A person who has great influence over another. A person with extraordinary intellectual and creative power. Someone with a strong natural talent or aptitude.
There are many meanings of the word "genius," which generally makes the buggers difficult to identify.
This is especially true in the hackneyed world of football punditry and the glorified nostalgia of footballing folklore. Like the term "hero," it is a word which is rarely used appropriately. Most players are incapable of ever being or becoming geniuses. Some have the innate ability but simply the lack the desire, focus, or mentality.
Tottenham Hotspur is a successful club which has competed in the top division of English football for the majority of its 128-year history. Along the way, it has collected numerous prestigious awards, including the European Cup, F.A. Cup, and the Division One title.
These successes over that period of time have been driven off the pitch by the passion of thousands of fans, the minds of scores of managers and the pockets of numerous chairmen.
Most of all, it has been achieved on the pitch by dozens of excellent and important footballers. So how can you possibly choose the 10 greatest footballers to have ever pulled on a crisp white Tottenham Hotspur shirt?
In this slideshow, I attempt to pick out 10 such players who, more than any others, are notable for their passion for the club, the individual talent which they have displayed, and the success they have brought the club as part of a winning team.