April 16th, 2009
The TTO: David Ginola v Alan Shearer
What’s a Newcastle-themed Thursday Thigh Off worth without these two golden oldies? Soz Smudger and Mikey O, you’ll have to wait until next time.
In 1995, David came to Newcastle in a £2.5 million deal from Paris St. Germain. A winger who brought a massive ego as well as talent to the Premier League, David had insane amounts of game on and off the pitch. Honestly, women of all ages were losing their minds over Dah-veed. Think of the Beckham pandemonium and then combine it with a little Cristiano crazy and you’re not even halfway there. Back in 2001 a poll of British women decided that the perfect man would have Mr. G’s hair (and, ironically, David Beckham’s legs).
Footballers doing commercials is no biggie now, but when David did his series of “Because I’m worth it” L’Oreal adverts, it was major news. Men loved to hate, women loved to love. His biography was titled, “Le Magnifique”.
What’s this modest silver fox up to now? He’s gone into acting and making (award-winning) wine.
A year after Ginola joined Newcastle, Alan Shearer came along, signing for £15 million, which broke signing fee records around the world at the time. Obviously, this fact alone makes his thighs worthy of consideration.
Other relevant Shearer info: he hasn’t had any hair since 1982, he recently took on one of the toughest jobs in the Prem, coaching the Magpies, and in his heyday he was one of the best strikers on the planet. Shearer’s won a ton of accolades including PFA Player of the Year (twice), top goal scorer in Euro 1996, and he’s the Premier League’s top scoring striker, ever.
We reckon if Michael Owen ever gets injured again, Shearer could easily jump on the pitch and run for 90 minutes flat. We believe in his thighs that much. His coaching ability… remains to be seen.
Who gets your vote for the best old school thighs this week?
Congratulations to Armand Traore, who scored more votes than Sylvain Distin in last week’s truly impressive competition. Better luck next time, Choco-Thunder. Next week: Real Madrid!