Eric Cantona and the 20 Most Charismatic Footballers in History

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Eric Cantona and the 20 Most Charismatic Footballers in History
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Charisma is quite a metaphysical aspect to rate a player’s contribution to a team and to their respective sport.

However, charisma is a personal quality or gift that can allow a player who possesses it to have great influence on a group of teammates.

Over the last century we have seen many players gifted with such virtues, who are worthy of veneration, who have made a difference to their team’s performance and who have won a special place in the hearts of not only of those on their home terraces, but also a secretly impossible respect from rival fans.

When studying the history of the sporting icon, an article by Gill Lines stuck out to me which suggested that our sporting heroes become celebrated due to their links with the tradition of sport they play—they are masculine, brave, competitive and creative.

In this list of 20, the focus will be on the overtly passionate and charismatic through out the history of world football. These players have captured the public’s imagination and, sometimes, encapsulated the charisma of this great sport in one moment. 

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