Jay-Jay Okocha, so good they named him twice.
It was the summer of 2002, and I had just developed a true love & passion for the game. The World Cup was held in Korea/Japan, meaning the games were broadcast at odd hours in the morning. Being 17 years old, I was able to adjust my schedule to wake up at 3AM and watch most of the matches. It was June 2nd, Argentina squares off against Nigeria. I had known most of the Argentine players from the FIFA video game. Names as Verone, Batistuta, Ortega, Lopez all were on the pitch. But, it was a player from Nigeria that captured my attentions. Jay-Jay Okocha was running the show from his midfield spot. With his stepovers, flicks, tricks, and a cannon of a shot he was the first player I had ever been in awe of their ability. Argentina ended up winning the match 1 -0, but I had found my first favorite player.
Later Becks, see ya Keano! (excuse the poor quality gif please)