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