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The Bard's 100 Best Soccer Players: Barthez (#99)

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The Pick: OK, please stop ridiculing my pick of Fabien Barthez as one of the Top 100 long enough for me to make my case. First of all, France’s GK won a World Cup (1998) and he led his squad to another Final (2006). Moreover, he played well in over 550 professional matches over his 17 year career for teams like AS Monaco and Manchester United. He also has won the Yashin Award and he holds the all-time record for most clean sheets in World Cup history.

The Flick: Barthez is not exactly what I would call a handsome man. He’s as bald as a bat, and his many forms of facial hair have been remarkably ridiculous. To play him in his bio-flick, I think I would reach out to Gerard Depardieu. I know what you are thinking. Gerard is not in the right physical form to play Fabien. Well, he may have to lose a few stones, but I think they have similar facial structures, and I know Gerard will have the accent down. 

The Limerick: Barthez deserves a better ode, but this was all I had time to craft:

When it comes to the Cup, no one has been better between the posts

Than Fabien Barthez who has made many strikers eat their boasts.

Though he lacks a head of hair,

A GK with talent like his is rare

So please spare me the comments that he was just milquetoast.

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