Register Login Scores

Fan Park

Players Who’ve Kept Their Style ‘Old School’

In football today, there are very few players who play will the similar flair like the stars that we saw years ago. Think of players like Patrick Vieira and Paolo Maldini to name a few...

Today, the Fan Park crew takes a look at some players who remind us of previous eras... Of footballers who play with an ‘old school’ style.

Thomas Muller

The German international and Bayern Munich player burst onto the scene at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, quickly becoming one of his country’s most important players. Muller doesn’t have the pace of Cristiano Ronaldo, and ball control of Lionel Messi, but it’s his work-ethic and determination has earned him a spot on our list. With his high-waisted shorts, and with socks that sit just above his shins, he is the mirror image of what we saw from players in the 80’s and 90’s, who are complimented by more technical players around him.

Xavi Hernandez

The Spaniard is another one of our ‘old school’ players, and that’s probably because he’s been around since 1997. Xavi has played alongside several greats in his career, some flashy, and some who provide the cameras with some slick moves, but he has always stuck to his own style. You rarely see the retired international doing over-the-top celebrations, nor do you see him getting too involved with the media, but he rather chooses to go about his football quietly, and brilliantly.

Andrea Pirlo

The Italian maestro has almost stayed the same type of player since his breakthrough at Inter Milan as a 17-year-old youngster. Although he did more running back then, it’s Pirlo’s simple style of play is what separates him from some of today’s footballers. Pirlo has played with some of Italy’s past greats, but even with the more skilful and quick players around him in recent years, he seems to have adapted to that style perfectly, all while keeping his own brand of football fresh.

Which others do you believe still play with an ‘old school’ style? 


Top 5

Chiefs Now In Two Minds About Gamildien

68 Jun 15, 2021 09:50 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Players Who Lied About Their Age

41 Jun 04, 2021 07:26 PM in World News

Ex-Chiefs Player To Make R25M Move

29 Jun 14, 2021 11:28 AM in Siyagobhoza

The 10 Highest-Paid Players Over Past Year, African Superstar Features

Jun 02, 2021 09:31 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Setlhodi Lashes Out At Hunt For Chiefs Failure

162 Jun 14, 2021 11:52 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

8 Soldiers Left Behind As Chiefs Prepare For War

114 Jun 17, 2021 04:38 PM in Soccer 6

Ramos Names Two Clubs He Won't Join After Real Exit

13 Jun 18, 2021 09:26 AM in LaLiga

Chiefs Now In Two Minds About Gamildien

68 Jun 15, 2021 09:50 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Pirates Comment On Komphela To Bucs Reports

38 Jun 18, 2021 11:42 AM in Orlando Pirates

Secret Agent Comments On Chiefs Overhaul

33 Jun 17, 2021 02:06 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Another Coach Linked To Bucs Job

38 Jun 14, 2021 10:40 AM in Orlando Pirates

The Highest-Paid African Stars In The EPL

19 Feb 02, 2021 07:14 PM in English Premier League

Star Striker’s Future Decided

12 Jun 14, 2021 08:50 AM in PSL

12 Players Who Went Bankrupt

23 Dec 07, 2020 12:34 PM in World News

One-Year Turkish Deal For SA Striker?

1 Jun 14, 2021 03:55 PM in Siyagobhoza