These are the 23 biggest and best Cult-Soccer players of all time.


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The cool fat players from 20. place to 16. place: From the "Pint-Man Belly of God to the Party-God"

20. Matt LeTissier - With Talent instead of Training

With a bit more training and discipline Matt Le Tissier could have become one of the best English soccer players.
With a bit more training and discipline Matt Le Tissier could have become one of the best English soccer players. Photo: Getty Images

Although not quite as “robust” as the other guys on the list, Le Tiss fits perfectly into the ranking.

Instead of training lazy and never averse to a good pint of camp, Le Tiss owed his success to his innate talent, playing for FC Southampton throughout his professional career (1986-2002). He was mostly used in the attacking midfield. He was known for his dribbling and shooting qualities, but was also considered lazy to run. In Southampton, he enjoys cult status due to his loyalty to the club and his most spectacular goals and is also known as Le God.

Le Tissier was also considered to be an excellent free-kick shooter and a sure-fire penalty shooter. He scored 48 out of 49 penalty kicks.

This makes him statistically the safest penalty taker in the Premier League to this day. Fortunately for Germany, Le God was not nominated either in 1990 or 1996.


Fat Rating: 3/10 Performance (when rate fat) : 9/10

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19 Neville Southall - Cult in Liverpool at Everton

17 Aug 1996: Neville Southall of Everton makes a point during the Premier League match between Everton and Newcastle at Goodison Park in Liverpool. Everton went on to win the match by 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Shaun Botterill/Allsport UK
17 Aug 1996: Neville Southall of Everton makes a point during the Premier League match between Everton and Newcastle at Goodison Park in Liverpool. Everton went on to win the match by 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Shaun Botterill/Allsport UK

The goalkeeper legend played almost 600 times for FC Everton, and he never looked like a professional footballer during all these games.

Pork out – the steady way. On the contrary, he was growing every year. Pork out – the stable way. As a teenager, he was denied a professional career with the Bolton Wanderers. He learned the profession of a bricklayer and played in amateur teams. In 1981 he began his professional career at Everton FC, where he played 578 league matches until 1997. With 92 international games, he is a record Welsh national player. He won the English Football Championship with Everton in 1985 and 1987, the English FA Cup in 1984 and 1995 and the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1984/85.

In the same year, he was also voted Footballer of the Year in Great Britain. The goalkeeper, nickname “Big Nev,” had quick reflexes which only a few would attribute to such a tall and heavy man due to his control of the penalty area.

After his Everton career ended in 1997, Southall played as a player-coach in Southend, Stoke, Torquay, Bradford, and Shrewsbury. He currently coaches the Welsh U-19 national team. Southall is a cult; there even is a play entitled “Neville Southall's Washbag.”


Fat Rating: 9/10 Performance (when rate fat) Rating: 7/10

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18. Ronny - Running? It also runs upright

No exercises, please. Ronny at Hertha BSC Berlin.
No exercises, please. Ronny at Hertha BSC Berlin. Photo: Getty Images

Ronny was too fat when he returned from his summer vacation in 2013. And because he had not yet been slim a few weeks later, coach Jos Luhukay initially left him out at Hertha BSC's Bundesliga opener against Eintracht Frankfurt.

There he smiled broadly while running warm. Maybe he had already guessed that he would weigh his weight through Frankfurt's defense shortly before the end to achieve the 6:1. When that happened, nobody had to jump up in the stadium because everyone was already standing. But because soccer in the Bundesliga also has something to do with running and not just shooting from a standing start, the career went downhill at some point. He could have been a big man in the 70s, ….

On August 31, 2016, the contract between Ronny and Hertha BSC was terminated because the player no longer played a role in the club's plans. Ronny should get the possibility to join a new club even after the transfer ban.

In 2017 Ronny signed a contract with Fortaleza EC.


Fat Rating: 9/10 Performance (when rate fat) Rating: 6/10

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17. Adriano - The Genius until he got fat

Adriano - a genius while fit and slim.
Adriano - a genius while fit and slim. Photo: Getty Images
There was a time when the name Adriano spread fear and terror among the European defenders. That was at the beginning of his career.

Then to the end – it was rather a broad grin. In between were about 15 kilos of weight gain. After all, Adriano played 48 times for the Brazilian national team and scored 27 goals.

In the 2011/12 season, Adriano even suffered a kind of house arrest because the Corinthians from Sao Paulo demanded that he reduce his weight.

Adriano could have been a big one. He had the talent. And the successes at the beginning of his career, too. But then came the lack of discipline and the “sweet life”.


Fat Rating: 8/10 Performance (when rate fat) Rating: 1/10

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16. Tomas Brolin – It is Party Time

Too much boozing, too much partying. Tomas Brolin.
Too much boozing, too much partying. Tomas Brolin. Photo: Getty Images

Tomas Brolin's successful career ended around the time he arrived in England, more precisely in Leeds. The 47-time Swedish international did not get along as well with English drinking habits, and eating habits as a Premier League career would have required. On November 17, 1995, he announced his move to Leeds United. Leeds had brought Anthony Yeboah from Frankfurt at the beginning of the 1995 season, and Leeds coach Howard Wilkinson was planning with Brolin and Yeboah.

One day after signing a contract with the English, Brolin made his Premier League debut. In the game against Newcastle United, the offensive player replaced Mark Ford in the 82nd minute. Four days later he was already in the club's starting eleven. But in the following time, things went rather bad for Brolin. After initial problems with coach Wilkinson and discussions about Brolin's weight, there was an exchange of blows between him and his coach on April 1, 1996. Brolin reported a change to his former club IFK Norrköping on Swedish television as an April Fool's joke, thereby annoying his boss.

On the same day, he had to apologize personally to Wilkinson. The relationship between the two didn't get any better in the coming months, and soon, the signs were back to separation. In the summer of 1996, Brolin set out to find a new club. The Swiss club FC Zurich borrowed the Swedish club after no club had agreed to buy him for a long time. Brolin felt comfortable with his new employer and wanted to stay with the Alpenklub.

But George Graham ordered Brolin back to England in October. Although the loan period was only valid until 30 September, Brolin was again on the run for Zurich against FC St. Gallen on 9 October. Graham then gave him an ultimatum until November 6 to report to the club after it had failed to reach him. On May 12, 1998, Brolin, then 29, announced the end of his career as a professional player. His last appearance was on August 29, 1998, with Hudiksvall's ABK against Kiruna FF, when he was substituted as a goalkeeper for the past 15 minutes.


Fat Rating: 5/10 Performance (when rate fat) Rating: 2/10

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