Marcel Desailly, one of the best French players in history

Marcel Desailly, uno de los mejores jugadores franceses de la historia
Marcel Desailly in his time as Chelsea footballer. PHOTO: Sky Sports

Last update 20 December, 2021 by Alberto Llopis

The rock. Thus it was known Marcel Desailly. A strong midfield and imposing physique, It was campeon of World Cup 1998 y de la Eurocopa del 2000 con Francia despite being born in Accra, the capital of Ghana. He was a player ahead of its time and in the 90, he was a midfielder “Box to Box” as you like to say today that kind of midfielder who attacks and defends equally.

Marcel Desailly, 'The rock’

The Franco-Ghanaian began his career in Nantes in 1986 where he remained until 1992 year in which he was signed by Olympique de Marseille, with whom he won the European Cup controversy 1993. His great season, It earned him to be signed by one of the largest in Europe, Milan, where he repeated the award a year later after thrashing the Barcelona by Johan Cruyff by 4-0 in the final in Athens 1994.

Desailly final de Copa Europa 1994
Desailly to Romario in the final in Athens 1994. PHOTO: Brand

This way, Marcel Desailly He became the first player to win the European Cup two seasons in a row., but with two different teams. In Milan he remained until 1998 winning the Serie A League Titles. In 1998, France after winning the World Championship in his own country, Desailly was signed for Chelsea, where it remained until 2004, ganando ; F.A Cup; Charity Shield and European Super Cup. Then he went to Qatar where he finished his career.

Desailly Chelsea con John Terry
Desailly with a young John Terry. PHOTO: The Sun

As we have said before, despite being born in Ghana, in full Africa, had French nationality. International with the Gauls, Desailly participated in two World Cups (1998 y 2002), two European Championships (1996 y 2000) and two Confederations Cup (2001 y 2003). With him on the field, France won the World 1998, the European Championship 2000 and both editions of the Confederations Cup. La Roca participated in 116 encounters with the 'Bleus’ and marked 3 goals.

A midfielder ahead of his time

all-rounder, He acted as a defense and as a midfielder in defensive principle but with a very good arrival thanks above all to his enormous physical power. The nickname “The rock” It was not in vain because Desailly reaches 1,88 cm and its stage as an elite athlete, muscularly was a marvel of nature. A physical marvel that was displayed throughout the field, what made it impassable.

Desailly Deschamps
Didier Deschamps and Marcel Desailly in a previous announcement to the World Cup in France 98. PHOTO: Brand

Definitely, one of the best French players in history that was worth remembering.

Alberto Llopis

Hanged for football fully. Attempt to gather letters and tell stories in Colgadosporelfutbol.com. Specialist retro football Current. Football Coach Level II. You can follow me on @AlbertiniLlopis @colgadosfutbol
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