The photo accompanying this slide show is of Clarence Seedorf, in case anyone didn't know.
Seedorf is one of the most modest and least high profile footballers of recent times. His picture is never in the paper. Commentators only speak of him to marvel that he is still playing. They all think he must be ancient although they never know his exact age. You will never hear of him spoken of the greats of the game. But he is.
He has started at three of Europe's premier clubs, won national titles in three different leagues and won a combined four Champions League winners medals with these clubs, having won at least one with each. At every club he has been adored by the fans and respected by the staff as a fine player and a consummate professional. He has never received the recognition he deserves for one of the most successful careers in modern football.
And it is on that note that we begin this slide show - a look at 10 other highly talented and successful players of the past 15 years who never seem to get the recognition they deserve for their fantastic achievements.
This list is based solely upon opinion. It is not definitive or exhaustive. Furthermore, it does in general feature players who are reasonably well known - much like Clarence Seedorf. The point is not that the player is an anonymous genius. Rather it is that the player has never been given the global appreciation he deserves for his phenomenal ability. While these players have all been appreciated to an extent and are all considered good players, and indeed have all been idolized by the fans of their own team, none have ever been viewed or globally categorized as the absolute legends that they are.