30. Lothar Matthaus
Matthaus was a midfielder of rare talent, able to combine ferocity and finesse without compromising on either. With 150 caps, he is Germany’s all-time most-capped footballer and lifted the World Cup as captain, beating Argentina in the Italia 90 final. His opposite skipper that day, Diego Maradona, described him as the toughest opponent he ever faced.
His heyday was as the poster-boy of the Germanic domination of European football in the late 1980s and early ’90s, during which time he helped himself to 13 major club trophies, World Cup and European Championship medals, plus – to cap it all off – the Ballon d’Or in 1990.
Career highlight: Captaining an unstoppable West Germany side to victory at Italia 90, getting the ball rolling himself with two sumptuous individual goals against Yugoslavia in the opening game.