A formula created by an Oxford University mathematician proved that Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player ever. Messi and Pelé complete the podium.
Tom Crawford, A mathematician at the University of Oxford, UK, created a mathematical formula to determine who is the best football player ever and put an end to an endless discussion.
The formula proved that Cristiano Ronaldo is the best of all times.
Followed by the Portuguese international are, of course, Lionel Messi, and the brazilian Skin. To the surprise of many, the Argentine is off the podium Diego Maradona.
In the study commissioned by LiveScore, one of the world’s largest providers of real-time sports information, dozens of the most important football players in history were analyzed since the beginning of the sport, and evaluated seven data points.
The main differentiating elements for Cristiano Ronaldo were his club titles, international goals e individual records, creating a small advantage over your closest opponents.
The list of the ten best players ever was presented in percentage, where 100% is the highest possible score.
“As a big football fan, I debate a lot with my friends about who is the best player of all time. I’ve loved bringing math to people over the past few years, and being able to demonstrate how it’s possible to use it within the football world has been a lot of fun. Although Cristiano Ronaldo was at the top of my algorithm, it’s clear that the stats for all the other players were absolutely incredible, and I’m sure the debate will continue.“, explained Tom Crawford, in an interview with Soccerex.
You seven criteria taken into account were: club goals, club titles, national goals, national titles, Golden Balls, individual records and the so-called Z-Factor seasons — when the impact of a player is significantly greater than that of the last five seasons.
“For the first time, we wanted to apply the science of mathematics to our help solve the eternal question, and it’s been fascinating to see Professor Tom Crawford talk about the numbers on behalf of millions of fans around the world”, began by saying the marketing director of the LiveScore.
“The index is much more than a score; for us, it helps to end a debate that has dragged on for generations. In May, we supported our man by unveiling Cristiano Ronaldo as our global brand ambassador and now we know for sure that we have math on our side,” added Ric Leask.
Daniel Costa, ZAP //