In this list, we will break down the top ten Montreal Impact players to ever play for the club in the MLS era.
Some players will make this list because of their performance with the club and others will make the list because of their reputation with the Montreal Impact.
Some facts, stats, and info were from the Montreal Impact website and the MLS website. The list was also helped created by Tony Marinaro & Rick Moffat from TSN690 and we also asked 50 Impact fans for their list.
#10 - Marco Donadel
Marco Donadel, with 46 games played with the Montreal Impact, Marco has 1 goal and 9 assists. It's not the numbers that make Marco a fan favorite, but rather his defensive play in the middle of the park. Donadel brings leadership and passion night in and night out when he wears the Montreal Impact jersey, this is what makes Donadel one of the most loved player in Montreal Impact history. His past before the Montreal Impact is pretty impressive, he made his professional debut in the Serie A with A.C. Milan as a substitute on March 4, 2001, against Parma. He then played for clubs like ACF Fiorentina and Napoli. He was also team captain for Fiorentina, he reached 2,000 minutes of play in the 2011 season, taking part in 29 Serie A games, including 26 starts and 2,175 minutes while adding one goal.
#9 - Dominic Oduro
Domini Oduro, with 59 games played with the Montreal Impact, Dominic Oduro has 14 goals and 6 assists in the past two seasons with the club. He is admired by the fans and coaching staff for his lightning-like speed and outrageous haircuts. In his past 11 years in the MLS, he's played 399 games and got 77 goals and 43 assists. His speed is what teams around the league would like to have on their side and Oduro uses that to cut past defenders and score goals. He also played one game with the Ghanaian national team, a friendly against Chile on February 29, 2012, at PPL Park & also scored one goal in four games with the Ghanaian U20 national team. He is a beloved player by the fans, his speed, and goal scoring touch puts him on this list.
#8 - Patrice Bernier
Patrice Bernier, with 124 games played with the Montreal Impact the captain has 13 goals and 23 assists in the past 6 seasons. Patrice Bernier knows how to control the midfield very well and has been doing that his whole career. The Montreal native is beloved by fans for his leadership role with the team being team captain for the longest time. The 37-year-old also announced that the 2017 season would be his final season as a player, captain, and a Montreal Impact. Patrice started his career with the Impact back in 2000 and now 16 years later will hang his boots where he started, his hometown, Montreal. Patrice Bernier has played some European football in his career with teams like Moss FK, Tromsø, FC Kaiserslautern, FC Kaiserslautern and Lyngby BK. In Europe, he played 211 games and got 11 goals. He is also a regular for the Canadian national team where he has played a total of 53 games, including 38 starts, for the Canadian National Team, taking part in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2005, 2007 and 2009, as well as in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers in 2004, 2008 and 2012, reached 50 career games with Canada on September 9, 2014, against Jamaica, in Toronto, played in two games against Saint-Kitts-and-Nevis and one game against Panama in CONCACAF qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. Has also been a member of the U23, U20 and U17 National Teams. Named CanadaSoccer.com Fan’s Choice in 2010.
#7 - Alessandro Nesta
Although Nesta didn't play in Montreal for a long time, his name and his post accomplishments in the football world is huge. Widely considered to be one of the best centre-backs of his time and also as one of the greatest defenders ever, he was best known for his pace, artistic tackles, elegance on the ball, distribution and tight marking of opponents. He played in over 400 Serie A games with Lazio and Milan. Nesta is a four-time Serie A Defender of the Year and a four-time member of the annual UEFA Team of the Year. In 2004, he was named as one of the Top 100 greatest living footballers as part of FIFA's 100th-anniversary celebration. He's won both the World Cup and the Champions Leauge, so that alone should get him on this list.
#6 - Ambroise Oyongo
Oyongo is the best left back player the Montreal Impact has ever had and ranks among the best in the MLS. The 25-year-old Cameroonian International has played 51 games for the Montreal Impact, he plays a fast skilled game on the left side of the pitch that often creates scoring chances. Also on the international level, he recently won the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations with team Cameroon. Oyongo is a huge reason why the Impact has been a top team in the MLS in the last couple of seasons, so that's why he makes this list.
#5 - Evan Bush
Evan Bush is probably the best goalkeeper the Montreal Impact has ever had. Bush didn't just get traded to the Impact, he fought his way through the team's development squad and eventually became the Montreal Impacts starter keeper. Bush really showed the Impact his talent when he won the 2011 Golden Glove award, an award given to the goalkeeper with the best goals-against average in the NASL. That wasn't the only time Bush won a Golden Glove award, Bush won the Golden Glove Award as the best goalkeeper of the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League. Bush has also played 81 games for the Impact, the most a keeper has ever started in the team's history.
#4 - Laurent Ciman
Laurent Ciman is regarded as the best center back in the team's history, although Nesta once played for the Club he was well past his prime when he was here. Ciman is widely known for his perfect tackles and leadership, he has also played on the world's greatest scale, as he played with the team Belgium for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 UEFA Euro. He is also considered one of the best defenders in the MLS as he's been an MLS All-Star 2 times and has won MLS Defender of the Year back in 2015.
#3 - Marco Di Vaio
As it stands Marco Di Vaio leads in the Montreal Impact in goals in the clubs history with 34 goals in 76 games played. He is regarded as one of the best goal scorers to ever play for the Impact, he also scored many goals in Italy's top league the Serie A where he scored 196 goals with teams like Lazio, Juventus, Genoa and Bologna. He also played some time with AS Monaco from 2006-2007.
#2 - Ignacio Piatti
Piatti is set to become the Montreal Impacts top goalscorer in the club's history, Di Vaio now leads with 34 goals but Piatti is only 3 goals away from passing him. Piatti is known for beautiful dribbling skills and his goal scoring touch. He often breaks the ankles of defenders. He formerly played for Atlético San Lorenzo de Almagro, in the Argentine first division. He also scored four goals in five Copa Argentina games, helping his team reach the tournament final against Arsenal. He his widely considered of the best players in the MLS where he's been on the MLS Best XI and has been on MLS All-Star team.
#1 - Didier Drogba
Didier Drogba is considered by many to be the best Montreal Impact player of all time, people also say he's one of the best players to play in the English Premier Leauge. He is the all-time top scorer and former captain of the Ivory Coast national team. He is best known for his career at Chelsea, for whom he has scored more goals than any other foreign player and is currently the club's fourth highest goal scorer of all time. He has been named African Footballer of the Year twice, winning the accolade in 2006 and 2009. In 33 games played with the Montreal Impact, he has 21 goals. Not only did Didier Drogba play good soccer and score goals, but he put the city of Montreal on the soccer map.