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Top 50 players in Europe after Euro 2000
First Published: wednesday-05-Jul-2000

The exceptional football on show at Euro 2000 has seen new stars emerge amid the famous names as the countries who contested the European title prepare for the start of World Cup qualifying matches in the autumn.

Here is our rating of the top fifty players in Europe after Euro 2000 and their current transfer value.

There are several notable exceptions to the list. Andriy Shevchenko and Christian Vieri when fit would both be in the top twenty with Shevchenko a contender for a top five place. Injuries to Ruud van Nistelrooy and Gianluigi Buffon before Euro 2000 put them out of the picture for now while Spain coach Jose Camacho admitted after his country's elimination that leaving Real Madrid striker Fernando Morientes out of Euro 2000 was a big mistake and he would be highly placed on any list that did not use the recent Euro finals as the sole criterion for entry.

1: ZINEDINE ZIDANE - France

Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £30 million

A regular answer to the critics of this sublime player is to point to his exceptional control and balance, respectable finishing ability and mazy runs. Uses his talent to allow others to score and is the key creative influence for club and country.

An unexpressive and quite introspective player who just gets on with his game and lets his football do the talking. He is extremely disappointed at losing the Serie A title to Lazio and will hope to make up for it with the Euro 2000 trophy. He pledged his future to Juve last month and was recently identified by Michel Platini as the last truly creative player left at this level.

The best player at the Euro finals, Zidane always offers something different and his ability to get free of Italy's defence in the last twenty minutes of the final was instrumental in creating the chances that set up the French comeback.

2: LUIS FIGO - Portugal

Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £30 million

The strongest influence on Portuguese play and a survivor of the Dutch revolution at FC Barcelona in recent years. Regarded by many as the best midfielder in Europe, Figo runs hard and works all the time to gain any advantage he can but allies this spirit to excellent skill and technique. He dictates the play in midfield but was involved in the ugly scenes at the end of the semi final when he took off his shirt and left the pitch before Zidane's decisive penalty. Barca have already refused an offer of £32 million from SS Lazio for Figo who has been Portuguese player of the year for the past seven seasons. His goal against England was one of the best of the competition.

3: FRANCESCO TOTTI - Italy

Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £30 million

A super star for AS Roma and symbol of the club, Totti has spent six years in the Roma first team squad after progressing from watching his heroes as a boy on the Curva Sud. An old fashioned play maker behind the strikers Totti could well have a great influence on events at Euro 2000 if Italy are to go a long way.

In much better form than Del Piero, Totti's constructive passing and crossing are real meat for the strikers to feed off and he can also get stuck into any midfield battle with courage. He has emerged to carry the burden of Roma fans' desperate desire for success and has handled all the attention and drama very well in that intense football city.

A real star of the future, Totti scored two goals and ended the campaign playing alongside Del Piero in a formation many thought Zoff would never try. He has spoken of a move away from Roma if the club fail to find title form soon and AC Milan are very keen to sign him.

4: PATRICK KLUIVERT - Holland


Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £25 million

The joint top scorer at Euro 2000, Kluivert was in excellent form throughout June and his five goals were just reward for his direct style which complemented the subtle approach work of the Dutch team. Holland badly needed his ability to get near to goal but he failed to get through the Italian defence in the semi final. He is rated as one of the best forwards in the world and is now the key striker for the national team who must find a partner for him after the retirement of Dennis Bergkamp.

5: EDGAR DAVIDS - Holland


Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £13 million

Davids was able to control the early matches of the Euro finals with his hard running and tackling. His best performance in June was against Yugoslavia where he ran right through the opposition to set up goals for Kluivert. A valuable star for Juventus, Davids epitomises the modern defensive midfielder and his stamina will see him feature prominently in Holland's attempts to reach the World Cup finals in 2002.

6: DIDIER DESCHAMPS - France

Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £4 million

A mixed season for Deschamps at Chelsea has led to rumours that the French skipper could be out of Stamford Bridge before the start of the new season. On his day he can be a very influential midfielder as he tackles ferociously and breaks up numerous attacks. A very defensive midfielder and a provider of invaluable support to the creative players around him, his role in French success cannot be underestimated but his future in England seems limited and the midfield chaos in the Premiership has not given him an enjoyable year in London. Basque by birth and a return to southern France looks likely at some time with AS Monaco interested.

Deschamps has refused to confirm reports that he is quitting international football after Euro 2000. He won his 101st cap for France in the final against Italy - a new record for a French player.

For Juventus he won two championships, the European Cup and the World Club title in 1997 and his time in Turin was a marvellous success for the player. Life in Turin has a French flavour as Piedmont is near the border and close to the Alps so Deschamps settled well and quickly to become a key figure in the last great Juventus team of the 20th century.

Recent poor form with Chelsea was not carried into the Euro finals where he put in exceptional displays as the tournament progressed.

7: LILIAN THURAM - France

Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £20 million

Excellent positional awareness and reading of the game means that he only has to use his express speed against the very best in the world in Serie A where he plays for Parma AC. Comfortable at either right side of defence or in the centre, Thuram is a great timer of the tackle and he will be seen as the next true defensive great if he expresses himself more with his passing. Still loved in France for two goals in the World Cup semi final he is cementing his reputation as one of the world's best players in the Euro finals. He often runs positively with the ball out of defence and could cause real problems for Italy when he moves into advanced positions on the right hand side.

A four year veteran with Parma in Serie A, Thuram is rated as the best foreign defender in Italy and he gave more assured displays for the French defence in the Euro finals.

9: FABIAN BARTHEZ - France

Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £8 million

The new star goalkeeper for Manchester United, Barthez is a French icon and a frequent fixture on the gossip pages. He is used to spending quite a long time out of the action in a match due to the good defence that the last two French coaches have built in front of him but when called upon makes the difference between victory and defeat. If Barthez repeats his excellent World Cup winning form then France could well claim their second European Championship trophy.

Technically flawless with a violent temper. He was the highest paid player in French football and has come close to doubling that salary with his move to United. A Monaco resident, he was accused of match fixing by his coach in April which he angrily denied. Four years ago he served a two month ban from the game for smoking cannabis as did team mate Bernard Lama.

Barthez came close to throwing away a win against Spain in the quarter final by conceding a last minute penalty and has been maintaining his reputation for mad rushes from his goal line in this competition.

Playing in front of the best defence around helps him to steer clear of costly errors and he was important in keeping the ball moving as time ticked down in the final. Vital saves from Del Piero and Xavier at the end of matches kept France alive.

10: DENNIS BERGKAMP - Holland


Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £6 million

Neither midfielder or forward, Bergkamp is an unconventional player and frequently the master of his own game. The best volleying technique in Europe is matched only by his close control. He is a visionary passer when on form and can score with either foot. A strong runner with the ball and an underrated tackler and header he can play alongside the defender or from a deeper position. He has now quit the international game after the Euro finals and has not been in good form for Arsenal this season with persistent injury problems.

11: RUI COSTA - Portugal

Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £15 million

The idea of Rui Costa is almost always better than the execution. A midfielder with more of the subtle arts than any of his European contemporaries, he can drift out of games completely and regularly frustrates the Fiorentina support. They are doing well in the Italian championship and when Rui Costa is on form he is an unrivalled creator of chances for those around and a player with obvious talent to burn. For the national side he lacks a reliable finisher to round off the moves he starts. The free kick taker on principle for the Portugal side and he has magical control when running with the ball. Prone to hold on to the ball too long though. The inheritor of the Baggio and Antongnoni tradition with Fiorentina. A very exciting player because his play often suggests that he can get even better but he needs to prove that this season. He has agreed a new contract with Fiorentina which will keep him at the club until 2004.

12: FABIO CANNAVARO - Italy

Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £18 million

Cannavaro worked with coach Cesare Maldini in the under-21 squad and he became an automatic choice for the national team as the last World Cup loomed. A Napoli man by birth and one of the most important players in the Parma defence, Cannavaro is really fast. Though not his speciality, he can be a good man marker if necessary. Euro 2000 saw him as a first choice for Dino Zoff in the centre of defence and one of the true stars of the current Italian scene.

Flawless in the semi final and another part of the 'Bunker', Cannavaro is being closely watched by Manchester United but a £10 million offer for the defender seems too low. Parma know that this player uses anticipation and tackling better than any defender in Europe at the moment.

13: ALESSANDRO NESTA - Italy

Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £18 million

SS Lazio captain still buoyed by the championship win in May, Nesta has been regarded for more than three years as the best young defender in Italy.

He lasted only minutes in the last World Cup and suffered a serious knee injury in a Paris game against Austria that saw him contemplate retirement and his future with Lazio, the club he joined as a 12 year old. In trying to find some security after the injury he negotiated with a Dutch agent to be transferred to Atletico Madrid in 2001 but that deal has been challenged by Lazio and the Spanish club could not afford him. A great defender and a first choice for Zoff in defence, Euro 2000 saw him at an early peak in a career that promises much for club and country. The central leader of the 'Bunker' defence and Zoff worked with him when coach at Lazio and the maturity in his game at the Euro finals has seen him hailed as the best defender in the tournament.

14: PAOLO MALDINI - Italy

Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £4 million

Fast with the ball and even faster without it, he is a consistent performer at a very high level for his club and country. A symbol of the Italian game and destined to be considered an all-time great Italian defender. Maldini has strong attacking tendencies and is always willing to get up field and support his attackers. Still one of the world's best left backs, the Milan captain has experience as a centre back for the national side. Currently on a massive 102 caps and destined to gain more during Euro 2000 and the 2002 World Cup campaign and a thigh problem did not cause him to miss the semi final.

Maldini led the team through its astonishing defensive display against Holland and his form in the final set the tone for Italy's ability to shut down French creative players. He has now suffered two bitter disappointments in finals for Italy but should still be going strong for the next World Cup.

15: MARK IULIANO - Italy

Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £12 million

Ferrara's partner in a mean Juventus defence that came close to winning the title for Turin this season with the attackers letting the side down in the vital later stages of the campaign. Iuliano can play across the defence and has emerged in the last two seasons as a Juventus regular after he deputised for Ferrara the end of the 1998 season when the senior player suffered a serious broken leg. He emerged from the reserves to take his place in the team and is now a regular first choice for Zoff at centre back after some commanding displays this month.

Iuliano is now a key figure in the 'Bunker' defence that Zoff has created and his anticipation in the semi final was world class against the Dutch attack.

16: MARCEL DESAILLY - Italy

Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £5 million

A giant in the defence for Chelsea and France with a style of nicking the ball away from attackers. Despite his size his game is not overtly physical and he has a good disciplinary record. Now stays firmly in defence unlike his AC Milan days where he was positioned in centre midfield. Scores very rarely but a very intimidating player to meet in defence with his speed and agility often seeing off attackers.

Desailly signed a new £10 million contract with Chelsea last week to end speculation regarding his future and his determined defending in the quarter final as Spain came pouring forward and France sat on their lead saved his team at least twice.

Milan schooled him in passing and controlling the ball when they signed him from Marseille in 1993 and he is still much missed by the club. In Italy he was used as a midfielder for his club side but has remained at the centre of defence for France for nearly ten years as the team have conquered the world.

17: SAVO MILOSEVIC - Yugoslavia


Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £12 million

Angry and elusive forward who has disappointed Aston Villa, the club having signed him after watching a video of his greatest goals. He uses only his left foot which can leave him looking clumsy and awkward in this talented squad but he can deliver goals on occasion. The front running apex of the team who lacks the determination to win the ball and hold it up to bring his fellow players into the attack and so can get isolated. Now linked with a move to Galatasary after finishing joint top scorer at Euro 2000, Milosevic was on hand to finish some great approach work from the Yugoslav team for close range finishes. He can also score from distance and is now expected to clinch a lucrative move at some stage this year.

18: FRANCESCO TOLDO - Italy

Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £12 million

Toldo has agreed a new five year contract with Fiorentina which will see him stay at the club possibly until 2005 when he is 34 years of age. Transfer speculation has dogged him for some time but last month he was keen to stay at Fiorentina but rumours persisted that he will leave the club in the summer.

Zoff rates him highly and he was able to replace injured first choice Gianluigi Buffon. In his own right he is an excellent goalkeeper and one of the best in Europe. Tall with excellent technique in each part of his game Toldo made his international debut five years ago. He overcame early nerves to produce good saves for Italy at Euro 2000 and grew in confidence.

This was typified by a match winning performance in the semi final where his three penalty saves proved decisive in the match.

19: THIERRY HENRY - France

Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £18 million

Henry is not a regular scorer at international level but found great attacking form last season for Arsenal with 26 goals and helped the London club recover from the loss of Nicolas Anelka last August. Henry is a talented and quick player whose shooting and dribbling are simply amazing but he really does need to translate his new found confidence into goals at international level. Lemerre places him at the front of attacking moves which saw his form dip in the end against the better teams but his speed produced constant worries for Italy in the final.

Henry all but replicated his World Cup performance. A great start to Euro 2000 with two goals was not followed up and he was the poorest player by far against Spain and no better against Portugal. He was no threat to Italian defences when he played for Juventus but he was used strictly as a wide player while in Turin and could soon be joined at Arsenal by the more conventional centre forward Sylvain Wiltord.

20: PAVEL NEDVED - Czech Republic :p
Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £20 million

The jewel in the Czech midfield and on his day the best performer in his position in European football. A calm and decisive finisher, Nedved can run all day and quickly contributes to any scent of a break for his side. The finals saw a stupendous performance against Holland in his first game. He has some similarities with Roberto Mancini when he gets into attacking positions which is high praise indeed.

21: ZLATKO ZAHOVIC - Slovenia

Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £8 million

If the Slovenian side may seem too defensive and to lack glamour in comparison to other Euro 2000 finalists, Olympiakos' wayward striker adds the extra imagination to their best attacks.

Zahovic is unhappy at the moment in Greek football after his summer move from FC Porto. He has been linked with a move back to the Portuguese champions where he created his reputation for unpredictable attacking play and excellent finishing.

This striker is good in the air and excellent in possession with the ability to create play and finish with calm assurance and confidence.

The 27 year old was Slovenian Player of the Year last season and the major star of his country's national side. He justifies the adoration with great talent and consistent good performances for the national team where one major tactic of play is to put him into the area with the ball at his feet or to aim for him with crosses.

While with FC Porto last season he hit seven goals in six games in the Champions League and this attracted the attention of the Athens club. A deal was made in the summer but the outspoken Zahovic has criticised his team mates and the club and wants to leave soon. His career may dip this season if his bad mood continues but the Euro 2000 finals should see him confirm his talent as one of the top European players of the last two years.

Born in Maribor, Zahovic has never played football in Slovenia. Partizan Belgrade signed him as a 16 year old and he has spent the last eleven years in other European leagues. A move away from Greece seems inevitable and he looked a top class player at Euro 2000.

22: MARC OVERMARS - Holland


Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £15 million

Regarded as one of the fastest players in Europe his career was threatened for over a year by a serious knee injury but he has returned to fitness to develope into an excellent attacking option for the national side who missed his wing play. Overmars is a good finisher and his devotion to flank play and success at it means he has no real equivalent in the Dutch squad or perhaps Euro 2000. A medium to poor season for Arsenal against disrupted by injuries has seen a move to Barcelona collapse and Lazio emerge as summer suitors. Now set to join SS Lazio in a £15 million move

23: DAVID BECKHAM - England

Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £20 million

Since the grim finish to his World Cup match against Argentina, Beckham has worked hard at his game and matured to become one of Manchester United's most important players and an ever present for England. A great passer of the ball with fantastic vision, the midfielder has only scored once for England in more than thirty appearances.

The suspect temperament is held in check far more than it used to be and Beckham obviously gets on far better with Keegan than he ever did with predecessor Hoddle as the previous coach would tutor him at length on his inability to volley. In fact Beckham's game has few technical flaws and he is England's most important attacking player.

As correctly identified by Brazil's Roberto Carlos, England have come to rely on his crosses from the right hand side to set up goals and his corners and free kicks are always threatening. England needed Beckham to create anything like a threatening attack at Euro 2000 and he coped well in difficult circumstances as his team were outplayed.

24: LAURENT BLANC - France

Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £3 million

One of the players who flourished under previous coach Aime Jacquet, Internazionale defender Blanc is a player of gritty determination and a lot of skill. Excellent at bringing the ball forward and a great positional player, Blanc is a natural leader in the centre of the defence and has the capacity to control the game from this position. Blanc is obviously starting to feel his age but had more than enough intelligence to carry him through Euro 2000 but he looks set to end his career with France with the Euro 2000 win. Great at stopping attacks, Blanc can also create the play for France with his exceptional technique. A lack of pace was never a problem as the veteran faced some of the best forwards in Europe.

25: PHILIP COCU - Holland


Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £10 million

Adaptable midfielder who is fast and has experience of playing as a striker in club football in Holland before a move to FC Barcelona. He had a good tournament in the last European Championships and has carried on to become a vital player for Holland. Knits the team's passing play and attacks together very well and also helps to defend. Cocu was in tandem with Davids at Euro 2000 and the best Dutch displays owed much to his ability to work hard for the team.

26: DAVID TREZEGUET - France

Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £22 million

The last kick of Euro 2000 won the tournament as substitute Trezeguet

He was born in France but moved to Argentina when was a boy where he learned to play football. A star for AS Monaco in their championship season this year he is regularly linked with moves away from the principality. Fiorentina, AC Milan and Manchester United were all sometime suitors of this tall and elegant striker who shows some of the talent which Andriy Shevchenko is turning into goals at Milan. He is a super player and non-stop runner. He can work with both feet and his dribbling his amazing but he is not a top scorer at international having only scored 4 goals in 17 appearances for France.

Trezeguet is the new record signing for Juventus after the Turin club agreed a five year contract with the player at the weekend. Juve have paid £22 million to AS Monaco to sign Trezeguet.

27: NUNO GOMES - Portugal

Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £9 million

In 18 full matches in the 1998-99 season Gomes scored 24 goals for Benfica but never had a good relationship with manager Graeme Souness who believed he drifted from games and was a poor team player. Arguably the top Portuguese-born striker in their league - he trails Brazilian star Jardel in the scoring charts - Gomes is not a certain starter for the national team There is constant interest in Gomes from Spanish and Italian clubs but he may not play enough games in the Euro finals to secure a big money move. Quick but not a confident finisher and can be roughed up and marked out of a game. Helped enormously by playing in front of Figo, Gomes is now banned from UEFA competition after his part of Portugal's protests against a penalty kick at the end of the semi final which harms his transfer value for clubs interested in European club competition.

28: RAUL - Spain :confused: WTF ?!?!?! :mad:


Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £30 million

The great hope of Spanish goal scoring but who has yet to deliver at international level in the way Butragueno did in the 1980's. A natural goal scorer who did not enhance his reputation at Euro 2000. A very calm finisher with two great feet and the balance to control the ball around the area so that a shot is always a possibility. Hard worker for the team and a symbol of recent Real Madrid success in Europe - arguably already a modern great. He missed the penalty that sent Spain crashing out of the competition but has a clause in his new contract with Real that values him at £145 million.

29: PREDRAG MIJATOVIC - Yugoslavia


Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £7 million

Yet to find his true form for Fiorentina but he is getting there. Technically flawless striker who hits the target, regularly forcing goalkeepers to at least make a save. Fast and two good feet he is calm in the finish and good at finding space. He can be one of the real stars of this summer but recent injury problems have not helped him find reliable goal scoring form. Euro 2000 saw some great team work from Mijatovic whose spells in wide positions helped his side to win matches.

30: STEFANO FIORE - Italy

Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £10 million

The subject of intense press speculation over his future at Udinese this summer with several big city outfits close to bidding for the 25 year old. All this attention is focussed on a ball playing midfielder whose form and hard work have seen Udinese produce a good season in Serie A. He has emerged as a top prospect at Euro 2000 for the World Cup matches to come. Zoff was persuaded by his late season flourish but only an international contender since February. Fiore was a regular in the team at Euro 2000 and his excellent team play helped Italy to win matches.

31: ALFONSO - Spain


Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £11 million

Busy midfield ball winner who chases and harries up and down the left. He has good dribbling skills but rarely uses them as he has the full range of passes to satisfy the team pattern played by Clemente. A top scorer for his club Real Betis last season who has not repeated the same form in this campaign. In fact Betis were relegated and Real Madrid are keen to sign Alfonso who provided one of the sensational moments of Euro 2000 with his hooked volley into the net to beat Yugoslavia in the 94th minute and keep Spain in the tournament.

32: PATRICK VIEIRA - France

Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £15 million

Temperamental midfielder who is a formidable physical force in midfield. He has now grown up into a regular for his country. Very long legs that pass the ball well after winning tackles that others cannot. His game is built on confrontation and antagonism and is a transfer target for Juventus this summer. A former youth player with Milan who is the source of constant aggression and trouble in the Arsenal midfield. Calmer for the French team and a natural to deputise for the ageing Deschamps. Vieira has been in excellent form throughout Euro 2000 with a move to Juventus said to be almost complete. His tackling and ball winning was a principle weapon for the French against Italy.

His time in Milan did not see him make much impression on the first team but he proved essential to the French success in Sunday's final. Now in talks with Arsenal over a possible massive pay rise but Juventus are keen to sign him.

33: JOSEP GUARDIOLA - Spain


Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £4 million

A symbol for FC Barcelona fans who has lost a regular place in the first team to the club's Dutch revolution which now seems to be over. Fluent defender and passer of the ball he is widely respected for impeccable conduct on and off the field. Camacho will use Guardiola in a more advanced position than Barca and he will play central midfield where his calm control of the play around him helps to cover his defenders and set up attacks. Camacho defended Guardiola from criticism during Euro 2000 but the player did well against the best in the competition - France - in the quarter final.

34: EDWIN van der SAR - Holland


Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £8 million

Tall and thin goalkeeper with calm exterior and good technical ability. He is a good gatherer of crosses and often plays in the national side with players he knows from the Ajax side in Dutch club football. Secure hands and good reflexes although he may be vulnerable to low shots and at his near post. A season at Juventus has only added to his commanding presence and deep self confidence. A great kicker of the ball but injury made him look uncomfortable at times in June.

35: LJUBLINKO DRULOVIC - Yugoslavia


Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £5 million

A good support player to have on the left side of the Yugoslav team. He has played well all season for FC Porto and was a starter for matches at Euro 2000. Boskov used him as a wing back and he crosses the ball well and helps to balance the team. At several crucial times he was pushed forward to great effect and he was one of the best runners with the ball on show last month.

36: CHRISTIAN CHIVU - Romania


Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £8 million

Chivu is a young defender from the Ajax Amsterdam squad who is expected to be a regular by the time of the next World Cup. Fast and agile, he covers for several positions in the squad who is now linked with a move to Italy.

37: DEMETRIO ALBERTINI - Italy

Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £4 million

A tough tackler who rarely scores, Albertini lost his place in the national team last year but is now back as first choice to start at centre midfield. Fetches and carries the ball in midfield and rarely ventures too far forward.

Albertini has won plenty of honours for Milan but does not look the strong player he did three years ago. He appears satisfied to pick off attacks and rarely forces the play himself for the Italy team and doubts over his creative intentions in a team have always followed his inclusion. He passes well but rarely uses the long ball and is not a fast runner whose form for Milan has been dipping for the last three seasons. For Italy at Euro 2000 though Albertini is developing into a key midfield presence and his all round team play even created two goals.

38: VITOR BAIA - Portugal

Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £4 million

A move to FC Barcelona went wrong after Baia criticised former coach Louis Van Gaal. He needed first team games to keep his place in the Portugal side but was dumped in the reserves. One of the finest goalkeepers in the European game and a player of genuine talent and quality, Portugal need Baia fit and sharp to stand any chance of getting to the later stages. Over 50 caps is a testament to his technique and ability and he is a thrilling goalkeeper to watch who can make matchless saves. His career was rescued at club level by FC Porto but one of the world class players produced by Portugal in the past decade. A knee injury has seen him play only two games in the last six months and he is very out of practice. He has now moved back to Barca after his loan to Porto and produced good performances throughout the Euro finals but his kicking remains suspect.

39: BOUDEWIJN ZENDEN - Holland


Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £10 million

Bouwedijn Zenden is a fast attacking wide striker who is an average finisher. When on good form he can be very productive for his side as he can carry the ball well and has excellent control and balance. Zenden can be selfish and a bad crosser who is not strong in the air but his runs can easily confuse defenders and he has a hard shot. He has experience last season of playing left back for Barca. A transfer target for Fiorentina and Tottenham, Zenden was a favourite of former caoch Rijkaard's and it remains to be seen how he will be used by the new Dutch coach.

40: HAKAN SUKUR - Turkey

Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £7 million

A Turkish obsession, Sukur has an outstanding international goal record and is a constant threat. Tough and dominating in the air he is large and can intimidate defenders - he rocked Germany in their famous September 1998 win and is fast as well. Failed in Italy with Torino but was around for so short a time in Serie A that it hardly counts as a blemish on a career of brave goal scoring. On the brink of legendary status in his homeland he will play for Inter Milan next season. He scored twice in Euro 2000 and was unable to score more due to lack of chances.

41: DRAGAN STOJKOVIC - Yugoslavia


Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £1 million

A star in Italia 90 ten years ago he has the talent to earn respect on the world stage this summer even at age 35. Highly regarded but inconsistent these days, he has suffered many injuries and setbacks when he looked set for the summit of European football. A truly creative midfielder with excellent passing skills and a neat finish, Stojkovic could keep the ball all day against lesser players but may be muscled out of the faster modern game on show in the Euro finals. Even so he survived and in two matches - against Slovenia and Norway - he was exceptional. He wants to be the new Yugoslavia team coach.

42: FRANK DE BOER - Holland


Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £7 million

One half of the only twins who have played in a World Cup finals, Frank is the heir to Danny Blind at the heart of the Dutch defence. Good in the air and a fine passer he holds the centre of the defence together with his commanding presence. Very fast on the turn and across the penalty area, his interceptions are a feature of the Dutch defensive play. Recent loss of form with Barca did not harm his Euro 2000 showings but his refusal to take a second half penalty against Italy in the semi final hurt his side after he missed a spot kick in the first half.

43: FRANCISCO COSTA - Portugal

Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £8 million

Influential in the AS Monaco midfield, 'Costinha' has won the French league title this season and could be ready to force his way into Euro 2000 contention. Good passing ability and a few tricks add the gloss to a mobile midfield package. He will play for Real Madrid in summer 2001 after playing one more season for Monaco.

44: - ERIC DEFLANDRE - Belgium


Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £3 million

A good attacking player. He rarely scores though and needs to improve his final ball if he is to make a prolonged impact on the national side. Recalled to play as right back where he was used in the France 98 squad which he did well for the co hosts.

45: MIRAN PAVLIN - Slovenia

Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £3 million

The Freiburg midfielder is a defensive player in the national team's system and he started in the back line before being moved further up field.

A good runner with the ball he is told to hang back and prevent his defenders from becoming to exposed if the Slovenians have to withstand pressure. Experienced and well discipline he obeys, the orders of coach Katanec and rarely contributes to the attacking play but while he is in the side Slovenia can rely on his effort and attitude to close down as much of the midfield area as he can. His passing was excellent at Euro 2000.

45: JAN KOLLER - Czech Republic

Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £4 million

Koller has helped Anderlecht to the Belgian championship this season and top scored in the Belgian league last term with Lockeren. Excellent close control and good awareness to bring other players into attacks Koller is 6'7" in height. Good at finishing in front of goal and times his runs well. The Czechs have relied on his scoring to win several qualifiers and he was exceptional against Holland in the first match the Czechs played in the Euro finals. Linked with a move to the Premiership with Newcastle.

46: ROBERT PIRES - France

Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £7 million

Pires will be a team mate of several squad members now he has the transfer he wanted this summer to Arsenal. He has had a traumatic year playing for Marseilles but hopefully this should not disrupt his form for France. He is not very fast, but he is very strong when he runs and also powerful in the air. Pires has the talent to play centre midfield and direct the play but he can also contribute as a winger. Since joining Arsenal this week he has claimed he really wanted to join Real Madrid which is not a good start. Featured as a late substitution for Roger Lemerre - a tactic which paid off spectacularly well in the final but had seemed of little use before.

47: EMMANUEL PETIT - France

Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £7 million

Harsh and violent player in the English Premiership, where he is regularly sent off for Arsenal, when Petit does play he shows some sublime skills in midfield, has great vision and is an excellent passer of the ball. Petit had a fantastic World Cup and there is no reason why he should not do the same during Euro 2000 unless he is playing to protect a move to Real Madrid which is not out of the question for this arrogant and aloof player.

A knee injury has hampered his progress at Euro 2000 and he is not a certain starter for the final due to his fitness problems. He is widely expected to move to Italy - both Lazio and Inter are keen - and was entrusted with the majority of free kicks and corners in the quarter and semi finals without any success at all as his deliveries were very poor. Illness kept him out of the final.

48: SYLVAIN WILTORD _ France

Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £15 million

The top scorer in France in 1999 he has the appetite for moody disputes with his club and should soon be causing trouble in 'contract' arguments with Arsenal now a transfer to the UK capital has been worked out. Worth his place in the French squad for good control and speed, he hits good clean shots with either foot. He plays well for the team when he gets the chance and is more direct and powerful than most French strikers. Given the choice he likes to attack from wide positions which paid off in the final against Italy but his current value is inflated and based on one hit-and-hope effort in Rotterdam that happened to pay off.

49: ALESSANDRO DEL PIERO - Italy

Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £18 million

Two good feet and unerring accuracy of shot used to see him score consistently for Juventus in Serie A. This is no longer the case and there are serious doubts about his ability to establish himself in the international side.

A November 1998 knee injury seriously disrupted his career but he came back from surgery to be made the best paid footballer in the world by Juve with a new five year contract which will see his wages rise to top £10 million a season by the end of the contract. On the back of this new deal he has scored one league goal from open play for the Turin club in eighteen months and he is getting by at the moment on a stellar reputation that may not last much longer. He was supposed to be Italy's star at France 98 but patchy form and injuries saw him look ordinary.

He is anything but an ordinary player but needs to put two grim years behind him for club and country to find the skills that thrilled the world four years ago. A player who should be a great talent too often gets lost in pointless wing play that ends up conceding the ball. Del Piero is in a bad rut and needs to get out of it quickly. Time is running out with Totti regarded by many as the surer bet to help the team. Even so Zoff played Del Piero from the start against Holland and he survived the rear guard action mounted by the rest of his team. He could not hold the ball up alongside Inzaghi and as a pair the Juventus pair looked lost against the Dutch. Del Piero has not been given rave reviews back in Italy for his Euro 2000 contribution and seems a weaker and less fit player than the one was exceptional three seasons ago.

50: MARCO DELVECCHIO - Italy

Transfer value after Euro 2000 - £12 million

Tall and rangy striker who can offer a good target for crosses and whose ball skills are excellent too. When confident he can produce excellent textbook finishes to moves and he contributes well to creating attacks by holding up play. Once Vieri was injured Delvecchio became an even more viable option and he started the final as a partner for AS Roma team mate Totti and it paid off..

Good volleying skills and the ability to improvise finishes and batter defenders with heavy tackles make Delvecchio a very valuable attacker and he will play at club level alongside Gabriel Batistuta and captain Totti at Roma next season.
 

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sslazio11, thanx for the info. Where was this published?

The order of quite a few players should be reversed, don't you think? BTW I still can't get over the terrible treatment Nuno Gomes is put into. Geez, what a way to sabotage a young, gifted player !!
 

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What a joke!!

Heres my top 5:
Davids $100 million
Zidane $100 million
Del Piero (don't care what ppl say, he is a legend)$100 million
Figo $100 million
Rui Costa $100 million

Thats all!!!!!
 

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OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!
WHERE DO THEY GET THESE PEOPLE FROM!!!!!!!!
WHERE IS COUTO!!!!

They should also fix the prices!! Like Nedved should be valued at £30mil, even though lazio would reject a bid of that money!!

Trezaguet is not worth £22mil

Ok lets go shopping :)
we'll have Toldo + Thuram + Cannavaro + gomes!!
£48mil!!!!
so we sell Salas, Peruzzi, Boksic +$50mil that we won from scudetto and we'll have the best team of all time + we'll buy Palermo!!!

That is bull ****

FORZALAZIO!
oh yeah thanx for the info sslazio11 :)
 

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I don't quite agree on some names (or their rank) in the list either, but putting that aside and concentrating on the main point you made, sslazio :

Nedved, the only player in the top 20 whose country had gone out in the group stage (in fact, apart from Savo, the rest were all in the sf :D )
That is something! :) :) :)
And of course I disagree about his price tag as well! :p
 

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Yeh Nedved should be worth ALOT more he is a brilliant player.
Also Toldo and Van der sar should be ranked 10 places higher than Barthez.
 
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You can see that they made this list very fast and without football knowledge.Prove: 4 ITA defenders in a row - impossibly they are so similar :)
Also, it must be a horror to see Deschamps in 6th place.The guy is football parasite.
sslazio11, what's wrong about Raul.I think he should be higher on this list.He was voted in top 16 from UEFA. The reason he had an average tournament is because he had no one to play with (not even Morientes).I don't know what you have against him.I consider Raul among 5 best forwards in the world.
FORZA LAZIO!!!
 

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Nedved the best Lazio player ever :)
He deserved to be one of the best, too bad Czech did not play in the quarter finals.
Forza Nedved
 

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The least you could've done Salas is said where you got this info from - the great Real Madrid CF board - the reliable place for newest news:D:D:D The list is total crap indeed, i agree, but what do you expect from Premiersh|t people? They have no idea about football, only favorixe their men, like the Chelsea dork, Deschamps! 6th! That's a laugh! and wher's the really best player in Europe? Raul of course, 28th! A real joke, at least they put Figo and ZiZou near to their real place:rolleyes: But even my mom knows that;) Overall a joke list and no need to comment further on it.
 
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