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We need to talk about Toni Kroos …

It comes as no surprise that Toni Kroos has the medal collection that he does, but it’s shocking that so many don’t give him the credit he surely deserves

A-Z of the 2000s: Zinedine Zidane

Before hanging up his boots for good after the 2006 World Cup, two moments, across six years of this particular decade, defined Zinedine Zidane

A-Z of the 2000s: Michael Owen

You can choose to remember Owen in any way you want, but consider yourself lucky that you weren’t playing against him during his golden years at Liverpool

A-Z of the 2000s: Kaká

Unfortunately, Kaká never really belonged to us mere mortal. Nevertheless, so great were his gifts, football could not help but praise him on high

A-Z of the 2000s: Guti

Some people will argue Guti should be nowhere near this list, but they miss the point of what he was: the most bafflingly brilliant footballer of his era

A-Z of the 2000s: Luís Figo

To this day “Luís Figo pig head” is the first search suggested by Google when you type his name. It’s a shame. He was greater than that, far greater

A-Z of the 2000s: Iker Casillas

Through his rise above adversity, Iker Casillas can instigate a change in one’s perception of greatness, which suggests a talent worth celebrating

The rare genius of Raymond Kopa

Widely considered one of the greatest attacking talents in history, Raymond Kopa led Stade de Reims and Real Madrid to unprecedented heights

The soap opera of Antonio Cassano

At his best, Antonio Cassano was a talent as good as any in Europe, however, a volatile personality stopped him from reaching his true potential

Emilio Butragueño: the vulture

Coming through the ranks as part of Real Madrid’s legendary Quinta del Buitre, few of their own have gone on to greater things than Emilio Butragueño

Predrag Mijatović: the LaLiga diaries

One of Real Madrid’s most iconic imports, Predrag Mijatović remains a shining star in a spectacular era of gifted Yugoslav footballers

Spanish football in the Franco years

With much of Spain under the oppression of General Franco, football suffered immensely as the nationalist, brutal dictator stamped his authority