Andrea Pirlo

Has there ever been a cooler footballer than Italy's Andrea Pirlo? The midfield metronome has dazzled the world for over a decade as a deep-lying midfielder playmaker with stunning range and creative distribution. His seven Serie A titles with AC Milan and Juventus cement his place as one of the Italian topflight's greatest but honours don't define this stupefying talent. His grace on the ball notwithstanding, Pirlo is often hailed as one of football's most intelligent players, a beautiful mind in Nike boots. Now plying his trade in Major League Soccer with New York City FC, Pirlo's most iconic moment came on July 9th, 2006 when, as he describes in his bestselling book, he "spent the afternoon in Berlin sleeping and playing the Playstation" and in the evening went out and won the FIFA World Cup.