25. Tostao (68) took part in two FIFA World Cup™ tournaments with Brazil, making a total of seven appearances and scoring three goals at England 1966 and Mexico 1970, where he lifted the prestigious trophy. At club level, the one-time South American Footballer of the Year started out at Belo Horizonte-based America, before moving to Cruzeiro, where he won a Brazilian League title and five Minas Gerais State Championships.

26. Jose Corona (34) was a member of the Mexico squads that competed in two FIFA Confederations Cups (2005 and 2013), the 1997 FIFA U-17 World Cup, the 2006 and 2014 senior World Cups, and the Men’s Olympic Football Tournaments at Beijing 2004 and London 2012, where El Tri emerged victorious. The athletic goalkeeper also played in three CONCACAF Gold Cups, hoisting the continental trophy in 2009. The Guadalajara native turned professional at Atlas, where his performances earned him a transfer to Estudiantes Tecos. In 2009, Corona signed for Cruz Azul, where he landed a Mexican League crown, a Mexican Cup and a CONCACAF Champions League title, a feat which paved the way for La Maquina to appear at the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco.

27. Denis Glushakov (28) played an active role in Russia’s return to the World Cup stage at Brazil 2014, where he made three appearances but could not prevent his side suffering a group-stage exit. The box-to-box midfielder had previously participated in UEFA EURO 2012. Glushakov put pen to paper with Lokomotiv Moscow in 2005, and subsequently enjoyed two successful loan spells at Rostov-on-Don and Zvezda Irkutsk. After returning to Lokomotiv and flourishing for several seasons, he joined Spartak Moscow in 2013.

28. Gianluigi Buffon (37) represented Italy at Brazil 2014, his fifth successive World Cup, a record which includes a memorable victory at Germany 2006. The imposing goalkeeper also reached the final of EURO 2012 – his third consecutive tilt at the continental title – versus Spain, and finished third at the 2013 Confederations Cup. The legendary shot-stopper came through the ranks at Parma, with whom he lifted the UEFA Cup, Coppa Italia and SuperCoppa Italiana, prior to committing himself to Juventus in 2001. Since then, Buffon has bagged five Serie A titles, one Serie B crown and four Italian Super Cups. Remarkably, the agile Italian has been named Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year on no fewer than nine occasions.

29. Marie-Laure Delie (27) starred for France at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011™, where Les Bleues finished fourth. In addition, she played at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cups of 2006 and 2008, reaching the semi-finals of the latter contest, the 2012 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament and the 2013 UEFA European Women’s Championship. In 2012, the incisive striker held aloft the Cyprus Cup. Delie, a graduate of the illustrious Clairefontaine academy, signed for Paris Saint-Germain in 2007. A five-year stint at Montpellier followed, during which she captured the French Cup. In July 2013, she returned to PSG.

30. Luis Perea (36) is regarded as one of the best defenders to pull on the Colombian jersey over the past decade. More recently, he played 13 times during Los Cafeteros’ successful qualifying campaign for the 2014 World Cup, but was not selected for the final squad. The pacey centre-back previously appeared at the 2003 Gold Cup, and the 2007 and 2011 Copa America competitions. He started off at Independiente Medellin, where he earned a Colombian League winners’ medal, but then exported his skills abroad, first to Argentina, where he enjoyed league and Intercontinental success with Boca Juniors, and then to Spain, where he won two UEFA Europa League titles, a UEFA Super Cup and a UEFA Intertoto Cup with Atletico Madrid. After eight seasons with Los Colchoneros, Perea was transferred to Cruz Azul, with whom he has since got his hands on a Mexican Cup and the CONCACAF Champions League trophy.

31. Abdelmoumene Djabou (28) wore the colours of Algeria at the 2014 World Cup, helping his team-mates to reach the knockout stages of the competition for the first time. The dynamic attacking midfielder put in some impressive performances in Brazil, scoring against Korea Republic and Germany. Djabou made his name with ES Setif, where he collected an Algerian Championship and an Algerian Cup. He has also plied his trade for MC El Eulma, USM El Harrach (both on loan) and Tunisian giants Club Africain, his current employers.