Clayton Oliver vs Christian Petracca - who is the better player?

Who is the better player?

  • Clayton Oliver

    Votes: 7 46.7%
  • Christian Petracca

    Votes: 8 53.3%

  • Total voters
    15

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King Kunta

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So, there’s two parts to this question:

Firstly, who is the better player right now and why?

And second, who do you think will be considered the better of the two players once their careers have ended?


Clayton Oliver

Games: 124

Goals: 40

Accolades:

  • 2 x All Australian (2018, 2021)
  • 2021 AFLCA MVP
  • 2 x Club Best and Fairest (2017, 2019)
  • 2021 Premiership player (I know this is largely irrelevant in this discussion, but I couldn’t help myself)
  • 3rd in 2021 Brownlow Medal (85 career votes)
2021 statistics (averages):

  • 31.6 disposals
  • 17.4 contested possessions
  • 14.3 kicks
  • 7.4 clearances
  • 421.7 metres gained
  • 7.2 score involvements
  • 0.4 goals

Christian Petracca

Games: 127

Goals: 123

Accolades:

  • 2 x All Australian (2020, 2021)
  • 2021 Norm Smith Medal
  • 2020 Club Best and Fairest
  • 2021 Premiership player
  • 3rd in 2020 Brownlow Medal (48 career votes)
2021 statistics (averages):

  • 29.2 disposals
  • 14.0 contested possessions
  • 16.4 kicks
  • 6.3 clearances
  • 538.8 metres gained
  • 8.3 score involvements
  • 1.2 goals

Clearly they’re both unbelievable midfielders with differing strengths and skillsets and I expect there’ll be some compelling cases made for each player. Ultimately, the best part of this exercise is knowing that we’re lucky enough to have both playing for our club.
 

00Stinger

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A11dAtP0w3R

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Depends what you value more, match winning ability or consistency
 

Topkent

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Oliver's become better than I thought, but let's be honest he ain't gonna dribble them from the boundary and slam them home from 55 off one step.
Tracs gonna rest forward and kick 6-7 one day soon aswell. Oliver's a star, Trac can be whatever he wants
 

markm106

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I’ve gone Petracca. His best is better and he can do a lot more in terms of impacting the scoreboard. But in saying that Oliver could easily have more best and fairest awards in the end. Lucky to have both.
 

demondavey

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As long as they both play for Melbourne, I don’t mind. Scythe94 summed it up. They are both different but equally as important.

Better in terms of ability as a footballer is Petracca, but in terms of consistent performance and absolute midfield grunt work then I think Oliver.
 

Toff

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Clayton Oliver has been better and more consistent since game 1
Petracca does things not many can ever do, he is still climbing his hill of potential
My pick is Oliver, just!
 

schmuttt

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Simon_Says

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there no wrong answer
Its chalk and cheese
Sweet and Savoury

Clayton to Rip in out of the midfield at the coal face to give to Track to finish in front of Goal

Like picking your favourite child haha
 

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netslave

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Petracca in the long run, if he can tidy up his goal kicking, he could be the best player in the competition.
Oliver is a fantastic player right now but I worry about his shoulders long term.
 

LeverPuller

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Petracca in the long run, if he can tidy up his goal kicking, he could be the best player in the competition.
Oliver is a fantastic player right now but I worry about his shoulders long term.
Trac just had 39 and 2 in a Grand Final to win the Norm Smith against the only other contender for best in the comp.

There’s no argument for mine right now. He’s the man.

But fu** I love that angry ugly ranga
 

slackboy72

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Petracca's goal kicking edges it but we are truly blessed to see these two playing together in a team that is firing on all cylinders.
 

King Kunta

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I’ve gone Petracca. His best is better and he can do a lot more in terms of impacting the scoreboard. But in saying that Oliver could easily have more best and fairest awards in the end. Lucky to have both.
Agree on both points. Petracca's best football is the best in competition - perhaps rivalled only by Dustin Martin in peak form.

I can see Oliver finishing with more individual accolades due to sheer consistency. He just doesn't play quiet games. Every chance he adds another BnF this year (though I do think it'll be a close count).

With the confidence they'll take from Saturday night, I can see them both going to another level and becoming the clear two best players in the competition in 2022.
 

TheBoss

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Oliver for me. A bit more consistent. Has really started to use his pace and kicking to take the game on this year. Also more team oriented than he has been for previous years.
 

King Kunta

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North Smith or BnF in a Flag year?

Reckon Clarry brings home the BnF by a decent margin, so that's the discussion.

I can't pick.

I can't wait to see how the BnF plays out. I think internally, the consistent dominance of our defence is highly valued and that could see someone like Lever poll really, really well. Still probably tipping Oliver but won't be surprised if it's close.
 
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I can't wait to see how the BnF plays out. I think internally, the consistent dominance of our defence is highly valued and that could see someone like Lever poll really, really well. Still probably tipping Oliver but won't be surprised if it's close.

Reckon Lever, May will be top 5/6 for sure - Brayshaw sneaky top 5.