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Ex-Liverpool ace claims he's a 'big-time Charlie' after turning out for the Reds and Premier League rival

Paul Ince has claimed that he is a ‘big-time Charlie’ after playing for both Liverpool and Manchester United.

Speaking in an interview, the Englishman claimed that he’s part of the illustrious group alongside the likes of Eric Cantona, Roy Keane and Bryan Robson.

He started off at West Ham before Sir Alex Ferguson and the Red Devils came calling. He ended up on Merseyside just eight years later, via Internazionale.

His time with both clubs proved trophy-laden as he lifted two league titles, two FA Cups and a League Cup.

And after over 350 appearances in the English top-flight, it’s hard to argue Ince isn’t a legend.

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TBR View: ‘Big-time Charlie’ claims from Ince is character of the past

Football has moved on quite a bit from the 1990s and early 2000s. Back during those times there was quite a lot of character within a fair few players.

You just have to take a look at the rivalry between Manchester United and Arsenal at the start of the 21st century.

The pitch was littered with character and arrogance.

Thierry Henry and Ruud van Nistelrooy both believed they were the better centre-forward. Meanwhile, Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane thought similarly in midfield. Ryan Giggs and Robert Pires on the wings, and the list goes on and on.

And even further back, you have the likes of Cantona, whose celebration at home to Sunderland speaks volumes.

However, you look at football nowadays, and it almost seems to be quite boring.

For example, Kevin de Bruyne is one of the best players in the world when he steps foot on the pitch. However, his character off it is almost exemplary.

You can hardly imagine, he’d come out and claim to be a big-time Charlie like the ex-Liverpool man Ince.

Football has moved closer to being a team game. Not that it wasn’t in the past, it was. But, individual players within teams had their own swagger.

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