7. Danny (28) hit the big time after joining Russian club Zenit St Petersburg in a record-breaking deal in 2008 and the Venezuela-born Portuguese midfielder soon repaid their faith when he scored the winning goal against Manchester United in the 2008 UEFA Super Cup, before going on to play a central role in the club’s cup and league double in his second season at the club. Danny made his first appearance for Portugal's senior side in 2008 and participated in the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. He is currently involved in Portugal’s qualification campaign for the UEFA EURO 2012.
8. Marcelo Balboa (44) is one of the legends of the USA side that made a triumphant return to the international stage in the 1990s. The towering defender put in appearances at three successive FIFA World Cups, from Italy 1990 through to USA 1994 and France 1998 and won two of the three editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup in which he participated. The irrepressible Balboa was named US Soccer Athlete of the Year in 1992 and 1994, and was the first player to win 100 senior caps for the Stars and Stripes. Born in Chicago of Argentinian descent, he played the majority of his football in Colorado for the Foxes and then later for the Rapids, who enticed him back after a season at Mexico club Leon. His next move to Metro Stars was marred by an injury that kept him off the field for all but five minutes of his first season, and he retired shortly afterwards.
9. Fillipo Inzaghi’s (38) career has amassed a veritable treasure trove of trophies and awards at club and international level during his stellar career. The iconic Italian goalpoacher started out at his home-town club of Piacenza, taking them to Serie B success before making his way via Parma to Atalanta. There Inzaghi won both the golden boot for top scorer in Serie A and the division's young player of the year award, despite his side’s lowly league position, which caught the eye of Juventus who brought him to Turin to play alongside Alessandro Del Piero. It was here that Inzaghi’s trophy collection began to swell and his goal tally grew ever higher. In his first season Juventus won the Scudetto, the Italian Supercup and reached the final of the UEFA Champions League, only to lose to Real Madrid. After four successful seasons with the Old Lady of Italian football, Inzaghi moved to AC Milan where he continued his winning ways, starting with the Coppa Italia and UEFA Champions League - beating former club Juve in the final - in 2002/03. This was followed up with victory in the 2003 UEFA Super Cup and the 2003/04 Serie A title race. Denied a second Champions League title by Liverpool in the epic 2004/05 final, he returned two seasons later to take his revenge, putting two past the Reds in the 2006/07 decider to lift the trophy once again. But despite the many club honours to his name, victory at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany must remain the proudest moment of Pippo’s career.
10. Javier Zanetti (38) is one of the most extraordinary players of the modern era, having played more than 700 games for his current club Inter Milan, which he joined in 1995, and more than 1000 competitive matches at both club and international level over the course of his career. The Argentinian full-back’s longevity is only matched by his sterling sporting spirit: in all these outings he has never once been red carded and his yellow cards can be counted on the fingers of two hands. His gentlemanly conduct on the field belies a fierce competitor whose tactical awareness in defence and midfield is complemented by a capability for devastating runs down the wing and an eye for a finish that has brought him 26 goals. Tireless and passionate, the man Inter fans call 'The Tractor' has won 15 titles with the Milan giants, including five Scudettos, three Coppa Italias, six Italian Supercups and the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup. For the Argentina national team the indefatigable Zanetti has participated in two editions of the FIFA World Cup - France 1998 and Korea Republic/Japan 2002 - but has had to make do with second-place finishes at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, the FIFA Confederations Cup 2005 and the 2004 and 2007 editions of the Copa America. In a FIFA World Cup qualifier against Bolivia in 2007 he became his country’s most capped player. Nor is there any reason to imagine that this veteran South American Superman will not add to his 148 appearances in the Argentina strip.
11. Ivan Cordoba (35) is one of the finest defenders in the history of Colombian football, and as captain of the national team led his country to their only Copa America victory in 2001. Starting his career at second-division outfit Deportivo Rionegro, his talents started to attract serious attention following a move to Atletico Nacional. He was soon snapped up by northern Italian powerhouses Inter Milan, where he has been industriously collecting trophies since 1999. For his country, Cordoba has participated in the 1998 FIFA World Cup France and four editions of the Copa America.
12. Emil Kostadinov (44) will forever be remembered as the man whose late winner against France in USA 1994 qualifying prevented Les Bleus from going through to finals, a traumatic event that prompted the Europeans to initiate the changes that helped lead them to victory four years later on home soil. More importantly, though, this strike took his team through to the FIFA World Cup finals after an absence of eight years, with Bulgaria reaching the semi-finals and finishing the competition on US soil in fourth place. Though the striker did not score any goals himself in the tournament, his selfless performances did allow the lethal Hristo Stoichkov to wreak even greater havoc on opposing defences. Kostadinov went on to play at France 1998, when the Bulgarians went out in the first round. His club career was no less impressive, including victory in three Bulgarian Cups and three league championships with CSKA Sofia, before moving to Portuguese club FC Porto and winning two consecutive league titles. He then went on to enjoy sojourns all over the globe, including stints in Germany, Mexico and Spain.
13. Faisal Al Dakhil (54) was a great servant of Kuwaiti football, who can take much credit for his role in his country’s victory at the AFC Asian Cup in 1980. That marked the start of a purple patch for the Gulf kingdom, which reached its heights at the finals of the 1982 FIFA World Cup. At that tournament on Spanish soil, Al Dakhil scored his side's leveller against the former Czechoslovakia, this winning his team a point after two losses to France and England. Al Dakhil led his country to three Gulf Cup wins and collected a number of trophies with local giants Al Qadissiyah.