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.
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.
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.
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?