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Legendary Players

From the annals of history to the modern day greats - this section examines some exceptional players, inside and outside the game!

Feature articles in this category:

John Charles - The Gentle Giant - Ben Lyttleton, May 2004

Welsh forward John Charles paved the way for the abolition of the maximum wage in England after he played in Italy for five years, but his impact in Turin was even greater, reports Ben Lyttleton.

Frank Wong Soo - English-Chinese Character - July 2001, Michael Lee

Years before Terry Venables made the groundbreaking signing of China's national team captain Fan Zhiyi and his compatriot Sun Jihai in 1998, Frank Wong Soo had already made his mark as the first player of Chinese extraction to become an England international.

Charlie Mitten - Breaking Down (Transfer) Barriers - Ben Lyttleton, March 2004

By quitting English football in 1950 to find fame and fortune in South America, Charlie Mitten started the process of abolishing the restrictive retain-and-transfer system that changed the face of the game. Ben Lyttleton reports.

Giles Heron - The "Black Arrow" - Mike Lee, November 2001

One of the first black players to play in Britain, Giles Heron became the first Afro-Caribbean player to play first team football for Celtic.

Ricky Villa - The Finest FA Cup Final Goal Of All Time? - May 2001

In 1981, Argentina's Ricky Villa was the toast of English football, having just scored what is widely acknowledged to be the best ever goal in a FA Cup Final. Just 12 months later he was being booed by English fans as England and Argentina locked horns in the Falklands conflict.

Real fans reluctantly warm to Ronaldo - Phil Minshull, May 2003

Being the most famous face in football and the FIFA World Player of the Year hasn't always been enough for Real Madrid's fans, but Ronaldo is finally starting to call the Spanish capital home.

Beckham: Fashion or Love? - Yo Sato, August 2002

David Beckham became an object of intense adoration during the world cup in Japan. But did we witness the beginning of an everlasting love or simply a passing whim of Japan's trend-sensitive teenagers.

Zinedine Zidane - Whose Hero? - Dave Farrar, June 2002

France's sporting saviour in a country which recently gave the right wing politician Jean Marie Le Pen nearly twenty percent of the vote is himself the son of Algerian immigrants. So just whose hero is he?

Hidetoshi Nakata - Independent Hero - Tama Miyake, June 2002

As in baseball, business and music, any Japanese who succeeds overseas serves to fire the hopes of the millions who hope to do the same. Nakata, Japan's 'god of soccer,' is one such independent hero.

Rivaldo - Overcoming Tragedy to be the Greatest - Mike Lee, April 2002

Rivaldo may have suffered personal tragedy during his football career but that has not stopped him from becoming one of the world's greatest players.

Nwankwo Kanu - On a Mission from God - Mike Lee, April 2002

Kanu's football acheivements are remarkable. He made the move to Europe from his native Nigeria and has overcome heart surgery. He now plans to give a little back to his home country.

Roberto Baggio - A Hero Once More - By Paul Grech
A look at the rollercoaster career of Italian genius Roberto Baggio.

The Con of the Modern "Great" - By Paul Rigg
Rivaldo, Zidane, Beckham and Figo - great players or good players? A controversial look at the world's best players and the English Premiership.

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