In pictures: BBC Sport's footballers of 2004
Ashley Cole

A stellar year for the Arsenal and England left-back won him plaudits for both club and country.

His performances at Euro 2004 were superb, culminating in a fascinating duel with Portugal's Ronaldo in the quarter-finals.

For Arsenal his contribution in defence and attack was awesome as the Gunners went on their incredible 49-game unbeaten run.

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