Alan Shearer has named Arsenal legend Tony Adams as the greatest centre-back to have played in the Premier League, ahead of Manchester United legendary defenders Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.
Asked to rank the Premier League’s best ever centre-backs, Shearer told BBC: “I would come off with cut eyes, a broken nose and cut lip after a game against [Tony Adams], but always shake hands.
“Not as good as Ferdinand at spraying the ball around but what a competitor.
“He was the best centre-half I’ve played against I think, in that era in terms of how aggressive you could be as a centre-half.
“He played in that back four that was unbelievable and had a great goalkeeper behind him.
“He was an unbelievable leader, organiser, tackler, he could play as well, he was tough. The best centre-half I’ve ever played against.”
Manchester United legend Ferdinand, a winner of multiple major honours including an incredible six Premier League titles and the Champions League, came in at third place for Shearer.
“A Rolls Royce of a centre-half – elegant, could bring the ball out with pace, could start the move, could stop the move, clever, could read the game,” Shearer said of Ferdinand.
Chelsea legend John Terry was came second ahead of Ferdinand.
Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk is the only current player on Shearer’s list, while Vincent Kompany, Nemanja Vidic, Marcel Desailly, Jaap Stam, Gary Pallister and Ricardo Carvalho make up the rest of his top 10.
Shearer’s top 10 best ever Premier League centre-backs:
10 Ricardo Carvalho
9 Gary Pallister
8 Jaap Stam
7 Marcel Desailly
6 Nemanja Vidic
5 Vincent Kompany
4 Virgil van Dijk
3 Rio Ferdinand
2 John Terry
1 Tony Adams