FourFourTwo's 100 Greatest Footballers EVER: 70 to 61

The second Johan, two great goalkeepers and the English striker who scored 60 goals in one season

70. Paul Breitner

Paul Breitner

Why are they here?
For having as significant influence with Bayern Munich as he also did at Real Madrid, and for excelling as much at full-back as in midfield. After contributing so much to Bayern's three consecutive Bundesliga titles up to 1974 (the same year they also won a European Cup), he joined Real where his midfield partnership with compatriot Gunter Netzer inspired two Liga titles.

Breitner continued to succeed with Bayern after returning in 1978, but is as fondly remembered as a maverick who spoke of the impact Che Guevera's death had on him, of politics, and who had a fondness for fast cars.

Career highlight
Scoring West Germany's crucial, equalising penalty in their 2-1 World Cup final victory against the Holland of peak Johan Cruyff in 1974 (surpassing even Breitner's performance in spaghetti western Potato Fritz).

Words: Dec Warrington

69. Dennis Bergkamp

Dennis Bergkamp

Why are they here?
He may have been Dutch, but Bergkamp’s biggest impact was arguably made on English football. Arriving to the Premier League as one of its first wave of foreign imports back in the unreconstructed early 1990s, Bergkamp immediately demonstrated a suaveness and detached innovation that was alien to the culture he’d come into.

The former Gunner had the star quality and an icy mean streak that immediately endeared him, but also showed that a hardened winning mentality and sumptuously refined technique need not be mutually exclusive.

Career highlight
His goals against Newcastle and in the World Cup against Argentina were his masterworks, and both are well-documented. But perhaps the moment that best defines him is an assist: for Freddie Ljungberg against Juventus, in a 3-1 win at Highbury in 2001.

Words: Alex Hess

68. Sandro Mazzola

Sandro Mazzola

Why are they here?
A one-club man with Inter, Mazzola was key to Helenio Herrera’s Grande Inter side. Renowned for their tough-nut catenaccio tactics, and their ability to score from lightning-fast counter-attacks, Mazzola’s tactical nous from midfield brought him goals aplenty, and a raft of silverware as Inter became Italy’s team of the 1960s.

Sandro won four Serie A titles, the 1964 European Cup Final and added the 1968 European Championship with Italy.

Career highlight
“I played against your father. You did him proud, and I want to give you my shirt,” Ferenc Puskas told Mazzola after Sandro scored twice in Inter’s victory over Real Madrid in the 1964 European Cup Final.

Words: Jon Spurling

67. Florian Albert

Florian Albert

Why are they here?
Nicknamed ‘The Emperor’, Albert was a remarkably elegant striker, who always played with confidence and was bold enough to invent unorthodox solutions on the pitch. He represented Ferencvaros, his only club, for 16 years, but was especially brilliant for his national team.

Albert was voted the best young player at the 1962 World Cup and was chosen for the team of the tournament at both Euro 1964 and the 1966 World Cup. He received a Ballon d'Or in 1967, finishing ahead of Bobby Charlton.

Career highlight
Albert led Hungary to the quarter-finals at two World Cups, in 1962 and 1966, but the earlier of these tournaments was his breakthrough as he scored four goals at the age of 20.

Words: Michael Yokhin

66. Teofilo Cubillas

Teofilo Cubillas

Why are they here?
The greatest Peruvian player in history, Cubillas is remarkably the only non-German to have scored at least five goals at two different World Cup tournaments, in 1970 and 1978 (he scored five in both).

Blessed with outstanding vision and a powerful shot, he was a phenomenal set-piece specialist, usually striking the ball with the inside of his foot. Having scored at will for his beloved Allianza Lima, he was also successful at Porto and later played at Fort Lauderdale Strikers alongside George Best.

Career highlight
Cubillas led Peru to their second (and the last so far) Copa America triumph in 1975, where they beat the mighty Brazil in the semi-finals.

Words: Michael Yokhin