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Thursday, June 5, 2014, 18:44
A look at 10 soccer World Cup greats
By chinadailyasia.com

 A look at 10 soccer World Cup greats

This is a Wednesday, July 5, 2006 file photo of France's Zinedine Zidane, left, celebrates his penalty kick goal during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Portugal and France in the World Cup stadium in Munich, Germany. With one week to go before the World Cup starts in Brazil, The Associated Press takes a look at 10 great stars in the tournament's history. People who don't know football remember Zidane for the headbutt that put Marco Materazzi on the floor in the 2006 World Cup final. That earned Zidane a red card and an ignominious end to a glorious career. The connoisseurs cherish a player gifted with uncommon skill and technique, an ability to control almost any ball and see the field, coupled with a penchant for big-game goals. The three-time FIFA's World Player of the Year helped France win the 1998 World Cup on home soil - scoring on two headers in the final - and the 2000 European Championship. He joined Real Madrid in 2001 from Juventus for a then-record fee of US$65 million and led the Spanish side to the 2002 Champions League title. (Photo / AP)

 A look at 10 soccer World Cup greats
In this June 30, 2002, file photo, Brazil's Ronaldo reacts after scoring past Germany's goalkeeper Oliver Kahn, center, and Carsten Ramelow during the 2002 World Cup final soccer match at the Yokohama stadium in Yokohama, Japan. Ronaldo the striker is the most prolific scorer in World Cups with 15 goals. He was a youngster in the Brazilian squad that won the 1994 World Cup, then helped Brazil reach the final both in 1998 and 2002. He had convulsions the day of the 1998 final in France and didn't play well in Brazil's 3-0 loss to the hosts, but four years later in South Korea and Japan he scored twice in the final to give Brazil its fifth world title. Ronaldo's last World Cup was in 2006. (Photo / AP)

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