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### Ranking the Top 10 Most Skilled Athletes in History: Artificial Intelligence Claims the Sixth Spot

Football fans love mavericks and entertainers and now artificial intelligence has been used to rank…

Therefore, both laptops and pavements seem to have an enduring memory.

Chat GPT has curated a compilation likely to spark discussions among sports enthusiasts as the influence of artificial intelligence on sports and society at large continues to grow. With a plethora of notable figures to choose from, establishing a ranking of the top 10 players in the history of the game proved to be a challenging endeavor.

While the compilation is celebrated for its inclusions and exclusions, the selected individuals span across generations. It should be noted that the innovator of the “Cruyff turn,” a deceptive maneuver that revolutionized attacking play in the 1970s, is conspicuously absent.

Mirror Football may present the top 10 players influenced by technology, sparking ample debate on the matter.

According to AI analysis, the top 10 players of all time include Lionel Messi, who secures the second position.

10. Garrincha

Garrincha, a remarkable World Cup champion hailing from Brazil, played a pivotal role in his nation’s triumphs in 1958 and 1962, clinching both the Golden Ball and Golden Boot awards.

Known as “the little bird,” Garrincha, described by AI as “a winger renowned for his dribbling skills and adeptness at maneuvering past defenders,” spent his entire club career in South America, limiting his global recognition to match his exceptional talent. Garrincha’s mesmerizing abilities could easily captivate audiences on platforms like YouTube if he were to showcase his tight control and deceptive moves in the contemporary era.

Garrincha dribbles past Mexican defenders at the 1962 World Cup
During the 1962 World Cup (L’EQUIPE), Garrincha skillfully bypasses Mexican defenders.

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9. Jay Okocha- Jay

His name “Jay-Jay” was a testament to his greatness, reflecting his skill in executing Sam Allardyce’s tactics, which earned him a well-deserved spot on this list.

The description of his “dazzling dribbling and game-changing skills” holds true, alongside the acknowledgment that Okocha had the ability to both mesmerize and frustrate audiences in equal measure. While his eccentric performances at Bolton and Hull endeared him to American fans and elevated him to legendary status in his native Nigeria, the fact that major global clubs did not come calling speaks volumes.

Jay-Jay Okocha became a cult hero at Bolton
At Bolton (Press Association), Jay-Jay Okocha rose to prominence as a cult figure.

8. Ronaldo Cristiano

Renowned for his prolific goal-scoring prowess and exceptional athleticism, Cristiano Ronaldo’s earlier days as a midfielder at Manchester United were characterized by his trademark step-overs, quick feet, and precise ball control.

While the Portuguese star relied on Sir Alex Ferguson for consistent performances, his unpredictable nature was evident long before he ascended to the ranks of the elite.

Cristiano Ronaldo is still starring in Saudi Arabia
(AFP via Getty Images) Cristiano Ronaldo continues to make appearances in Saudi Arabia.

7. Zidane Zinedine

Zidane’s technical finesse, impeccable ball control, and creative flair were a spectacle to behold, as rightly highlighted in the description.

The ranking of the 1998 World Cup winner at seventh place raises questions, especially considering his memorable Champions League triumph with Real Madrid in 2002, including a stunning goal with his weaker foot that remains etched in football history, despite not being defined solely by his goal-scoring prowess.

Zinedine Zidane smashed home one of the greatest goals in history in 2002
In 2002, Zinedine Zidane scored one of the greatest goals in history (Getty Images).

6. Neymar

Following his record-breaking transfer from Barcelona to PSG, Neymar has been hailed as one of the most gifted players of his generation by some observers.

Despite falling short of achieving Champions League glory with PSG or securing the coveted Ballon d’Or accolade he aspired to, Neymar’s mesmerizing skills, highlighted by AI for his “exceptional dribbling ability, creativity, and flair,” continue to captivate audiences. Few players in history have managed to maintain such balance and agility at high speeds.

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5. Best George

Recalling George Best’s early days at Manchester United brings to mind a genius on the field, overshadowing his off-field struggles.

His “incredible skill and flair” allowed him to glide past opponents effortlessly in an era predating pristine pitches and modern boots. If Best had maintained his fitness and focus throughout his career, his iconic status would place him among the greatest not just in terms of skill but also in overall impact.

George Best at Manchester UnitedGeorge Best during his time at Manchester United (PA)

4. Messi, Lionel

The presence of Lionel Messi on this list comes as no surprise, although his third-place ranking may raise eyebrows for some.

The multiple Ballon d’Or winner is lauded for his “exceptional close control, dribbling prowess, and creativity,” attributes that need no validation from AI. Similar to his longtime rival Ronaldo, Messi combines a remarkable goal-scoring record with unparalleled creativity on the field.

Lionel Messi won a record-extending eighth Ballon d’Or crown this year
In the current year, Lionel Messi secured his record-breaking eighth Ballon d’Or award (FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images).

3. Ronaldo

Dubbed as having “mesmerizing dribbling skills and audacious tricks,” Ronaldinho stands out for his infectious smile and unwavering passion for the game.

Few players, apart from Messi, have been able to match the Brazilian maestro since his Ballon d’Or triumph in 2005 during his tenure at Barcelona. The ball seemed glued to Ronaldinho’s feet at his peak, as he effortlessly weaved past opponents with grace and finesse, leaving spectators in awe. Not to forget his proficiency in delivering stunning free kicks, just ask David Seaman.

Ronaldinho won the 2002 World Cup with Brazil
Ronaldinho clinched the World Cup with Brazil in 2002 (Getty Images)

2. Maradona Diego

While Diego Maradona will forever be remembered for the infamous “Hand of God” goal in the 1986 World Cup quarterfinal against England, his subsequent goal in the same match showcased his exceptional skill against formidable opponents.

Artificial intelligence credits him with “dribbling skills and close ball control” throughout his illustrious career, not limited to his exploits against England. Maradona’s era was marked by robust physical challenges, yet he managed to evade defenders with deft touches and quick turns. Despite potential scrutiny from VAR for certain moments, such as the mesmerizing goal that left Peter Shilton stunned,

Diego Maradona scores his second goal against England in 1986
In 1986, Diego Maradona scored his second goal against England (Getty Images)

1. Pele

Amidst debates across different eras, Pele’s “creativity, flair, and remarkable goal-scoring ability” have endured the test of time.

Hence, the third Brazilian star to feature in this lineup, according to Chat GPT, claims the coveted top spot. Pele, who showcased a blend of elegance and bravery on the field, maneuvered past defenders akin to Maradona, leaving a lasting legacy that transcends generations.

Pele in action for Brazil against Italy in the 1970 World Cup final
Pelé representing Brazil against Italy in the 1970 World Cup final (Newcastle Chronicle)

The accolade of three World Cup triumphs was no mere coincidence. By including the likes of Maradona, Messi, and others in this exclusive list, AI has garnered both praise and critique from fans, depending on the era they identify with.

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