The Premier League's Greatest Ever Mavericks

The football season seems like a distant memory, but it's coming back. So to celebrate we thought we'd remind you of those players you just can't forget. 

The English Premier League is more than just a football competition: it is the nation's favourite drama, full of tales of preposterous personalities, silly hair and the odd geriatric prostitute, relayed via a ravenous press and devoured by devotees daily.

And as with all good stories, it's all about the characters - particularly the ones who seem to care the least. We like our heroes to think for themselves and, occasionally, to break into a women’s jail just to have a look round. We like the mad ones, the bad ones, and the dangerous to-bring-on-for-the-second-half ones.

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From the Crazy Gang to the Spice boys, the past two decades have given us plenty such men, so ahead of the start of the new season, we round up the Premier League’s greatest ever mavericks - may they never be forgotten, and may many others come to walk in their footsteps.