Denilson, the world’s most expensive player to be abused by Bolton

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1NEWS – When Real Betis signed Denilson, a then 20-year-old for £21.5 million in 1998, they made him the most expensive footballer in the world. Eight years later, the Brazilian is playing in Saudi Arabia.

For teenagers who really like the FIFA game series today may not like the older versions with a very simple look, especially the FIFA series which was released in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

The reason is simple. In the latest version, the images presented are much better and are supported by more ball processing tricks than the old version.

Kids love it more and more, and professional gamers who play FIFA know how to take advantage of it. Some players have even shown their quality with five-star records under their names, such as Yannick Bolasies, Aiden McGeadys, Nanis, players whose reputation in the real world has undoubtedly been boosted by the gameplay.

Besides FIFA, EFootball released by Japanese gaming giant Konami also features a series of football games with a series of interesting tricks that can be done while playing on the PlayStation.

Football games are getting more and more amazing as time goes by, because there are more and more amazing features and tricks that can be played by gamers when starting the game.

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The great tricks displayed in the soccer game turned out to be something adapted from the original tricks that were once performed by football players in real-world matches.

Amazingly, there is one trick that the FIFA Game series continues to perpetuate from the oldest version to the newest version, the trick is adapted from a famous player in the 1990s. Here is the full review.

An expensive trick

The furore started in the late 1990s with the culprit being Denilson de Oliveira, the most expensive footballer in the world at the time. A player with an exorbitant price in the old school era.

In the two years leading up to Denilson’s big move in 1998, transfer records were broken three times, each time for a striker like Ronaldo to Barcelona in 1996, Alan Shearer to Newcastle shortly after Ronaldo again, this time to Inter in 1997.

The £21.5 million transfer fee that Real Betis paid to Sao Paulo for Denílson was £2 million (Rp 39 billion). That’s more than Inter paid for Ronaldo, but Denílson’s value is not in goals, but in his prowess in performing great tricks in the game.

Despite becoming an international in 1998, Denilson scored only a handful of goals during his four seasons in Brazil. He runs, he dribbles, he does a lot of skill even though he rarely scores goals.

In this regard, Manuel Ruiz de Lopera, then president of Real Betis, was mesmerized by the Brazilian’s dazzling footwork. Many people wish to remember how great Oliveira was when he performed his great tricks that bewitched millions of viewers.

Not that people didn’t believe Denilson was one of the hottest prospects in the world at the time.
In June 1998, shortly before the World Cup in France, Ronaldo tipped his team-mates to become the star of the tournament.

Brazil’s coach at the time, Mario Zagallo, spoke of the winger’s record-breaking abilities despite being hesitant to use Denílson in the starting line-up.

“Denilson is an extraordinary player, someone who can do the unexpected and damage opponents suddenly,” he concluded. “We will use him when we think he will have the most impact. We can’t win the World Cup with just 11 players.”

While Betis is very confident in the power of the star named Oliveira. They gave him a 10-year contract for around £40,000 a week.

Ups and downs in Betis

While Denilson showed glimpses of his talent at the World Cup, starting once and coming on as a substitute in every other game, his form soon dropped after becoming the world’s most expensive footballer.

After signing for Betis, the winger spoke of the “warmth and understanding” he feels at the Spanish club. He began to adapt to his new life.
However, at the end of the 1999-2000 season, Betis were relegated. Denilson only scored five goals over two seasons. Those tricks don’t translate into points at all.

What followed was a nomadic career, which further shortened his career in world football.

After helping Betis return to the top flight in 2001, the role of Brazilian players in the team gradually began to diminish. The emergence of more multi-dimensional wingers like Joaquin meant that his final season at Betis came in 2004/2005. Denilson was left out despite being a very expensive player.

His great tricks have never been forgotten from his figure. See his iconic trick against Carles Puyol for evidence, but his one-goal strike rate every 14 games makes him a toothless forward who never counts.

In seven years at Betis, Denilson has never scored more than three league goals in a season.

His move to Bolton

Despite the story of his career at Betis being a bit disappointing, Denilson still managed to appear in the 2002 World Cup and managed to win it.

During tournaments in Japan and South Korea, the shrewd winger made a number of appearances as a substitute, including a legendary display of last-minute waste of time against Turkey in the semifinals.

Somewhat tragically, the image of Denilson being chased into a corner by a Turkish back four, didn’t seem to catch team-mate Luizao’s attention to trigger a cross, but Denilson superbly managed to escape the pressure.

However, in 2003, Denilson played his last match for Brazil with a 0-0 draw even though it was only against China. The record-breaking winger was only 25 at the time.

At club level, the things that happened to him were even sadder. Denilson went on to complete his seven year long 10 year contract with Betis before taking part in brief spells with Bordeaux, Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia, FC Dallas in the USA, Palmeiras and Itumbiara in Brazil, Hai Phong in Vietnam and eventually playing for a club called Kavala. in Greece.

In 2009, Bolton Wanderers arranged a contract for the Brazilian, who was then 30 years old. However, turned down the opportunity for him permanently.

Perhaps most damningly, the decision was made not out of attitude or professionalism, but purely for football reasons.

“He’s a fantastic person and didn’t come here as the great Charlie. He blends in with other people, and if anyone calls me about giving him a reference, he’s got nothing but positives,” said Bolton coach Gary Megson at the time.

Bolton’s left-wingers at the time were Matty Taylor and Ricardo Gardner.

Looking back on the former Brazilian wonderkid’s career it is certainly difficult to say whether Denilson will thrive or flounder in today’s world of football.

On the one hand, it’s hard to imagine a left winger who is so great with his left foot that fits into the tactical system that most coaches implemented in 2018.

But, again, perhaps Betis in the late 1990s and early 2000s didn’t accommodate the winger’s talent in the best possible way.

Perhaps, Denilson will now be deployed as a right-sided forward, getting a better scoring position and improving that very modest goal tally. After all, the division between wingers and strikers became increasingly blurred in the old days of football, various positions could be filled by anyone as long as they were able to do so.

One thing is for sure, the latest version of the FIFA game series this century has offered more tricks that can be played in football matches because of its past prowess. Denilson will have five-star Skill Moves in the new FIFA series this year. It was for that one point that he could be considered quite a talented player.

(muhammad alkautsar/yul)

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