Premier League legend Alan Shearer admitted he once told a young Newcastle United academy player to f*** off when he asked to take a penalty.
The Geordie hero remains at the very top of the goalscoring tree with a staggering 260 Premier League goals during his illustrious career. 55 of his strikes came from the spot with the former England international only missing five penalties during his career.
While the beloved Match of the Day pundit remains the greatest goalscorer in the division’s history, his enormous goal tally was certainly helped by his mercurial sharp shooting from 12 yards. And he did everything to ensure his goalscoring was never disturbed, including telling a young academy ace to f*** off when he wanted to score his first ever goal for the Magpies.
“We played a game with Newcastle and it was Sir Bobby Robson’s first ever home game with Newcastle, and we beat Sheffield Wednesday 8-0,” Shearer said to the Peter Crouch Podcast. “The score was 7-0 and a young kid came on as a sub, Paul Robinson.
“I had scored four goals, the score was 7-0, and he was a centre-forward. We were given a penalty and I went to pick the ball up and he came up to me and said: ‘can I have it Al?’
“You can imagine what I said. I said ‘f*** off, go on” and he looked at me like he was saying ‘you’ve scored four goals, we are winning 7-0, and you’re telling me to f*** off?’
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Shearer’s brusque rejection of the former Burnley and Hartlepool ace sent a huge message to every player within St James’ Park. Not only did Robinson choose not to ask Shearer on a second occasion, nobody dared challenge the infamous No.9 for the spot-kick.
“That was the only time in my life that somebody walked up to me and asked ‘can I have it’,” Shearer added. “He was a young kid, I actually saw him and had a pint around six or seven months ago.
“I brought it up, I said ‘do you remember that time when you foolishly came up to me and asked to take the penalty for your first ever goal?’
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