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Football has had Mozart Santos, Thomas "Mozart" Broich and Tomas Rosicky, who orchestrated play on the football field as well as Mozart used to compose classical music.
Rosicky, a midfield virtuoso, could have been a Bayern Munich player but opted to sign with Borussia Dortmund from Sparta Prague in the 2001 January transfer window.
Dortmund were loaded up front: a goal-scorer in Marcio Amoroso, 6'8" Jan Koller, the dazzling Ewerthon, oh and throw in Rosicky's playmaking.
The four combined for 44 goals and 33 assists during the 2001-02 Bundesliga season.
As soon as Dortmund encountered financial problems, Bayern Munich legend Franz Beckenbauer urged his club to sign Rosicky.
"I can well imagine Rosicky starring for Bayern in the long-run," Beckenbauer wrote for Bild (h/t Sky Sports). "We had been keen on him once, but then pulled out of the transfer poker."
Rosicky's body started to break down and he went from being on top of the world to just another midfielder.
From time to time at Arsenal, he conjures up Dortmund-like brilliance.
Dortmund left attacking midfielder Marco Reus remembers Rosicky's impact, as per Donald McRae at The Guardian:
My idol was always Tomas Rosicky. He used to be phenomenal. He had such a good eye for an opening and knew where his team-mates were, and he was so quick.
Rosicky had great technique and was so intelligent and mature even though he was still young at Dortmund.
I copied everything about him—right down to his sweatbands. He was so unlucky he had bad injuries at Arsenal because, otherwise, he would be one of the world's best players.