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The Best Tottenham Hotspur Players of All Time

Updated April 3, 2020 76.0k votes 10.9k voters 141.3k views84 items

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Though the club may not have the success that many of its other big six rivals have, Tottenham Hotspur are one of the most illustrious clubs in all of English football. Formed in 1882, the Spurs won its first FA Cup in 1901, and from there, have managed to home a number of domestic and European honors over the years. That said, Spurs have had some of the biggest names in football on their starting XI. Recently, Spurs had one of the best players in the Premier League in Gareth Bale. Purchased from Southampton, Bale became one of the most decorated players in the league, taking home the PFA Player of the Year twice and carrying Tottenham to the Champions League. At the time of his transfer to Real Madrid, he was the highest transferred player in history.

Who are considered some of the greatest Spurs of all time? Other Tottenham legends include Dave Mackay, Glenn Hoddle and Jimmy Greaves. These players are considered some of the finest in league history, and with good reason. Their innovation has led Tottenham to trophies in every decade since the 1960s. 

This is a list of the best Tottenham Hotspur players of all time. If you see someone missing from this list, feel free to add him. Vote or re-rank this list based on who you think is the greatest Spurs of all time.
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  • 1
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    948

    Luka Modrić

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceZadar, Croatia

    NationalityCroatia

  • 2
    3,223
    1,309

    Gareth Bale

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceCardiff, Wales

    NationalityWales

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    #434 of 452 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time#35 of 49 The Best Real Madrid Midfielders Of All Time

  • 3
    3,175
    1,304

    BirthplaceChuncheon, South Korea

    NationalitySouth Korea

  • 4
    2,548
    1,040

    BirthplaceManor Park, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

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    #102 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players#22 of 293 The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time

  • 5
    1,812
    729

    BirthplaceLeicester, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

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    #631 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time#68 of 164 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s

  • 6
    1,967
    798

    Paul Gascoigne

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceDunston, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

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    #60 of 66 The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History#10 of 101 The Best Newcastle United Players Of All Time, Ranked

  • 7
    1,143
    440

    BirthplaceHighams Park, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

  • 8
    1,668
    671

    Hugo Lloris

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceNice, France

    NationalityFrance

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    #19 of 188 The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time#32 of 240 The Best Current Soccer Players

  • 9
    1,659
    669

    Glenn Hoddle

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceHayes, Hillingdon, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

  • 10
    1,534
    616

    Ledley King

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceBow, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

  • 11
    1,331
    538

    BirthplaceGöppingen, Germany

    NationalityWest Germany, Germany

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    #36 of 38 The Best Current Soccer Coaches/Managers#15 of 41 The Best Bayern Munich Forwards Of All Time

  • 12
    1,275
    514

    BirthplaceDublin, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

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    #273 of 329 The Most Obnoxious Athletes#9 of 17 The Best Players In MLS

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    393

    Pat Jennings

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceNewry, United Kingdom

    NationalityNorthern Ireland

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    #2 of 22 The Best Arsenal Keepers Of All Time#33 of 117 The Best Arsenal Players Of All Time

  • 14
    3,715
    1,628

    Harry Kane

    Forward

    BirthplaceChingford, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

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    #50 of 50 Funny Names to Give a Hamster#109 of 199 The All-Around Best Athletes of 2018

  • 15
    960
    388

    Ossie Ardiles

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceBell Ville, Argentina

    NationalityArgentina

  • 16
    1,070
    449

    Jan Vertonghen

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceSint-Niklaas, Belgium

    NationalityBelgium

  • 17
    2,243
    1,007

    BirthplaceMiddelfart, Denmark

    NationalityDenmark

  • 18
    725
    287

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    NationalityNorthern Ireland

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    #401 of 1,295 The Best Soccer Players of All Time#30 of 200 The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom

  • 19
    939
    396

    Jermain Defoe

    Forward

    BirthplaceBeckton, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

  • 20
    706
    288

    Dave Mackay

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

  • 21
    876
    375

    David Ginola

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceGassin, France

    NationalityFrance

  • 22
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    352

    Rafael van der Vaart

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceHeemskerk, Kingdom of the Netherlands

    NationalityNetherlands

  • 23
    1,347
    618

    Dele Alli

  • 24
    500
    202

    Chris Waddle

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceFelling, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

  • 25
    440
    179

    BirthplaceScarborough, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland