Ian Wright admits he ‘hated’ Alan Shearer during playing career

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has confessed he "hated" his now-close friend Alan Shearer during their playing days and would often feel inadequate in terms of their goalscoring abilities.

Shearer still holds the record as the all-time top Premier League scorer, after he bagged 260 goals in spells at Blackburn and Newcastle.

Wright managed to notch up 113 goals himself in the division, but he admits he was in awe of his fellow Match of the Day pundit in the past.

When he came across an old Shearer Newcastle shirt on his My Classic Football Shirts Warehouse Tour show, Wright said: "Proud to call him my friend now… but when we were playing I hated him – simply because of his hunger to score goals on a weekly basis.

"You come in and you've scored two, Shearer scores three. If you scored two, Shearer scored one. If you score three, Shearer scores two.

"So you never catch up with him. And we're talking about someone who had three years out of the game with real bad injuries and he's still got 260. He's still way out in front.

"I'm not sure really people realise the enormity of his achievement."

Wright also admires Shearer for joining his boyhood team Newcastle rather than accepting an offer to go to Manchester United, where he could have won trophies.

He added: "He went to Newcastle because it's his hometown club – could have easily gone to Man Utd, won another seven or eight Premier Leagues… then probably globally he'd be even more revered.


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