WE TAKE YOU BACK: TOP List From 1998 FIFA World Player Of The Year

WE TAKE YOU BACK: TOP List From 1998 FIFA World Player Of The Year

With European football’s main award ceremony for 2017 (FIFA World Player Of The Year), we take a look back at the incredible array of talent 19 years ago. It is today a two-man battle. However, it was a different story throughout the 1990s. And this might be the best top ten list of all-time.

10. Lilian Thuram: Parma and France

One of the greatest right-backs of his generation, Thuram was ensured hosts France made the World Cup final; he netted the only two goals of his international career to overturn a 1-0 deficit against Croatia in the semi-finals.

9. Marcel Desailly: AC Milan/Chelsea and France

Desailly had become a Milan great and was a massive coup for Chelsea; they signed him in the summer of 1998. He kept up his staggering levels to become one of the Premier League’s greatest defenders.

8. Edgar Davids: Juventus and Holland

Juventus reached a third-consecutive Champions League final, and Davids was an integral part; while, with Holland, the dreadlocked-midfielder finished fourth at the World Cup.

7.  Dennis Bergkamp: Arsenal and Holland

Dutch master was double Player of the Year in England, as he helped the Gunners win the Premier League and FA Cup. With the quarter-final against Argentina heading for extra-time, he controlled a long Frank De Boer ball in a way only him could and scored.

6. Rivaldo: Barcelona and Brazil

It was a year too soon for the talismanic Brazilian, who would win this award a year later. Rivaldo was the star of a Barcelona side which won back-to-back La Liga titles. While, at international level, he scored three goals en route to the World Cup final.

5. Gabriel Batistuta: Fiorentina and Argentina

One of the best strikers in the world, Batistuta’s 21 goals helped Fiorentina to a fifth-place finish in Serie A. That summer, he became the first player to score hat-tricks in two World Cups.

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