I would also give Zlatan Ibrahimović a mention, even though he rates himself very highly. Still playing at the top at 39 years old.Sad news but not surprising, given his lifestyle choices, a prodigiously talented footballing genius. But not the greatest ever. That accolade goes to his - similarly diminutive in stature - fellow countryman Lionel Messi. These modern prodigies are a lot fitter and more consistent. Like George Best, Maradonna lit up the footballing world for just a few years, before off the pitch excesses took their toll. Messi - and Cristiano Ronaldo - have done so for the better part of two decades.