Top 10: Players of Korea/Japan 2002

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7) Roberto Carlos

The tree-trunk thighed, 800mph-shotted full-back-stroke-runaway steamroller played an astonishing 125 games for the Selecao between 1992 and 2006, but 2002 was his crowning glory. With Brazil adopting a back three of Lucio, Edmilson and Junior, Carlos had the luxury of playing as a wing-back rather than as left-back in a four. Free to bustle forward more than he usually did (which was a lot) while Cafu did the same up the right, he was a vital part of Big Phil Scolari’s free-flowing outfit.
Roberto Carlos