The previous Gunners captain spent the whole lot of his profession on the north London membership, profitable 4 league titles, three FA Cups and two League Cups.
Adams, famed for his no-nonsense method and inspirational management qualities, stays the one participant within the historical past of English soccer to have captained a group to top-flight titles in three completely different a long time.
And when rating the Premier League’s greatest ever centre-backs for the BBC Match of the Day: High 10 podcast, Shearer, the division’s all-time prime scorer on 260 objectives, named Adams as his prime choose.
‘I’d come off with minimize eyes, a damaged nostril and minimize lip after a sport towards him, however all the time shake arms,’ Shearer stated of the Arsenal legend.
‘Inferior to Ferdinand at spraying the ball round however what a competitor.
‘He was one of the best centre-half I’ve performed towards I believe, in that period by way of how aggressive you would be as a centre-half.
‘He performed in that again 4 that was unbelievable and had an amazing goalkeeper behind him.
‘He was an unbelievable chief, organiser, tackler, he may play as properly, he was robust. The very best centre-half I’ve ever performed towards.’
In second place, Shearer selected Chelsea icon Terry, who gained 5 Premier League titles, 5 FA Cups, two League Cups, a Champions League and a Europa League over an illustrious 18-year spell at Stamford Bridge.
‘The variety of occasions we’ve sat and mentioned [Virgil] van Dijk’s diagonal balls into the forwards at Liverpool [is huge], however Terry may do this with both foot, he may play within the trendy sport no downside,’ the previous Newcastle, Blackburn and Southampton striker added.
Manchester United legend Ferdinand, a winner of a number of main honours together with an unbelievable six Premier League titles and the Champions League, got here in at third place for Shearer.
‘A Rolls Royce of a centre-half – elegant, may convey the ball out with tempo, may begin the transfer, may cease the transfer, intelligent, may learn the sport,’ Shearer stated of Ferdinand.
Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk is the one present participant on Shearer’s listing, whereas Vincent Kompany, Nemanja Vidic, Marcel Desailly, Jaap Stam, Gary Pallister and Ricardo Carvalho make up the remainder of his prime 10.
Shearer’s prime 10
10: Ricardo Carvalho
9: Gary Pallister
8: Jaap Stam
7: Marcel Desailly
6: Nemanja Vidic
5: Vincent Kompany
4: Virgil van Dijk
3: Rio Ferdinand
2: John Terry
1: Tony Adams
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