The 30 greatest AFL players of all-time

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James Hird in action during an Essendon Bombers training session to mark the anniversary of the 2000 Premiership at Windy Hill, Melbourne. Slattery Images

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Ranking the 30 greatest players in Australian Rules history is no easy task. Was Matthews better than Cable? Robran better than Ebert? So one and so on.

Here are the 25 of the greatest players to ever play the great Australian game ranked from one to 25:

1. Leigh Matthews
2. Wayne Carey
3. Gary Ablett Snr
4. Ted Whitten Snr
5. Barrie Robran
6. Peter Hudson
7. Russell Ebert
8. Barry Cable
9. Gordon Coventry
10. Graham ‘Polly’ Farmer
11. John Nicholls
12. Ron D. Barassi
13. James Hird
14. Chris Judd
15. Michael Tuck
16. Garry McIntosh
17. Michael Aish
18. Darrell Baldock
19. Stephen Michael
20. Bob Skilton
21. Haydn Bunton snr
22. Dick Reynolds
23. Malcolm Blight
24. Lindsay Head
25. Neil Kerley
26. Ian Stewart
27. Len Thompson
28. Gary Ablett jnr
29. Terry Daniher
30. Wayne Johnston

There’s no doubt that Leigh Matthews deserve to be number one. But Matthews would’ve faced a stern challenge from Wayne Carey and Gary Ablett for the top spot.

Most South Australian footy supporters, however, would’ve had North Adelaide legend Barrie Robran as their first choice.

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