The Best Footballer Born Every Year From 1970 – 1999

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A group of football fans compiled a list of best footballers born in each year from 1970 to 1999. It was a tough list to make with multiple football legends born in the same year but the player preferred by the most fans made to the list. We still went on to add the name of the closest 2nd at the bottom of the article. Checkout the list and tell us whether it is correct or any changes should be made.

1970’s

Year Player
1970 Cafu
1971 Jari Litmanen
1972 Zinedine Zidane
1973 Roberto Carlos
1974 Alessandro Del Piero
1975 David Beckham
1976 Ronaldo
1977 Thierry Henry
1978 Gianluigi Buffon
1979 Andrea Pirlo

1980’s

Year Player
1980 Xavi
1981 Iker Casillas
1982 Ricardo Kaká
1983 Philip Lahm
1984 Andrés Iniesta
1985 Cristiano Ronaldo
1986 Manuel Neuer
1987 Lionel Messi
1988 Sergio Busquets
1989 Gareth Bale

1990’s

Year Player
1990 Toni Kroos
1991 Antoine Griezmann
1992 Neymar
1993 Paul Pogba
1994 Bernardo Silva
1995 Anthony Martial
1996 Dele Alli
1997 Renato Sanches
1998 Kylian Mbappé
1999 Gianluigi Donnarumma

Changes

Arguable changes that can be made for the above list.

Year Change
1970 Shearer -> Cafu
1971 Larsson -> Litmanen
1973 Giggs -> Roberto Carlos
1974 Scholes -> Del Piero
1980 Xavi -> Ronaldinho
1981 Ibrahimović -> Casillas
1988 Sanchez -> Busquets
1990 De Gea -> Kroos
1994 Sterling -> Bernardo Silva
1996 Coman -> Alli
1998 Ødegaard -> Mbappé

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