Throughout the years we have seen players of sublime skill and touch, players that’s score a mountain of goals and players that seem to take the phrase ‘contact sport’ to a whole new level. Here are the top 5 hardmen of football.
5. Roy Keane
Loved a meaty tackle and was a bit nuts, one time alcoholic and boxer, I’m sure Fergie would have thought twice about giving him the hairdryer treatment. Beware: Keane holds a grudge, as we will see below.
4. Billy Bremner
A small ginger Scottish man from a council estate in Stirling… nuff said. Once described in a Sunday Times headline as ‘10st of barbed wire.’
3. Claudio Gentile
Gentile famously quipped, “Football is not for ballerinas!” Ironic he was called Gentile given the nature of his game.
2. Stuart Pearce
A hardman who played on with a broken leg and sported the nickname ‘psycho’, and became angry very easily.
1. Andoni Goikoetxea
The Butcher of Bilbao, standing well over six feet, solid in stature and with Basque Country blood running through his veins, he was not a man to be crossed. Pride of place in his living room was a glass case, containing one football boot. The boot he had used to destroy Diego Maradona’s ankle ligaments.
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