Once upon a time in a land far, far away, there weren't so many foreign superstars playing in domestic English football.
Dutch master Dennis Bergkamp was one of the first – and still one of the best – players who helped to transform the English Premier League into the multinational star-fest it is today.
Bergkamp joined Arsenal in 1995 after two underwhelming years at Inter Milan. By the time he left North London more than a decade later, he was a club legend.
His deft touches, exquisite technique and superb vision helped Arsenal turn from beast to beauty and he became the team's creative heart under the fluid passing style brought in by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.
He won three league titles and four FA Cups in England, scoring an array of wonder goals along the way. In Europe he, and the Gunners, were less successful – a situation not helped by Bergkamp's famed fear of flying.
But his international status was secured with one of the World Cup's greatest ever goals. With the 1998 World Cup quarter final between Argentina and Holland staggering towards extra time, Bergkamp effortlessly brought down a 60-yard pass with one touch, nutmegged a defender with his second and then curled in a half-volley with the outside of his right foot to win the game. It was his all-time favourite goal - and when you're talking about someone with the ability of Dennis Bergkamp, that's really saying something.
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