37. Ruud Gullit
Gullit had it all. The Dutchman was a supreme technician, impossibly elegant, physically superior, and as tactically versatile as they come. Early in his career, he played as a sweeper for Feyenoord before moving to PSV where he scored 46 goals in 68 league appearances from midfield. At Milan, he was used on the right of a front three and in the hole. At Chelsea, he was named runner-up in the player of the year awards as a box-to-box midfielder or roving sweeper.
He is most remembered as an integral part of Arrigo Sacchi’s history-making Milan side of the late 80s and early 90s, helping the Rossoneri to three Serie A titles and back-to-back European Cups alongside Marco van Basten, Frank Rijkaard, Franco Baresi and a host of other wonderful players.
Career highlight: Winning the 1987 Ballon d’Or – and the European Championships the following summer.