In the last 25 years or so, football has witnessed plenty of modifications in its various aspects. There have been revised tactics, new formations and technical developments that have transformed the standards of the game.And amidst all of it, we have been blessed with a plethora of talents who progressed with passing time and converted themselves into world-class talents, some of whom established their legacies as icons of the modern game. But sorting out the best 11 from a vast group of stars can be immensely tough.However, based on their individual and collective merits, we have narrowed them down and here is our list of the Greatest XI of the last 25 years.
#1 Goalkeeper: Oliver Kahn
Few goalkeepers have had the intimidating presence inside the 18-yard-box as former Germany Goalkeeper Oliver Kahn who kicks off our list of Greatest XI of the last 25 years as the first entrant. Kahn's career in professional football started off with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich in 1994 and he remained with them for the rest of his career until he retired in 2008.
Aggressive by nature and a daunting figure between the posts, Kahn was one of the most successful German players in the last two decades who excelled for both country and club. Till date, he remains as the only goalkeeper who has ever won the Golden Ball in a World Cup tournament which was justified by his commanding performance at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
With his club, he claimed eight Bundesliga titles, six DFB-Pokals and a Champions League trophy in 2001. Known as Vol-Kahn-O, Kahn was an instrumental figure who put on memorable individual performances to rescue his team from tough situations.
He was rewarded with the Best European Goalkeeper awards on four occasions and maintained consistency throughout his career.