The Premier League GOAT #24: Gary Neville


These disclaimers will be disclosed weekly, so please take note of them before reading.

  1. The list mostly includes players from the 2000s & 2010s, with the exception of one or two. I did not think I could fairly compare players from the 90s that I’ve only watched on Youtube or read about.
  2. I wanted to include one player from at least every position, so there’s a good variety of players and not just forwards or midfielders.
  3. There is a difference between ‘best’ & ‘greatest’. Example: Wayne Rooney is in my opinion, the best player to ever play for Everton but he’s not their greatest ever player.

Please keep these disclaimers in mind! If you missed #25 please check it out below. 

G Nev

The undisputed, hands down greatest RB in the history of the Premier League, I don’t wanna hear names like Zabaleta , Ivanovic, or Sagna, they don’t come close. I said there will be one player from each position so there should be no complaints. He’s from the famous Class of 92, the best youth generation football has ever seen, that won a combined 120 trophies.

He was a true one club man, he didn’t go to LA or play for his rivals. He was a mainstay at RB for over 15 years in some of the greatest teams in football history. A right backs job is primarliy to defend and then to offer support to the attack, Neville did both of those roles immensely, nowadays you can get labelled the best right back ever without being able to make a standing tackle. He was a proper full back, a leader and a winner and that’s why he’s at #24!

Notable Achievements

His CV is stacked with team honors but it also includes various individual awards.

  1. Appeared in the PFA TOTY 5 times(the most appearances of any RB).
  2. 8 time premier league winner (the most of any RB).
  3. PFA Team of the Century (1997-2007)
  4. Premier League 10 seasons awards (92/93 – 01/02).
  5. Premier League 20 seasons awards (92/93 – 11/12)

Not to mention he’s got two Champions League titles, more than Terry, more than Gerrard, more than Frank, more than Cole.

CL Final 99
Moscow 08
“A huge career and fantastic achievements, that is what he has done.(Neville was the) best English right back, certainly – if you look at his record, he has won absolutely everything and the number of games he has played, he is without a doubt the best.”
Arsene Wenger
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Best Moments, Goals & Shots

Yep, you read that right, Gary Neville only managed 5 goals throughout his illustrious career and nobody wants to watch highlights of tackles so I’ve stuck a shot in here, and what a shot it was…

Funnily enough, of the 5 goals he scored throughout his career, 2 of them came in the same week…

The first against Leicester… 

And the second against Charlton..

What Utd fans loved about Neville was the passion and love for the club he had, and not like today’s players who get away with being poor players cause they have passion, he actually had genuine footballing ability and was a supreme defender but also loved the club to its core, as displayed in the media below…

Celebrating a late derby winner

This celebration actually ended up getting him a £5k fine but I’m sure he would do it all over again…

Another late derby winner
“Gary was the best English right-back of his generation. He is an example to any young professional; hard-working, loyal and intelligent. As a United fan born and bred, his fantastic career at Old Trafford has cemented his place in the affection of the club’s supporters everywhere.”
Sir Alex Ferguson


Jamie Carragher once said nobody grows up wanting to be a Gary Neville, I know where he was coming from since Neville wasn’t exactly the most teachcnially gifted player but I feel sometimes this narrative is overplayed, what Neville achieved in his career was immense, if it was as easy as people like to say it is, how come we don’t see most RBs today staying in the worlds best teams for 10 plus years, only the elites can do it, the Cafu’s, the Dani Alves’, the Neville’s . There have been many great Premier League RB’s but I don’t feel any of them played have the consistency, longevity and achievements of the great Gary Alexander Neville!

Thanks for reading!

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