Matt Le Tissier is one a bonafide Southampton and Premier League legend. The former Saints star was one of the most naturally talented players to ever grace English football and his nickname of ‘’Le God,’’ let’s you know just what a genius he was with a ball at his feet.
Le Tissier turned down the advances of top Premier Leagues clubs to spend his entire career almost single handedly keeping Southampton in the top flight. So outrageous was his ability to score world class goals that quite often during his prime, goal of season awards, did not boil down to which player would win, but which Le Tissier goal would be selected as being the best.
If you haven’t already read our feature length tribute to Le Tiss go and do it now, and when your done we’ll meet you back here to enjoy some of the best ever ‘’Le God,’’ quotes …
“In Catalonia there used to be a half-hour programme every Monday where they’d show the best goals from the Premier League. Every week, Matt Le Tissier would be on the show. I’m talking outrageous, sickening goals. Straight in the top corner, left-foot flick and then right over a defender and score against Newcastle. We used to say: This guy, Le Tissier, is outrageous and he never goes to a big team. He stays at Southampton. It’s incredible. He could play for anyone. Our whole house was obsessed with him.” Xavi.
“He is a great legend not just in Southampton, but across football.” Saido Mane.
“You need to have been a Southampton supporter to really appreciate him. For no other player in the country could have done what he did for this club, not Beckham, not Keane.” Mick Channon.
“Of all the hackneyed arguments football has produced, there are few I detest more than the one that drones along those lines: ‘Because Le Tissier stayed with Southampton, he lacked ambition. It not only misses the point; as Glenn Hoddle, under whom he won the last of his eight caps, once remarked, he had a burning desire to impose his will on opponents with pure skill. To do it his way. And that, in my view, is more ambitious – not to mention brave – than running around a lot or kicking people.” Peter Barclay.
“He wanted so much responsibility and no one else gave it to him. Not the responsibility where you stick your foot in, but getting the ball in the hard part of the pitch. He was just phenomenal, he was brave. He had the heart of a lion. That was a massive thing that no one knew. He kept Southampton up single-handedly for years.” Alan Ball.
“You could say he’s the Maradona of Southampton – a bit like how Naples has Maradona, here they have Le Tissier.”Manolo Gabbiadini.
“There is something even more important. Matt will have inspired a whole new generation of Southampton players and Southampton fans. Kids of 11 and 12 will have dreamt of being Matt Le Tissier, will in 20 years’ time be fathers taking their own sons to the games. The 32,000 people who came on Tuesday won’t forget him. How much of a failure is that?” Mick Channon.
“Whether you like it or not he is the best player at this club by a million miles. His goals will keep us up. For him to do that he can’t run and tackle because he’s useless at that. Get the ball to him.” Alan Ball.
“His talent was simply out of the norm. He could simply dribble past seven or eight players but without speed – he just walked past them. For me he was sensational.” Xavi.
“People would say that Matt didn’t work hard enough, but they would overlook one thing: that he was a genius.” Dave Merrington.