Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a bit like marmite; you either love him or hate him. Throughout his career, which has included many of Europe's finest clubs, he has constantly divided opinion as to whether he is a truly great player. At times he can do the unbelievable and you wonder how anyone can question his ability, whilst other moments show a petulant, self-absorbed player who seems reluctant to work hard and quick to criticise teammates. Where do you stand regarding the Swedish international?
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It seems that 2013 is the year of retirement in football as David Beckham has decided to call time on what can only be described as a glittering career.
When you spend £35 million on a centre back, as PSG did to acquire the services of Thiago Silva, you would expect that player to be of the finest in world, if not their generation, and the Brazilian certainly fits that criteria.
Long before he was manager of Manchester City, Roberto Mancini was lighting up the pitches of Serie A for Sampdoria and Lazio. The passionate and delightfully talented No 10 spent 15 years at Sampdoria, helping them to the league title, four Italian cups and the Cup Winners Cup. His partnership with Gianluca Vialli was very productive, although he never featured on a regular basis for the Italian national side due to his team mate often being preferred to partner Roberto Baggio for the Azzurri.
After an uncomfortable start, Gennaro Gattuso has steered Swiss Super League outfit Sion into calmer waters.
How about those Argentinian eh?
What can I say about the great Italian maestro that is Andrea Pirlo, he has played for all three Serie A rival clubs and is the main play maker for the Azzurri.
Italian international Mario Balotelli has gone from strength tho strength when it comes to football playing for some of the biggest clubs in Europe and the Azzurri.
Didier Drogba, what can I say, he is a very experienced striker no matter what team he is playing for, let us explore the change the Ivorian international has gone through.
Juventus and Inter were locked in a fierce battle for the Serie A title during 1997/1998. The 'Old Lady' of Italy were benefitting from the talents of Zidane, Del Piero and Inzaghi, whilst the 'Nerazzurri' where hugely dependent on a 22 year old Brazilian called Ronaldo. Signed during the summer months from Barcelona, Ronaldo's first season was going better than anyone expected. It seemed inevitable that he would be the player at the centre of the most controversial Derby d'Italia for many years.
A cartwheel followed by several fist pumps; this was the customary way that Faustino Asprilla used to celebrate after scoring a goal. The rubbery-legged Colombian enjoyed a successful career in both Italy and England and although never a prolific scorer, he was, and still is, a fan favourite.
If you don't remember the name then you will almost certainly remember the hair! The colourful Nigerian has recently been in the news with reports that he lied about his age during his career and that he is actually 12 years older than he claimed. Whether this is true or not, he was certainly not trying to remain inconspicuous with the assortment of multi-coloured hairstyles he showed off during his career, although he wasn't a bad player, at times...
Since returning to Italy with AC Milan Mario Balotelli has been letting his football do the talking which he lets happen from time to time.