play fotty in 2014 and can still kick thw winning goal or the mark of the year.

4. Daniel Rich is in my top five. Where the Hell is he on this page, he can kick 80 metres and has the speed. Definitely going to be a freak in the years to come.

5. Pearce Hanley. All right, you might be thinking " WHO THE HELL IS THIS GUY", and I will tell you. He plays for Brisbane LIons and s an Irish man. Look on youtube Pearce Hanley and look at his freakish goals. Find the one when he sells the dummy to a north player and Andrew Swallow, who was chasing him, falls ove his own team mate... And then DOOSH... He kicks a magnificent goal. So when you said before "WHO THE HELL IS THIS GUY" well now you know.

Thanks for reading my top five and if you like this please reply to me (I want to start a career of writing) so I can right more. Just tell me the name and I will write about him. Thanks and ADIOS AMIGOS
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!
Legend all there is 2 say
and that's coming from a carlton support also just becasue I have your attention collingwood lost
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5James 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
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6Chris Judd
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.
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
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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.
I don't see how Ted is not #1, He is easily the greatest footballer of all time, I reckon Gary Ablett Jr is definitely #3, Chris Judd and Nick Maxwell in Top 10? Your joking! I reasonably understand Chris Judd, but Nick Maxwell?! He would not be in the Top 50 and he never will, even if he tried! And Luke Dalhaus at #59?! I'm a Bulldogs Fan and I'm disgusted! Little fanboys need to stop posting random entries!
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8NIck Maxwell
What a joke. Maxwell has never had an opponent in his life, all he does is punch when he could mark the footy. Any muppet can do that. Can 't kick the ball either. He's not in the best 500 of all time, let alone, the top ten.
I think this is pathetic he should be know where near the top 5 and there is way tougher players than him. He's to soft
Will go down as the best player ever to play the game. An icon. A household name. We should all take a moment to be grateful we saw the Great Nick Maxwell play in our lifetimes
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9Nathan Buckley
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
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!
Hands down better then hird. Buckley had a left foot as well as everything else jimmy had. Best player to not win a flag.
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10Tony Lockett
Will I ever see the day that anyone gets close to Lockett's record. I won't hold my breath!
Most goals kicked in AFL/VFL history (1360) no one has even come close to that record, easily deserves a top three spot
Greatest ever goalkicker but none of his 2 clubs stkilda and sydney could give him a premiership for all the work he had done he carried stkilda for 1o years on his own shoulders he was stkilda


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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.
no one as tough and fierce at the pill,3 premierships 5 best ^^ fairests brownlow medal. led his team on the field like a coach.
led his team to 3 consecutive premierships and just lost in the fourth one.


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12Robert Harvey
Dual/Back-to-Back Brownlow Medalist in 1997 and 1998, used to always beat his opponent physically and mentally. Equally polled the most votes in a season in 1998 until Dane Swan's victory with 34 in 2011. Could run all day and gather around over 30 possessions a match. Used to leave midfielders such as Buckley, Voss, Riccuito, West and Crawford metres behind him.
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

13Bobby Skilton
Clarly the best here having won 3 brownlow medals plus he played for south melbourne!
With 3 brownlow medals is one of the greatest
Triple Brownlow medalist. Enough Said

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.

15Matthew 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.

16Jason Dunstall
A cheat, all he ever did was get behind his opponent and shove

17Kevin Bartlett

18Ron Barassi

19Buddy 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!
kicks the ball right to left THATS AMAZING
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20Peter Daicos
So talented and changed the game with his amazing skills

21John Coleman

22Matthew Richardson
He was clearly the best player of all time
Never took his eye off the ball
Able to take flying marks
One of the most accurate goalkickers of all time
An amazing player who deserves to be much higher up on this list
The richo man is the best
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23Peter Hudson

24Mark Riccuito
One of the best players of all time and without a doubt the best Italian player of all time can play as a midfielder and small forward. Equal holder for the most All AUSTRALIAN with Robert havey with 8 equal best and fairest for thr crows with 3 equaled with bujji and goody and a brownlow I reckon Andrew mcleod is still better then him but he is a champion. Now he has handed his jumper to... Patrick Dangerfield who is a gun quick, good long kick, talented and has spark very good plyer patrick dangerfield remember his goal against freemantle assisted by tippo ;)
He is the best

25Greg Williams

26Matthew Pavlich
Much better then a lot off those players above. Should be in the top 15
Great captain of freo and has made Fremantle what it is today

27Stephen Silvagni
Silvagni is the best full back in afl history he should be in the top 10 instead of nick maxwell

28John Nicholls

29Adam Goodes
Dual brownlow medal winner. 2x premiership player. He goes alright
Dual brownlow medal winner. Enough said!

30Royce Hart
Hart was a Richmond all star and took one of the greatest mark of all time WHAT A CHAMPION!

31Bruce Doull
Bruce Doull Greatest Defender ever and very reliable should be in top 10 players of all time

32Graham Farmer

33Kevin Sheedy

34Dean Cox
The best ruckman and he does heaps of center work.


35Gordon Coventry

Easily the best ever player only person close is Lockett. Can't argue with 1299 goals and five premierships

In his heyday this man is the difference between Collingwood and the rest of the VFL team. In the late twenties and the early thirties. A tough and rugged players who drew the attention of every coach when he plays. Makes a habit of kicking 100 goals a seasonis at atime were on 16 games a season. Where Tony Lockett needed motivation to kick his 1000 or so goals Gordon Covenry set a legacy that took other full forwards overifty years to surpass. The greatest spearhead of all time.

36Nick Riewoldt
Hard working and my opinion is that he is either the BEST footy player of all time or the best for saint kilda..

He's been playing for years as the captain and he's still having a go!
Honest, hard working, never give up attitude... Plays for the team every game. Demands the most & the best from himself... And his team mates. A good leader/teacher for the kids.
Courageous and never takes his eyes off the ball
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37Gary Dempsey
1975 Brownlow medalist and one of the greatest ruckman. Suffered severe burns in the Lara Bushfires and was told he would never play AFL again - but came back and proved that doctor wrong with 6 Best and Fairests and the record for the most awarded Brownlow votes.

38Jonathan Brown

2002 Mark of the year winner
2007 Coleman medalist
Brisbane Lions 2001,2002,2003 Premiership player
Brisbane Lions captain 2007 present
Merret-Murray medalist 2007,2008,2009
Victorian Representative 2008
All-Austalian Representative 2007 and 2009

Jonathan Brown is by far the greatest AFL player of all time

39Barrie Robran

40Andrew McLeod

41Dustin Fletcher

42Ryan Griffen
He is far the best in the Western Bulldogs and defintly is in the top ten players of 2013 he might have a chance to sneak in to getting the brownlow medal this year. He is a Star of the AFL because of his Kicking, marking, tackling and basically every thing You Beauty Ryan Griffin!

43Haydn Bunton, Sr.
Fitzroy captain 1936-1937
Fitzroy coach 1936
Best and fairest 2x
Fitzroy leading goal kicker 2x
Brownlow 3x first ever out of 4
Sandover 3x
Hall of fame legend
Team of the century
Fitzroy team of the century
Why isn't he number 1?
Absolute legend 3 times brownlow medalist also in his first 2 years should be first.
Only player to play over 50 games and average over 1 brownlow medal vote per game.
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44Sam Mitchell
I think Mitchell's a great player sets up goals in the forward line and can be great in the centre.


He's a Gun

45Daniel Giansiracusa

46Matthew Scarlett
Greatest defender of all time!
You are a great player for the greatest tem of all!

47Jack Dyer
He was an allstar footy player he couched and played for richmond

48Bob Rose
Best footballer I have seen I hadn't been collingwood player would have been in the hall of fame in stead of some others in the hall of fame the selector were pretty bias
The toughest there has been

49Brad Fisher
Great talent, AFL's Most Under-rated

50David Wirrpunda
David is the best player in the AFL season he knows how to mark and kick goals
Great player, plays back and forward. He's so calm on the field and always seems to know what to do.


51Simon Black
I don't see how black isn't in the top 10 when he must be at least number 3 the only player to win a normsmith medal, brownlow and reach 300 games in 116 years of football that's truly impressive
Easily been on of the best players of the last few decades, should definitely be higher up in the list.
He is one of the best players should be in top 30 maybe not even maybe even 20

52Glenn Archer

53Tony Modra
Talk about up there Cazaly!

54Ben Cousins
Heart and soul of his footy club. Endurance gutsy player got to be up there with the greats on the field and on the party
One if the best of all time would be shocked to see him not in the top 19 he sure deserves it!
Amazing player very talented. Up there amongst the best for sure.
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55Gavin Wanganeen
Courageous, skilled and mighty big game player - loved his ability to accelerate and contort his body like no other

56Daniel Motlop
Motlop shouldn't be on this list, he was skillful and was a good forward when he wanted to be Kane cornes should be here a unrecognized work horse and legend of the port Adelaide football club

57Kurt Tippett

Kurt Tippett will seriously be it soon such a great player strong, quick, tall, takes contested marks, good at ground level 10 times better then tex walker walker anit that good though tippo is better by far.

58Lenny Hayes

59Cyril Rioli
He is the best crumber in the league he's also a very passionate guy I love him.
How is Cyril not in the top ten!
He never falls over

60Anthony Koutoufides
Kouta was the best player of his era he is the one that changed football to the style of game we see today

61Michael Long

the greatest indigenous player ever to play the game


62Luke Dahlhaus

63Tony Liberatore

64Cedric Bonner

65Richard Tambling
Greatest player I've ever seen. Absolutely rocked the little league

66Jobe Watson
Should be ranked far higher up he is a huge player of the game and a massive asset to the club
Brownlow medal winner in 2012 and good player
He Is Great AFL Player He Should Be At Least In The To 20

67Brent Harvey
His a fast guy who can out run other players and doesn't take free shots instead he plays on
He is a legend for North and the games record holder.
Amazing longevity. Could pass 400 games. Still one of the most damaging players with ball in hand gonig forward.
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68Shane Tuck
Arguably the greatest midfielder of the all time - certainly his generation. Can push forward and kick multiple goals with several defenders hanging off him while also possessing the football nous to go back and take crucial, game saving marks. Single-handedly brought Richmond back from the brink of folding with his heart and soul.
The man can play, an absolute superstar of the game. His legacy will continue to wow the younger generations

69Darrel Baldock
I have seen Darren played brilliant, he was very good ball getter better than everyone how St Kildare won premiership, he was captain. Yet I am not Saint supporter.

70Jack Watts
His ability to take Intercept marks in 4 week patches is amazing
He is amazing. Beautiful hair, pretty eyes.

71Ed Lower

72Maurice Rioli
Maurice Rioli spent a lot of time dominating the WAFL, so the awareness of his greatness is perhaps not as great in states other than WA.

73Keith Greig

74Ashley Sampi
Lazy player who had the world at his feet could have been better than lecras if he layed off the turtle and export

75Haydn Bunton

76Tim Watson

77Mark Orchard

78Matthew Liptak

79Keith Bromage

80Simon Madden

81Sam Newman

82Stephen Kernahan

83Craig Bradley

84Will Hoskin-Elliott

85Tom Swift

86Roy Wright

87Albert Collier

88Syd Coventry

best back man ever 4 time preamship captin and browlow

89Dick Reynolds

90Cameron Ling

91Bob Pratt
Best player ever deserves to be 1 first person to score 150 goals in a season

92Albert Thurgood

93Luke Power

94Michael Tuck

95Paul Salmon

96Geoff Southby

97Shane Crawford

98Barry Cable

99Ben Kearns

100Jason Akermanis
Amazing skill. Awesome talent. One of the main contributors in the winning grand final teams.

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