Lillian Thuram: A Tribute to a Legend
The most capped player for France in history, 1998 World Cup winner, Euro 2000 winner, UEFA Cup winner and the winner of two Serie A titles (it was originally four titles, but Juventus were stripped of two titles due to the match-fixing scandal), Lillian Thuram has retired from football.
Such an excellent defender and a professional legend in the history of football deserves a final tribute, one last farewell, one last goodbye and a last "thank you."
Thuram played at Monaco, Parma, Juventus and ended his career at Barcelona. His proposed move to Paris Saint German was cancelled after the medical he had in Paris showed that he had a cardiac malformation. The move was quickly cancelled, and a month later, Thuram announced his final retirement from football.
Thuram had a marvelous career, where he played in the right back and center back positions. His first two goals with France were scored in a game against Croatia in the semi finals of the 1998 World Cup, and proved to be crucial in France's first ever successful World Cup bid.
Thuram also won a Coupe de France with AS Monaco, the Coppa Italia with Parma and the Italian Super Cup three times, once with Parma and twice with Juventus. He also won the Spanish Super Cup with Barcelona.
Thuram was named by Pele as one of the Top 125 Living Footballer in March 2004.
In 2006, he was named a member of the FIFPro World XI team.
It is rumored that Thuram will be offered a role in the French Football Federation.
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