PFA Footballer of the Year 1998
Dennis Bergkamp is a Dutch former professional footballer, who until 21 December 2017 was the assistant manager at Ajax. Originally a wide midfielder, Bergkamp was moved to main striker and then to second striker, where he remained throughout his playing career.
Joining Arsenal in 1995, he helped the club to win three Premier League titles, four FA Cup trophies, and reach the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final, which marked his last appearance as a player. With the Netherlands national team, Bergkamp surpassed Faas Wilkes's record to become the country's top goalscorer of all time in 1998. Bergkamp was awarded the 1998 PFA Players' Player of the Year award, becoming only the third non-British player to be recognised by his fellow professionals as the outstanding performer in English football.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of his generation, Bergkamp finished third twice in the FIFA World Player of the Year award and was selected by Pelé as one of the FIFA 100 greatest living players. In 2007, he was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame, the first and so far only Dutch player ever to receive such honour.
The Dennis Bergkamp shirt is made in halved colours of his club and country, wire woven gold and silver official Arsenal badge matched with the official badge of The Netherlands, the shirt has the Player signature digitised and embroidered on the shirt between the badges, the shirt is mounted on gold board within an archival quality sealed frame above a printed player profile personally signed by the Footballer of the Year, two photographs one portraying Dennis Begkamp in match action, the other a portrait of him receiving the PFA trophy. The frame measures 840mm wide x 1000mm high
To complete the framed shirt the logos of the PFA Centenary year and 4 Club & Country Ltd are included, each shirt has a separate certificate of authenticity signed by Mr Gordon Taylor, CEO of the Professional Footballers' Association and the manufacturers, 4 Club & Country Limited. This is the first time that the following has been brought together as part of one unique collection: official Club badge, official Country badge, player profile with players own signature, official PFA badge and authentication from Gordon Taylor, CEO of the PFA.
Only four of these PFA Centenary Collection shirt hve been made, or will ever be made, and this is a unique opportunity to own the last one. A piece of British sporting history which will appreciate in value. In 2007, Sotheby's of London estimated the value at auction to be £2,000 - £2,500.