Magnificent man, player and hairstyle. When Zanetti retired, we lost the last gentleman of the game.
This was written just over a month ago. How horrible it is for it to be so relevant today.
He became the most famous referee in the game, but also one of its best and certainly its most committed.
A fallen icon? Or can we separate sporting greatness and political dickery? You can decide...
England's greatest modern goalscorer, and now TV surpremo. The nation's hero became national treasure
A natural phenomenon, and the standard bearer of a new era of full-backs. But the thighs. Oh, the thighs
All the hallmarks of a maverick, Rui Costa was actually far more than that. Something for everyone...
Far from perfect, but Hagi's flaws only made him more alluring to watch. He was the leader of a country...
Only a few sportspeople take their sport forward; fewer still single-handedly broaden its popularity. Mia Hamm is one.
Paul McGrath was nicknamed 'God' by Aston Villa supporters, yet his fragile mortality was painfully evident
Gianfranco Zola was 'everybody's second player'. The only man who smiled playing Man United.
Football is a sport obsessed by attacking players, Fabio Cannavaro is a damn fine counsel for the defence
The artist with the rock star image and the volatility of a bad-tempered rhino. It's Hristo Stoichkov...
Roberto Baggio has become European football's forgotten genius, renowned for one moment of failure
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