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The AFL has produced enormous talent in its history. While naming the best players to play AFL is no easy task, a couple of names stand out among the rest. While discussions about the best players to play the game rarely end well, especially when you are comparing players from different generations, this write-up looks at some outstanding AFL players who are considered among the best.
Supremely talented, Mathews is regarded as the best small midfielder or forward to play the game. His talent and skill were undoubtedly the best in his generation, but his brutality on the pitch was equally magnanimous. Although a few could argue about his prowess on the game, he is regarded as the best AFL player of the 20th century.
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Also known as ‘God’ by most AFL fans, Garry was as skilled as he was tough and uncompromising. Always fit as a fiddle, like Mathews, Garry could do virtually everything you might think about in a game of football. As a naturalized forward with exceptional kicking abilities, it is no wonder that he managed to score 1030 officials in 248 games.
A superstar in the 1990s, Wayne Carey, is considered one of the best centre-forwards of all time. His ability with and without the ball was exceptional. His speed, in particular, consistently wrecked opponents apart.
Any seasoned AFL fan will never mention great players without mentioning the name Graham Farmer, also referred to as ‘Polly’. Although he was not a common feature in the scoreboard, he was among the few ruckmen to ever play the game who consistently guaranteed silver service at the stoppages. He was a delight for any midfielder.
Other notable mentions include Tony Locket, Haydn Bunton, Ian Stewart, Wayne Carey, and Alex Jesaulenko. For a fact, many other players deserve a place on this list, and there will be more claiming their spot in the future.