Me and my flatmates were talking about old Arsenal players from back in like 2002 and this is how this thread was born. So this thread is remembering the best footballers of 2000 who are maybe retired or are lowkey now. Just name your favourite.
One of my favourite players I forgot about was Pavel Nedved. He retired in 2009 and I thought he may have fallen off the radar about towards the end? Maybe not, I just don't recall hearing much hype about him towards the end. Obviously a class, two footed player and Serie A don't really have players like him anymore imo.
Lilian Thuram for generally being overshadowed by other star names in the great French national side. Absolute tank of a defender who won quite a few titles with Juve (although some were taken away because of the betting scandal controversy).
Gary Neville for being a fairly quiet but consistently effective right back for United in a decade where they won a lot of league titles.
Brad Friedel for being one of the most consistent keepers of the decade for unglamorous sides where he often had his work cut out. He didn't miss many games either. An absolute top professional.
Jan Koller, often regarded as a donkey and a clogger, but his goalscoring record was very good for the most part. He was also an absolute colossus for the Czech Republic in international tournament qualifying campaigns.