One of European football’s most iconic characters has to be Roy Keane.
The Irish midfielder has done it all in his career, which was largely spent bossing the center of the park for Manchester United alongside legends such as Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs.
Keane may have been an exceptional footballer, but his antics on and off the field are the ones that have earned him notoriety.
One such incident is recalled by former Manchester United full-back Gabriel Heinze to Argentine television. The Argentinian spent a brief amount of time at United under Sir Alex Ferguson in the mid 2000s, and happened to be in a team that was led by Roy Keane.
Heinze’s experience confronting Keane after a match is hilarious and unnerving to say the very least. He reveals: “We lost a game and I went in the dressing room first and Roy Keane was second. I liked to go first after the game; I didn’t want to speak to anyone as we lost.
“I didn’t understand English, just the bad words. I heard my name and “f*** off” by Roy Keane, the best player. I knew that was bad so I stood up to him, this idol of Manchester, this great guy who everyone loved, and replied: “F*** off, you”. I don’t remember what happened next.”
What happened next, as Heinze agreed, was that the left-back was simply knocked out by the legendary skipper of the Red Devils, teaching him a lesson that the defender will perhaps never forget.
Despite the incident, however, Keane did admit in his autobiography that he liked Heinze, even referring to him as a “a good guy” and a “nasty f***er” – the latter in relation to a training session challenge that left Keano with a limp in his leg.
All in good fun, of course, but how United fans wish they could have a character like Roy Keane back in the dressing room now, given the current circumstances.