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Bastian Schweinsteiger isn't the youngest or most exciting player at Bayern Munich. His head once played host to a spiky yellow haircut, as if the midfielder watched The Simpsons and thought Bart was the perfect role model.
Although troublesome in his early professional career, the 28-year-old mimics many others on this list for embodying everything his club has come to represent. He has represented Bayern for over a decade and is fast-approaching that mark for the German national team.
Plenty of silverware has followed, although Schweinsteiger will feel he needs to win international silverware if he is ever to be considered a true great of German football. Like the multitasking Franz Beckenbauer, it would be safe to presume Schweinsteiger will come on to a future career of coaching, punditry and intimidation.
Right now, he glues Bayern Munich's chance of success together. As we saw in the Champions League Round of 16 second-leg tie against Arsenal, his absence unhinges the entire shape and balance of the team.