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27. Gustavo Munua (35) was Uruguay’s goalkeeper during the 1997 FIFA U-20 World Cup, held in Malaysia, where he inspired his team-mates to reach the final of the tournament but was unable to prevent Argentina from emerging victorious on the night. After stepping up to the senior national side, the shot-stopper took part in the 2001 Copa America and the 2002 FIFA World Cup™ in Korea/Japan. Munua started out at Uruguayan heavyweights Nacional, with whom he secured four league titles, before moving across the ocean to sign for Deportivo La Coruna. After six seasons in Galicia, during which time he won the UEFA Intertoto Cup, he joined Malaga and then current employers Levante, and is now halfway through his third campaign with the Valencia-based club.

28. Jamie Carragher (35) has been a loyal and talismanic servant to Liverpool since graduating from the club’s youth academy in 1995. Once his place in the Reds’ rearguard was firmly established, he went on to lift two FA Cups, three English League Cups, two Community Shields, the UEFA Champions League trophy, the UEFA Cup and two UEFA Super Cups during an impressive career. The English centre-back got his first taste of a major international competition at the 1997 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Malaysia, and after being promoted to the senior England squad, he subsequently appeared at two FIFA World Cup tournaments, Germany 2006 and South Africa 2010.

29. Ivan Klasnic (33) has spent many years demonstrating his remarkable attacking qualities in the Bundesliga. The Croatian striker rose to prominence at St Pauli, prior to securing a move to Werder Bremen, where he played a key role in the side that achieved a German League and Cup double in 2004. Spells at Nantes and Bolton Wanderers followed, before a return to Germany in the autumn of 2012 saw him put pen to paper with Mainz. Klasnic has been a regular in the Croatian national squad over the years, appearing at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany and UEFA EURO 2008.

30. Juninho Pernambucano (38) is regarded as one of the greatest free-kick takers ever to play the game, having curled the ball into the net on countless occasions during his long and productive career. The attacking midfielder turned professional in his homeland at Sport Recife, where he won two regional titles. A move to Vasco da Gama saw him add two Brazilian league championships, a Rio de Janeiro state championship, a Rio-Sao Paulo Tournament and a Copa Libertadores crown to his footballing CV, and come close to claiming the FIFA Club World Championship in 2000. He then exported his skills to France, where, as the creative fulcrum of an all-conquering Lyon XI, he picked up winners medals in seven consecutive Ligue 1 championships, one Coupe de France and six Trophees des champions. After eight terms at Stade Gerland, Juninho headed to Qatar to don the jersey of Al Gharafa, with whom he won the national league and two Qatar Crown Prince Cups. Following a second stint at Vasco da Gama, he joined MLS outfit New York Red Bulls at the tail end of last year. The dead-ball specialist also enjoyed a successful international career, representing Brazil at the 2001 Copa America, the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup (in which A Seleção overcame Argentina in the final) and the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany.

31. John Collins (45) played for Scotland at UEFA EURO 1996 and at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, scoring against holders Brazil in the latter tournament’s closely contested opening match. The skilful midfielder made his professional debut while at Edinburgh-based Hibernian, where his fine performances piqued the interest of Celtic. However, six campaigns in Glasgow saw Collins hold aloft just one trophy, the 1995 Scottish Cup. A subsequent spell at Monaco was more fruitful, as the principality side were crowned French champions in 1997. The Scotsman went on to successfully ply his trade for Everton and Fulham in England, and after hanging up his boots, turned his hand to management, taking the reins at Hibs and then at Belgian team Charleroi.

1. Gabriel Batistuta (44) has the distinction of being the all-time leading goalscorer of the Argentinian national team, with whom he triumphed in two Copa America tournaments in a row, as well as in the inaugural FIFA Confederations Cup. In addition, the powerful forward participated in three consecutive FIFA World Cups with La Albiceleste: USA 1994, France 1998 and Korea/Japan 2002, scoring no fewer than ten goals in the process. After coming through the ranks at Newell's Old Boys, Batistuta turned out for both River Plate and Boca Juniors, winning the Argentinian league with the latter outfit. He then packed his bags for Europe, committing himself to Fiorentina, where his scoring prowess inspired his team-mates to land the Serie B championship, the Italian Cup and the Italian Super Cup, achievements that cemented his legendary status among the Viola faithful. A move to Roma saw the South American continue in the same vein, as his goals propelled the capital club to Italian League and Super Cup glory. A brief loan spell at Inter Milan was followed by a transfer to Qatari giants Al Arabi, where he saw out the remainder of his career. Batigol finished top marksman in the Copa America (twice), the FIFA Confederations Cup, Serie A and the Qatari League, as well as earning third and second place in the scoring charts of two FIFA World Cups, at USA 1994 and France 1998 respectively. He also remains the leading scorer in Fiorentina’s history.

2. Gerard Pique (26) has, in the last few years, established himself as one of the world’s most competent defenders. A lynchpin of Spain’s victorious 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa and UEFA EURO 2012 sides, he was also part of the Roja team that finished third at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. The solid centre-back had previously garnered considerable international experience as a young man, winning the 2006 UEFA European U-19 Championship and playing in the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup. A product of Barcelona’s youth academy, Pique obtained his first taste of senior football with Manchester United, who subsequently loaned him out to Real Zaragoza. Upon his return to Old Trafford, he attained winners’ medals in the English Premier League, the Community Shield and the UEFA Champions League. Keen to return to Catalonia, he signed for Barça in the summer of 2008. His arrival coincided with a trophy-laden period for Pep Guardiola’s formidable team, as three Liga titles, two Spanish Cups, three Spanish Super Cups, two UEFA Champions League crowns, two UEFA Super Cups and two FIFA Club World Cups were all secured in style. In addition to his successes on the pitch, the Spanish international has recently celebrated the birth of his first child.