Patrick Vieira is regarded as one of the best and most complete midfield players in Premier League and world football history.
The imposing midfielder was born in Dakar, Senegal but went on to win 107 caps for France, with whom he won World Cup glory in 1998 and European Championships success in 2000. Vieira's Arsenal fairytale started all the way back in 1996 when Arsène Wenger plucked him away from AC Milan as a gangly, unknown 20-year-old.
At his best, Vieira became the heartbeat of Wenger's Arsenal side in the late 90s and early 2000s, captaining the Gunners in 2004 when they went unbeaten for an entire Premier League season to earn themselves the tag of "Invincibles". Vieira's rivalry with then-Man United skipper Roy Keane was one of English football's most fascinating subplots as Wenger and Fergie's outstanding teams went toe-to-toe and shared most of England's major silverware for the better part of a decade. Vieira's Arsenal won league and FA Cup doubles in 1998 and 2002, with Vieira and Emmanuel Petit forming an outstanding central duo for Arsenal and France, culminating in the Gunners pair lifting world football's biggest prize on home soil. 1998 was a truly unforgettable year for Vieira.
Patrick Vieira was one of the cornerstones of Arsenal's success; a leader on and off the pitch as well as an outstandingly gifted box-to-box midfielder. At 193cm tall, Vieira was a supreme physical specimen but he also possessed superb touch and technique, enabling him to become one of the best midfield generals of his generation.
Vieira's last kick for the Gunners was a decisive one, slotting home the winning penalty in the 2005 FA Cup final to break Man United's hearts in a shootout. He went on to star for Juventus and Inter Milan in Italy's Serie A, before returning to England for a stint with Man City.
🥇 Vieira's medals for club & country
- 🌍 1x FIFA World Cup
- 🇪🇺 1x European Championships
- 🏆 1x FIFA Confederations Cup
- 🏴 3x Premier League
- 🎖 4x FA Cup
- 🇮🇹 4x Serie A
- 🇮🇹 2x Supercoppa Italiana
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