This one’s for the bruisers. The men who are all elbows. Those who might not have yard of pace – but do have a fistful of your shirt, thank-you-very-much.
Those who let you know they’re there. Who leave a mark. Who make sure you’ll feel that in the morning. The men without fear. Who put a name on it, no matter who's in their way. Who get there somehow. The cynical, the tactical, the illicit. Those who have no time to think of the children watching.
Call them throwbacks, call them thugs; just don’t call them ineffective.
Here’s to you, the bruisers.
Anyway, here’s the 40 players with the most Premier League fouls. An asterisk means they’re still plying their trade/ploughing opponents in the top flight, and we’re giving you eight minutes to name as many as you can.
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