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Widely recognised as one of the most naturally gifted English footballers of all time, Southampton legend and Premier League great, Matt Le Tissier, joins The Michael Anthony Show for episode 140.
A one club man throughout his sixteen seasons lighting up the top tier of English football, Le Tissier's unique ability to express himself on a football pitch made him a cult figure far beyond the stands of The Dell. Although often cited as a languid figure with an underwhelming appetite for running, 'Le God' possessed an artistic instinct like no other at his peak, and on his footballing canvas lay some of the most memorable goals ever witnessed on European shores, as well as a relationship with the ball that ensured his Biblical status amongst Saints fans was for reasons beyond his unprecedented loyalty.
Conformity was a foreign idea to the midfielder, whether witnessed through his reluctance to alter his playing style under the demands of more rigid managerial figures, or his repetitive rejection of advances at the hands of the League's elite. More than a mere eight England caps would surely have come Le Tissier's way had it not been for the latter, but due to his belief that principles come above all else, the former PFA Young Player of the Year has no regrets over his decisions that have raised footballing eyebrows for decades.
This belief in his personal truth has led the 100 Premier League goal man to be questioned outside of the footballing sphere in recent years. As a self-proclaimed free speech advocate, Le Tissier has seen his personal views regarding the COVID vaccine as well as his mistrust in the mass media effect his professional life on numerous occasions, with the Southampton great most recently stepping down from his ambassadorial role at his one time theatre, joining his Sky Sports sacking of 2020.
Many topics are discussed with Le Tissier throughout the show, including his views on cancel culture and fears for society, the intricacies of his iconic on field career, modern football, relationships and much more.
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