The former Manchester United and Everton player turned pundit has often lived in the shadow of his brother Gary.
Mistakes in an England shirt saw Phil labelled as something of a liability for a large spell of his career.
But a move to Everton helped him restore his reputation as he proved a crucial player in a variety of positions during David Moyes' time at Goodison Park.
Neville went on to captain the Toffees and was well respected by supporters, not least for his famously full-blooded display against his old Manchester United teammates.
However, what supporters did not know is that Neville came close to a move to Tottenham Hotspur.
"I had an offer to go to Tottenham in the January," Neville told Geoff Shreeves on Debate.
"Tottenham came in on January 3rd, they didn't bid much money, we were waiting, it came to the last day (of the transfer window) and I'll be honest with you the middle man, one of the agents in the deal, said 'Don't board the bus to the game, be bad in training, go around the place with a sulk on your face, play up basically.
"I just couldn't do that and ultimately I'm probably glad that the move didn't go through because I wasn't prepared to do that to get the move to go through.
"No (regrets), but I regret getting into talks because ultimately at the start I said to myself if Tottenham come in and Everton want to sell me I'll go.
"The month (of carry on in between) I regret because it almost cost me my relationship with the club."
Quite what Spurs fans will make of Neville's revelation is anyone's guess as he is a player that polarised opinion.
Neville in action against Spurs during his Everton days
Neville was very much one of those players who supporters loved when they played for your club but otherwise ridiculed.
Neville was discussing Spurs as he predicted Ross Barkley would sign for the North Londoners from his old club.
And the former defender-cum-midfielder also said Mauricio Pochettino was the best manager in the Premier League but feels his side could miss out on the top four because of the move to Wembley.