History always speaks, it ends up putting things in their place.

Today I bring you a list of ten players, the position in the table is subjective, for some it may be that player number 6 should be the first and vice versa, but without question, they are or have been, our best players throughout history of football.

10. Giancarlo Gregorio Maldonado Marrero

Possibly, along with Juan Arango, one of the best strikers the team has had of all time.

Clubs:

Venezuela: Táchira National, Miners, UAM, Atlético

Uruguay: Club Atlético River Plate

Chile: Táchira and O’Higgins

Mexico: Atlante and Atlas

Spain: Xérez

USA: Chivas

Honduras: Real Spain

09. Ronald Alejandro Vargas Aranguren

Injuries have not respected “Ronita”, a great player with enviable dribbling quality.

Clubs:

Venezuela Caracas

Belgium: Club Bruges and Anderlecht

Turkey: Balikesirspor

Greece: AEK Lanarka

08. Luis Alfredo Mendoza Benedetto

The 60s and 70s are his years of splendor, the midfield being his fief.

Clubs:

Venezuela: Banco Agrícola y Pecuario, Deportivo Italia, Galicia, Students from Mérida, Portuguesa and Caracas

07. Roberto José Rosales Altuve

One of the captains of the team with an unbeatable performance as a right back.

Clubs:

Venezuela Caracas

Belgium: KAA Gent

Holland: Twente

Spain: Malaga

06. José Manuel Rey Cortegoso

A wine player for 14 years, this born defender “el tetero” took his character and leadership to high levels, being one of the best players in his position.

Clubs:

Venezuela: Maritime, Caracas, Miners and Deportivo Lara

Spain: A Coruña and Pontevedra

Ecuador: Emelec

Colombia: National

Scotland: Dundee

Cyprus: AEK Lanarca

05. Rafael Edgar Dudamel Ochoa

The keeper Chamo Dudamel, was a great penalty taker and free throw, being well recognized for it.

Clubs:

Venezuela: Los Andes, El Vigía, Atlético Zulia, Students from Mérida, UAM, Táchira and Real Esppor.

Colombia: Santa Fe, Deportivo Cali, Millonarios, Cortuluá and América de Cali.

Argentina: Quilmes

South Africa: Mamelodi Sundowns

04.Stalin José Rivas

Better known as “el Mago” he was the first player to cross the sea and reach Europe, and he was the top scorer for La Libertadores in 1994.

Clubs:

Venezuela: Miners, Minervén, Caracas, Táchira, Galicia and Italmaracaibo.

Belgium: Standard Liege and Boom

Colombia: Millionaires

03.José Salomón Rondón Giménez

Player of the national team, heart and soul of striker who has left his mark of quality across the seas.

Clubs:

Venezuela: Aragua

Spain: Malaga and Las Palmas

Russia: Rubín Kazan and Zenit

England: West Bromwich Albion

02.Tomás Eduardo Rincón Hernández

He is known by the nickname of “the General” strong and decisive pivot.

Clubs:

Venezuela: Táchira and Zamora

Germany: Hamburg

Italy: Genova

01.Juan Fernando Arango Sáez

Selection player, he has made a career in Europe and South America. Considered a great free kick taker from any position on the field. Its natural position is that of the left interior.

Clubs:

Venezuela: Nueva Cádiz and Caracas.

Mexico: Pachuca, Monterrey, Puebla and Xolos.

Germany: M’gladbach

Spain: C.D Mallorca

USA: N.Y Cosmos

Conclusion

I insist, on opinions, tastes or beliefs, there can always be controversy, my only intention is to expose the players who in one way or another have excelled in Venezuelan and world football.

September 13, 2019