Every generation of football is blessed with some brilliant players.
From the Diego Maradonas to the Peles, to the Zidanes and Messis, every generation has players that are simply the greatest. Every generation has names that are synonymous with the sport itself, and their legacies will go down in the record books forever.
However, every generation also has that "other guy"—the one that is brilliant and world-class but just isn't as well-reputed or praised as much as other guys in the generation.
They are the No. 2s in world football, if you like. The second-greatest player in a generation.
Cristiano Ronaldo is undoubtedly one of these with his constant second-place finishing to Lionel Messi. But who else, throughout history, can be considered a No. 2?
Read on and find out.