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Football Legends You May Have Forgotten

The Fan Park crew lists five football legends who have perhaps been forgotten after retirement. After all they did, it's sad to see how little recognition they get nowadays.

Pauleta

Remember this Portuguese forward? Although his goal-scoring record for PSG was impressive, it’s his numbers at international level that earned him the right to make our list – 47 goals in just 88 appearances. In their World Cup qualifying rounds for the 2002 World Cup, Pauleta scored 19 goals in 25 games.

Christian Vieri                      

The Italian forward scored 197 goals in his professional career, where he represented clubs like Juventus, AC Milan and Atletico Madrid. However, the bulk of those goals came when he was playing for Inter Milan, with a record of 119 goals in 183 games. Pele even added the Italian to his ‘125 Greatest Living Footballers’ list – that must be flattering!

Alvaro Recoba

This left-footer was one of Inter’s main men in his prime, and was known for his deadly left-foot, as well as his dead-ball ability. He played for Inter for over 10 years, playing 237 times, scoring 65 goals and assisting 10 for his teammates. He was known as a real honest player, and remarkably, he still plays competitive football back in Uruguay - his country of birth.

Bixente Lizarazu

The left-back, who played 90 times for France, is perhaps another name we haven’t heard in a while, but what an outstanding player he was. He represented Bayern Munich 272 times, scoring eight goals and assisting 20.

Robert Pires

He used to make his opponents look silly as he glided past them with ease and grace, but he is just another legend of the game to have slowly faded into the background. In his career, he played 546 games and scored 121 goals. He enjoyed most of his success at Arsenal and Villarreal, while he also played 79 times for France.

Can you name any other forgotten footballing legends? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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