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There was only one player who could top this list: Franz Beckenbauer. The Munich-born legend is by some distance the best defender the Bundesliga and Germany have ever seen, and he is widely regarded as the greatest defender in football history.
For his exploits at both club and international level, Beckenbauer's trophy cabinet is packed. He won three consecutive European Cups as well as four Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal titles with Bayern Munich.
After teaming up with Pele at the New York Cosmos, he won the North American Soccer League three times and the Trans-Atlantic Cup twice. In a brief return to Germany, he also led Hamburg to the Bundesliga title once more.
With Germany, Beckenbauer won Euro 1972 and the World Cup two years later, and the DFB-Elf were rather unfortunate not to have claimed any more trophies during his time. He was a two-time Ballon d'Or winner, a four-time German Footballer of the Year and was named to the Team of the Tournament for three World Cups and two European Championships.
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