One of the most successful footballers this country has produced, Damien Duff’s football career started with Leicester Celtic, Lourdes Celtic, and St Kevin’s Boys as a schoolboy in Dublin.
He would later make the move across the Irish sea when he joined Blackburn Rovers’ youth system and he would go on to play for their first team, scoring 27 goals in 185 appearances for the club, winning the league cup in 2002.
Duff became the most expensive Irish player ever when he joined Chelsea for £17million in 2003 and would win two Premier League titles, the League Cup and the Community Shield with the Londoners.
He would later enjoy stints at Newcastle, Fulham, and Melbourne City, before finishing his career back in Ireland with Shamrock Rovers.
He scored eight goals in 100 caps for Ireland and appeared at both the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2012 while he also enjoyed some great moments underage which earned him his place in the Hall of Fame in 2018.
Duff scored the golden goal which beat Morocco in the second round and also found the net in the playoff victory against Ghana as the 'Malaysian marvels' finished third at the World Youth championships in 1997.