Recently there's been a lot of players bandied about in different top player threads and it has come to my attention that certain players are never mentioned by anyone but were in fact at one time or other in the top 3 players in their position in the world. Here, list those you feel fall into that catergory and maybe mention why they have become the forgotten men of whatever generation they played in. I'll list a few that spring to my mind as I created this thread. 1. Stefan Effenberg This guy was a fantastic central midfielder with huge range of passin, both short and long range a very strong shot and an excellent engine. Although fiery he was undoubtedly one of the very best in the world in his position for almost 5years yet he never gets any mention. I've always wondered why? Media exposure? or Because of the fact he was a bit of a loon and very outspoken? 2. Marc Overmars Overmars used to be dynamite. In the mid 90's before his injuries he was what all these young aspiring wingers (Robben, Ronaldo, Joaquin) hope to become one day. Very dynamic and with an unerring ability to cut infield from either wing and assist or score. He was often seen in best xi's for about 3years and then...no one mentioned him ever again. Don't forget Barca paid £26million pounds or so for his services...there was a reason for that. 3. Jose Luis Chilavert Another guy that has been so easily forgotten. As good as Peter Schmeichel for a period in the late 90's and backed this with a solid display for his NT at the '98 World Cup marshalling them and making their defence the 2nd best of the tournament after France. Not to mention his speciality FK's and perfect FK's. I find it strange that he never gets any airtime either. He was top 3 GK in the world for at least a 2years. 4. Christian Vieri People seem to only remember him from WC '02 onwards not seeming to recount he was a top 3 striker in the world for a good 5-6years and ran with the likes of Ronaldo , Batistuta, Shearer and Shevchenko for the title of #1 for absolutely ages. I find it shocking that people remember only the last few years of what was a very solid career from him. A great disservice imo. 5. Zvonimir Boban Very similar to Stefan Effenberg with a greater FK technique. He was solid for a number of years and didn't let himself down at Milan. I'm surprised he has never been mentioned, ever, on this board if memory serves me. Any particular reason why? 6. Davor Suker Another fantastic talent of the mid 90's and was often tied in with Baggio and then pre Injury Del Piero as the best supp striker in the world. Had a mecurial Euro '96 and revitalised Real Madrid's attack when he went there. Strange that Stoichkov is held in such esteem yet, Suker is not. Their talent level was very similar imo. 7. Matias Almeyda Dependable and rock solid for a number of years. Maybe not a shining light on the pitch but he did his job, well and rarely gave fouls away or made mistakes. 8. Gaizka Mendieta Was well on the way to something special as far as status is concerned...and then...decided he'd go to Italy and fall apart! Was instrumental to Valencia and really was a top 3 contender in his position for a few years. What could have been for him and what he is now...is quite the tragedy.. 9. Carlos Valderrama I'd rate this guy as one of the best passers I've ever seen. There is no one playing right now who could pass like Valderrama. I'm sure if had played for a bigger nation he would have gotten more attention for his game rather then his hair and the fact Pele tipped him to take Columbia to the WC gold, lol. I suppose he gets no airplay because of the time he played and being in the shadow of two true legends in Romario and Baggio. *Shrug. What are peoples thoughts on this guy. I'm curious. Especially those who saw him at his peak. I'll end it there. I have a few others but I guess they'd be classed as personal favourites. These 9 though, I am surprised how they get no words whatsoever. Anyone care to explain why. Feel free to add your own on.