The decade of the '90s saw French and Brazilian players shine on the world stage. Overall, they had some of the best players of the era. However, there were also a few other notable talents who were great players of the era.
The Brazilian soccer striker Ronaldo was the top striker of the era. Ronaldo first came to prominence with PSV Eindhoven, where his fantastic pace, dribbling, and shooting skills were notable. Then, he starred for Barcelona where he scored 34 goals for the club in 37 games, winning the Cup Winners Cup. As one of the top strikers in the game, he was then also World Player of the Year in '96. In the World Cup, Ronaldo broke into the Brazil national team and scored a number of goals for them, including four in the '98 World Cup finals - although Brazil still finished runners-up to France in the final.
Zidane was an influential play-maker for France. Perhaps their best player since Platini, in the 1998 World Cup he scored two goals in the final to win the World Cup with France. In addition to this, Zidane was Fifa World Player of the Year in 1998. At club level, Zidane played his best games for Juvenuts in the '90s, where he won the Serie A championship twice.
Before Ronaldo, Romario was Brazil's most potent forward player. This was particularly the case in 1994, where he played a starring role in the Brazil team that would win the World Cup. Here, Romario scored 5 goals in the World Cup, and won the World Cup Golden Ball award as the best player of the championship. In addition to this, Romario also won the Fifa World Player of the Year award in 1994. At club level, Romario starred for Cruyff's great Barcelona teams, where he scored 34 goals, won won La-Liga title and also reached the European Cup final.
Maldini was perhaps the best defender in the game during the '90s. At club level, he played all his games for AC-Milan, and was a great defender for the team. Either as full-back or centre back, Maldini played a record number of games for his club. As such, for his loyalty he won two Champions League titles during the period, and 5 Serie A titles. At international level, Maldini also played a lot of games for Italy, and was a player-captain for his national team. In 1994, Italy reached the final of the World Cup, and Maldini was considered as one of the best players of the championship being included in the Fifa 1994 Team of the Tournament.
Overall, these are four great players of the 1990s. They include the Brazilian stars of Ronaldo and Romario, who both reached the World Cup final with Brazil and scored a number of goals between them at international level. In addition to this, the influential French midfield player Zidane, and the centre-back Maldini also starred in the Fifa World Cup for France and Italy.