Re: Best unsung footballers of 2000
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.