1. Zinedine Zidane
Zinedine Zidane only played for six years of the 21st Century - and he ended his final match as a professional footballer by being sent off in a World Cup final for a headbutt - but the retired France international was a phenomenon.
No player - either before or after Zidane - has been able to make football look like an art-form in quite the way he did.
The gifted midfielder was simply the most graceful footballer, yet he combined his artistic style of play with such effectiveness on the pitch.
Zidane - who won the Ballon d'Or once and the FIFA World Player of the Year award three times - would score goals in the biggest matches, drag his teams to victory, control the tempo of matches - everything you'd expect of a world-class midfielder and more.
A legend of the game, Zidane is arguably the best midfielder of all time.