There were two moments in the 2012 AFCON final between Zambia and Cote D’Ivoire that captured the essence of Hervé Renard’s intense relationship with his players.
When Christopher Katongo, Zambia’s captain, hoisted the 2012 Africa Cup trophy not long after defender Stoppila Sunzu’s last-gasp penalty had put paid to Cote D’Ivoire’s AFCON claims, the term “it was written in the stars” almost became clichéd.
While many remember his injury-blighted years, at his fearsome peak Ronaldo was arguably the most dangerous striker the world has ever seen
A footballer’s career does not end when he retires. The reputation of a player can change after the event because of anything from evolution to nostalgia. Some players have their achievements diminished by the next generation; others age beautifully.