8. Zinedine Zidane
As artistic as any luxury player but with ruthless efficiency, ‘Zizou’ was equal parts throwback No.10 and modern midfield creator. With impeccable vision, elegance, control and technique, he shone for both club and country.
When France won the 1998 World Cup, he scored two in the final; when they won Euro 2000, he scored the extra-time semi-final winner and was named player of the tournament. His club career was summarised by the Champions League-winning goal in 2002: other-worldly awareness combined with breathtaking ability.
Career highlight: Arguably his best moment came against Brazil in the World Cup quarter-final. Many questioned his selection, but Zidane guided France to the final by almost single-handedly beating the Seleção en route.