During the Champions League festival in London, many young people were desperate to get autographs from ex-Arsenal star Robert Pires and Brazil legend Cafu.
But there was little attention paid to the incredible Michael Laudrup.
The current generation of young football fans stake great faith in the abilities of Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldinho, Luis Figo and David Beckham. Sublime skills, a polished all-round game and set-piece specials have set these three apart into fan recognition.
Moreover, these three players have represented either Real Madrid or Barcelona, if not both, cementing their legendary status in footballing folklore.
However, the kingpin of La Liga throughout the 90s, was the untouchable and exceptionally talented Danish midfielder Michael Laudrup.
Now Swansea City manager, Laudrup has finally blessed the Premier League with his presence. Today, football fans don’t realise how good a player Laudrup was, but to put into perspective the Dane won four successive La Liga titles: 1990/91, 1991/92, 1992/93 and 1993/94 with Barcelona before switching allegiance and power to Real Madrid.
The 1994/95 season, with Laudrup on their side, Real Madrid overturned the all-conquering Barcelona team.
An unrivalled range of passing, the most incredible vision and frequent individual skills leaving fans and players alike in a state of awe. Perhaps his lack of selfishness in front of goal cost him his Ballon d'Or, which he inexplicably never won.
Laudrup was known to pass rather than shoot, even though he did possess incredible shooting ability. This may have been his only weakness, a lack of a finishing instinct.
Furthermore, footballers themselves regard Laudrup highly and many of the world greats have expressed great feelings towards his exceptional football ability. Here are a few:
Andres Iniesta: "Who is the best player in history? Laudrup"
Lionel Messi: "I fully understand why he is considered one of the best players in Barcelona’s history and even the world."
Pep Guardiola: "The best player in the world, I can't believe he hasn't won the title as best player."
Franz Beckenbauer: "Pele was the best in the 60s, in the 70s, in the 80s and Laudrup in the 90s."
Johan Cruyff: "When Michael plays like a dream, a magic illusion, determined to show his new team his extreme abilities, no one in the world comes anywhere near his level."
Michael Laudrup is an undisputed legend and should forever be heralded as one of the all-time greats. Who do you think is an underrated legend?
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