In this article we discuss some of the nation’s favourite footballers and why we love them.
Certain football players hold a special place in our hearts for various reasons. In this article we will discuss some of the nation’s favourite footballers, and why we love them so much.
There are few players that are more famous than George Best. It has been argued that he is one of the most talented players of all time and he spent the majority of his time with Manchester United, being well renowned for his dribbling skills. He was also one of the first celebrity footballers due to his colourful playboy lifestyle. He had some personal issues which the public knew about (mainly alcoholism) – but he still remained a firm favourite with football fans everywhere. He achieved many accolades including IFFHS World Player of the year, on the shortlist for the Sports Personality of the Year – and was inducted in the Football Hall of Fame in 2002.
Nicknamed “Golden Balls” – David Beckham is somewhat of a nation’s favourite. He has played for some of the best teams in the world included Man United, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy and was Captain of the England team where he earned 58 caps. He retired in 2013, after 13 years in football where he scooped a total of 19 trophies. When he was playing for Man United, he helped the team to victory 6 times making him a sure bet on sites such as NetBet Sport. He was also one of footballs top earners and was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 2008. He is another celebrity footballer who gained even more attention when he married Spice Girl Victoria Beckham.
Paul Gascoigne has been in and out of the press for a lot more than just his football career. He is nicknamed “Gazza” – and earned a massive 57 caps when he played for England. He’s often been described as the most naturally talented footballer of his generation (much like Ronnie O’Sullivan is to Snooker) – and played for Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, Lazio – and then Glasgow Rangers. In the UEFA Euro 1996, he scored what is noted to be one of the most “iconic” goals in the entire history of football against Scotland. In the latter part of his career, he was severely affected by mental health issues and alcoholism but is still a much-loved football player.
Kenny Dalglish has made over 300 appearances when playing for Liverpool and Celtic having always been a firm favourite, managing to earn over 100 caps for Scotland. He won the FWA Footballer of the Year, PFA Player of the Year – and also managed to be inducted to Scotland and England’s Hall of Fame. Kenny Dalglish is also renowned for his managerial career. He has managed Liverpool, Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers and Celtic, before going back to Liverpool.
The common denominator when it comes to all of these players is that they have a vast amount of talent. This made them favourites amongst fans and still celebrated to this day.