Top 10: Players of France 98

9. Dunga, Brazil

It's not fashionable to praise Dunga – for who watches football for diligence and intelligence rather than flamboyance? – but his impact was again immense. This was not his tournament in the way 1994 had been, but he was still vital to Brazil’s well-being, particularly in the semi-final against the Dutch as all about him seemed to be losing their heads.

And for those who claimed he couldn’t actually kick a ball, he yet again kept his nerve to score a penalty in a high-pressure shoot-out. A self-sacrificing player and a first-class captain who, frankly, deserves a little more respect.


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