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To follow Maradona's name with that of Pele in any list or team such as this is par for the course. Pele scored an incredible number of goals with remarkable consistency. Over his 21-year career he scored at a rate of virtually a goal a game.
But, as the title says, this is my all-time favourite XI, and as such O Fenomeno gets the nod as the side's goal-getter-in-chief.
Ever since he burst on to the European scene as a teenager with PSV Eindhoven—where he scored 42 goals in his two years in the Dutch Eredivisie—it was clear that a major talent had been imported from Brazil.
Few could have predicted that he would go on to become the most lethal striker of his or any other generation. In his one year at Barcelona he scored 34 times in La Liga and added another 11 as the Catalan club retained the Copa del Rey and won the European Cup Winners' Cup.
Subsequent spells at Internazionale, Real Madrid, AC Milan and Cruzeiro were all disrupted by injuries on the pitch and fitness problems from his party-boy lifestyle off it, but he still managed a strike rate of better than one in two at each of those esteemed clubs.
In fact, when he was losing his battle with his weight but still banging in the goals, it only served to give a small glimmer of hope to the average schmo watching him.
He went into the 1998 World Cup as the holder of both the Ballon d'Or and the World Player of the Year awards. Were it not for his mysterious meltdown before the final, Brazil might have won their fifth World Cup that night in Paris. As it was, he would atone for it four years later, when he scored both goals in the final against Germany.
Four years later, he struck three more goals to set a new record for most World Cup goals scored by one player with 15.
Had his career not been blighted by injury, he would have scored a lot more goals than the 247 for clubs and the 62 for Brazil that he did score. He may also have added to the three World Player of the Year awards he won in a brilliant but tumultuous career.