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25 brilliant images of Paul McGrath

The legendary former Ireland international turns 54 today.

25 brilliant images of Paul McGrath
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  • As a youngster with Manchester United

    Source: EMPICS Sport
  • During the early Ireland days in 1985

    Source: © INPHO/Billy Stickland
  • And a year later

    Source: © INPHO/Billy Stickland
  • Man-marking Diego Maradona as part of a Football League XI against the Rest of the World

    Source: S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport
  • Challenging Spain's Emilio Butragueno with Chris Hughton

    Source: ©INPHO/Billy Stickland
  • Tracking Bryan Robson at Euro '88

    Source: ©INPHO/Billy Stickland
  • McGrath is fitted out for his Italia '90 suit

    Source: ©INPHO/Billy Stickland
  • Being chased by Roberto Baggio at the 1990 World Cup

    Source: EMPICS Sport
  • A collision with Spain keeper Andoni Zubizarreta in a World Cup qualifier

    Source: EMPICS Sport
  • Wrestling a shark in his spare time

    Source: EMPICS Sport
  • Chatting with Jack Charlton

    Source: © INPHO/Billy Stickland
  • During that heroic performance against Italy in the Giants Stadium

    Source: © INPHO
  • Beating Frank Rijkaard to a header at USA '94

    Source: AP/Press Association Images
  • Training with the lads

    Source: EMPICS Sport
  • On the piano

    Source: EMPICS Sport
  • At Aston Villa, where he became a fan favourite

    Source: EMPICS Sport
  • A young Patrick Kluivert gets away from him during the Euro '96 play-off at Anfield

    Source: EMPICS Sport
  • Being held off by Eric Cantona

    Source: EMPICS Sport
  • McGrath puts in a tackle on Robbie Fowler

    Source: Press Association Images
  • With his children during his Ireland testimonial in 1998

    Source: ©INPHO
  • Coming on for the last time

    Source: © INPHO
  • Lining out for St Pat's in a testimonial game

    Source: INPHO
  • He spent time as director of football at Waterford

    Source: INPHO
  • Training kids at an FAI Soccer School

    Source: ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan
  • Carrying the Olympic Flame in 2012

    Source: LOCOG/Press Association Images

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