The Premier League’s Best Cult Heroes

by Aidan Jenner

Today is a very special day in the calendar if you’re a Middlesbrough fan. But to be honest if you’ve been a fan of the Premiership for a while it’s an occasion that you’ll want to take notice of. What’s so special about today you ask? Well it’s Juninho Paulista’s birthday of course The diminutive Brazilian lit up the Prem following his strange decision to head to Teeside over a number of European giants. A player with immense skill on the ball, Borough fans took him into their hearts and he remains a fan favourite. To celebrate his birthday, we’ve put together a list of the Premierships finest cult heroes. Here goes. 

Shola Ameobi

Now we’re not sure exactly what it was that gave Shola his cult hero status, and to be honest your guess is about as good as ours. But he was a cult hero nonetheless. Shola was a distinctly average player who scored fifty goals in over three hundred appearances for Newcastle but the long limbed Nigerian is revered by many fans on Tyneside. 

Luis Boa Morte

A bit of a journeyman who played for Arsenal, West Ham and Fulham amongst others, he was well thought of at most teams he played for. Had a strong impact at Fulham where he was loved for his passion. 

Giorgos Karagounis

To be honest we could’ve had an entire list made up of Fulham players. They had an eye for a cult hero. But the second player from the club on the list is Giorgos Karagounis. The aging greek midfielder joined the club in 2012 and became an instant hit with the fans with his undoubted class.  

Paulo Wanchope

Sometimes a player arrives and feels so fresh and different that he’s bound to be a cult hero. Paulo Wanchope was one of those. As one of the first Costa Ricans in the prem he did some serious damage, scoring a shed load of goals. He’s fondly remembered at Derby, West Ham and Man City.  

Ivan Campo 

Sam Allardyce assembled quite some team at Bolton. There were a few veterans that made that side but Ivan Campo was the obvious cult hero. He had David Luiz’ hair long before David Luiz did and he wasn’t a half bad player either.  

Jason Lee

He’s got a pineapple on his head…he’s got a pineapple on his head. Need we say anymore.  

Duncan Ferguson

Everton’s scary Scottish forward gained cult hero status for his short temper and large frame. You wouldn’t want him in a scrap. He’s coaching now and we’re told he’s got a much softer approach 

Peter Crouch 

From one big man to the next, it’s fair to say Peter Crouch has become a cult hero for all fans during his time in the Prem. Now at Burnley he’s still getting a goal here and there and his robot celebration has gone down in history. 

Tugay Kerimoglu

Tugay is a legend over in Blackburn. He joined the Lancashire club in the twilight of his career but he made a name for himself with a series of long range efforts and his solid performances despite being as old as 38 during his time at Ewood park. 

Nolberto Solano

It’s another one from Tyneside. Affectionately known as Nobby Solano the Peruvian was a fan favourite at both Newcastle and West Ham where his tricky playing style entertained everyone. He was humble and skilful in equal measure which assured him cult hero status. 

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