Having made a name for himself at Nantes, Deschamps arrived at Marseille with a burgeoning reputation. Yet, it was only after a loan spell with Bordeaux in the 1990/91 season that the ball-winning midfielder established himself on the South coast.
On his return to Marseille, Didier made an indelible mark on the history of the club, winning back-to-back Ligue 1 titles in 1991 and 1992 and the Champions League in 1993, making l’OM the only French club to do so.
Shortly afterwards, the Bianconeri came calling as Deschamps headed over the Alps to Turin where he cemented his place as one of Europe’s most decorated players and most dynamic defensive midfielders.
Brought to the club in 1994, Didier became an irreplaceable feature of Marcello Lippi’s team forming formidable partnerships with Antonio Conte and later Zinedine Zidane and Edgar Davids.
In the five years that followed, he continued his remarkable run of trophies, scooping up three Serie A titles, one Italian Cup, two Italian Super Cups, his second Champions League title in 1996 and an Intercontinental Cup later that year.