Transfers have existed ever since the introduction of player registrations by the FA, the world’s oldest football governing body, way back in 1885. For more than a century transfers have been an integral part of the game, as teams clamoured to bring the best players to their club in an effort to improve their teams.
We recently did something of a mini-series looking at the 7 greatest back fours, midfield trios and attacking trios of all time, and one suggestion that seemed to get a lot of love in the comments section was the idea of taking a look at the 7 greatest dribblers of all time.
Before we start, the primary criteria here is simply how good the player was in their teenage years, typically between their 16th and 20th birthdays, but factors such as the number of games they played and what they accomplished are naturally also taken into account. There will also be some very honourable mentions at the end.
The World Cup is the biggest stage in world football, and as such, it can often be make or break for footballing legacies over a single month once every four years.
The only criteria for featuring here is that you must be retired - no current players are taken into consideration.
These aren’t the seven who left the earliest, or the best seven, the best paid seven - or anything else like that. These are simply seven we randomly chose for your enjoyment, feel free to share your examples in the comments.
There is a story Joan Laporta tells of the day he called Pep Guardiola to his office and told him he was going to be the new manager of Barcelona, to which Guardiola replied: “You haven’t got the balls.” If there is one thing Barça’s former president never lacked it is balls and yet he does not see it like that, even though José Mourinho wanted the job.
The central figure in the Europa League final will be the man who is most profoundly absent: Johan Cruyff.
Today marks the twentieth anniversary of Arsene Wenger's unveiling as Arsenal manager. We take a look at his first Arsenal line-up from 1996.
Jamoe Vardy's second goal in the space of four days wasn't enough to stop England losing 2-1 to the Netherlands at Wembley.
Southampton lost against Leicester City on Friday.
Son Heung-min has to start for Tottenham Hotspur against Liverpool, says Paul Merson.
What the hell is Beermunch?
Sunderland manager Phil Parkinson wants to agree a deal with Premier League powerhouses Manchester United to bring James Garner to League One.
Scottish Premiership rivals Celtic and Rangers both secured excellent Europa League results against Lazio and Porto respectively on Thursday.
Neil Lennon’s Celtic won against Lazio at Celtic Park in the Europa League on Thursday.
Arsenal youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles was hooked off at half-time by Unai Emery.
Arsenal striker Gabriel Martinelli hit the back of the net for Unai Emery's side again last night.
Steven Gerrard’s Glasgow Rangers drew with FC Porto on Thursday.
Fraser Forster, on loan from Southampton, played well for Neil Lennon’s Celtic against Lazio.