Greatest AFL Players of All Time

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

The Top Ten

1 Leigh Matthews

Easy best ever

No one was scarier than him

Sexy lad, such good skills and he is a good sportsman

Very good player

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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 more.

Awesome player go eagles those!

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

GO CATS! - ChelseaPurnell

Gary Ablett is and will never not be the best player of all time

Simply the best

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3 Wayne Carey

A massive noob
Just kidding the best ever

Made his teammates better players, could single-handedly turn games around off his boot alone. Stats will never be able to do justice to the true GOAT

Could Almost win game by himself

The best I have ever seen play

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4 Gary Ablett Sr.

Only player that is as good as his son. Hard to pick which Gary Ablett was better, both absolute freakish in their own way.

Absolute legend

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

Best ever

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5 Ted Whitten

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

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.

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6 Chris Judd

No other player in AFL carried a team this well

Absolute champion

Never seen anyone better

No one could stop him

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7 James Hird


he is good

The best! and talent

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

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8 Robert Harvey

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

Legend by far

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

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9 Tony Lockett

He is the best

There's only one Tony Lockett

Plugger is my hero

most goals

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10 Jason Dunstall

Best player for hawthorn

Chief and Plugger are the best 2 Forwards by far.
Lmao..Hird is in the top 10, you must be on drugs to have voted for him... oh.

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

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The Contenders

11 Kevin Bartlett

The ordinary man who did extraordinary things.

Pretty good lad

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

He is awesomly awesome because he played for our team

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12 Nathan Buckley

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

He is amazing

The best around

Because he was a goat

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13 Buddy Franklin

He is incredible!

Buddy is the best of all time


He’s the best go Essendon

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14 Matthew Richardson

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

Bloody good player 800 goals and a gun

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.

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15 Michael Voss

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

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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

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.

His career was cut short by injury but he was the best

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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

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19 Alex Jesaulenko

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!

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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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!

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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 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 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.

Absolute superstar. W


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

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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 Kevin Sheedy

The best bloke ever and 778 goals are yo kidding me

Better coach then player, legend

Alright Player, Fantastic Coach

26 Graham Farmer

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

27 is ridiculous - an insult really.

A Legend in two States. His hand balling skills were second to none. As a ruckman of the highest calibre his clashes with Jogn Nicholls were legendary. He played beat 400 games at the top level. Probably the greatest player from W.A.

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 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

29 Nathan Fyfe

Best AFL player today

Best afl player currently

In my opinion currently in this day and age the most skilled afl player

Amazing and great athlete and also an amazing footballer

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30 Mark LeCras

Put him higher he deserves more

That is about right

He got nice hair

Be put in top 20 or top 10

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31 Malcolm Blight

Best tropes ever

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.

Shamelessly talented.Even gave Malarky a 'bath' at Arden Street!

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


Most AFL games played by Eagles

I love big cox

Awesome tall man

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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

Should be #1


Should easily be in top ten

If he'd played in Victoria he'd have the 2000 brownlow around his neck.
The winner is Shane Woewodin meh!

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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 Dane Swan

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


Swan is glitchy

Best ever

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37 Peter Daicos

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.

What a legend

Genius footballer who made every touch count!

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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38 Matthew Pavlich

Should be number 1

He should be way lower down. Heaps of players that are behind him on this list are so much better than him

he good

Amazing, deserves to be number 1. Destroys everyone in history

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39 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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40 Ben 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

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!

The most naturally talented football player I have ever had the pleasure of watching - What a Legend

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41 Darren Glass

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

42 Sam Mitchell

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

Top 20 at least won of the better midfielders to play the game

One of the champs and the best midfielders

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43 Adam Goodes

He is an amazing player who should be top 10

25 is definitely to low for Adam goods should easily be top 10. Any double Brownlow medalist at this day and age should be at least top 20.

Best player in the history both on and off the field. He could play any position and one of the first ruckman to ever win a brownlow (2 in fact) He had the skill of a ruck rover and played like no one else. He could take a grab and whilst still having the mobility to dodge through his apponents with ease. Respectable person off field as well showing the best leadership the swans have ever seen along with his indigenous input which will last within our game forever. Best player that the AFL has ever seen and completely underrated. Legend of the game and inspiration to all.

Absolute weapon.

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44 Patrick Dangerfield


Best all round player

The way he gets the ball and runs and kicks goals even on men leg he kicked 5 he is the best ever number won yep the best not many players can do what he can do he is insane like

Brownlow medalists

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45 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...

46 Xavier Ellis
47 Jonathan Brown

I think he was best forward ever

He should definitely be at least be top 20

How is he so low

Best for the lions in my opinion

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48 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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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 Isaac Heeney

Great asset for the Sydney Swans. He reads the game well and supports his team mates every game.

Incredible at speckys

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