Fantastic player, superb passer and scored some screamers. Couldn't tackle to save his life but among the best midfielders in Premiership history along with Patrick Vieira, Roy Keane and Steven Gerrard.
Among? He is the best. I doubt even the players you've noted would argue otherwise. Nor would Andreas Iniesta, Xavi, Cesc Fabregas, Edgar Davids, or Zinedine Zidane.
I haven't met him but I've read enough about him to believe he is one. You seriously can't defend a man who tried to present a squeaky clean image in order to cash in on big sponsors while being a right male slut and destroying his family life, plus allegations that he paid for an abortion.
Do you base all of your opinions on what you read in the red tops?
I'm not defending him, but nor would I judge him based on tabloid gossip and hearsay.