Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini (Rosario, Argentina, 24 June 1987), also simply known as the greatest footballer of all time. Leo has claimed the European Golden Shoe five times, whilst no other player in the history of the game has claimed more than the five Ballons d'Or he has to his name.
Slaviša Jokanović (Novi Sad, SFR Yugoslavia, 16 August 1968). Manager of Qatar Stars League outfit Al Gharafa. Before, he managed Fulham in the Premier League after having guided the Cottagers to top-flight promotion. He previously demonstrated his coaching pedigree by leading Watford to the promised land and steering Maccabi Tel-Aviv to the UEFA Champions League group stage. In his playing career, he made his mark during spells at Oviedo and Tenerife, whilst he claimed the La Liga title during his time at Deportivo La Coruña.
Johan Jordi Cruyff (Amsterdam, Holland, 9 February 1974) is the manager of the Ecuadorian national team. Previously he managed Chongqing Dangdai Lifan and Maccabi Tel Aviv, a position he took up following a five-year stint as the club's director of football. During his time in Israel, Jordi has enjoyed much success, with his spell at Maccabi having yielded three league titles, a domestic treble and Champions League qualification.
Bojan Krkic (Linyola, Spain, 28 August 1990). The Impact Montreal playmaker boasts a curriculum that features clubs of the standing of FC Barcelona, AS Roma, AC Milan, AFC Ajax and Stoke City, as well as an enviable trophy haul. During his loan spell at Mainz 05 during the 2016/17 season, Bojan became the first Spaniard to have scored in all four major European leagues.
Josep Clotet Ruíz (Igualada, Spain, 28 April 1977) is the head coach at Birmingham City and is widely recognised as one of the most promising Spanish coaches in the game. It's Pep's tactical knowledge that sets him apart from the rest and he boasts previous coaching experience in the Premier League and the Championship, plus managerial experience in Spain, Sweden and Norway and with League One outfit Oxford United.
Garry Monk (Bedford, England, 6 March 1979) is a young English coach with a great future ahead of him. When aged just 35, he went from captaining Swansea City to become the Swans' head coach, leading the Welsh outfit to a club-best eighth-place finish in 2014/15 Premier League season. He has also managed Middlesbrough and Leeds United, who he guided to within touching distance of the Championship play-offs despite working to a budget which was far from being amongst the biggest in the division. Following a spell in charge at Birmingham City, he currently manages Sheffield Wednesday.
José Salomón Rondón (Caracas, Venezuela, 16 September 1989). Nicknamed the Gladiator, the powerful hitman has plundered over 100 goals in European football during stints at UD Las Palmas, Málaga CF, FC Rubin, FC Zenit, West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United, being handed the prestigious number 9 shirt at both English clubs. He is currently the star man at Chinese Super League outfit Dalian Yifang.
Aitor Karanka (Vitoria, Spain, 18 September 1973), one of Spain's brightest coaching talents. He was the manager of Nottingham Forest and he played an instrumental role in securing Middlesbrough's return to the Premier League ahead of the 2016/17 season. Previously, he coached the Spanish national team's youth sides and was assistant to José Mourinho at Real Madrid. During his playing days, Aitor turned out for Athletic Club and Los Blancos, with whom he lifted the Champions League in 2000.
Laureano Bisan Etamé-Mayer (Kribi, Cameroon, 19th January 1977). Lauren played as right-back for Arsenal's record-breaking Invincibles side. He lifted the African Cup of Nations twice with Cameroon and won a gold medal at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. He is currently an Arsenal ambassador and works as a commentator.
Pako Ayestarán Barandiarán (Beasáin, Gipuzkoa, Spain; 5 February 1963) is a coach with extraordinary tactical knowledge who boasts a lengthy and successful track record after having managed several clubs. He guided Maccabi Tel Aviv to their first-ever domestic treble and lifted the Champions League with Liverpool, whilst also having enjoyed spells at the helms of Las Palmas, Valencia, Estudiantes Tecos and Santos Laguna. In May 2018, Pako was appointed manager of Pachuca, the oldest club in Mexican football.
Miguel Layún (Córdoba, Mexico, 25 June 1988) is one of the best Mexican footballers of his generation. Currently at Rayados de Monterrey after having spent time at Villarreal, and before at Sevilla on loan from Porto, he boasts strong experience in the European game after having also turned out for Watford and Atalanta. In his homeland he played for Veracruz and Club América, with whom he twice tasted Liga MX glory. A Mexican international, he represented El Tri at the 2018 Russia World Cup and the tournament's 2014 edition in Brazil. He was also a member of the Mexico squad at the 2013 and 2015 editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, claiming a winners' medal in the latter tournament.
Pedro Gómez Carmona (Vitoria, 7 June 1982) is one of the most promising Spanish coaches in the game. He managed Bahraini outfit East Riffa Club, who he led to Federation Cup glory in January 2019. Before, he was appointed manager at Portuguese side Estoril aged just 33. He has also previously served as director of football at Real Murcia and was part of the backroom staff that led Spain to World Cup success in 2010. During the course of his career he has worked at a number of clubs, including Real Betis, Valencia CD, Al-Hilal (Saudi Arabi) Baniyas and Al Wasl (United Arab Emirates), as well as the Bahraini national team.
Juan Antonio Pizzi (Santa Fe, Argentina, 7 June 1968) is a coach with impressive pedigree. During his managerial career, he has led Chile to Copa América Centenario glory, whilst he guided Argentina's San Lorenzo de Almagro to the Torneo Inicial title and Chile's Universidad Católica to the domestic crown and also enjoyed a spell in charge of Valencia CF & Saudi Arabia national team. In his playing days, he turned out for FC Barcelona, Valencia and CD Tenerife, amongst others, whilst earning a number of caps for the Spanish national team.
José Gomes (Matosinhos, 28 August 1970) is the head coach at Club Sport Marítimo and is held as one of the top up-and-coming Portuguese managers in the game. During his managerial career, he has coached Reading, Portugal's Rio Ave, Saudi Arabian outfits Al Ahli and Baniyas and Hungary's Videoton, amongst others. He has enjoyed spells as assistant coach at clubs of the standing of Porto, Málaga and Panathinaikos, where he also had a stint as head coach.
Nico Tagliafico (Rafael Calzada, Argentina, 31 August 1992) is one of the best left-backs in the modern game. A mainstay for both Ajax and the Argentine national team, he featured in all of the Albiceleste's games at the latest World Cup in Russia. He came up through the academy ranks at Banfield, before going on to captain Independiente to Copa Sudamericana glory at the iconic Maracana stadium, whilst his career has also seen him enjoy a spell in the Spanish second tier with Real Murcia.