One of the most elegant midfield generals in soccer history, Socrates was never a teenage star and didn’t make his debut in the Brazilian national team until he was 25. Blessed with wonderful skill and vision, he seemed to have so many options when he was on the ball

Utterly composed he was able to play the ball wherever and whenever he wanted.
In 1983 he was named South American player of the year which prompted a move to Fiorentina

Easily recognizable for his beard and headband, 'Dr Sócrates' became the "symbol of cool for a whole generation of football supporters"

He was a technical playmaker, known for great through passes as well as his physical strength. He was also a two-footed player and a prolific goal scorer. His ability to read the game was highly valued, and his signature move was the blind heel pass. Rightly considered to be one of the greatest midfielders ever

Famous for his large moustache, Roberto Rivelino is a Brazilian idol who won the 1970 World Cup with the national team although ultimately success eluded him with Corinthians
He would go on to win many trophies at his next club Fluminense, but would always remain a cult hero in Sao Paulo

A favourite of the fans - nicknamed "O Rei do Parque" (King of the Park) - he had a talent for bending free kicks, accurate long passing, vision and close ball control. He also perfected a football move called the "flip flap", famously copied by Ronaldinho and Ronaldo in recent years. He is widely regarded as one of the most graceful football players ever, and among the best midfielders of his generation