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John

Barnes MBE

Since retiring from football, the Jamaican-born former footballer has become a manager and commentator on ESPN and SuperSports. 

There has been a no finer sight in football than John Barnes in his pomp gliding down the wing.

For talent and grace alone, he's an automatic choice in any hall of fame; but his impact on the game went far beyond goals and silver.

The Jamaican-born dribbler was the first high-profile black player to grace Anfield back in the 1980s, a time when racial abuse echoed around stadia across the land.

Barnes, alongside contemporaries such as Lawrie Cunningham, Cyril Regis and Viv Anderson, was a catalyst for change.

He didn't so much break down racial barriers as sweep around them at pace with the ball at his feet; always poised, always enthralling. The intense scrutiny which followed his £900,000 move from Watford in June 1987 didn't put Barnes off his stride as he set about winning over the locals.

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Arriving alongside fellow attackers John Aldridge and Peter Beardsley, the trio had Anfield purring from day one, and over the next few seasons 'full house' signs became a permanent fixture outside the Kop gates as the team endeavoured to play some of the most entertaining football English terraces have ever seen.

An awesome blend of strength and skill, Barnes ensured a front row seat in the Kemlyn Road or Paddock was one of the hottes...

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