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Last Updated: Monday, 31 May, 2004, 13:40 GMT 14:40 UK
Charles voted among Euro's best
John Charles
John Charles achieved legendary status at Juventus and Leeds
John Charles has been voted the 17th greatest European footballer of all time by listeners of BBC Five Live.

The late forward and centre-back was the only Welshman to make the top 40.

France's Zinedine Zidane topped the list with 12% of the overall votes to finish ahead of legendary Dutchman Johan Cruyff.

George Best came in third, while Arsenal's Thierry Henry and Manchester United's Roy Keane were the only current Premiership stars on the list.

Bobby Moore was the highest-placed Englishman, and top defender, in 8th position.

Kenny Dalglish was top Scot in 16th with the Republic of Ireland's only representative Roy Keane, in 18th.

Peter Schmeichel was named top goalkeeper in 15th place ahead.

Listeners were asked to vote for their Top 5 from the 40 players nominated by a Five Live football panel.

'Five Live's Euro Stars' will broadcast on Monday 31 May, 2000-2200 BST, on BBC Radio Five Live.


Results in full (share of votes in brackets):

1 Zidane (France) 12%
2 Cruyff (Netherlands) 10%
3 Best (Northern Ireland) 8%
4 Van Basten (Netherlands) 6%
5 Henry (France) 5%
6 Platini (France)
7 Beckenbauer (Germany)
8 Moore (England)
9 Eusebio (Portugal)
10 Puskas (Hungary)
11 Maldini (Italy)
12 Baggio (Italy)
13 Di Stefano (Spain and Argentina)
14 Charlton, Bobby (England)
15 Schmeichel (Denmark)
16 Dalglish (Scotland)
17 Charles (Wales)
18 Keane (Republic of Ireland)
19 Gullit (Netherlands)
20 Baresi (Italy)
21 Banks (England)
22 Law (Scotland)
23 Matthews (England)
24 Yashin (USSR)
25 Raul (Spain)
26 Matthaus (Germany)
27 Figo (Portugal)
28 Zoff (Italy)
29 Hagi (Romania)
30 Edwards (England)
31 Muller (Germany)
32 Nedved (Czech Republic)
33 Rummenigge (Germany)
34 Finney (England)
35 Kocsis (Hungary)
36 Fontaine (France)
37 Boniek (Poland)
38 Gento (Spain)
39 Seeler (Germany)
40 Kopa (France)







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