15. Steven Gerrard

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DEBUT: 2002
TEAM(S): Liverpool

Captain Fantastic is the name, and dragging Liverpool by the short and curlys is most certainly his game. Steven Gerrard IS Liverpool—this century, at least. And it was never more evident than in Istanbul, in 2005, when the lifelong Liverpudlian willed the Reds to respond from three goals down and overtake Milan for their fifth Champions League triumph. Gerrard once famously flirted with a move to Chelsea in 2004. But if there's a better fit than Liverpool and Gerrard, we haven't seen it. And he's a Phil Collins fan, which we're plenty OK with.

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