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Enzo Francescoli : Football (Soccer)

Enzo Francescoli Uriarte (born November 12, 1961 from Montevideo, Uruguay) is a former Uruguayan midfielder set a record with 73 caps for the Uruguayan national team. He was nicknamed “El Principe” or “Le Prince”, meaning “The Prince” for his classic and elegant sty. Francescoli began his professional career with the Montevideo Wanderers Football Club in 1980. Other teams he was part of were River Plate (Argentina), RC Paris (France), Olympique de Marseille (France), Cagliari (Italy) and Torino (Italy). He is considered to be a playmaker in the decadent age of Celeste, the greatest player of Uruguay and one of the greatest to have never played for the two biggest clubs in his country.

Greatest Sporting Achievements

Aside from wearing the Celeste jersey, he is part of the FIFA 100 list, chosen one of the International Federation of History and Statistics Football as the sixth greatest player of Uruguay and the twenty-fourth greatest player of South America of the twentieth century.

Francescoli helped won the 1989 Cup America, playing for four of five games and winning three but reaching the final round and losing to Brazil.

Why Was He So Good?

He was noted for his grace and fluid abilities of dribbling and passing of the ball. He influenced Zinedine Zidane who stated that Francescoli became his favorite player ever since he was younger.

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