5) Rio Ferdinand
Part of the most successful backline in recent years, Ferdinand formed a ferocious partnership with Nemanja Vidic, something which is now a benchmark with how new defensive partnerships are compared with. And post-retirement, Ferdinand has taken up the role of punditry for BT Sport. The former England international is a delight to watch at the popular BT Sports PL Tonight, often giving insights of the dressing room stories, like how he used to eat butter before each game, which became a ritual for him later. He also announced that his ambition of stepping in the boxing ring in the near future.
4) Roy Keane
One of football’s hardest guys, Roy Keane, was a popular and divisive figure in the Premier League during his time at Manchester United. He was never afraid of the hard tackles and held the Manchester United side together. Having won several titles with United, Keane is tailor-made for the punditry role. Moreover, his blatant criticisms add up to the role. He has often criticised the commercial side of football, while he has always been critical of Jose Mourinho. Along with Cantona, Keane is among the elite group of footballers who have publicly spoken of their disregard for Mourinho’s playing style.
3) Don Hutchinson
Don Hutchinson was a premier league man through and through, playing for the likes of West Ham United, Liverpool and arch rivals, Everton during his playing career. Unfortunately, his playing career was cut short after injuries caught up with him, and he eventually retired in 2008. He is now a popular figure on TV and is one of the pundits on the popular, Football Today, debate show. He has also started commentating in Premier league games. The Scottish is a no-nonsense analyst and is always forthright about his analysis of the players.
2) Jamie Carragher
The former Liverpool defender’s experience in the English football allowed him to settle much more smoothly in the new role. He has formed a very interesting partnership with former Manchester United defender, Gary Neville, on the much celebrated Sky Sports football show, Monday Night football. The duo are often mocking each other on twitter as well, which attracts the fans. In the era of social media, Carragher also faces wrath for some of his assertions. He has also interviewed the likes of Pardew, Klopp during his time with Sky Sports, and is often the face of the show in the absence of his partner, Gary Neville.
1) Gary Neville
The former Manchester United defender had quite a career in the Red jersey and was one of the most gritty players to dawn the shirt. And he has continued his fine presence in football world by taking up the punditry role for Sky Sports network. He is a prominent presence in the gantry as well when he teams up with the FIFA fans’ favourite, Martin Tyler, for the big games. Moreover, he also has his own show for Sky Sports, the Gary Neville Podcast. It is only understandable that a person with Gary Neville’s personality does not manage to stay away from football.