It is hardly a secret that among the things that make football so compelling are the personalities associated with it.
Naturally, the same holds true for every sport—indeed, for all life’s pastimes—but it’s especially true when it comes to football.
Few activities are as worldly, and as a result the sheer breadth of personality we see in football makes for a richness of choice, a truly global wealth of characteristics.
And these characteristics take hold of us because we’ve noticed them before.
We recognize them from history, from past figures whose attributes—whose personalities—have shaped everything from politics to war to art to isolated, yet important, moments in time.
Following are seven people from the footballing world who have something timeless about them.
Granted, they may not be precise clones of the historical personages that accompany them in this slideshow, but they have at least one characteristic that connects them to a story much bigger than football.
Here are some football personalities imagined as historical figures.