Michael Laudrup – Denmark
A VETERAN of two World Cups, Michael Laudrup became arguably the finest Danish footballer in history during a long career at the highest level which saw spells with clubs such as Juventus, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Ajax.
Blessed with marvellous balance and close control, Laudrup made his first appearance at the World Cup during Denmark’s 1986 campaign, scoring a wonderful goal in the 6-1 demolition of Uruguay.
He missed Denmark’s greatest achievement in international football, victory in the 1992 European Championship, after a row with coach Richard Moller Nielsen. But he returned to make his swansong at France 1998, his farewell appearance coming in the 3-2 quarter-final defeat to Brazil.