4. Miguel Munoz
Born in Madrid in 1922, Miguel Munoz grew against the backdrop of civil war in Spain. During his formative years, he wandered around Spain, honing his skills. At Celta Vigo in 1946, he perfected his footballing philosophy and caught the eye of Real Madrid for whom he signed up for in 1948. At the time Real Madrid were a club in transition. Alongside the likes of Alfredo di Stefano and Ferenc Puskas, Munoz helped restore Real Madrid to all its glory and can be credited for laying the foundation for the Real Madrid football empire that we know today.
Miguel’s finest quality as a player was that for him the team always came first. Displaying unreal altruism on the field, he formed the base upon which Di Stefano and Puskas fired Real Madrid to domestic and European glory. A true leader on the field, Munoz racked up four La Liga titles and three successive European Cups between ’55 and ’58, amongst other trophies.