Re: 2012/2013 UEFA Champions League Thread
If you compare teams/players from different eras, you have to take into account that the natural evolution of the sport (and especially of the physical training habits) makes the comparison questionable in itself.
Look at any football match even up to the '80s - early '90s, the average speed of the game was ludicrous compared to today. But this doesn't diminish the prowess and importance of the past stars one bit.
In order to make a true comparison you should leave out the context effect.
You should not wonder: "How would Cruijff fare today?", but: "How would a player with the technique, determination, work ethic, football intelligence that Cruijff had fare in today's football (with today's training practices and tactical habits)?"