Greatest AFL Players of All Time

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

The Top Ten

1 Leigh Matthews

Simply the best. Strong tough committed and could find the goals with ease.

His strength and will to impact contests, won matches. Deservedly one of the all time greats.

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.

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

2 Wayne Carey

Probably the best all round forward. Could win games off his own boot

On his day and believe me he had many great days the most dominant footballer ever
No one comes close to this bloke called the king

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!

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.

3 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 more.

Will probably go down as the greatest midfielder ever. Nothing he has not achieved.

Has dropped out of the conversation as GOAT as his output slows. You only need to look at the late noughties and early 2010s to remember what a king he was in his prime.

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

Gary is the overall best player in the AFL and always will be. I am so glad he is playing for Geelong again.


4 Gary Ablett Sr.

The person you would go to a game to watch no matter what club you supported. A freak who could do it all.

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 ...more

Amazing user of ball, physically strong, most versatile and damaging around goal.

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.

5 Ted Whitten

You don't get called Mr Football for nothing. A larrikin both on and off the field. A star at either CHB, CHF or in the ruck. Had every skill.

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.

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

6 Chris Judd

His best was electrifying. Such an accomplished player in so many aspects of the game. His approach and attitude to football enabled him to get the best out of himself. What did he say in his biography - I recognised Chris Judd the footballer was just a character created by the fans / public. He has maintained a great perspective on the game that is Aussie Rules.

He is the absolute goat, he changed the game in every regard. #upthejuddy

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

7 Robert Harvey

Highly skilled made opponents look stupid on a regular basis.

You have to love the composure, honesty and gut running of this team first player. One of the most highly respected universally loved players ever.

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.

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

8 Jason Dunstall

Not bad for a (fat boy) from Queensland.
Best leading mark of all time, not a bad kick either.

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

Best goal kicker

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

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.

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

10 James 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

Brownlow Medalist, Premiership Captain, All Class and now hopefully will get to be a premiership coach!

The Contenders

11 Kevin Bartlett

The ordinary man who did extraordinary things.

Pretty good lad

Kevin is a goat

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

12 Nathan Buckley

One of the Greatest football mind last to ever play the game. Hope he wins a premiership some time soon.

The ultimate competitor and professional. A better kick I have not seen.

The GOAT. If he played for any other club, this would be undisputed.

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!

13 Buddy Franklin

Was on track to be one of hawthorns greatest. Went to Sydney to win premierships, what a joke.

Freak. Match-winner defined. The man who owns big moments. Unstoppable at his best.

buddy is the greatset plyer of the last decade and that will never stop

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.

14 John Coleman

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.

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.

You're all too young to understand but kicking around 538 goals in under 100 games is ridiculous. Best player of all time probably, much ahead of the likes of Chris Judd and Kevin Bartlett even.

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

15 Matthew Richardson

Richmonds best goal kicker besides Jack Titus and he was strong and fast

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

Magnificent player. A fantastic ability to take high and stretched out marks and an amazing goal kicker too. Deserve red a lot better than 23.

One of the best contested marks the game has ever seen, had the ability to take on multiple players at once and kick the goal, had to earn a lot of the 800 goals

16 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

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

17 Peter Hudson

The best forward I ever saw. Great anticipation and a wonderful reader of play. Strong and used his body strength to out maneuver his opponent. Could mark very well above his head and one on one was rarely beaten. A very accurate flat punt for goal.

The greatest full foward ever injury stopped him from breaking many records

Quite simply, the greatest full forward to ever play the game, his goal average is higher than anyone else's. If he hadn't missed five years of VFL footy, he probably would've broken all the goalkicking records... Most goals in a game, year and career.

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.

18 Greg Williams

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

Pure Champion.

19 Alex 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...

Balance poise all weather player was never beaten one of the few players who could play either end witch a lot of the top players couldn't do

20 Matthew 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!

Definitely, Key essendon forward and brilliant Essendon Forwards coach!

21 Bobby Skilton

Brave, courageous, always fair and highly skilled. 3 Brownlow's attest to his ability.

Both sides of the body. Heavily tagged (bashed) every week and still starred

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.

Undoubtedly the best and fairest player of all times

22 Mark Riccuito

The best I have watched. Hard as nails, great leader and can be a brutal full forward

Great player

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

Best player for hard ball gets off all time

23 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.

24 Kevin Sheedy

Better coach then player, legend

The best bloke ever and 778 goals are yo kidding me

Alright Player, Fantastic Coach

25 Graham Farmer

Not just a brilliant player, but changed the way the game is played. Overcome the most incredible adversity in life, to make his mark. Virtually the father of handball.

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

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".

Has to be in the top 10 if you saw him play it left no doubt he was one of the greatest players

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