Football is a huge game, watched by millions the world over, and it has an enormous sporting and social impact.
From kids cheering on their favourite players in the hopes of trophy glory to those who are inspired to take up the sport to escape the poverty or poor conditions they live in, players who take to the field on a professional basis have a big effect on viewers.
It's not always the very best players who are the most inspirational. Some players have their moment, which might not last longer than 90 minutes in some cases, but their actions echo through the ages.
Some influence the game because of their actions on the pitch, others because of their lives off it. Some combine the two—but everyone on this list has had an influence on the game of football we know today.