5. Franz Beckenbauer
A massive reason why West Germany won the World Cup in 1974, Beckenbauer captained his side to the Jules Rimet Trophy, beating Johan Cruyff’s Netherlands side in the final. He was a classy, tidy sweeper during an era of rough pitches and crunching tackles that would have caused half of today’s primadonnas to go join ballet classes instead of football.
Beckenbauer scored five times in 1966 as West Germany reached the final against England. He finished third with his nation in 1970. Then in ’74 he finally got his hands on the trophy with a magnificent display of defending in the final. A top player and a legend of the game.