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25 Biggest Personalities in World Football
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This article profiles 25 of the Biggest Personalities in the history of World Football.

One of the reasons many of us love this sport is because of the characters within it; indeed, the personalities and the charismatic figures that populate the game are football’s life blood, they are the names we seek on a team sheet and the figures we expect to spot in the headlines.

Football has had its fair share of icons and legends, but not all of them have touched the public and forged an interaction with the broader populace as the 25 men listed here.

The ‘personalities’ in my list are the big characters who inject colour and meaning into the predominant rhythm of figures and statistics that is becoming increasingly prevalent. These men have qualities and characteristics which make them popular or interesting in a way that sets them apart, and all of whom have a distinctive identity.

In compiling the list, I sought footballing figures who, in many cases, had an influence that extended beyond the sport; many of these men combined controversy with charm, and almost all of them left an enduring legacy on the clubs and players they touched.

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