On May 25, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich will go head-to-head in the final of the Champions League: the first all-German final.
Dortmund will go in tie after a narrow victory over Real Madrid, while Bayern Munich thrashed Barcelona 7-0 on aggregate.
The Bundesliga is emerging as Europe’s top league, so let's look at the best players that never plied their trade in Germany.
5. Zinedine Zidane
The former France international was a sublime talent. The former FIFA Player of the Year was instrumental in the final of the 1998 World Cup, leading France to an emphatic 3-0 victory over Brazil.
His incredible poise, accuracy of passing, vision, sublime control and eye for goal would have made him an ideal player for the German league.
Ronaldo was the complete player. The former Brazilian international was good with either foot, had an amazing eye for goal and was 100 per cent reliable.
He was the youngest player to have ever won the FIFA World Player of the Year award at just 20. The World Cup winner won various individual and team awards - and with 247 goals out of 343 appearance in his career, no one can deny his talents.
3. Johan Cruyff
The Dutchman revolved football with his “total football" approach. Cruyff was a three-time Ballon d’Or winner between 1971-1974 and also won the World Cup Golden Ball in 1974.
His close control, combined with his acceleration allowed the former Barcelona player to skip past players with relative ease. Johan Cruyff changed football forever.
The Brazil legend never did ply his trade in Europe but, regardless, Pele was arguably the greatest player to ever grace the game. They say numbers do not lie and 1,281 goals in 1,363 games speaks volumes about his talent.
He is Brazil’s top scorer of all time and is the only player to be part of three winning World Cup squad in history. He was fast, skillful and blessed with a powerful shot. Pele was the ultimate player and Germany missed out on another great.
1. Diego Maradona
Where do you begin with the Argentine master? Do you remember that goal against England? Maradona is the greatest player to have graced the beautiful game, in my opinion.
The former Argentine single-handedly led Argentina to a World Cup title to seal his fate as the greatest player to have ever lived. Maradona's life was not without controversy but the former Napoli player would have probably been a success in Germany.
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