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
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.