GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 12: Dustin Martin of the Tigers in action ahead of Patrick Dangerfield of the Cats during the 2017 AFL round 21 match between the Geelong Cats and the Richmond Tigers at Simonds Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

There are stars, and then there are superstars.

Former Saints greats Nick Dal Santo and Leigh Montagna have named their seven true superstars of the AFL and discussed what defines the prestige title.

Speaking Fox Footy’s DEBATE podcast, Dal Santo declared being a superstar goes beyond on-field abilities.

β€œIt’s our version of Hollywood,” Dal Santo said.

β€œThey need to be invited to A-list events. This is the level of fame of a person, not just their ability. You have to have a mystique and be someone that turns heads when you walk into a room.”

Dal Santo and Montagna agreed that once a player becomes a superstar, they are always a superstar. Montagna recalled growing up as a Collingwood fan watching his hero Nathan Buckley.

β€œI think a superstar is literally someone you would go to pay and watch,” Montagna said.

β€œI used to go and literally just watch Nathan Buckley to run around and count his stats as a Collingwood fan in the 1990s. They must have longevity and box office appeal.”

The pair debated with Fox Sports’ Julian De Stoop over which players held superstar status, before ultimately coming up with seven names

Dal Santo and Montagna’s seven AFL superstars

Dustin Martin
Lance Franklin
Nat Fyfe
Patrick Dangerfield
Gary Ablett
Scott Pendlebury
Marcus Bontempelli

Notable absences

Brodie Grundy
Patrick Cripps
Jeremy Cameron
Nic Naitanui
Tom Mitchell
Lachie Neale
Max Gawn