The goalscorer. The maverick. The one-club man. Every membership and fan has a cult hero.
Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer and Micah Richards have been discussing Premier League cult heroes and what it takes to turn into one in the newest Match of the Day: Top 10 podcast.
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Faustino Asprilla (Shearer: tenth, Richards: tenth)
Colombia ahead Faustino Asprilla joined Newcastle United from Parma in February 1996 for £6.7m. He went on to attain 18 targets in 61 appearances for the Magpies, however the membership had been unable to win any trophies throughout his keep at the membership, earlier than he returned to Parma in January 1998.
Shearer: He was a pleasant lunatic – he was good and good for the dressing room as a result of he was a personality, he liked amusing and a joke. He may do no improper in the dressing room as a result of he did not communicate rather a lot of English.
I bear in mind one incident the place the clocks had been going to vary and I used to be final out of the dressing room on the Saturday and I mentioned to him ‘do not forget the clocks return’, however they had been truly going ahead. We had been in coaching the subsequent day and he rocks in an hour or two late and shouted at me in entrance of everybody.
Chris Waddle (Shearer: eighth, Richards: ninth)
Chris Waddle was a difficult winger and attacking midfielder who had spells at Newcastle and Tottenham earlier than the Premier League started in 1992. He was at French aspect Marseille when the new division was shaped and joined Sheffield Wednesday for £1.35m that summer season. He was half of the staff that completed runners-up in the FA Cup and League Cup in 1992-93 and he scored 13 occasions in 117 appearances in all competitions for the Owls.
Lineker: He did not appear to be a footballer however I liked taking part in with him. He was one of the most important causes I signed for Spurs after I left Barcelona. I did the deal and I used to be on vacation in the Caribbean and I obtained a telephone name from my agent saying that he’d been offered to Marseille for £15m. It was like somebody simply snatching 15 targets a season out of my pocket.
But he’s liked in Marseille, he is a correct cult hero there, he is one of their hottest gamers of their historical past. And he was the solely one who may share a room with Gazza!
Shearer: Wherever he has performed everybody talks very extremely of him.
David Ginola (Shearer: ninth, Richards sixth)
French winger and midfielder David Ginola joined Newcastle in 1995 from Paris St-Germain for £2.5m. He spent two seasons on the Tyne, scoring seven occasions and laying on 17 extra targets in all competitions. He joined Tottenham in 1997 the place he scored 15 targets and assisted eight earlier than spells at Aston Villa and Everton.
Richards: Beautiful wanting – he was good and simply so cool, so easy.
Lineker: I labored with him on the 1998 World Cup the place France received and he was neglected of the squad and it was an enormous deal he was neglected. I used to be in the floor doing pitch-side studies with Ginola and he did the greatest job ever of making an attempt to disguise that he was completely gutted to be lacking out on the World Cup profitable squad. I felt for him as a result of he needed to fake he was ecstatic, I’m certain he was happy for his nation, however inside you might inform he was gutted.
Shearer: He was irritating at occasions, however unbelievable capacity – he may twist and switch however after I made my run I wished to know the ball was coming in and typically it wasn’t. He’d been at Newcastle for 5 or 6 video games and no balls had been coming into the field for me so we had it out at half-time in the dressing room one recreation and after that it obtained higher.
Jay-Jay Okocha (Shearer: sixth, Richards: seventh)
Nigeria midfielder Jay-Jay Okocha joined Bolton on a free switch from PSG in 2002. He scored seven targets in his first season to steer the north-west membership away from the relegation zone and netted 18 in whole throughout his four-season keep. He captained the membership to their first cup remaining in 9 years, once they misplaced to Middlesbrough in the 2004 League Cup remaining.
Lineker: You would not see him as a Big Sam kind of participant, would you?
Richards: I’ve watched him rather a lot, he’d simply flick it over gamers’ heads and he was so calm with it, he is one of the most skilful I’ve seen and he is liked in Bolton. He probably may have gone in a bit greater however I feel there’s higher above him.
Shearer: He made the troublesome issues look straightforward – I have to’ve tried that flicking over heads one million occasions and it is by no means come off as soon as. Gifted, pure capacity, excellent participant.
Matt Le Tissier (Shearer: 2nd, Richards: eighth)
Matt Le Tissier joined Southampton on a YTS contract in 1985 and stayed at the Saints till 2002. The attacking midfielder scored 124 occasions in 334 video games for the membership – with 102 of them coming in the Premier League, together with 25 in the 93-94 season, and 20 the following season when he was named in the Premier League staff of the season.
Shearer: He was so laid again and the capacity that he had, left foot proper foot, contact, method, management, all the pieces. He liked taking part in beneath Alan Ball as a result of he constructed the staff round him.
I used to be fortunate sufficient to play with him at Southampton. He was laid again and he had a lot pure capacity. He was so loyal to Southampton, it was his soccer membership and that is why he is liked by the followers.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Shearer: 4th, Richards: fifth)
Norway striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer joined Manchester United for £2.25m in 1996 and went on to attain 126 targets, and lay on one other 50, in 365 video games for the Reds. He scored the profitable objective in the 1999 Champions League remaining towards Bayern Munich, which sealed the Treble for Sir Alex Ferguson’s aspect. He received six Premier League titles throughout his 10-season keep at Old Trafford.
Lineker: I’m stunned he is on this record, he isn’t an enormous character – a top-class striker, of course, however he isn’t a form of mad character.
Shearer: What you do at that individual soccer membership and the way vital it’s determines who you’re and that objective he scored for Man United in the 1999 Champions League remaining and the half he performed in that – the followers nonetheless sing his identify now as a result of of what he did as a participant.
When you have a look at the quantity of gamers that membership have had, for them to nonetheless sing his identify as a result of of what he did as a participant… But as a supervisor, that trophy must come fairly quickly for him although.
Richards: Man United had a bit of a sticky patch they usually had been proper to stick with him – I feel he is doing very properly however now he has to get extra respect for his techniques. But when you think about the quantity of issues he had when he took over, he has galvanised them.
Paolo di Canio (Shearer: fifth, Richards: 4th)
Italy ahead Paolo di Canio first got here to the Premier League in 1997, when he joined Sheffield Wednesday on a free switch from Celtic. He scored 15 Premier League targets for the Owls in 41 video games earlier than a £2m transfer to West Ham in January 1999. He scored 51 targets in all competitions for the Hammers in 4 and a half seasons earlier than spending a yr at Charlton.
Shearer: I feel he would have been very attention-grabbing in the dressing room, however Ian Wright all the time says he was an amazing skilled. Apparently he was instructor’s pet with Harry Redknapp at West Ham. Harry signed so many gamers like that who weren’t straightforward to handle, Harry discovered a knack of doing it. But a really, superb participant.
Richards: When he pushed the referee it was hilarious. He should’ve been despatched off for that? Nonsense.
Mario Balotelli (Shearer: seventh, Richards: 1st)
Italy striker Mario Balotelli joined Manchester City from Inter Milan for £26.5m in August 2010. He reunited with former boss Roberto Mancini and scored 30 targets in 80 video games for the membership, and was half of the staff that received the FA Cup and Premier League. He additionally spent a season at Liverpool, scoring 4 occasions.
Richards: He’s good, I’m all the time reluctant to inform tales about him as a result of he is nonetheless taking part in. But the firework story – he set off the firework and burnt down his personal home – however that wasn’t the solely time he had performed it. He got here to do it at my home and chased me round my home with fireworks which had been lit. I could not imagine it – it sounds ridiculous.
He was loopy in a great way – he was solely 18 when he got here to Man City, he was simply messing round. He was good to have round the squad – a cult hero not only for the nonsense he did off the area however on it as properly. The solely help he obtained was that one for Sergio Aguero in the Queens Park Rangers title-winning recreation, he scored two targets in the 6-1 towards Man United and the followers now love him.
The smartest thing about him is he is a beautiful man, he isn’t boastful or how the papers attempt to understand him, he is only a bit mad.
Paul Gascoigne (Shearer: third, Richards third)
Attacking midfielder Paul Gascoigne performed most of his soccer in England earlier than the Premier League started in 1992. He scored 25 targets in 104 video games for Newcastle, earlier than a £4.68m transfer to Tottenham the place he netted 33 occasions in 112 video games. He moved to Lazio in 1992 earlier than spells at Middlesbrough and Everton in the Premier League.
Shearer: Wherever he has performed, everybody has fond recollections of him and tales about him. He would’ve been a nightmare to have each week at your membership. It was all proper for me as a result of I solely noticed him taking part in for England, I could not put up with him each week – and my room was two doorways down from Gazza and I used to ask to maneuver as a result of I may hear him up in the night time!
Lineker: I performed with him for 3 years and there wasn’t a day glided by with out one thing ludicrous occurring or some sensible joke. Gazza was so humorous however there was a line, and he would cross it, after which cross it once more. He was all the time so hilarious and everybody has so many tales.
The first time he was with the England squad, we had a golf day which all of us needed to go to the dinner for after which was a bit of a ache, we had been all sat spherical and the golf membership chairman did a speech for about 10 minutes and all of us simply wished to get again to the rooms. But when he’d completed speaking, Gazza stood up and did 40 minutes’ stand-up and he was hilarious, telling jokes and tales and that was his first time in the England squad!
Eric Cantona (Shearer: 1st, Richards: 2nd)
France ahead Eric Cantona first got here to England when he joined Leeds for £1.35m in 1991. He scored 13 occasions in 30 video games for the Yorkshire membership earlier than a £1.62m transfer to Manchester United in November 1992. He scored 81 occasions in 180 video games for the Reds and received six main honours together with 4 Premier League trophies.
Lineker: Of course there was the speech to the media about seagulls following the trawler.
Alan and I performed towards Cantona for England at Wembley, Alan scored in the first half and I scored in the second and it was when France had been on a long term beneath Michel Platini.
Shearer: If you’ve got obtained the balls to go and soar ft first into the crowd when somebody’s abusing you, you have to be barely bonkers. But in phrases of the followers loving him and what he did for the membership, he helped to vary Man United and everybody regarded as much as him, he was their chief.
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