Greatest Footballers Of All Time | Top 50 List

33. Gunter Netzer

A playmaker of supreme elegance, Netzer was known for his pinpoint passing. He led the brilliant Borussia Monchengladbach side of the early-70s to two Bundesliga titles and the final of the UEFA Cup before controversially moving to Real Madrid in 1973, where he picked up two more league championship trophies.

His move to the Spanish giants wasn’t without its downside, though. Netzer saw his chances with the national team limited: despite making the Euro 72 team of the tournament, he only played 21 tournament minutes during the World Cup win two years later.

Career highlight

Netzer was the star of the show as West Germany was crowned European champions in 1972, and was especially brilliant in the 3-1 win over England at Wembley. That year he was Franz Beckenbauer’s runner-up in the Ballon d’Or.

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