Top 10 Hardest Footballers Ever: Dave Mackay On Scary List With Arsenal, Liverpool & Man United Legends

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You wouldn’t want to go into a 50/50 with any of these…

Earlier, football mourned the loss of Tottenham, Hearts and Derby legend Dave Mackay, one of the game’s real hard men who would never pull out of a tackle or 50/50 challenge.

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In tribute to the tough tackling Scot, we have put together a list of the top 10 hardest footballers.

10. Patrick Vieira

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Picked up eight red cards and 77 yellows in a career when he was never far from trouble or on pitch spats. The Frenchman was undoubtedly talented, but once got sent off in a game in which he was returning from suspension for Arsenal.

9. Vinnie Jones

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Part of the Crazy Gang at Wimbledon who shocked Liverpool in the 1988 FA Cup final, Vinnie Jones was a tough tackler. Famously pictured grabbing Paul Gascoigne’s nether regions when the former England midfielder was at Newcastle.

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