6. Alfredo Di Stefano
The Blond Arrow can count Ferenc Puskas, Franz Beckenbauer, and Bobby Charlton among his biggest fans – with the latter two saying he was the best all-round player they’d ever seen. Di Stefano started out in his native Buenos Aires with River, leading them to a couple of league titles before moving to Millonarios in Colombia, where he helped the club to three championships.
He arrived in Europe with Real Madrid in 1953 at the beginning of the greatest spell in their history. Before he left the Spanish capital for Espanyol in 1964, he’d won five European Cups (scoring in all five finals) and eight Liga titles, picking up a couple of Ballons d’Or along the way. In 1989 France Football awarded him the Super Ballon d’Or, beating Cruyff and Platini to the honor.
Career highlight: Di Stefano netted a hat-trick in Real Madrid’s astonishing 7-3 annihilation of Eintracht Frankfurt in the 1960 European Cup Final.