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The Best Tottenham Hotspur Players of All Time 

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Updated April 3, 2020 67.2k votes 9.7k voters 133.6k views 84 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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Luka Modrić is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Tottenham Hotspur Players of All Time
Midfielder from Zadar, Croatia

Nationality: Croatia

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#11 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #2 of 356 The Best Current Soccer Players #1 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players

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Jimmy Greaves is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Tottenham Hotspur Players of All Time
Forward from Manor Park, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

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#400 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #328 of 356 The Best Current Soccer Players #101 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players

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Gareth Bale is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Tottenham Hotspur Players of All Time
Forward and Midfielder from Cardiff, Wales

Nationality: Wales

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#1,495 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #37 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #441 of 452 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time

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Paul Gascoigne is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Tottenham Hotspur Players of All Time
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Harry Kane is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Tottenham Hotspur Players of All Time
NandaRamanujam added Forward from Chingford, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

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#1,531 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #172 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #73 of 154 Who's the Best Player in the Premier League?

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Gary Lineker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Tottenham Hotspur Players of All Time
kingbass added Forward from Leicester, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

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#661 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #117 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #42 of 164 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s

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Son Heung-min is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Tottenham Hotspur Players of All Time
Hee Chang Jang added Forward from Chuncheon, South Korea

Nationality: South Korea

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Glenn Hoddle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Tottenham Hotspur Players of All Time
Midfielder from Hayes, Hillingdon, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

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#178 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #28 of 199 The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom #71 of 292 The Best Chelsea Players Of All Time

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Christian Eriksen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Tottenham Hotspur Players of All Time
mikkelhaagensen30 added Midfielder from Middelfart, Denmark

Nationality: Denmark

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Ledley King is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Tottenham Hotspur Players of All Time
Defender and Midfielder from Bow, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

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#413 of 452 The Best Soccer Defenders of All Time #118 of 199 The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom

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Hugo Lloris is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Tottenham Hotspur Players of All Time
NandaRamanujam added Goalkeeper from Nice, France

Nationality: France

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#1,773 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #740 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #13 of 154 Who's the Best Player in the Premier League?

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Jürgen Klinsmann is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Tottenham Hotspur Players of All Time
Forward from Göppingen, Germany

Nationality: West Germany, Germany

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#301 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #98 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #71 of 164 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s

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Robbie Keane is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Tottenham Hotspur Players of All Time
Forward from Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Nationality: Ireland

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#325 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #149 of 292 The Most Obnoxious Athletes #61 of 164 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s

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Teddy Sheringham is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Tottenham Hotspur Players of All Time
pauljeffrey6 added Forward from Highams Park, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

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#22 of 199 The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom #48 of 102 Best Manchester United Players of All Time, Ranked #62 of 1,058 The Best Soccer Players from England

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Dele Alli is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Tottenham Hotspur Players of All Time
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Pat Jennings is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Tottenham Hotspur Players of All Time
Goalkeeper from Newry, United Kingdom

Nationality: Northern Ireland

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#41 of 176 The Best Soccer Goalies of All Time #40 of 103 Coolest Soccer Players #3 of 22 The Best Arsenal Keepers Of All Time

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Osvaldo Ardiles is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Tottenham Hotspur Players of All Time
Midfielder from Bell Ville, Argentina

Nationality: Argentina

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#281 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #74 of 133 The Greatest South American Footballers of All Time

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Jan Vertonghen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Tottenham Hotspur Players of All Time
Marc Osborne added Defender and Midfielder from Sint-Niklaas, Belgium

Nationality: Belgium

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David Ginola is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Tottenham Hotspur Players of All Time
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Jermain Defoe is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Tottenham Hotspur Players of All Time
Jermain Defoe Forward from Beckton, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

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#282 of 356 The Best Current Soccer Players #124 of 199 The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom

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Rafael van der Vaart is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Tottenham Hotspur Players of All Time
hiren-bhardwa added Forward and Midfielder from Heemskerk, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Nationality: Netherlands

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Danny Blanchflower is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Tottenham Hotspur Players of All Time
Midfielder from Belfast, United Kingdom

Nationality: Northern Ireland

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#553 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #48 of 199 The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom

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Dave Mackay is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Tottenham Hotspur Players of All Time
Defender and Midfielder from Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland

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#280 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #40 of 199 The Best Soccer Players from United Kingdom #855 of 1,019 The Best Soccer Players from Scotland

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Chris Waddle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Tottenham Hotspur Players of All Time
darren-bell added Midfielder from Felling, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

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#619 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #835 of 1,310 The Best Soccer Players of All Time #148 of 164 The Best Soccer Players of the '90s

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Steve Perryman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Tottenham Hotspur Players of All Time
Midfielder from Ealing, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: England