There is a famous quote from Sir Alex Ferguson – one you’ve probably heard – about former AC Milan striker Filippo Inzaghi. “That lad must have been born offside,” the Scot once quipped.
It was thinly veiled criticism from Fergie but the Italian made a career of living on the edge… of a defence, at least.
This sleight-of-hand movement often led to chances. Yes, there were occasions, many of them in fact, when Inzaghi would go too early and the assistant referee would raise his flag. But if he timed it right, it usually led to the ball being put in the back of the net.
This type of striker – the poacher whose only interest is scoring goals – has faded away somewhat in recent years; managers now demand more from the focal point of their attack.
But that doesn’t mean the very best in the Premier League don’t bother assistant referees on a consistent basis.
As the 2018/19 season reaches its conclusion, the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero and Mohamed Salah will all have the flag raised against them. But who have been biggest repeat offenders, the biggest flag botherers, in the Premier League?
Since the English top flight began recording offsides in 2006 many players have, rightly or wrongly, been judged to sit on the wrong side of the line.
Our challenge to you is to name the 40 players who have been called offside the most according to the Premier League’s own statistics.
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