49. Nilton Santos
His knowledge of the game’s minutiae earned him the nickname ‘Enciclopedia do Futebol’, but on the field Santos revolutionized his position, demonstrating with devastating ability that the full-back could be utilized as both an attacking and defensive outlet.
He was an intrinsic part of one of the greatest ever Brazilian teams when at Botafogo alongside best mate Garrincha and played in no fewer than four World Cups, winning it twice and being named in the All Star Team of the Tournament in ’58.
Career highlight: Take your pick from those World Cup wins in 1958 and 1962.