“David Trezeguet is hands down the best finisher I’ve ever seen, and you know how much I love Dennis Bergkamp. That goal to win the Euros, people don’t understand how tough that was to finish.” -Thierry Henry
The 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship (now known as the U-20 World Cup) showcased some sensational young talent in Nigeria. Spain, the tournament’s champion, had both Iker Casillas and Xavi in its squad. Mali captured third place off the strength of a midfield boasting the greatest Malian footballer of all-time and the tournament’s Golden Ball recipient, future two-time UEFA Champions League-winner Seydou Keita, as well as future Real Madrid star Mahamadou Diarra.
The OG Ronaldo, full name Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima, commonly known as the Phenomenon, has been included amongst five new announced FUT Icons for FIFA 18’s Ultimate Team mode. Alongside Pele, Diego Maradona, Lev Yashin (sporting a goalkeeper's cap) and Thierry Henry, we’ve got Ronaldo sporting his extremely fashionable 2002 FIFA World Cup haircut.
2014 saw the deaths of some prominent figures in the soccer community. We here at The18 thought it would be a good idea to honor those who passed away this calendar year with mini bios on each of the departed. The soccer community already misses these individuals.
So…that was crazy.