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Top 50 World Cup players (5 to 1)

An excellent and timely piece on the top 5 World Cup players…

vintage n'gog

*Disclaimer – this is from World Cups 1998 – 2010 only*

5 – Fabio Cannavaro cannavaro

There is a sense that Cannavaro’s overall reputation amongst the greats is over-enhanced by his Ballon d’Or prompting 2006 World Cup. That’s perfect here however. After some solid displays in 1998 especially 2006 was his undoubted career highlight. It was a Desailly rivalling campaign but elevated even more by Cannavaro marshalling a defence with Materazzi and the relative novice Grosso in it rather than having support like Blanc, Thuram, Lizarazu and Deschamps. Nesta’s World Cup curse struck for the third tournament in a row in the final group game at which point Cannavaro’s performances as if by necessity raised even more. The only time Italy would concede again was in the final as Materazzi was harshly adjudged to have felled Malouda. Cannvaro’s best performance came either in that final or the semi-final. It doesn’t really matter…

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I'm beginning to get the sense that my career as a professional footballer may not happen. As a result, I'll try write about football and sports instead....


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