x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 January 2018

10 who made an impression on the MLS

From the busts such as Lothar Matthaus to the best such as Bulgaria's Hristo Stoichkov.

Lothar Matthaus, Germany The 1991 Fifa Player of the Year played 16 goalless matches with the MetroStars, who improved considerably the moment he left. David Beckham, England Only seven goals in 41 appearances with the Los Angeles Galaxy in three seasons while "earning" US$6.5 million (Dh23.8m) per year. Denilson, Brazil Netted $870,000 for a paltry return of two goals in 11 matches for Dallas. Youri Djorkaeff, France Showed his commitment to MLS when he left for France in the middle of the 2006 season for family reasons. Days later, he was seen in the crowd of the France-Brazil match at the World Cup. Walter Zenga, Italy The keeper is best remembered for celebrating a 1997 goal for the Revolution by running to the touchline to kiss his girlfriend; the opposition narrowly missed scoring into an empty net. Marcelo Gallardo, Argentina Former Monaco midfielder took $1.87m in return for 15 appearances and four goals with DC United in 2008.

Peter Novak, Poland Led Chicago to the championship in 1998 and was named in the MLS all-time First XI in 2005. Hristo Stoichkov, Bulgaria The two-time runner-up for Fifa Player of the Year scored 22 goals in 71 appearances in the MLS for Chicago. John Spencer, Scotland Ex-Chelsea forward fired 37 goals in 88 games for Colorado from 2001 to 2004. Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Argentina In his first full MLS season, the little midfielder led Columbus to the 2008 championship and was the league's MVP as well.