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Zidane is one of football's greats (©GettyImages)
Zidane is one of football's greats (©GettyImages).

3. Zinedine Zidane

The maestro. It seems a travesty to put the great Zinedine Zidane at number three on this list.

The former France international is one of the most gifted footballers of all time and ended his career having won the lot.

After joining Real Madrid from Juventus for a world-record fee in 2001, Zizou went on to help Los Blancos secure their ninth European Cup with a stunning left-footed volley which is widely considered the best goal ever scored in a major final.

He would light up the Bernabeu on a weekly basis with his immaculate, graceful style of play - and he ended his career by scoring a penalty in a World Cup final before being sent off in the same match for head-butting Italy's Marco Materazzi.

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