Top 10: Players of Korea/Japan 2002
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8) El Hadji Diouf
Oft-remembered on British shores as a scowly, spitty, cheating rotter, Diouf is also now widely reviled in Senegal, having been banned from the national side for five years in 2011 after failing to attend a disciplinary hearing (for the initial crime of calling African football “corrupt”). A shame, because the twice African Footballer of the Year wasn’t just a man who could cause a riot in a Buddhist monastery. He was also a sensationally gifted attacking midfielder who was instrumental in the Lions of Teranga making it to the quarter-finals with his speed, vision and link play.