Many footballers come and go, but some leave an everlasting impact on the game. Today, we look at five superstars the footballing world misses watching in their prime!
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The Brazilian recently celebrated his 37th birthday, but it was just the other day when he was lighting up the world with his big smile at FC Barcelona. Although he was considered one of the game's most entertaining stars, Ronaldinho never took himself too seriously – a sentiment proved by the number of times you'd have seen his pearly whites while playing in the most competitive of matches.
The world is arguably yet to see a better defender than the Italian legend, who retired in 2009 after making his professional debut for AC Milan in 1985. With his retirement, football lost one of its most loyal players, and an unmatchable legacy was left behind. The defender defined what it meant to be leader, and eight years after his final bow, he is still missed dearly.
Who, other than Beckham, would you want to see receive the ball on the right side of midfield and whip a cross in? Not many. Before the Manchester United legend, there were many great dead-ball specialists, but none quite like the Englishman. The curve "Becks" put on a ball had never been seen before, and his crossing ability has, to this day, never been matched!
During his time at Arsenal, Henry grew to become one of the world's deadliest strikers, after initially failing to impress at Juventus in Italy. The Frenchman was the perfect forward as he could kill a team off from any situation. As impactful as he was in the box, he was just as dangerous from range, and he was also a magnificent dribbler of the ball. Arsenal deeply miss Henry's goals, and so does the rest of the footballing world.
At the moment, Zidane is building his name as a manager at Real Madrid, one of the world's biggest clubs, but it was not too long ago when he was running out on the field for Los Blancos. Zidane's grace was enough to surprise a ballet dancer, and the ease with which he got past his man was difficult to understand. The Frenchman also had a confrontational side to him, which made him all that more exciting to watch!
Which stars do you miss watching at the top of their game?