Aussie football star Alex Ferguson had an incredible impact on the game in the 90s.
But it wasn’t just the way he played for the Blues, or the style of play he employed that led to him being labelled a villain.
“The people in football in the early 90s were the greatest thing ever,” former Melbourne Victory player and commentator Michael Taylor told 7.30.
“He made us into the best players on the planet.
He made us the best in the world.”
It’s not only the style he played that helped, but the fact he won five Ballon d’Or awards and a World Cup.
“Ferguson had the greatest impact on football in Australia, even though he was a bit of a villain,” Mr Taylor said.
“For me it was just the fact that he was such a great player.”
In the 90’s, there was no other way of doing things than to try to make the best of what was there and try to be as good as you possibly could.
“If you’re doing it wrong, you’re not going to make it to the end of it.”AFL legend and former Carlton player John Worsfold has called on the AFL to do more to bring back the glory days.
“I think the league needs to do something, even if it’s in the short term,” he said.
He also called for a ban on former Essendon player Adam Goodes being eligible to play AFL football again.
“There are a lot of guys in this game who don’t want to play and play for the AFL,” he told 7:30.
And the best thing for the game is that they can all enjoy it and enjoy playing again, he said.
“But the AFL has a long way to go to make up for the glory of the 90ies.
Former Essendon captain James Hird has also said the league is missing out on some of the best talent.”
They’ve done a great job of recruiting talent,” he warned.”
But when you do that in a very competitive environment like the AFL, you lose the best talents and it becomes really hard to recruit them.
“He said the talent is now available to other sports.
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