There were plenty of contenders for the number ten spot on this list. The likes of Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane can consider themselves particularly unlucky to miss out, as can Pavel Nedved.
However, Clarence Seedorf - the model professional from Suriname who would go on to play 87 times for the Netherlands - has been outstanding throughout the 21st Century for Inter Milan, AC Milan and now Botafogo.
Seedorf is a supremely gifted footballer who controls matches by holding onto the ball before picking the right passes.
A model professional, too, Seedorf is a credit to himself.