Top 10: Players of France 98

6. Christian Vieri, Italy

At his best, Vieri’s blend of power and skill made him almost unplayable, and this was as close as he got to his best in a major tournament. He side-footed the opener against Chile, scored with a brilliant chipped finish and bundled another against Cameroon, and thumped in a header to put Italy ahead against Austria. He scored the only goal with his weaker right foot as Italy beat Norway in the second round before, like so many before him, being marked into oblivion by Desailly in the quarter-final. He did, at least, score his penalty in the shoot-out.


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