Messi, Pelé, Maradona or Ronaldo? Mathematics professor finally brings a calculation model to determine the greatest player of all time

There have been an age long debate on who the greatest player of all time is, and two of the names to have come up from previous years is Brazil legend Pelé and Argentine legend Diego Maradona.

In recent years, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the two players to be put in that Greatest of all time (GOAT) category.

Live Score has put in place a mathematical study to help us solve this agelong problem of determining who the greatest player of all time is.

On behalf of Live Score, Dr Tom Crawford, who works as a mathematician at the University of Oxford, has brought a mathematical model to solve this problem.

“As football fans we have all grown up mesmerised by the most iconic players of our respective generations. However, when it comes to debating the Greatest of all Time, crowning the G.O.A.T. has been a difficult challenge,” Ric Leask, Marketing Director at LiveScore, said.

“For the first time, we wanted to apply the science of maths to help us solve the eternal question, and it has been fascinating to watch Professor Tom Crawford pour over the numbers on behalf of millions of global fans. The G.O.A.T. Index is about far more than a score, for us it helps to settle a debate that has run for generations.”

10 nominees made the cut for GOAT category, and in order to qualify for the GOAT Index shortlist, players must have won at least two Ballon d’Or awards.

The 10 players to make the cut are: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Pele, Diego Maradona, Marco van Basten, Johan Cruyff, Ferenc Puskas, Alfredo Di Stefano, Ronaldo, Michel Platini.

Crawford brought up seven indices to help get his desired result.

Club titles, international titles, goals for your club, goals for your country, Ballon d’Or, records and Z factor.. That’s players who carried their team to glory.

After all the indices were put together, Cristiano Ronaldo came up tops, Lionel Messi 2nd and Pelé 3rd.

So here we have it — mathematics have named Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo as the greatest player of all time.

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