Ranked! The 100 best European football players of all time

The 100 best European players of all time
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The vast majority of the 100 best European football players of all time might no longer be lacing up their boots week after week to strut their stuff on the domestic, continental and international stage, but that doesn't mean we can no longer appreciate their genius; the esoteric brilliance only a minute few can comprehend but a great wave of supporters can marvel at. 

Plenty of players have come and gone, but these European stars have all left a lasting imprint on the continent - and for some, even in places further afield. There's goalscorers, creators, devastators and destroyers, all combined to provide a celebration of the greatest to grace the pitch.

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Ryan Dabbs
Staff writer

Ryan is a staff writer for FourFourTwo, joining the team full-time in October 2022. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before eventually earning himself a position with FourFourTwo permanently. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer while a Trainee News Writer at Future.