Greatest AFL Players Ever

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

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1Gary 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:):]

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

Gary abblet has so muck skill he could beat collingwood by him self

Gary Ablett absolute gun at getting injured

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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.

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.

Leigh Matthews is an all-time great, defiantly deserves top spot

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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.

A fair comparison can only be done by assessing a players influence. It's them most difficult thing to compare players in different positions little lone combined with different generations. Afl strategy has changed over the last 20 years to such an extent it's virtually a different game.

Center half forward at the time was perhaps the most pivotal position. Cary's ability to turn a game, dominate an opponent and inspire a team put him second only to Gary Ablett Jnr from an influential standpoint.

From a technique perspective- marking ability, strength/intellect in contested possessions, positional awareness and presence on the field plus a supreme confidence in his own ability is what made Cary so formidable.

No doubt Whitton, Barassi & Matthews are all strong contenders for most influential player from previous generations.

Absolute jet, best centre-half forward ever!

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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.

He is a great forward and never keeps his eye on the ball

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5Chris 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

The best player in history

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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

Pure legend, history of AFL

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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

Close call but I have to agree with Whitten at number 1

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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.

Tony Lockett is absolute beast he could be 10 teams by himself😎

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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

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.

He is my Dad's favourite player, he was a gun when I wasn't born.

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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

Hands down better then hird. Buckley had a left foot as well as everything else jimmy had. Best player to not win a flag.

Buckley is still couching he never where's out

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The Newcomers

?Lance Franklin

He is one of the best goal kickers all time

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.

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

Sheer ability to turn a game puts him top four for me. Hard ball gets.. amazing

Should be in top 5, player and leader = amazing

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12Bobby Skilton

With 3 brownlow medals is one of the greatest

Triple Brownlow medalist. Enough Said

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

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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 cheat, all he ever did was get behind his opponent and shove

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...

15Kevin Bartlett

The ordinary man who did extraordinary things.

He is awesomly awesome because he played for our team

Champion wins b&f in premiership season

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!

kicks the ball right to left THATS AMAZING

The greatest player of all time hands down

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17Ron Barassi

Barassi was right up there with Teddy Whitten for sure.

18Matthew 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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19Greg Williams

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

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

20Peter Hudson

The greatest full forward in my time!

Should definitively be in the top 10.

A fantastic foward player & a gentleman to boot

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