Greatest AFL Players of All Time

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

The Top Ten

1 Leigh Matthews

Best player other then myself to play the great game of australian rules *dab*

Great footballer

Amazing

Fantastic

Best to ever do it... the goat!

Great player unstoppable

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2 Gary Ablett Gary Ablett Gary Ablett Jr. is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Geelong Football Club in the Australian Football League. The eldest son of Australian Football Hall of Fame member and former Geelong player Gary Ablett Sr., Ablett was drafted to Geelong under the father-son rule in the 2001 ...read more.

He is so old and he is overrated, just retire gaz

He is the most overrated player ever

He's the best Alf player in history

He's the best goal kicker I've ever seen!

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3 Wayne Carey

Insane jarvis

As a Bulldog suppotrer, I would always love watching Wayne play, he has a smooth class and football skills that no other play can match, all opponents feed him because of his skill.

The best I have ever seen - GOAT is the Duck

He's the goat

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4 Gary Ablett Sr.

He's way better than anyone on the list

Gary Ablett senior is easily the best player I have ever seen play the game. He is closely followed by Gary Ablett Junior. Leigh Matthews is number three. Lance Franklin does not rate in the top 10 nor does Wayne Carey. Tony Lockett better than both of them.

He better than anyone and he got mark of the century

Easily the best

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5 Ted Whitten

You don't get called Mr Football while you're still playing for no reason.

There is a whole game named after him and an oval and I believe a medal two (not in the AFL but for the club) should be on top.

Why is he six should be top

There's a reason why your called Mr.Football. Leigh Mathews is not known as Mr.Football

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6 Chris Judd

He is the best ever

Changed the way people defended stoppages

Great player

legend

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7 Robert Harvey

He is JESUS!

Easily one of the greatest players to ever play his achievements say it all.
2 time Brownlow Medal winner
8 all Australian
4 club best and fairest
2 time AFL MVP award ( Leigh Matthews Trophy)
Herald sun player of the year award winner.
Not many players who have had a track record like that.

Literally Jesus just jaw dropping

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

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8 James Hird

Goat he could mark that is 4 shore

Slowed down time - intelligent beyond compare

The Goat

Best

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9 Tony Lockett

Watched the game non stop for 40 years at the saints if live games in those days for every club he would be the best ever and yes better than Mathews the man was a complete freak

He is the GOAT

The GOD

He is the best

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10 Jason Dunstall

Great all time player

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.

Best player for hawthorn

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

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The Contenders

11 Kevin Bartlett

GOAT

The ordinary man who did extraordinary things.

Pretty good lad

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

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12 Nathan Buckley

You spell Nathan Buckleys name actually GOAT

He is Up there in top 5. Amazing player leader and coach

GOAT!

He is amazing

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13 Buddy Franklin

Buddies the best

Buddy carries the Sydney Swans

Goal kicking machine!

Goat

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14 Matthew Richardson

Legend

A great mark

Should be higher on the list, played with an average team for most of his career and still kicked 800 goals!

800 GOALS IN A POOR SIDE THAT COULDN't DELIVER the BALL TO HIM SATISTICLY BETTER THAN CAREY MORE GOAL MORE MARKS MORE KICKS had a huge tank could run like a midfielder imagine him in a good team would have been unstoppable he probably not number 1 but should be in the top 10 with out question I think he's the best center half forward to have played the game and I'm an essendon fan

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15 Michael Voss

Absolute champion player! Skillful, strong, fantastic finisher. Lead his team by example. Unbelievable work ethic on the ground.

A real tough nut, but always had great awareness of his teammates around him

awesome

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.

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16 John Coleman

Like the oldtimers say "blind people would go to the footy just to hear Coleman kick the ball".

I'm not old enough to have seen him play but must have been one hell of a player based on older people describe.
Had lunch with some workmates in about 1991 and we joined up with 4 older gents who were having there monthly 'catch-up'. ( It was around the period where many in the press were speculating that Garry Ablett And was the best player of all time.
None of these guys barracked for Essendon but to a man, each of them scoffed at the suggestion that Ablett and was in the same class as Coleman. They say he marked from anywhere, was too quick for any opponent, a great kick and a constant match winner over his 99 games. 'We will never see his like again'.
These are similar to the stories my parents, uncles, aunties, grand parents etc told about Coleman. Was he the best ever? I don't know but the generation that saw him say he was.

Just a legend

So good the crowd, including opposition supporters, used to move up and down the ground at each quarter change just to watch him play. Probably the best ever, dominant on the ground, untouchable in the air, just played too long ago to be clearly remembered of just how good he was. Sadly a short career. Those who know, know why the league's leading goal kicker now receives the Coleman medal.

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17 Peter Hudson

Best ever

150 goals in a season

Hudson is the best forward I have ever seen play

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.

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18 Greg Williams

GUN BEST PLAYER OF ALL TIME!

He was awesome to watch live. He'd be in a pack looking one way and handball the other way to a player 20 yards away. In a pack it was like he slowed down time, ducking and weaving standing still, and still not gettin tackled. Just magic.

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

Reliable and pin point accuracy handballs and kicks

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19 Alex Jesaulenko

The greatest ball player.

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.

Time goes on and the younger generations didn't see him. Jezza could play anywhere on the ground and excel. Stood up in the grand finals. Weaved through packs with ease. Kicked 100 goals in a season when sent forward. Mark of the century. Captain/coach in grand final year. Carlton's best. And best ever!

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

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20 Matthew Lloyd

legend

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!

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21 Bobby Skilton

Undoubtedly the best and fairest player of all times

Great layer should be top 3 3 brownlow

Is by far the best afl/vfl player of all time

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.

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22 Mark Riccuito

Best

Best player for hard ball gets off all time

You are my second favourite of all times you are so the best

You are the best

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23 Kevin Sheedy

The best bloke ever and 778 goals are yo kidding me

Better coach then player, legend

Alright Player, Fantastic Coach

24 John Nicholls

Are you kidding? Number 30? Big Nick was 'the general' who directed play and had a huge influence on so many games. He was the engine room of the mid-field of his day via his wonderful tap ruck work. John Nicholls had one of the best football brains of all time and, with his size, ability and ground leadership, he deserves, (along with Polly Farmer, incidentally), to be rated in the top 10.

25 NIck 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.

Just a goat as a Collingwood fan nobody could completely neutralise blades of grass as well as he could And his ability to stand there by himself and direct far better players to cover his man was just elite nobody will ever do it like him


(All love premiership captain and a genuinely great leader but probably not deserving of and top 50 spot)

Gun

Absolute superstar. W

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26 Graham Farmer

How Matthews is rated ahead of this bloke is staggering. Matthews was quite simply just a thug.

BEST PLAYER TO HAVE EVER PLAYED THE GAME

It’s hard to say that u changed the game but Polly can say that for sure

Everyone I know that saw this bloke play rated him as the best they had seen. Gave Bobby davis and Geelong glory. And coached WA to 1977 state of origin demolition of Victoria.

"The only individual man that changed the game".

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27 Royce Hart

If football was an art form Royce was the master artist, great leap in his younger days, seemingly out of a contest would soar through the air to take a crucial grab and goal with a flat punt. Was a big game player would would run on when the game was in the balance and lift the team. The whole team lifted when he was on the field and was instrumental in the 73/74 flags.

Royce is the 2nd best player ever. He invented current footballs skills. He taught himself how to kick a drop punt and was a genius at it. His high jumping technique for marking is perfect. He is the best captain ever. He stood up and guided Richmond to flags in 67, 69, 73 and 74.

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

28 Nathan Fyfe

Brings outstanding contest

The best of the best

The best Fremantle player of all time.

My number 1

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29 Ron 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.

In my day every Melbourne supporting kid, and there were thousands of them in those days, wore a number 31 jersey. He was and still is a true inspiration.

Barassi was right up there with Teddy Whitten for sure.

he's a gun

30 Mark LeCras

Top 15 - Glenashton

god

lit

Put him higher he deserves more

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31 Malcolm Blight

Best ever moustache

Agree that he was a jet footballer of the highest order. Could play every position on the ground and was a constant match winner. Clearly better than most players rated abovehim on this list.

Best tropes ever

Brownlow, sandover, 80 meter goals after the siren, Spectacular mark, Could turn game with his own efforts. Genius only headed by Cary, Ablett junior, and Dermott Brereton and leigh Mathews as best player ever.

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32 Dean Cox

Amazing

legend

Most AFL games played by Eagles

I love big cox

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33 Stephen Silvagni

Best full back of all time. Played in the era of power Forwards like Ablett, Lockett and Dunstall.

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

You're the best player ever I wish you still played

By far the best full back ever. Deserves alt better.

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34 Andrew McLeod

Why isn’t he number 1 on the list! X2 premiership player x2 norm smith never played a bad game ever and so classy and skilful the best by far.

Should be #1

best

Should easily be in top ten

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35 Gordon Coventry

The great goal kicker who excelled and kicked tons on atrocious mud pits.
Great in finals also

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.

36 Ben Cousins

Top 15 - Glenashton

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

Amazing player very talented. Up there amongst the best for sure.

One if the best of all time would be shocked to see him not in the top 19 he sure deserves it!

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37 Dane Swan

Great player

He Is A Bloody GUN - Cartsy

Awesome

Swan was very consistent and should be higher then a lot of those infrount of him took over games and won off his own boot top 20 for me

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38 Peter Daicos

He was my dads hero

GOAT he is the greatest

Brilliant skillful clever player still the best small forward ever kicked 90+ goals in a season I haven't seen any other small forward do it especially these days.

Only a Collingwood fan would have him in the top 1000! Averaged about 5 touches per game in his final 4 years. Kicked some freakish goals but didn't do much else.

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39 Matthew Pavlich

The best player I have ever seen bloody legend

Best docker of all time

Best Freo player ever
The dockers need him back on the team.

Should be number 1

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40 Nick Riewoldt

Best captain of all time

An absolutely great goal kicker and team player

He is a all time great

Brought the whole team. Saints need a great player like Nick Riewoldt

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41 Adam Goodes

Definitely should be in the top 10 he is a pure legend.

Top 20 of all time!

He was bloody incredible. Deserves top 10 for sure.

One of the best ever, no doubt.

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42 Darren Glass

This player is great he was captain for 4 years and made it a great 4 years forthe eagles

43 Patrick Dangerfield

Hands down best player to be

The GOAT of AFL Football, no one has ever showed the speed, strength, athleticism and effort that he has

Pretty gun

GOAT

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44 Sam Mitchell

Best player

Name one other player which when you watch them you get confused what side is his preffered

Sam Mitchell is a 4 time premiership Hawk, and he could've easily won the Norm Smith Medals in 2014 and 2015

I think Mitchell's a great player sets up goals in the forward line and can be great in the centre.

I JUST CAN'T BELIEVE HE'S NOT IN THE TOP TEN

He's a Gun

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45 Xavier Ellis

What the hell - Glenashton

How?

46 Gary Dempsey

Most consistent player of all time

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.

Dogs, Roos and finally a premiership at the Southport Sharks, and best on ground to top it off, way to go Demps...

47 Jonathan Brown

Absolute gun

I think he was best forward ever

He should definitely be at least be top 20

How is he so low

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48 Nat Fyfe Nat Fyfe

So good he's in 29th and 48th spot

Darcy forgarty should be in this spot

Nat Fyfe is my favourite player he should be best

He is one of the best players in afl with the perfect team

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49 Dustin Fletcher

He's been around for 19 years and still plays the game to an excellent level.

He deserves a lot of attention, for starters he plays for Essendon getting tough already and he's like 40

I do not agree with this he should be way in the top ten, best defender ever

NEVER GETS "OLD"! He just keeps going and going and will most likely play to 50! (By the looks of it! )

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50 Haydn Bunton, Sr.

Number 1?!

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?

I think this guys record speaks for itself, close to a Don Bradman of football in achievements as a player

Absolute legend 3 times brownlow medalist also in his first 2 years should be first.

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