Former Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer says Arsenal hero Tony Adams was the best centre-back he has ever played against, according to his regular column for betting website Coral.
Shearer was a natural goalscorer, netting a total of 283 league goals. Yet he was also a real warrior as a centre-forward, consistently finding himself in the wars with fellow central defenders.
Writing in his column for Coral, Shearer says former Arsenal centre-back Adams was the very best opponent he had faced and highlighted the now 49-year-old’s organisation and leadership abilities.
"Tony Adams was the best centre-half I ever played with and against. He was a great leader and organiser and we had some great battles over the years," Shearer explained.
"He used to kick me and I used to kick him but, at the end of the game, we always used to shake hands. That is what I liked about him, he was a good old fashioned centre-half, who also pulled his team together."
Adams enjoyed a highly successful playing career in north London, helping the Gunners win four top-flight titles, three FA Cups, two League Cups and a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.
His success prompted Arsenal to erect a statue of him at the Emirates Stadium in 2011, alongside other renowned figures such as Thierry Henry and Herbert Chapman.
Adams was also capped 66 times by England, a figure testament to his ability at the back.
After hanging up his boots, Adams had short managerial stints at Wycombe and Portsmouth before seeking other ventures including a possible Aston Villa takeover last May, reported by the Mirror.