Widely regarded as one of the greatest players ever, Michael Laudrup made his debut for Denmark on his 18th birthday in 1982, and went on to score 37 goals in 104 appearances for the national side.
He took part in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, a performance which is best remembered for his exceptional solo dribble and goal in the 6–1 defeat of Uruguay.
A play-making midfielder, Laudrup was known as one of the most effective passers, as well as one of the most skillful and elegant players of the game. His trademark move — looking one way and passing the other, usually a lob over the defence — fooled countless opponents during his career.
In November 2003, to celebrate UEFA's Jubilee, he was selected as the Golden Player of Denmark; their most outstanding player of the past 50 years. He was officially named the best Danish footballer of all time by the Danish Football Association (DBU) in November 2006.
Franz Beckenbauer once remarked "Pelé was the best in the 60s, Cruyff in the 70s, Maradona in the 80s and Laudrup in the 90s."