Footballers that you like after they retired

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    prath92 Full Member

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    in the sense, you never thought they were particularly great or you really hated them when they played but looking back, you realise now how good they were. Can be both united player or player of another club

    I never thought Bergkamp was all that great (he was reaching his ending years when I started watching the PL in fairness) but looking at his skills now, it’s outrageous.
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    Lord SInister Full Member

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    I kinda always underrated Carlos, because after he lost his pace, he was mostly terrible in the back, and not contributing offensively as he used to during his prime.
    But after his retirement, I started appreciating him more, because of the way he and Cafu, kinda revolutionized the wing back position.
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    Henry is very likeable now.
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    Yeah I feel that too. But then I always felt he was extraordinary. I hated him only because he played for arsenal
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    milemuncher777 formerly kid777

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    Carragher
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    Thunderhead Full Member

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    From United Beckham and Gary Neville, I always liked Keane and Scholes but couldn't stand most of the other players and still don't.
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    Carragher is definitely a good shout, not so much because he was a particularly brilliant defender, but he seems like a decent bloke in general. Apparently when he was playing he used to get the mick taken out of him because he'd arrive for training in tracksuit trousers and old brogues with his boots in a Tesco plastic bag. Excellent.
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    As a player at his peak he was impossible not to appreciate. i still think this goal is severely underrated in an all time context;



    Somehow, this didn't even break the top 30 when SKY did their best goals in the premier league special back in the mid 2000s.

    Since retiring, he's had such a strange arch in the media. I remember that when he started, he was absolutely horrible to watch on television, and it was like he was trying to fit in to the role too much instead of being himself. Now that he's more comfortable he just comes across so well, and is clearly so passionate for the game. Plus he's evidently a massive Man Utd fan, which helps.
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    @prath92 @Arbitrium of course he was extraordinary, but I never liked him, for obvious reasons. Always dreaded when we played against him. But now I genuinely like him - and not only his football highlights, but also his off the pitch personality.

    Bergkamp is exactly the opposite for me — someone I was always in awe of, despite him playing for Arsenal. I guess being Dutch also mattered — always liked them and never quite liked the French teams.
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    red_devil83 New Member

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    Another vote for Carragher
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    Dancfc Full Member

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    Easier to admire when he's not facing your team twice a season anymore.
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    I like laughing at Martin Keown, does that count.
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    Kevinb5555 New Member

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    gotta be Carragher. He is our version of Gary Neville neither exceptionally talented but both bleed their team's colours and always gave you 100% no matter what.
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    Henry, Lampard & Drogba (he's basically retired)
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    Lampard
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    VeevaVee despite the protests, wears Ugg boots Scout

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    Carragher and Lampard seem like a decent laugh. Most people will strongly disagree, but I hated Savage when he was playing, but don't mind him now.
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    a_devil_inside Big footed hermaphrodite

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    Carragher, Dixon and Keown are decent pundits.
    Playing wise I'd say Petit. Always thought he was over rated alongside the other French players.
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    I'd argue that's because both Liverpool and Manchester play in red :smirk::p
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    Kevinb5555 New Member

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    Yes poor choice of metaphor i do agree :)
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    Vieira after that interview with Keane.
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    Also when he's not doing the 'shush' goal celebration anymore.
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    Carragher gets far too defensive sometime, still rate Neville over him but when it comes to English players, Neville is a joke.
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    Find Shearer mostly boring as hell, but I don't hate him like I used to when he played.
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    drdoityourself Full Member

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    Teddy Sheringham as a player. Was too young probably to see how good he was in his link up play. Used to have share a loud moan with my family if he was picked over Solskjaer, Cole or Yorke.
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    If we’re talking about them as people, John Barnes is on South African television quite a lot and seems very likeable.

    Not that I ever disliked him but I was a bit of a latecomer to football and missed most of his playing years.
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    Kentonio Full Member Scout

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    Used to hate Gary Neville, but since he became a pundit I've come to massively respect him and also really like him too.
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    McGrathsipan Full Member

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    He isnt.

    Cheating Cnut
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    Lampard. Speaks a lot of sense and articulately so for a fat cockney.
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    Oliver Kahn was a bit of a madman while an active player (great player and club legend nevertheless), he has become more settled and likeable as a pundit.
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    Oh, yeah - forgot about the Irish. Can completely understand your sentiment but personally I do not feel the same way.
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    Definitely Carragher and Henry for me. Both come across really well, like sound blokes all round and very good pundits.

    Saying that I know the Irish won't be too fond of him though.
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    OnlyTwoDaSilvas Gullible

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    Came here to say that. Quite like him as a pundit. He seemed like a good guy when he was at City, too. I'd heard people used to see him about town a fair bit and he was always a proper nice guy. I'd heard he used to give away his family tickets to City fans too.

    He was probably always a nice lad, but since he played for that Chelsea side with Terry and Drogba and the likes, he was guilty by association. I never really hated him, but certainly had no positive feeling towards him either.


    That said, after despising Drogba back when he was a total diver, he became more likable to me in his later years, though I don't quite know why.
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    DWelbz19 Correctly predicted Portugal to win Euro 2016

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    Bellamy feels a lot less like rat when I see him in a suit doing punditry. I've grown to like Carragher and Henry as well, MNF is great at making its presenters look good.
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    kahn and his antics pissed me off so much

    now I kinda appreciate his passion in hindsight

    one hell of a player to have on your team
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    roonster09 Correctly predicted France to win World Cup 2018 Scout

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    Henry. Best player for our biggest title rival but since he started as pundit, he looks like a ManUtd fan.
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    2 man midfield Incestuous Modern Woman (Dumper!)

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    Yeah same for me with Drogba. I think once news got out just how much he does for charity he became instantly likeable. Plus his appearances on things like Graham Norton added a human side to a formerly 2D villain, which I also think helps the case of pundits like Carragher and Henry.

    Of course, the fact he was no longer banging them in for our main title rival helped.
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    Gatti33 New Member

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    I just think he's close/personal friends with some of the players. Lukaku due to working as a coach for Belgium, pogba due to the French link (in that ibra interview, when pogba leaves he tells him in French "I'll see you at house later" and he seems to have a good relationship with ibra.

    Going back to the original question, I'd love to see Pavel Nedved play now. The guy had it all, in his prime he would walk into any team now.