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Eric Cantona

Sir Alex Ferguson achieved an amazing feat in luring Cantona to Old Trafford from Leeds United, but little did we know it was a marriage made in heaven.

Cantona is the ultimate cult-hero. He has charm, charisma, and a sense of indomitability about him. He was a ring leader in the Manchester United dressing room, and played the game with gusto.

When Cantona was on the pitch, be rest assured of drama and brilliance. With Cantona’s leadership, United began a period of dominance in the Premier League. Most people consider him Ferguson’s greatest player.

Ronaldinho

Although many considered Edgar Davids’ arrival at Camp Nou, in January 2004, as the catalyst in Barcelona’s renaissance, it was actually Ronaldinho who was the architect and driving force.

Barcelona was struggling and in desperate need of a talisman and Ronaldinho duly fitted it. He propelled the team to a trophy hungry club. From under-achievers, Barca began dominating in La Liga and Europe, all thanks to the skilful Brazilian.

He had strength, vision and skills in abundance. Even the Real Madrid faithful gave him an occasional round of applause.

Patrick Vieira

Vieira was the general that lead the Arsenal team with distinction. He was technically gifted and physically strong. He provided the team with the steel and balance needed.

No team could bully Arsenal, not even Manchester United, because Vieira was there to stand shoulder to shoulder with Roy Keane. He was loved dearly by the fans.

Zinedine Zidane

Voted the best European player in the past 50 years, Zidane is the epitome of football genius. He is the most technically gifted player of his generation.

Hate him or love him, you have to admit the technical superiority he brought pride to Madrid. His goal against Bayer Leverkusen in the 2002 Champions League final was voted best goal ever in the tournament by a wide margin.

Every time Zidane touched the ball you could notice his quality and the Real Madrid fans sang and adored him.

Oliver Khan

Nicknamed the “Der Titan”, Oliver Khan is much more than a goalkeeper to Bayern Munich. He was a symbol of strength, perseverance, and hunger.

He was the man of the match against Valencia in the 2001 Champions League final. Throughout his years at Bayern, he was a great influence in the dressing room. Bayern Munich profiled him on their website as “impatient, disciplined, ambitious”. A great athlete.

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