Calling a footballer a natural athlete is at times a backhanded compliment.
The underlying inference can be that the player in question is great at running about and so forth but not necessarily an instinctive footballer.
When someone possesses an innate understanding of the game and the physical attributes to fully exploit those smarts, he is a member of a very small club of elite footballers.
Here we rate the most athletic players in world football.
More than just boasting an impressive physique or electric speed, athleticism for a football player also depends on his stamina, strength and finesse (the balance and grace that sets certain athletes apart).
Using this range of factors to determine athleticism with ratings out of 10, here are the 10 footballers who currently top the list.