Dennis Bergkamp embodies a vision of the perfect footballer. Never has a player displayed such finesse and class on a football field, and actually have the perfect mentality to the game to boot.
Scouted by his hometown club of Ajax at the age of 11-years-old, Bergkamp went on to become one of the most influential strikers to grace the Premier League and the international stage.
In case you weren’t convinced already, here is a few reasons why Bergkamp deserves such high acclaim:
Many footballers and fans, both past and present, regard Bergkamp to be one of the most technically gifted players to grace the game, and its not hard to see why. The man has the Midas touch when it came to kicking a ball, his technique was sublime and his ability to manipulate the ball is comparable to the Lionel Messi's and the Cristiano Ronaldo's of today. Sure, it may not of been quite as flash, but his sheer quality of touch meant that he delivered moments of absolute magic time and time again.
A quality rarely found in strikers today, Bergkamp embodied the term 'team player' and his dedication to the game was unfounded. Strikers loved to play alongside him, defenders hated playing against him! Simply because when it came to Dennis Bergkamp, you knew you were in it for a hard day at the office! His desire to win and ability to gel a team together with his movements was like no striker the league has ever seen, before or since.
Dennis Bergkamp is easily considered one of the most influential players of his generation. Thierry Henry once told reporters that Dennis Bergkamp is “a dream of a striker to work with” and who could argue with that? His ability and passion for the game has inspired millions around the globe, as well as paved the way for the footballing education of some of Holland's brightest stars. Now helping the youth of today in a coaching position, Bergkamp continues to give to the footballing world, and he remains to be a modern day role model for young would be footballers around the world.
Bergkamp was quite simply a model football player. In a generation where money play's as much an influence as anything else in the sport, Dennis Bergkamp embodied the footballer that plays for the love of the game. Never has football seen such a humble, loyal, and professional athlete on the football field. In comparison to the Mario Balotelli's and the Luis Suarez's of today, Bergkamp just showed that little bit of extra class.
In summary, Bergkamp is what every young footballer should aspire to be. A supremely gifted talent with a professional attitude to the game that goes unmatched. We may never see a man like the Iceman grace the football field again, and that’s a great shame, because he is undoubtedly a testament to the modern game, and without question one of football’s greatest idols.
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