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Where Are They Now? 20 Cult Premier League Footballers of the 90s
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Bad hair, exciting foreign imports, the birth of the Premier League—the '90s was a memorable time for English football.

It was also a period rich in its variety of cult footballers—from Francis Benali to Shaun Goater, from Eric Cantona to Duncan Ferguson, there was a wealth of idiosyncratic characters in the game.

But what elevates a player into the realms of being known as a "cult footballer," forever revered by fans of their club?

There is no secret formula. 

Quite often, this is not achieved by being the best player on a team. It's far more likely to be gained through off-the-field eccentricities, a hard-man image, scoring an important goal or remaining a one-club man.

It could even be achieved through having a bad haircut, getting a club tattoo or failing to find the back of the net for years at a time. 

Perhaps, like Cantona, the player achieves mythical status from exiting football at the peak of their game, causing you to wonder, where are they now?

Over the following slides, which are assembled in no particular order, we look at 20 of the Premier League's iconic figures from the 1990s and discuss what happened when they hung up their boots. 

 

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