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Roy Keane

Famous for his feisty and confrontational nature, Roy Keane had an incredible level of passion for his beloved Manchester United and for the beautiful game.

He was an honest professional and was known to kick Cristiano Ronaldo in training to eradicate diving from his game, as honesty and integrity were valued highly by the Irishman. 

He was captain at United until his surprise departure in 2005, racking up 326 appearances for the club, having a massive impact upon their success.

Never was this truer than in the comparison between the 1997/98 and 1998/99 seasons, as Keane's absence during 1997 meant he could only watch as Manchester United squandered an 11 point lead over Arsenal, being pipped to the Premier League title.

The next season however, Keane was back from a lengthy layoff following a cruciate ligament injury and guided them to a remarkable season, winning the treble, with success in the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League - an unprecedented haul.

Keane is one of a very select group to have lifted all three trophies in one year, despite missing the Champions League final through suspension and represented United in a record seven FA Cup finals, illustrating a successful reign as captain at Old Trafford.

Tony Adams

Tony Adams achieved a vast amount of success at Arsenal, becoming the most successful captain in the club's history.

He only ever represented Arsenal at a professional level, making 668 appearances for the north London side, his loyalty to the club meaning he could never see himself playing anywhere else.

This earned him a great deal of respect from Arsenal fans who dubbed him 'Mr Arsenal' for his undying love of the club. 

As captain, he marshalled arguably the best defence in Premier League history, as Lee Dixon, Nigel Winterburn and Steve Bould were a tight line.

The 'Famous Four' as they were dubbed used the offside trap to perfection, keeping disciplined and earning clean sheets for fun. 

His place in Arsenal's history is also assured, as he joins Thierry Henry and Herbert Chapman as statues outside the Emirates Stadium.

The natural born leader and two-time double winning Arsenal captain is a true Premier League great. 

Bobby Moore 

The famous icon of the 1966 World Cup winning side, Moore was also a hugely influential figure as West Ham captain, overseeing a hugely successful time for the team. 

He was an immensely talented and tactically aware player, as his ability to read the game gave him a huge edge over the opposition, knowing where the ball would go seemingly before it had even been played. 

This was crucial as he wasn't the most talented player, but it was his ability to organise his defence to optimise their strength and only have eyes for the ball, avoiding disciplinary action, that made defences he played in so effective.

Domestically, his success peaked in 1964 when he lifted the FA Cup following a Wembley success over Preston North End, which was topped just a year later by success in the European Cup Winners Cup, as he led West Ham to a 2-0 win over 1860 Munich. 

His pedigree as an international captain cannot be forgotten either as he was an integral part of the England team, a calm and experienced voice, rising to the big tournament occasion, a captain the quality of which England hasn't seen since. 

Steven Gerrard 

After taking the captaincy at Liverpool in 2003, Gerrard's reputation with the Kop accelerated and he was soon an icon on Merseyside - the picture of what it means to be a Red.

Leading by example is a huge part of what makes Gerrard a naturally successful captain, as he has been named in the PFA Team of the Year seven times while juggling the responsibility as a leader on the pitch.

His experience has come to fruition many times for Liverpool on the major stage, as he has an incredible scoring record in the finals of big competitions - the only man to have scored in an FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League and UEFA Cup final.

Furthermore, he has won each of these tournaments at least once during his Liverpool career. 

His ability as a captain is also clear from his appointment as England captain in 2012, as this was earned on the pedigree of his domestic captaincy and is certainly not a position offered loosely, illustrating that Gerrard excels in the field of captaincy. 

Ledley King

Despite having his career plagued by knee injuries, King consistently performed at the top level for Tottenham Hotspur.

His influence crucial for many years, as even during the 2006 campaign King was a crucial member of the team. 

Without his presence in the 2006/07 campaign (playing under half their games) the side kept a meagre three clean sheets, as the defence lacked shape and discipline without the focused defensive leadership of their captain. 

His defensive leadership was certainly on display again in 2010, when under King's captaincy, Spurs secured a spot in the top four - their highest ever finish and a first taste of Champions League football.

The seasons biggest coup was a 2-1 win over Arsenal in which King played 90 minutes and registered his first ever win over the Gunners.

The correlation between his appearance and their success was no coincidence; his passion as solely a Spurs player raising his heart to fight against his foe and battle to a shock win. 

An even greater accolade for King is the popular claim that he could have been a possible England captain, as his role model behaviour both on and away from the pitch made him a superb candidate.

However, hampered by injury, Kings's ability to juggle international and club football became impossible and sadly, we'll never know just how good he could have been.

 

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