5 utility players who have lifted the World Cup

  • These players weren't the best footballers yet somehow managed to be a part of world cup winning squads.
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Modified 10 Jun 2018, 15:53 IST

3. Bernard Diomede (France)

Bernard Diomede / Valery Karpin
A hardworking midfielder, the world cup looked a step too far

A quick, tricky and two-footed winger whilst at Auxerre, Bernard Diomede made his way into the French squad for the 1998 world cup. The hardworking winger started three games, two in the group stages against Saudi Arabia and Denmark and a round of 16 tie against  Paraguay.

As the tournament went to its latter stages, French manager Aime Jacquet settled to a midfield of Deschamps, Petit, Zidane and Djorkaeff which meant Diomede played no further part even as a substitute. 

Diomede then joined Liverpool for a fee of £3 million, easily one of their worst signings, having made a total of 2 league appearances in 3 years. By the age of 31, Diomede was playing in the lower divisions of French football, encapsulating his fall from grace. 

Published 10 Jun 2018, 15:53 IST
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