You’re bored. We’re bored. Everyone’s bored.
We’ve all been indoors for what seems like an eternity. We’ve all watched every Simpsons episode from season 2-10 about a thousand times. We’ve walked the dog a billion times. One day we even did a spot of cleaning.
And now, we’ve run out of things to do. The boredom has come, and bah gawd is it boring.
So in the search for new ways to stave off the boredom, we at 90min stumbled on an idea:
What if we did a greatest footballers of all time draft?
‘What in the Jesus is that?’
I’m glad you asked.
Seven members of 90min team banded together last week to pick our personal GOAT XIs from carefully collated lists of the top 25 players of all time in each position.
We picked these teams using an American sports style snake draft format – one pick per person in each of the 11 rounds, with the order of the picks determined via a random draft order generator. Here’s the order that threw up:
1. Chris Deeley
2. Scott Saunders
3. Jack Gallagher
4. Toby Cudworth
5. Hunter Godson
6. Ben Haines
7. Jude Summerfield
And here is how the draft went down:
Chris Deeley selects Diego Maradona
90min‘s number one greatest player of all time, so he had to go first, didn’t he?
Tooted and booted rating: 10/10
Scott Saunders selects Lionel Messi
Scott’s already won the Twitter poll…
Never scored a World Cup knockout round goal rating: 10/10
Jack Gallagher selects Franz Beckenbauer
A left-field pick from Jack, but because Beckenbauer can play literally anywhere it’s probably a good one.
1974 afro rating: 8/10
Toby Cudworth selects Ronaldo
‘Ohhhhh right answer – good pick.’
‘Real/fat’ rating: 7/10
Hunter Godson selects Cristiano Ronaldo
It’s looking like a two-horse race between Scott and Hunt on Twitter.
Has a six-pack but can’t grow a beard rating: 10/10
Ben Haines selects Paolo Maldini
Benjamin selects the most beautiful man on the draft board.
Can also play tennis rating: 6/10
Jude Summerfield selects Pele
The second best player of all time dropped wayyyyyy down to the last pick in the first round. A steal of a pick for Jude.
‘Hey ma look at me, I’m Pele’ rating: 9/10
Jude Summerfield selects Zinedine Zidane
And another one!
‘Siri play Coldplay – The Scientist’ rating: 10/10
Ben Haines selects Cafu
Picking his full-backs first is a rogue tactic, but it might pay off.
Rhymes with Kung-fu rating: 4/10
Hunter Godson selects George Best
Hunter = closet Manchester United fan.
Norn Iron rating: 10/10
Toby Cudworth selects Johan Cruyff
MUNDIAL READERS WILL LOVE THIS PICK FROM TOBY BECAUSE IT’S CRUYFF AND IN CAPITAL LETTERS.
Invented modern football rating: 10/10
Jack Gallagher selects Michel Platini
Morality aside, you have to say this pick is class.
’The guy I’m really looking for is Mr. Bribe’ rating: 10/10
Scott Saunders selects Ronaldinho
And Twitter cheers as Scott picks another of its favourites.
Currently in prison playing football to win piglets rating: 10/10
Chris Deeley selects Franco Baresi
It’s hard to find fault in this pick to be honest.
AC Milan fans like him more than Maldini rating: 8/10
Chris Deeley selects Lothar Matthaus
Chris Deeley picks a man with an ego almost as inflated as his own.
Ego rating: 10/10
Scott Saunders selects Andrea Pirlo
Twitter: ‘Three cheers for Scott!’
Drinks red wine rating: 10/10
Jack Gallagher selects Gerd Muller
Platini and Muller in the same team makes Jack’s team a something something.
Eat my goal rating: 10/10
Toby Cudworth selects Ruud Gullit
Toby has selected Gullit and now we’re all scared because his team is becoming quite good.
Hates Alan Shearer rating: 7/10
Hunter Godson selects Eusebio
Honestly, I didn’t think Eusebio would be picked at all – never mind 19th overall.
The first ‘e’ is silent rating: 10/10
Ben Haines selects Carles Puyol
Sticking to his guns here, Benjamin is building from the back.
It’s not Carlos rating: 8/10
Jude Summerfield selects Mane Garrincha
Jude has added some much needed flair to his team that contains Pele and Zinedine Zidane…
Bent legs rating: 8/10
Jude Summerfield selects Rivelino
…More much needed flair being added to Jude’s team which contains Pele, Zinedine Zidane and Mane Garrincha.
Moustache rating: 10/10
Ben Haines selects Fernando Hierro
Back four: complete. Ben’s mission: accomplished.
Played for Bolton rating: 10/10
Hunter Godson selects Kaka
Good pick from Hunter to be fair.
Loves God rating: 8/10
Toby Cudworth selects Ruud Krol
Ohhhhh so that’s what Toby is doing: he’s picking a Dutch team. Clever…maybe…
Terrible manager rating: 5/10
Jack Gallagher selects Paul Brietner
Another German who can play anywhere for Jack.
1974 afro rating: 10/10
Scott Saunders selects Steven Gerrard
Twitter: ‘We love you Scotty, we do!’
Phil Collins fandom rating: 9/10
Chris Deeley selects Romario
Deeley loves those early 90s legends.
‘I scored 1000 goals…swear’ rating: 10/10
Chris Deeley selects Roberto Carlos
A Twitter favourite – smart pick up from Deeley.
‘He must have a foot like a traction engine’ rating: 10/10
Scott Saunders selects Javier Zanetti
A non-Twitter pick from Scott! And bah gawd it’s a good one.
Olay anti-aging night cream rating: 8/10
Jack Gallagher selects Alessandro Nesta
Franz Beckenbauer – Alessandro Nesta centre back partnership: delightful.
Once took the ball off Messi rating: 9/10
Toby Cudworth selects Johan Neeskens
More Dutchmen for Toby. He loves it.
Not Johan Cruyff rating: 5/10
Hunter Godson selects Andres Iniesta
Kaka and Iniesta together. Nice.
Made Chelsea fans cry rating: 9/10
Ben Haines selects Gordon Banks
Ben is really sticking to his game plan, selecting a goalkeeper very, very, very early in the draft.
THAT save rating: 10/10
Jude Summerfield selects Socrates
Jude picks a player he can get cigarettes off. Great shout.
Weird Greek Philosopher rating: 7/10
Jude Summerfield selects Luka Modric
And Jack punches the table in disgust as Jude selects the player he had pencilled in for his next pick.
Raging Jude picked him before I could rating: 9/10
Ben Haines selects Claude Makelele
Ok, no one is scoring against Ben’s team.
Better than N’Golo Kante rating: 10/10
Hunter Godson selects Patrick Vieira
It’s just a fantastic pick. It really is.
Big guy rating: 9/10
Toby Cudworth selects Roy Keane
Every draftee grunts in disgust as Toby picks Roy Keane – the man who could beat up everyone else’s team single handedly.
Would start a fight with a bouncer in a quiet pub in Donegal rating: 10/10
Jack Gallagher selects Xavi Hernandez
‘I’m taking Xavi…ah dammit, why did I pick him?’
The Curb Your Enthusiasm theme plays.
Team = BROKEN.
Curb Your Enthusiasm rating: 10/10
Scott Saunders selects Paul Scholes
Another fan favourite for Scott…so long as he doesn’t play him out left.
Ginger rating: 10/10
Chris Deeley selects Lilian Thuram
Solid. Solid. Solid.
Now looks like a theology professor rating: 7/10
Chris Deeley selects Pavel Nedved
‘He was born in Cheb’ says Deeley as he makes a pretty damn good selection.
Born in the town of Cheb rating: 10/10
Scott Saunders selects Sergio Ramos
All that pandering to Twitter ruined with the pick up of the man who made Mohamed Salah cry.
Shithouse rating: 10/10
Jack Gallagher selects Hristo Stoichkov
A random panic pick at best – obviously still reeling from the disastrous Xavi pick.
‘How in sweet honourable Jesus do you say that first name?’ rating: 6/10
Toby Cudworth selects Manuel Neuer
‘Ohhhhh he has a mistake in him!’
Literally everyone’s response to Toby’s round 7 pick.
Has a mistake in him rating: 7/10
Hunter Godson selects Fabio Cannavaro
Hunter selects the smallest man in the world to lead his backline.
Lives in China rating: 7/10
Ben Haines selects Clarence Seedorf
Everybody loves Seedorf.
Likelihood of cameo appearance in HBO show Ballers rating: 8/10
Jude Summerfield selects Ronald Koeman
‘I need a centre back that can score goals’, says Jude as he picks a centre back who can score goals.
‘I need a centre back that can score goals’ rating: 9/10
Jude Summerfield selects Gianluigi Buffon
The best goalkeeper of all time. Nice pick.
Mid-life crisis rating: 8/10
Ben Haines selects Paul Gascoigne
Noted Spurs fan Ben picks noted Spurs legend Gazza. Makes sense.
Football Italia host rating: 1/10
Hunter Godson selects Rio Ferdinand
Noted closet Manchester United fan Hunter picks noted Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand. Makes sense.
Injured himself lifting the TV remote rating: 10/10
Toby Cudworth selects Gaetano Scirea
After picking a million players who lost World Cup finals, Toby needed a player who actually won one so he selected Juventus legend Scirea.
Catenaccio rating: 9/10
Jack Gallagher selects Arjen Robben
He’s given up. He’s broken his team. There’s no way back.
Perfect head shape for a bald man rating: 10/10
Scott Saunders selects Gabriel Bastituta
Swooping in before Deeley, Scott gets his man: Batigol.
Release the Kracken!!!! rating: 10/10
Chris Deeley selects Daniel Passarella
Another clever selection from Deeley.
Brian appreciation rating: 9/10
Chris Deeley selects Jairzinho
Less clever, but fun.
Best Body on the Planet FIFA award: 10/10
Scott Saunders selects Giorgio Chiellini
Ramos and Chiellini at the back = THE DREAM.
There Will Be Blood rating: 10/10
Jack Gallagher selects Dani Alves
Jack: ‘It’s between Dani Alves and Carlos Alberto…I’ll take Dani Alves.”
Hunter: ‘Ah shite.’
Can open a beer bottle with an overhead kick rating: 10/10
Toby Cudworth selects Marcel Desailly
Like most of Toby’s team, Desailly can play pretty much anywhere so he fits the bill.
Great smile rating: 10/10
Hunter Godson selects Carlos Alberto
Scored a really good goal this one time rating: 9/10
Ben Haines selects Thierry Henry
The best Premier League player ever is selected late in the 9th.
Renault Clio dealer rating: 8/10
Jude Summerfield selects Bobby Moore
Jude shouts ‘Brexit!’ and selects England’s greatest ever defender.
West Ham rating: 10/10
Jude Summerfield selects Denis Irwin
He follows that up by singing Raglan Road and picking Ireland’s greatest ever full back.
Looks like a History teacher rating: 9/10
Ben Haines selects Jimmy Greaves
Ben has finally picked a forward! Hooraaay!
Pour Anglais rating: 8/10
Hunter Godson selects Marcelo
Not as good as a Roberto Carlos rating: 10/10
Toby Cudworth selects Phillip Lahm
Not Dutch, but can play anywhere. Fits Toby’s bill.
Pep Guardiola <3 rating: 9/10
Jack Gallagher selects Marco van Basten
Just when I thought I was out, they pulled me back in! A late steal in the draft.
Sleepers (1996 – starring Brad Pitt and Kevin Bacon) pick rating: 10/10
Scott Saunders selects Patrice Evra
He couldn’t get Denis Irwin, so he’s got the next best thing.
Eats raw chicken rating: 10/10
Chris Deeley selects Lev Yashin
The fourth goalkeeper selected, and the only one to win the Ballon d’Or.
Flat cap rating: 10/10
Chris Deeley selects Marco Tardelli
For the celebrations alone, this is a good pick.
Celebration rating: 10/10
Scott Saunders selects Peter Schmeichel
There’s goals throughout Scott’s team…
‘It’s i before e except after c’ rating: 10/10
Jack Gallagher selects Dino Zoff
Couldn’t get Buffon, but Zoff will more than do a job.
Jurassic Park rating: 8/10
Toby Cudworth selects Roberto Baggio
Toby selects Jack’s spirit animal…the spirit animal he completely forgot about.
Ponytail rating: 10/10
Hunter Godson selects Edwin van der Sar
Solid but can’t dance. The 90min team in a nutshell.
Played for Fulham rating: 8/10
Ben Haines selects Luis Figo
Another steal late in the draft. Benjamin finishes his team off on a high.
Shouldn’t have won the Ballon d’Or in 2000 rating: 8/10
Jude Summerfield selects Djalma Santos
And with the final pick of the draft Jude picks…Djalma Santos. Who was a Brazilian footballer…this one time…
‘Who the f**k is that guy?’ rating: 7/10
Be sure to keep an eye on 90min.com and our social media pages in the coming days (Twitter & Instagram) for the finalised teams, and a chance to vote for whose team you think is the best!