One of those great players who never truly got to fulfil his talent because of injury problems.
The 80s saw him making a real name for himself in the then Yugoslavia as one of Europe’s brightest prospects, first with Radniski and then Red Star.
As well as triumphing on the domestic scene Stojkovic was in great form on European nights.
In 1987 they were desperately unlucky to go out to Real Madrid, and then 2 years later Stojkovic gave Milan the fright of their lives, losing on penalties after two 1:1 matches. As Milan cruised through rest of tournament who knows if Stojkovic could have lifted trophy if penalties had gone their way.
Beautiful footballer, always looking to create, always demanding ball. Great leader too not always case with playmaker
90s would see him suffer from injury but still produce great moments of magic Goals at Italian 90 sublime
2 Bernd Schuster
A more maverick, controversial character it would be hard to find.
Like so many really talented footballers there seemed to be something inbuilt in to his character to have trouble follow him wherever he went. His time at most of his clubs would result in a fallout and a transfer.
Schuster was a great passer of the ball, and played as both an attacking midfielder and a deep-lying playmaker, indeed he would also sometimes play even deeper, as a libero, his trademark passes starting off move after move.
He really burst on to the global scene at Europa 80, his excellent performances for West Germany making the nation think they at last had a successor to their great playmakers of the 70s, Netzer & Overath. However, it would be a short lived period of adulation with die Mannschaft
as he was soon declaring he’d never play again
Fantastic running with the balls
Free kick specialist
Scored loads of great goals, plenty of long range ones as you’d expect but some great subtle ones too. In swan song of his career he got first second and third goals of season