Sylvain Wiltord: Career highlights

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French forward Sylvain Wiltord announced his retirement this week, and so GiveMeFootball has decided to take a look back at the best achievements from his career.

Now 38 years old, Wiltord ended his career with FC Nantes, but his time in football took in clubs such as Stade Rennais, Bordeaux, Arsenal and Lyon.

He also made 92 appearances for the France national team and ended his career with a fine medal haul, most of which were won in his time with the Gunners.

GMF takes a look back at his career and picked out the most notable moments....

First League title

Wiltord started his professional career with Rennes but his move to Girondins de Bordeaux was where the real success came. His first season was impressive, but it was nothing compared to his second in the 1998-99. Bordeaux finished top of Ligue 1 by a single point over Olympique Marseille and Wiltord finished the season top scorer with 22 goals.

Euro 2000 final

This was in the midst of France's domination of football around the turn of the century, and the then World Champions had made their way to the final against Italy.

The tournament that year was being co-hosted by Holland and Belgium and the final was being held in Rotterdam. Marco Delvecchio gave the Italians the lead, and they held on until the final minute before Wiltord slid the ball under Francesco Toldo to take the game to extra time.

David Trezeguet scored the winner and the French team confirmed themselves as the world's best at the time.

2001-02 Premier League winning goal

Arsene Wenger's team were on their way to winning their second double and, after defeating Chelsea in the FA Cup final on Saturday May 4, they travelled to Old Trafford on Wednesday May 8 needing just one more win to secure the title.

Manchester United's rough tactics could not deny the dominant Gunners, and Wiltord pounced onto a rebound to score the title-winning goal.

Ligue 1 hat-trick

After four years in north London, Wiltord found himself on a free transfer and so decided to return to France to the then dominant Olympique Lyonnais. Playing more as a wide player then, he was an integral part of the side that won the league title in 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04. In fact, that Lyon side won a record seven titles in a row.

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