We’re sat right here questioning whether or not Cristiano Ronaldo, ripped to shreds, can sustain with the Premier League’s bodily calls for aged 36.
Nicely, Tugay managed simply positive at 38, regardless of smoking greater than 20 cigarettes a day – and even sparking up at half-time.
His former Blackburn teammate Matt Jensen as soon as recalled: “He would scent of tobacco within the dressing room beforehand. Then he would run the present for 45 minutes. Then he can be smoking once more at half-time.
“I bear in mind [manager] Graeme Souness trying round a dressing-room at half-time and saying, ‘The place’s Tugay?’ All of us appeared over to the bogs and there have been rings of smoke popping out of the highest of the cubicle.”
The Blackburn legend is totally different to Ronaldo in additional methods than one.
Whereas the Portugal icon famously prefers AGUA over Coca Cola, we reckon Tugay is extra just like the Russian coach who cracked open a bottle and downed it in entrance of the press at Euro 2020.
In contrast to Ronaldo, Tugay’s longevity wasn’t constructed on well being. Who is aware of, he could have even performed into his forties if it have been.
However right here’s one factor they do have in frequent: ask anybody who performed with them to call a best teammate – and they’re each often the reply.
Tugay, the silky Turk who solely dealt in screamers, was a quite-frankly ridiculous footballer.
Give Blackburn followers Paul Scholes, they may see you and lift you Tugay.
Maybe one of the vital underappreciated gamers in Premier League historical past, the long-lasting midfielder had a method and imaginative and prescient so good, he barely wanted to run.
Former Blackburn captain Robbie Savage not too long ago stated: “Tugay was an unbelievable participant, top-of-the-line. He might have performed for any group on the planet, for my part.
“He was unbelievable, even at 37 or 38 within the Premier League, he was nonetheless good.
“Even the highest gamers from different golf equipment needed to get Tugay’s shirt, that’s how good he was. He was unbelievable, might have performed in one of many big-six within the Premier League.
“(In coaching) Unbelievable, the perfect. You ask anybody who performed for Blackburn in my period, they may all say Tugay.
“We had some great gamers, Roque Santa Cruz, Craig Bellamy, David Bentley was nice for some time, Benni McCarthy.
“You ask all these, and they’d all say Tugay.”
Mark Hughes, who managed and performed in opposition to among the best gamers in current historical past, can vouch for that.
Hughes not too long ago stated: “Finest I’ve managed, finest I’ve performed in opposition to, most likely in my high three, I rated him that extremely.
“An actual character, at all times preferred a fag at half-time. An amazing man.”
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