Position: Attacking mikdfield
International Caps: 137 Finland caps
Jari Litmanen is regarded by many as the greatest Finnish player of all time. He was the first-choice captain of the national team between 1996–2008 in an international career that ran from 1989 to 2010. In Finland, he is often called ‘Litti’ (after Pierre Littbarski), which dates from his early years, and is also known as ‘Kuningas’ (‘The King’). During his club career, he most notably represented Ajax, Barcelona and Liverpool. Once considered one of the best attacking midfielders in the world, he became the first Finnish footballing superstar while playing for Ajax in the mid-1990s, winning the champions league in 1995, the peak year of his career, Jari also won five Dutch titles with Ajax along with a UEFA cup and FA cup during his spell with Liverpool. Since retiring in 2011, Litmanen regularly represents Liverpool Masters and was an instrumental figure in their recent victory against Man Utd Masters in Singapore.