The Scouse midfielder cops plenty of flak but we reckon the QPR skipper is head, shoulders and haircut above your average moronic footballer...
He has a good haircut
Any man who takes to the field channelling Cash, Strummer and Morrissey is alright by us. Makes a change from tramlines, dye jobs and hasty razor action.
His track record of violence might suggest the contrary, but if you saw him on Goals on Sunday last week you'll know this to be true. His quoting of Nietzsche etc made him look a bit silly and drew flak across Twitter but at least he did it, better than using stupid hashtags like #ooooof or banging on about his latest cup of tea or how he beat a youth team player on Fifa 12
He can play
Something of a prerequisite for a Premier League player but Barton could easily play for any of the top six clubs and do himself justice. He'd get in at Manchester United, is a better player than Henderson and Adam at Liverpool, Arsenal would kill for a player like him and even City could benefit from his curious brand of tenacity, dead-ball excellence and technical superiority.
He doesn't listen to R&B
Perhaps the most important on the list. If we have to listen to Jody Morris, Ferdinand or whoever quoting Boys ll Men or Lil' Wayne one more time we might pull our eyeballs out.
While plenty of players have probably read books, at least his aren't the chewable and washable version of Spot the Dog.
He cut up Jay Bothroyd's Ugg boots
They were purple and furry. Nuff said.
He's taken Taarabt under his wing
Awarded the captaincy at QPR upon signing, Barton realised that Adel might sulk and has apparently taken him under his wing in training, shown him the benefits of hard work and told him, brilliantly, that if he wants to sulk, he's far better doing it while jogging back into position that strolling wide with his head down.
He uses the tube
Apparently on Friday afternoon he was seen alighting at Tower Hill. Can you imagine that wallop John Terry daring to descend underneath London and hop on the district and circle?
He slated the underperformers
"I've had a sh*t World Cup, read my book' is perhaps the best statement ever by a footballer. As Gerrard and Fat frank cashed in, Barton spoke to the Times and laid into them for profiting failure. Good on him.
He's been frank about being a c**t
Look, some of you reading this will be frothing at the mouth and saying 'but what about that beating he gave that lad' but at least he has had the decency to speak about it, condemn himself and attempt to put it right. Plenty of players have committed heinous acts in public, pretended it didn't happen and continue to receive adulation.
He's read a book
Perhaps an extension on brightness but while plenty of players have probably read books, at least his aren't the chewable and washable version of Spot the Dog.
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