Whether you’re a football fan or not, it’s a safe bet that at some point in your life, you’ve seen a football player overreact to a tackle and go to the ground in tears. It happens a lot. Much of the time, the player writhing around on the floor in alleged ‘agony’ is hamming it up for the ref, to get a decision to go their way.
If you’re a fan watching with a non-fan, this can be embarrassing. For someone who doesn’t normally watch football, this might be construed as a sign that the beautiful game is all about crying and full of softies.
But let me tell you, it isn’t. For every striker leaping to the floor and wincing after a light tap on the shin, there’s a genuine hard man ready to muscle people off the ball in the most unpleasant manner possible, leaving their victim in need of some serious pain relief.
Here’s an introduction to some of the hardest blokes ever to lace up a pair of footie boots
You might not remember it or even have been around when it happened, but former England central defender Terry Butcher will always be remembered for sustaining a nasty cut to the head during a game against Sweden. The gash required stitches, but this didn’t stop Butcher. The medic sewed him up, wrapped a bandage around his head and he played on. With his head still bleeding, the bandage, and the white England shirt he was wearing, weren’t so white by the end of the match.
Don’t mess with this guy. Known by some as ‘Duncan Disorderly’, Ferguson was a hard man on and off the pitch. Ferguson even ended up in prison once, as well as being banned for 12 games, after head-butting another player in a match in Scotland. When two burglars in 2001 made the very bold move of attempting to rob Ferguson’s house, Big Duncan caught them, and although one managed to escape, the other wound up in hospital for three days.
It isn’t an accident that this former Wimbledon captain has managed to land so many hard man roles in the movies. Vinnie picked up no less than 12 red cards during his playing career, and was feared by many. And who can forget the frightening image of him crushing Gazza’s… erm… manhood?
Considered one of the all-time greats by many and not just the supporters of his former club Manchester United, Roy Keane was a general of the football field – but he was ruthless as well. Known for his hard and aggressive style of play, Keane’s most notable altercation was his ‘revenge tackle’ on Alf-Inge Håland during a derby in 2003. The City player didn’t play many more matches after that.
If you were to watch a compilation of the hardest tackles of the 1980s, it’s likely that the majority will show Souness as their executor. He took this hard man mentality into his managerial style in later years, and was known for putting his players in their place when necessary.
This article is written by Adam who was recently prescribed Cialis by his doctor after being treated for a condition he has had for many years but wasn’t confident enough until now to see a doctor. In addition to this, he was asked to keep fit by taking part in football to better his poor health. In his free time, he loves to visit Japan with his beautiful wife.