Certain formations, tactics and pragmatic approaches mean football is not always as beautiful as the well-known moniker suggests.
However, there are certain players that always perform with an eagerness to perform in a way that means there is always the possibility of an outrageous piece of skill or improvisation.
One of the greats of the game, Diego Maradona, always seemed to terrify opposition with the mere suggestion of a dribble at opposing defenders and he played the game with a smile on his face - except after his goal at USA '94, where he looked really quite angry.
There are a number of players playing at the moment that can claim to go about things in a similar fashion to 'El Diego' and perhaps a handful that could possibly claim to be on a similar level to the great man.
GMS scoured hours of YouTube skill montages (a tough job, we know) and picked out ten current stars from around the globe that we think are the pinnacle for skillful players.
We've stuck them in a nice little slideshow for you, so click to start it and see the top ten...