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#9 Henrik Larsson: Celtic to Barcelona

Henrik Larsson, Barcelona
Henrik Larsson won Barcelona a Champions League single handedly

Larsson was ridiculously prolific for Celtic, scoring 242 goals for the club in 7 years. After a fantastic Euro 2004 campaign, the Swedish international made the switch to Barcelona in order to make a name for himself in the big leagues.

Although he did not enjoy similar success in Spain, Larsson still managed to produce his best when it mattered most. In the 2006 Champions League final with his side trailing to a solid Arsenal 1-0, Larsson came on with 30 minutes to go and scripted a miraculous turnaround, providing 2 assists and leading Barcelona to victory.

Thierry Henry later credited Larsson with being the sole difference between the sides. “He changed the game,” said the Frenchman. “Sometimes you talk about Ronaldinho and Eto'o and people like that, you need to talk about the proper footballer who made the difference and that was Henrik Larsson tonight,” he went on to add.

That moment alone validates his presence on the list.

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