The Premier League is never short of drama and controversy, with players remembered as much for their skill as their passion. However, some players walk a fine line between being committed and actually getting themselves committed.
In a special Halloween poll by Betfair to find football’s scariest players, footballing and Hollywood hard-man Vinnie Jones came out as the scariest player of all time. Ex-Crazy Gang man Vinnie won with a massive 33% of the vote, ahead the likes of Roy Keane (21%), Duncan Ferguson (14%) and Luis ‘The Vampire’ Suarez (5%).
When voting for Vinnie, perhaps the poll had taken heed of Sir Alex Ferguson’s recent analysis of Keane, “The hardest part of Roy’s body is his tongue”. As Gazza will testify, Jones’ clenched fists are far harder than Keane’s “acid tongue” or for that matter his “eyes narrowing to wee black beads”.
Clearly still hurt by Vinnie Jones’ treatment of ‘Gazza’ and his crown jewels, fans in the North East played a major part in getting him to the top of the rankings – 43% of those in the North East voted Jones as football’s scariest player.
Two of the Premier League’s most controversial current players, Luis Suarez and John Terry, came fourth and fifth respectively with only 5% and 4% of the overall vote. In a sign of the times, the Premier Leagues top three scariest players are all retired, proving modern footballers don’t strike quite the same fear into opponents as their predecessors.
As a mark of respect to the game’s scariest players, Betfair commissioned pumpkin carver extraordinaire Dave Finkle to carve the faces of those chosen as the fans’ fearsome favourites onto pumpkins, just in time for Halloween – just don’t go asking any of them “Trick or Treat”.
Betscare Poll – Top 5 Scariest Footballers
Vinnie Jones – 33%
Roy Keane – 21%
Duncan Ferguson – 14%
Luis Suarez – 5%
John Terry – 4%
· He may not be liked by many people outside Chelsea, but the former England captain’s all-action style and hard-man image are cultivated in playing on the limit of the rules. However, it is his off-pitch antics that probably scare fans and team mates the most.
The research was commissioned by Betfair and carried out by One Poll, among 1000 males aged 18-54.
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