One of the great midfielders in world football over the past decade, the Brazilian-born, Portuguese International Deco won UEFA's Best Midfielder award twice and Club Footballer of the Year once. A few years ago, Deco's then-teammate Ronaldinho once deflected a compliment about being the greatest player in the world by denying that he was even the greatest player on his team, giving the nod to Deco. I was fortunate to meet Deco at the Nou Camp stadium a few years ago, while on a visit to Barcelona. Someone, somewhere has a photo of me standing with him and Juliana Balletti.
(Notice that I managed to avoid even mentioning that Deco once played for Chelsea.)