Top 10: Players of France 98

5. Dennis Bergkamp, Netherlands

His last-minute winner against Argentina in the quarter-final – taking down Frank de Boer’s long pass, turning inside Roberto Ayala and sidefooting his finish into the top corner – lives in the mind, particularly as it made him the Netherlands’ leading international scorer of all time.

But it was far from Bergkamp’s only contribution. Earlier in that game he had set up Patrick Kluivert’s opener by heading Ronald de Boer’s ball across the face of goal, but throughout the tournament he was a steely intelligence in the Dutch forward line. An unpunished stamp on Sinisa Mihajlovic in the second round suggested just how capable he was of looking after himself.


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