|A tribute to Dennis Bergkamp|
I got the video from The Sports Economist, who posits the "why is Bergkamp not viewed on the same level as Zidane or Ronaldinho as the best player of this generation?" question. (Interesting that an Arsenal fan wouldn't mention Henry in the same breath. Hmmmm.) I think he hits the nail on the head by arguing that Bergkamp never won a World Cup or a European Championship and that he suffers as a result of playing for sides that weren't quite as good as France or Brazil. The Stam-de Boer-van der Sar-Davids Dutch teams of the late 90s were very good, but Bergkamp never got to play with the lights-out French defense (plus Didier Deschamps and then Patrick Viera providing the backbone) that backed Zidane, or the Rivaldo-Ronaldo pairing that played with Ronaldinho in 2002. I'd also add that Bergkamp never won a Champions League title, unlike Zidane and (now) Ronaldinho, and that affects his legacy. All that said, I tend to reject the tendency to evaluate players solely based on their teams' accomplishments without paying any attention to the roles of supporting casts and The Sports Economist makes an interesting point in putting Bergkamp up there with Zidane and Ronaldinho.