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20. Hugo Colace - 6 points (1 list)

Nationality: Argentinian

Most successful club: Barnsley

Starting club: Argentinos Juniors

Hugo Colace is an Argentinian player who spent most of his career playing in South America. He had a spell in Europe with Barnsley and Auxerre. Auxerre was brief but he made 101 appearances for Barnsley. His only appearances for his country were at under 20 level. Currently playing for Mons Calpe in Gibraltar.​
 

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19. Alexis Canelo - 6 points (1 list)

Nationality: Argentinian

Most successful club: Quilmes

Starting club: Almirante Brown

Alexis Canelo is an Argentinian playing for Puebla in Mexico. He's also played for Quilmes, Almirante Brown in Argentina and Chiapas Jaguares in Mexico. He is a midfielder and has 31 goals a club level overall. Started his professional career fairly late at the age of 20.​
 

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18. Romario - 8 points (1 list)

Nationality: Brazilian

Most successful club: PSV Eindhoven and Barcelona

Starting club: Vasco da Gama

Romario was a Brazilian footballer who is well known across the planet due to his achievements for his club and country. Also known as "O Baixinho". Romario was a striker. While he's played for some big clubs, most of his honours came at international level, having won the 1989 Copa America, the 1997 Copa America, 1997 Confederations Cup and the 1994 World Cup. He was unfortunately left out by Scolari in the 2002 World Cup squad which Brazil went on to win. As for club level, he's won 3 Eredivisie titles with PSV in 1989, 1991 and 1992. He went on to Barcelona who won the La Liga title in 1994.

 

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17. Juninho - 8 points (1 list)

Nationality: Brazilian

Most successful club: Olympique Lyon

Starting club: Sport Recife

Regarded by many as the greatest free kick taker of all time, Juninho was an attacking midfielder who made himself most famous at Vasco and Lyon. Winning the French Ligue 1 with Lyon 7 years in a row (2002-2008) and having won 2 Brazil Serie A's as well as a Copa Libertadores in 1998, Juninho is one of the most successful players of the 21st century. For country his biggest honour was winning the confederations cup in 2005​
 

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16. George Robledo - 8 points (1 list)

Nationality: Chilean

Most successful club: Colo Colo

Starting club: Barnsley

George Robledo was a Chilean football who played in the 1940's and the 1950's. He played for Barnsley, Newcastle, Colo Colo as well as O'Higgins. He also made 30 appearances for his national team. His major honours are having won the FA Cup twice with Newcastle in 1951 an 1952 and the Chilean Primera Division in 1953 and 1956.​
 

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15. Ronaldinho - 8 points (1 list)

Nationality: Brazilian

Most successful club: Barcelona

Starting club: Gremio

Ronaldinho is a Brazilian footballer often regarded as one of the greatest players of not only the 21st century, but of all time. Also one of the most successful players of all time. Being one of the few players to win both the Copa Libertadores (Atletico Mineiro in 2013) and the UEFA Champions League (FC Barcelona in 2006) and for country, the Copa America in 1999 and the World Cup in 2002. Ronaldinho was a true magician and a world favourite.​
 

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I'm extremely shocked Ronaldinho only made 1 list, but anyways that is the last of the 1 listers only. From 14, players will have made more than 1 list, although there's still a few 1 listers.
 

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My wording wasn't great.

Everyone up to now has been a 1 lister

There will be more 2+ listers from here on.
 

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14. Carlos Valderrama - 10 points (3 lists)

Nationality: Colombian

Most successful club: Junior

Starting club: Union Magdalena

Carlos Valderrama is considered the greatest Colombian player to ever play the game. Playing for Colombia's golden generation in the 90's, Carlos Valderrama spent most of his club career playing in the Americas. His highlight clubs include Deportivo Cali, Montpelier and Junior. He had a short spell in the MLS at the end of his career with Colorado Rapids. His honours include a French Cup win with Montpelier in 1990 and 2 Colombian championships with Junior in 1993 and 1995. He may not top the list but he definitely tops the best looking footballer list.​
 

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13. Adriano Basso - 10 points (1 list)

Nationality: Brazilian

Most successful clubs: Bristol City

Starting club: Ponte Preta

Adriano Basso is a Brazilian goalkeeper currently playing for FC United of Manchester. He spent most of his career in England, for clubs such as Woking, Bristol City and Wolverhampton, making most appearances for Bristol City​
 
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14. Carlos Valderrama - 10 points (3 lists)

Nationality: Colombian

Most successful club: Junior

Starting club: Union Magdalena

Carlos Valderrama is considered the greatest Colombian player to ever play the game. Playing for Colombia's golden generation in the 90's, Carlos Valderrama spent most of his club career playing in the Americas. His highlight clubs include Deportivo Cali, Montpelier and Junior. He had a short spell in the MLS at the end of his career with Colorado Rapids. His honours include a French Cup win with Montpelier in 1990 and 2 Colombian championships with Junior in 1993 and 1995. He may not top the list but he definitely tops the best looking footballer list.​
Mine. Wonderfull player. He's my idea of what a footballer should be - great passer, so elegant and absolutely SENSATIONAL hair.
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12. Juan Arango - 10 points (1 list)

Nationality: Venezuelan

Most successful club: Mallorca

Starting club: Nueva Cadiz

Juan Arango is a Venezuelan player currently playing for Zulia in Venezuela. Regarded as one of the best free kick takers of all time and the best Venezuelan player to ever play the game. He does not have many honours to his name but he won the CONCACAF champions league with Pachuca in 2002 and finished 4th with Venezuela at the 2011 Copa America.​
 

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11. Rai - 10 points (1 list)

Nationality: Brazilian

Most successful club: PSG

Starting club: Botafogo

Rai was a Brazilian footballer who spent most of his career in Brazil. He was apart of Brazil's world cup winning squad in 1994. Also finished runner ups in the 1991 Copa America. He's never won any continental trophies at club level but won a few titles with Paris Saint Germain (1993 and 1994) as well as a few cups and a Brasilerao in 1991 with Sao Paulo​
 
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12. Juan Arango - 10 points (1 list)

Nationality: Venezuelan

Most successful club: Mallorca

Starting club: Nueva Cadiz

Juan Arango is a Venezuelan player currently playing for Zulia in Venezuela. Regarded as one of the best free kick takers of all time and the best Venezuelan player to ever play the game. He does not have many honours to his name but he won the CONCACAF champions league with Pachuca in 2002 and finished 4th with Venezuela at the 2011 Copa America.​
My boy right here. What a wonderful and underrated player who was an utter joy to watch. He's one of those players that I wished played in the Premier League at some point in his career but you can't have it all in life. Just check some of these goals out...
 

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10. Rivaldo - 10 points (1 list)

Nationality: Brazilian

Most successful club: Barcelona

Starting club: Santa Cruz

Rivaldo was a Brazilian attacking midfielder regarded as one of the stars of the 2002 World Cup winning squad and the side that reached the final in 1998 At club level he was most successful at Barcelona, having won La Liga in 1998 and 1999. He also had a spell at Milan where he won the Champions league in 2003.​
 

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Was one of mine. Best player of the world on his day. Had a better World Cup in France (1998) than in Korea (2002) I felt. Also an ureal player for Barcelona. He carried them at times.
 

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That's the shit right there. Will never tire of watching that overhead kick. And Valencia weren't shit back then either. Proper world class side making CL finals and all.

Players of Rivaldo's class are th reason why I find Ronaldo and Messi very tedious to watch after a while. Sure they can dribble but the magic that the players of yore possessed is just gone now. Football certainly used to be better to watch 15 years ago.
 

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