Being the best player ever is certainly what all football players aspire for. It is something that they all work hard for throughout their careers, and ultimately this aim improves their performance and makes the competition more interesting. Players always want to outperform their opponents. There will always be that particular player who makes his opponents yearn to be like him, or better still, surpass him. It is common for players to wish that such player forms part of his team, as he is so good that he can practically guarantee a win!
Let us take a look at 5 of the most popular AFL players, who can make one have such thoughts.
1. Lance Franklin
At just 26 years of age, Lance Franklin is definitely one of the top AFL players ever. Franklin, who is also commonly referred to as ‘Buddy’, started playing with Hawthorn since 2005, and he hasn’t looked back since. Franklin’s accomplishments are numerous. He won the Peter Crimmins Medal in 2008, and he also won the Coleman medal twice. Franklin was picked for the All-Australian team four times. He was also the Hawthorn Premiership player in 2008. With an astounding 522 career goals, Lance Franklin is a player who definitely ranks among the very best. Since his debut in 2005, he demonstrated great talent and athleticism. He is also known for his great endurance and the ability to accelerate really quickly in relation to other players, especially when considering his height and weight.
2. Scott Pendlebury
Scott Pendlebury is surely one of the best players for the team of Collingwood. Pendlebury is considered an asset for the team because it is really rare that he lost possession of the ball, and he certainly does not waste any chances. He is also simply great at winning the ball, while playing in a way that clearly demonstrates his poise, balance and great skills. As many fans say, Scott Pendlebury is a natural, in that he can manage to alter the way a game pans out without trying too hard. He is a great player who is also renowned for his speed and excellent vision. This is mainly due to the fact that he played basketball for several years too. Pendlebury was the Collingwood Premiership player for the year 2010. He was selected for the All-Australian Team for three consecutive years, in 2010, 2011 and 2012. He also won the ANZAC Day Medal in 2010 and 2011, and the Norm Smith Medal in the year 2010.
3. Nic Naitanui
Nic Naitanui is one of the leading players as well. He plays with the West Coast Eagles. Many say that he is truly a natural, in that he is so agile. In fact many like to describe him as a high flyer, literally speaking. His clearance work is great, and he always managed to move forward way ahead of his opponents. Naitanui was an AFL Rising Star Nominee in 2010. He was the West Coast Rookie of the Year 2010 too. He was also picked for the All-Australian Team in 2012. Speed and agility are definitely key talents for an AFL player, and Nic Naitanui clearly ranks among the most agile players ever!
4. Stephen Milne
Stephen Milne, who plays with the St. Kilda Football Club, is another great player. Milne managed to kick over 500 career goals. This led him to be the St Kilda Leading Goalkicker for various years, including 2002, 2010, 2011 and 2012. He was chosen for the All-Australian in 2011 and 2012.
5. Gary Ablett, Jr.
Another great AFL player is Gary Ablett, Jr. There is no denying that Gary Ablett, Jr. is one of the very best. He plays with the Gold Coast Football Club, and he is also their current captain. Simply taking a look at his various achievements would be enough to demonstrate this about him. In fact his career statistics are simply awesome. For instance, he won the Carji Greeves Medal twice in 2007 and 2009, and the Brownlow Medal in 2009. He also managed to win Leigh Matthews Trophy four times, in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012. He was the AFLCA Champion Player of the Year for three consecutive years, from 2007 to 2009. His accomplishments and successes made him one of the All-Australian for six years in a row, from 2007 to 2012 and his name comes up in every AFL dream team talk. Clearly, gary Ablett Jr. leaves many of his opponents behind when it comes to successes, trophies and medals.