For many years, Major League Soccer (MLS) was the butt of many a footballing joke - a retirement home for the ageing footballer who was once a star in Europe's leagues, searching for their last fat paycheck in a place where the pressure was off and the football less intense.
However, in recent seasons, that's changed. Sure,
50. Kei Kamara
Kicking off the list is Sierra Leone international Kamara, who is one of only 11 players to have scored 100 goals in MLS history, doing so in 300 appearances.
He's currently on 120 strikes - good for fifth all-time in the league.
49. Wayne Rooney
Yes, Rooney has precisely zero silverware to his name during his time in MLS (unless you count a best XI nomination in 2018 - we don't), but he still deserves a place on this list.
Why? Eyeballs. With a former Champions League and Premier League winner turning out for D.C. United on a weekly basis, fans will flock to see the former Everton and Manchester United striker perform on pitches throughout the country.
48. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Of course he's making this list - you can't deny the Zlatan.
Sure, he might have only joined MLS in 2018, and has won precisely nothing, but just like Rooney, his mere presence - as well as his excellent kung fu goals - is fantastic for the league's exposure. For that reason, he has to make the top 50.
47. Ignacio Piatti
Though he hasn't won anything with the Impact, it's not for lack of trying - the Argentinan has been their top scorer for the last three consecutive seasons.
46. Guillermo Barros Schelotto
45. Luciano Emilio
The Brazilian was a star for D.C. United, winning the Supporters Shield, Golden Boot and Newcomer of the Year in 2007. He followed that up with a U.S. Open Cup win in 2008.
44. Alex Pineda Chacón
The Honduran was unable to reproduce this form the following season, and by 2003 was out of the league.
43. Jason Kreis
Kreis is a legend over at FC Dallas where, as part of the Dallas Burn (who would later become FC Dallas), he scored 91 goals in 247 appearances.
He won the MVP in 1999, and won the MLS Cup as manager of Real Salt Lake.
The Jamaican international is one of the best goalkeepers in MLS at present, winning the Goalkeeper of the Year and being named to the league's best XI in 2016.
41. Stefan Frei
The Swiss-born goalkeeper has enjoyed a 10-year career in MLS, winning the U.S. Open Cup, Supporters' Shield (both in 2014) and MLS Cup (2016).
40. Jozy Altidore
He's also a two-time league All-Star.
39. Mike Magee
38. Brian McBride
37. Raul Diaz Arce
36. Miguel Almiron
Almiron made waves in his two seasons with Atlanta United, winning the Newcomer of the Year award and being named to two All-Star teams in both seasons.
He also helped United win the MLS Cup in 2018, before signing
35. Mauricio Cienfuegos
After a fine playing career in Central America and Mexico, Cienfuegos made the switch to MLS.
As part of the LA Galaxy, the Salvadoran won
34. Robin Fraser
33. Steve Ralston
32. Michael Bradley
31. Diego Valeri
30. Omar Gonzalez
29. Josef Martinez
He also holds the MLS record for career hat-tricks (6), and in 2018 became the most decorated single-season player in MLS History by winning League MVP, All-Star Game MVP, Golden Boot, and MLS Cup Final Game MVP.
28. Brad Davis
A 15-year veteran of the MLS, Davis, despite leaving the league in 2016, is still third all-time for total assists.
He also won one Supporters' Shield, two MLS Cups, was a six-time All-Star and was named to the league's best XI in 2011.
27. C.J. Brown
Brown is a Chicago Fire legend, having made 286 appearances for the club.
He also helped the
26. Donovan Ricketts
One of the best keepers in MLS history, the Jamaican won the Goalkeeper of the Year award twice, two Supporters' Shields, and one MLS Cup.
25. Piotr Nowak
Joining the Chicago Fire in 1998, the Polish midfielder won the 1998 MLS Cup and two U.S. Open Cups in four years with the club. Not a bad return.
24. Brian Ching
Ching played for four clubs during his career in MLS, winning three MLS Cups and a Supporters' Shield.
He also made the best XI team on one occasion, was a six-time All-Star, and won the Golden Boot in 2004.
23. Bradley Wright-Phillips
Overshadowed by his brother Shawn and father Ian, Bradley Wright-Phillips has found great success with the New York Red Bulls.
He's won the golden boot twice, and helped the club to the Supporters' Shield on three occasions. He's also eighth on the all-time top scorer charts.
22. Ben Olsen
Olsen is one of the few men to have won silverware in the MLS as a player and as a manager.
With DC United, Olsen racked up three Supporters' Shields, two MLS Cups, and a U.S. Open Cup as the manager of the club. He also won the Rookie of the Year award in 1998, was named to the best XI team in 2007, and was the Coach of the Year in 2014.
21. Sebastian Giovinco
The Atomic Ant scored some sublime goals during his three-year stint at Toronto FC.
The 5'4 playmaker won the MVP and Golden Boot in his first season in MLS, and was the
20. Thierry Henry
Henry is the most talented and the most decorated footballer to have played in the MLS (sorry Zlatan).
For that reason alone, he's worthy of inclusion to this list, but the Frenchman also won the 2013 Supporters' Shield and scored 51 goals with 42 assists in five seasons with New York Red Bulls.
19. Taylor Twellman
Twellman's career in the MLS was cut short due to concussion problems, but the striker still bagged an impressive 101 goals during an eight-year career with New England Revolution, putting him 10th all-time in the scoring charts.
18. Preki 17. Marcelo Balboa
There's been a lot of great hairstyles to grace MLS pitches over the years, and Balboa's flowing locks and goatee are right up there with best of them.
Despite only playing in the league for seven years, Balboa's technical ability and knack for popping up with important goals meant that he was named to the MLS all-time greatest XI.
16. Carlos Ruiz
El Pescadito played for 14 years in the MLS, taking to the field with five different clubs in his career in North America.
In his debut MLS season, the Guatemalan scored 24 goals to win the Golden Boot and led the L.A. Galaxy to the 2002 MLS Cup. He also won the MVP for that season.
15. Kevin Hartman
When it comes to longevity in the MLS, no one can top Kevin Hartman.
Nicknamed 'the Cat, Hartman played for 17 seasons, earning the records for most minutes on the pitch, most saves in MLS history, and was named as the goalkeeper of the year in 1999. He also has two U.S Open Cups, two MLS Cups, and two Supporters' Shields on his CV.
14. Carlos Valderrama
El Pibe was the original pioneer for South American talent in MLS.
Valderrama won the inaugural MVP award of the league in 1996, as well as leading the
13. David Villa 12. Cobi Jones
Jones is one of the most decorated players in MLS history.
Scoring 70 goals in 306 games for the LA Galaxy (an impressive feat for a midfielder), Jones won two MLS Cups, two Supporters' Shields, and two U.S Open Cups. He also helped the Galaxy win the
11. Jeff Cunningham
Cunningham was quite the journeyman in MLS, playing for five different teams.
He scored 134 goals in a 13-year career, which puts him third in the all-time goalscoring charts. Though he only won two team honours (an Open Cup and Supporters' Shield), the American won the golden boot on two occasions and was named to the league's best XI three times.
10. Tony Meola
The greatest goalkeeper in MLS history deserves to be in the top 10 in this list, and rightly so.
Meola is the only goalkeeper to win the league's MVP award, and also had a video game named after him:
9. Eddie Pope
Considered to be the greatest defender in U.S. men's national team history, Pope was named to the league's all-time greatest XI in recognition of his defensive excellence.
Pope won the defender of the year award in 2007, and in 2011 was named to the National Soccer Hall of Fame. He was also named to the league's best XI on four occasions.
8. Marco Etcheverry
Another man with a fantastic nickname, 'El Diablo' is one of the old greats of MLS, having played in the inaugural MLS season in 1996.
During his career, Etcheverry stuffed his trophy cabinet, winning three MLS Cups, two Supporters' Shields, four best XI nominations, one MVP award, and was named to the MLS' all-time best XI in 2005.
7. Dwayne De Rosario
The Canadian international enjoyed a 15-year career in MLS, scoring 104 goals in 343 matches (currently ninth all-time).
6. Jeff Agoos
He may be number six on this list, but Jeff Agoos is number one on the all-time best MLS nicknames, uniquely referred to as 'The Goose'.
On the pitch, the U.S. international was a defensive rock, winning five MLS Cups,
5. Jaime Moreno
When you become the first player in league history to accumulate 100 goals and assists, you automatically install yourself as one of the greatest players in said league's history.
Such is the case for DC United legend Jaime Moreno, the Bolivian winning
4. David Beckham
One could argue that Becks should be higher on this list. One could also argue that he should be lower.
On the one hand, Beckham, with his global superstar status, drew the world's attention to the MLS, and created the Designated Player rule - initially dubbed the Beckham rule - which
3. Chris Wondolowski
Wondolowski is the top scorer in MLS history, with 152 goals to his name. And, currently playing as a forward for the San Jose Earthquakes at 36, there's every chance he adds to his impressive tally.
2. Robbie Keane
Robbie Keane is one of MLS' most successful international players. The Ireland international joined the Galaxy in 2011 after successful spells with Liverpool and Tottenham (and Leeds before that), winning three MLS Cups, and proving that he was still a lethal finisher with 83 goals in 125 games.
1. Landon Donovan
The 'face' of MLS, and undoubtedly the league's greatest ever player. One of the few men to start their professional career overseas before joining MLS, Donovan moved from Bayer Leverkusen to the San Jose Earthquakes on loan in 2001, and immediately hit the ground running.
He scored 42 goals and added 35 assists in four years at the club, leading the Earthquakes to two MLS Cup championships in the process. He would briefly return to Leverkusen before joining the LA Galaxy, where he would cement his place in MLS folklore.