Teams: KB (later FC Copenhagen), Brondby, Lazio, Juventus, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Vissel Kobe, Ajax
International: Denmark (104 caps, 37 goals)
Major playing honours: La Liga x5, European Cup, Serie A, Eredivisie, Dutch Cup, Spanish Cup
Laurdup's vision and playmaking mark him out as one of the best players to ever play football and he is quite possibly the best never to win a Ballon d'Or. The Dane was an artist on the pitch and his masterful displays captivated fans.
Thankfully, someone has created a nice video for you to marvel further. His trademark feint that so often bamboozled the oppo is a particular joy to behold.
Fact: Laudrup missed Denmark's 1992 European Championship triumph because he had major disagreements with manager Richard Møller Nielsen's more pragmatic way of playing, as opposed to the daring and flamboyant style more associated with previous Denmark teams. In the end he simply walked away.
Fact II: Liverpool had the chance to sign him in 1983 and a deal appeared to be done until the Reds decided they wanted to make his contract four years and not three. "I came over with my father to talk to Liverpool's representatives," he once revealed. "We agreed a three-year contract and went away thinking it was all done.
"But two weeks later they came back saying they wanted to offer me the same package, but for four years because I was still young and needed time to develop. I was disappointed because although nothing had been signed, we had an agreement."
This was not arrogance from the young Dane, who was not short on offers anyway and eventually moved to Juventus. However, he was forced to go on loan due to restrictions on foreign players in Italy and spent two seasons at Lazio between 1983 and 1985.
He still won the Serie A when he returned to Juve, but his best football was played in Spain, first at Barcelona from 1989 and then at Real Madrid from 1994 to 1996.