Top Players Called Patrick!

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With millions of people celebrating St. Patrick’s Day yesterday, it got us at PUMA Football thinking about the best footballers in the world with the saintly name of Patrick! It was a harder job than expected, but we’ve managed to put together our top five Pats who have graced the beautiful game!

We think they would make a mean 5 a-side team! Let us know if there is anyone we may have missed!

Patrick Kluivert
A product of the famed Ajax academy, Kluivert led the line for the ‘Golden Generation’ of Dutch players and won the Champions League before departing for the bright lights of Milan with Italian giants AC. After just one year he left the San Siro to be reunited with Louise Van Gaal at Barcelona and forged a devastating partnership with Rivaldo. He then enjoyed less successful spells with Newcastle, Valencia, PSV and Lille before packing it in. Kluivert can be found most days shouting at the NEC strikers in his role as coach.

Patrick Berger
This classy winger with a thunderbolt of a left-boot came to prominence during Euro 96 as the Czech Republic surprised everyone by reaching the final. He signed for Liverpool after the tournament finished and enjoyed seven years with the Scousers before signing for Harry Redknapp’s newly promoted Portsmouth. His last Premiership club was Aston Villa and Berger’s career went full circle as he ended up playing for Sparta Prague, the club he started way back in 1991.

Patrick Vieria
This midfield enforcer is best known for his nine seasons at Arsenal where he won three Premiership titles and four FA Cups, as well as receiving 10 red cards. He left the Gunners to join Juventus where he stayed for just one season as they were demoted to Serie B and moved to rivals Inter Milan. His time at the San Siro was not a great success by Pat’s great standards and he moved to big spending Manchester City in 2010, where he can still be found most weekends scything down Premiership stars.

Pat Jennings
It would be sacrilege not to include an Irishman in this list! So we’ve gone for Tottenham legend Pat Jennings. The ex-Gaelic footballer with hands like gammon steak was not a man to mess with! He broke all sorts of records during his illustrious career including winning the FA Cup with both Spurs and Arsenal, as well as being the first keeper to win the Football Writer’s and PFA Player of the Year awards! Big Pat also holds the distinction of being the first keeper to score in the Charily Shield with a huge punt!

Patrice Evra
Although not strictly a Patrick, Evra would get into most sides - so we’ve included him on the list. He currently ply’s his trade with perennial Premiership winners Manchester United and looks a snip at £5.5 million! Feared for his devastating runs from left-back, not many people know that the Frenchman started his career for little known Italian outfit Marsala before moving to Monza and then Nice where he began as a striker! Evra then moved to his more familiar defensive position; got a move to tax haven Monaco and the rest as they say is history!

We hope you all had a fantastic St. Patrick’s Day! We certainly did :-)