The most intimidating football players ever
There, his defensive skills were so masterful that he even managed to overshadow hattrick hero Geoff Hurst in the controversial final – the image of him being raised aloft with the trophy in hand remains one of the most iconic in English soccer history. Marco van Basten It’s hard to think of anything but that goal against Russia at the Euro 1988 final when it comes to Marco van Basten.
But there was so much more to the Dutchman than impossibly tight-angled volleys.
Whereas keepers had previously been restricted to silently standing on the goalline, Yashin pioneered the practice of barking at defenders and rushing out of the six-yard box to intercept crosses and thwart oncoming attackers.It’s the question always guaranteed to spark contentious debate amongst soccer fans. Given the ever-changing nature of the game, it’s perhaps an unanswerable one.