Top 10: Players of Korea/Japan 2002
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It’s hard to separate the three Rs – Ronaldinho, Ronaldo and Rivaldo – in terms of performance at World Cup 2002, so fluidly did they operate as an offensive unit. But while one is a shoo-in for our No.1 spot, Rivaldo probably had a slight edge over his midfield box-of-tricks colleague for our other top 10 entry. He put in man-of-the-match performances in two games that really counted: against Belgium in the round of 16 and England in the quarter-finals. Tall, graceful, powerful, cunning and lethal in the shot, he was so often this Selecao side’s midfield heartbeat. Unbelievably, he only retired this year, having been on the books of Sao Paulo outfit Mogi Mirim, who he’d also played for 22 years ago on his way up.