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5 most polarising players of all time in the Premier League

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Roy Keane was one of the most polarising figures in the Premier League

Polarising footballers – or marmite footballers as the English care to say – have caused quite a stir in the Premier League in recent times. In fact, their acquisition to the English game has proven invaluable but just who are the ones that top the list?

For almost three decades, fans have witnessed these players at their best and worst.

Some have succeeded and won a number of trophies, others have been blamed for their side's demise, but one thing they can all agree on is that the overall opinion of them is still divided to this day.

Also read: 5 footballers fans have a love/hate relationship with

Bad behaviour, splendid goals, stunning leadership, but above all their skills were showcased for all to witness on a weekly basis. But who is the most polarising player in the Premier League era? Here's a countdown of the five players who divided opinion the most.

#5 Roy Keane – Nottingham Forest/Manchester United

Irishman Roy Keane was the standout talent for Nottingham Forest during their relegation from the Premier League in 1992/1993. The player moved to Manchester United where he became an integral part of the club's success over the next decade.

Keane went on to win seven Premier League medals during his time at Old Trafford and captained United following the departure of Eric Cantona. 

Unfortunately for Roy, he divided opinion – even amongst United fans – not only for his no-nonsense tackling but also his inability to keep his mouth shut.

Keane famously battled with Alf-Inge Haaland during his time at Leeds United ultimately suffering a long-term knee injury in 1998. Keane took revenge three years later in the Manchester Derby when he deliberately tackled Haaland in a brutal manner - practically ending the Norweigan's career.


Whether you love him or hate him, Keane was one of the finest midfielders of his generation.

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