10 footballers set to 'boss' 2009

Posted by , 15 January 2009

Yuriy Valentinovich Zhirkov

Born: August 20, 1983
Club: CSKA Moscow
Country: Russia

The ‘Russian Ronaldinho’ wowed crowds at Euro 2008 with more than just glam skills. Unlike the buck-toothed Brazilian, Zhirkov works like a mule, marks and specialises in a dying art: the slide tackle. His goal against Hamburg in the Champions League last year (left) was voted as the best in the competition by UEFA magazine Goal!, and with nearly 30 caps for Russian under his belt, Zhirkov is an extremely marketable product. Chelsea need a new Wayne Bridge, but he’s way better than that.

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